a he[art]felt reception

as emcee Gabriella Morris pointed out in her opening speech, last night’s USA 2009 Fellowship award ceremony was a reminder of the value and unique power of the arts to inspire and uplift even in the most trying of times. against the backdrop of the santa monica broad stage, an eclectic and spirited round of performances from some of this year’s fellows returned again and again to this truth. whether through the delicately plucked strings of an oud or jazz guitar, or along the electrifying and sobering currents of recited prose, the ability of artistic expression to touch, teach, titillate and transport proved a worthy recipient of the night’s honors. it was a privilege to share the room with so many talented and passionate spirits.

for a full list of this year’s winners, including bios and samples of their work, click on the third link above.

{all images via unitestatesartists.org}

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