The Arts + Business Council’s annual awards program honors leaders in the Philadelphia region who embody and foster cross-sector collaboration between creative and business communities.

Over the past 36 years, the Arts + Business Council Awards have taken different forms to best recognize our region’s greatest leaders who embody and foster cross-sector collaboration between creative and business communities. We’re excited to continue our new tradition of bestowing individuals who are deeply engaged in the cultural community, whether through volunteerism, business, or nonprofit work, with the Leadership Award.

36TH ANNUAL AWARDS CELEBRATION: MAY 19, 2021

2021 Honorees

ANNE D’HARNONCOURT AWARD FOR ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE

This prestigious award is bestowed upon an artist who has achieved national or worldwide acclaim, embodies artistic achievement and serves as an inspiration to the Greater Philadelphia region both as an artist and a leader. The honoree for this award will be announced by Arts + Business Council staff in 2020.

Robert A. M. Stern

ROBERT A.M. STERN 
Architect, Teacher, and Writer

THE ARTS + BUSINESS COUNCIL LEADERSHIP AWARD

This award is bestowed upon individuals who demonstrate remarkable leadership, exceptional innovation, and a commitment to the community in Philadelphia. In 2021, ABC recognizes the following individuals, who were nominated by their peers and selected by the ABC Advisory Board.

Abigail Adams

ABIGAIL ADAMS (she/her/hers)
Executive Artistic Director, People’s Light

For cultivating a love of theatre in her community through decades of excellent leadership and expanding People’s Light to become a cultural and civic center with theatre at its core.

Allan Edmunds

ALLAN EDMUNDS 
Founder-President, Brandywine Workshop and Archives (BWA)

For innovation and high achievement in the arts and bridging access to the arts to underserved communities; for advocating for support for artists from diverse communities.  

Ruth Naomi Floyd

RUTH NAOMI FLOYD (she/her)
Vocalist, photographer, composer, educator and activist, Frederick Douglass Jazz Works

For a dedicated approach to educating students at the intersection of music and art with culture and community through the lens of justice.  

Kathleen Greene

KATHLEEN GREENE (she/her)
Curator of Public Programs, Barnes Foundation

For curating art programs with a commitment to celebrating diversity and inclusion and infusing the true diversity of the region in the creative community.

Aviva Kapust

AVIVA KAPUST
Executive Director, The Village of Arts and Humanities

For forging a new, legible path for arts organizations to engage in community economic development and advocating for equitable revitalization in underserved urban communities.

Marangeli Mihia-Rabell

Maràngeli Mejía Rabell (she/her)
Festival Director, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

For lifting community media practices, cultural organizing, intersectionality, accessibility and diversity to bring about positive change and new representation.

Maida Milone

MAIDA MILONE
Chair, Board of Directors, CFEVA

For service in stabilizing nonprofit organizations for over 40 years and developing new approaches for supporting artistic practice.

Jay Wahl

JAY WAHL
Former Producing Artistic Director, Kimmel Center

For using unconventional platforms as a means of challenging the hierarchies, assumptions, and biases of traditional arts organizations.

Past Winners

In its 35 years, the Arts + Business Council Awards have taken different forms to best recognize leaders who embody and foster cross-sector collaboration between creative and business communities. Along the way, some award categories have been added to highlight specific verticals within our communities while other categories have been retired to make room for new, innovative ideas.

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2020

David Bradley, Co-Founder and Producing Director of Arts & Learning, LiveConnections

Vashti DuBois, Founder & Executive Director, The Colored Girls Museum

Sara Jane “Sally” Elk, President & CEO, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Anne Ewers, President & CEO, Kimmel Center

James Fulton, President & Business Principal, Fury Design

Lovett Hines, Artistic Director, Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts

Scott Mirkin, Executive Producer, ESM Productions

Hal Real, Founder & CEO, World Cafe Live

Lisa Collins Vidnovic, Founder & Director, Metropolitan Ballet Company

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