The Dean’s Award: Lehman’s School of Arts and Humanities to Honor Our Artists and Celebrate the Bronx


Lehman College’s School of Arts and Humanities will honor four pillars of Bronx culture. It is the inaugural Dean’s Award program, recognizing Bronx artists and their commitment to improving the cultural life of the Bronx. The program will be held Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in Lehman College’s Lovinger Theatre.

The four awardees are:

Michael Bacon, an accomplished composer for film and television, with numerous awards to his credit, and a member of the faculty at Lehman College. His recent film score projects include: All About Ann (HBO), Morgenthau (WNET/PBS), The Buddha (PBS), Teddy: In His Own Words (HBO), and Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words, Boy Interrupted (Sundance).

John Corigliano, a composer of classical music and Distinguished Professor of Music at Lehman College. His scores, now numbering over one hundred, have won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, five Grammy Awards, and the Academy Award for original music score in The Red Violin.

Pregones Theater is a Bronx-based ensemble whose mission is to create and perform original musical theater and plays rooted in Puerto Rican/Latino cultures, and to present other performing artists who share our twin commitment to the arts and civic enrichment. The company owns a professional performing arts facility on Walton Avenue, south of Yankee Stadium, in the heart of the South Bronx Cultural Corridor.

Esmeralda Santiago is a best-selling author, award-winning screenwriter, and essayist. Born in Puerto Rico, her writing career evolved from her work as a producer/writer of documentary and educational films. Her books include When I Was Puerto Rican, América’s Dream, Almost a Woman, and The Turkish Lover. In addition to co-editing a number of anthologies, she is the author of the illustrated children’s book A Doll for Navidades.

“The Dean’s Award is an opportunity for Lehman College to pay tribute to these incredible artists and recognize their importance to our institution,” says Dean Deirdre Pettipiece of the School of Arts and Humanities.  “It’s also the opportunity for the citizens of the Bronx and New York City – the patrons and beneficiaries of these talented individuals – to demonstrate their appreciation and support of student achievement.”

The master of ceremonies is Charles R. Hale, co-founder of Artists Without Walls.

Funds raised will benefit students, programming, and learning initiatives in the School of Arts and Humanities at Lehman College.

General admission and reception: $100
VIP seating and reception: $200

Click here to purchase tickets or call 718-960-8675 for more information.