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2006 Blashfield Award Presented

majora carter evangeline blashfield award 2006Majora Carter, the founder of Sustainable South Bronx and a 2005 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, has been awarded the 2006 Evangeline Blashfield Award. The award was presented on August 1 at the Evangeline Blashfield Fountain in the Bridgemarket Plaza at 59th Street and First Avenue. All of Majora’s accomplishments — and they are legion — have grown from her notion that one’s self-image is influenced by one’s surroundings, and therefore those surroundings must be beautiful,” MAS President Kent Barwick said. “This insight is remarkably in keeping with Evangeline Blashfield’s own convictions — making it all the more appropriate that the MAS honor her with the Blashfield Award. A tireless force for her community and the environment, Majora founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 after having worked with other area groups, including The Point, where she wrote a $1.25 million federal grant to design the South Bronx Greenway. That project has since secured $20 million in funding and is set to begin construction by 2007. Other projects of hers include creating riverfront parks, green roofs and an environmental stewardship training program. The Evangeline Blashfield Award is inspired by the woman who, in 1893 at the age of 36, rallied a group of influential architects, sculptors and artists to establish the MAS. She campaigned for changes in the urban environment to enhance the beauty of public spaces and to create civic amenities that ennoble the public realm. The award is bestowed annually on an individual in mid-career who has demonstrated these ideals through his or her civic activism.