Yoko Ono Lennon is very pleased to announce this year’s Courage Awards for the Arts, which will take place on May 8th at a private ceremony in New York City. This year’s recipients are:

Laurie Anderson and former Guantánamo prisoner Mohammed el Gharani for their collaborative work HAEBUS CORPUS, performed last October at the Park Avenue Armory. This is the second Courage Award given to Laurie Anderson, and Yoko Ono wants to recognize her and Mohammed el Gharani’s courage in presenting this provocative and daring work in the face of prejudice and injustice.

Eileen Boxer is being recognized for her work Report US, a project of 52 volumes, giving a page for each instance of gun violence in the United States during each week of 2015. The covers of each book are coated with red pigment so that the reader of the book will spread the pigment throughout the pages of the book, and will stain their own fingers as well.

RoseLee Goldberg is being recognized for her pioneering work in support of performance art, and her founding of Performa. She has demonstrated a determination to present new and challenging works by artists from many parts of the world, bringing them to New York, and also as a historian and chronicler of performance art, she has presented significant historical works as well.

LoftOpera, founded by Dean Buck, Daniel Ellis-Ferris, and Brianna Maury, is receiving the award as a tribute to the Amato Opera, and Anthony and Sally Amato, whose legendary theater kept opera alive for the people of the Lower East Side for so many years until it was forced to close, because of the lack of financial support. Yoko Ono feels that it is imperative for opera to be available not just in the great houses, but in accessible spaces, and she wants to recognize what the LoftOpera has the courage to do in this tradition.


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