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Ken Burns American Heritage Prize 2018

In celebration of the indomitable American spirit, we are pleased to announce distinguished artist, designer, and environmentalist, Maya Lin as the 2018 recipient of the Ken Burns American Heritage Prize. 

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Photo of Ken Burns by Tim LlewelynNamed in honor of America’s most revered visual historian and documentary filmmaker, the Ken Burns American Heritage Prize recognizes an individual whose body of work has advanced our collective understanding of the indomitable American spirit. Nominees for the annual Prize consist of visionary artists, authors, conservationists, educators, filmmakers, historians and scientists.

The Prize also serves to inspire public support for American Prairie Reserve, the modern-day embodiment of America’s optimistic, boundless and daring approach to accomplishing the unprecedented. Today, American Prairie Reserve is creating the largest park in the continental United States on the Great Plains of northeastern Montana.

“As a lifelong student of the American experience, it’s a privilege to lend my name to a Prize honoring individuals whose accomplishments reinvigorate the nation’s understanding of all that is possible,” Mr. Burns says.

“It’s a privilege to lend my name to a Prize honoring individuals whose accomplishments reinforce the nation’s understanding of all that is possible. The way Maya boldly and creatively brings attention to some of the nation’s and world’s most critical social and historical issues embodies all that is the indomitable American spirit.” – Ken Burns

 

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Maya Lin photographed by Jesse Frohman

Ms. Lin was nominated and selected by the Prize’s National Nominating Committee and National Jury, which are comprised of distinguished leaders who represent communities across the country, and share a common appreciation of America’s heritage. Read the press release.

Ms. Lin will receive the honor from Mr. Burns and Ali Fox, American Prairie Reserve President, during the Prize presentation event on May 2, 2018, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The evening's festivities also will include remarks by Ms. Lin and the Prize's National Jury Chair David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of the Carlyle Group. 

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Bison Photo by Dennis Lingohr
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The National Jury
A group of distinguished leaders selected the winner.