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Call for 2011 Jane Jacobs Medal Nominations!

Jane Jacobs MedalMAS to administer awards program on behalf of the Rockefeller Foundation The Rockefeller Foundation today opened the public nominating process for the 2011 Jane Jacobs Medal—awarded annually to two living individuals whose creative vision for the urban environment has significantly contributed to the vibrancy and variety of New York City. Nominations are accepted online starting today through February 25, 2011. MAS is honored to administer the Jane Jacobs Medal nomination process on behalf of the Rockefeller Foundation, as we have done since 2007 when the Foundation first established the award to honor the activist, author and urbanist who died in April 2006 at the age of 89. MAS will also sponsor a series of walking tours and the annual Jane Jacobs Forum this fall to coincide with the Medal presentations and the 50th anniversary of Jane Jacob’s seminal book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. The Foundation is looking for nominees for two different awards—one for lifetime leadership and one for new ideas and activism—that demonstrate any or all of the following qualities:
  • Opens our eyes to a new way of seeing and understanding New York City
  • Generates a new way to think about the development and the preservation of urban environments – specifically in New York City
  • Demonstrates an innovative approach to how we think about neighborhoods and leadership for how we solve the problems within them
The 2011 Jane Jacobs Medal will be accompanied by prizes totaling $200,000. The selection of the Medal winners and allocation of the prize money will be determined by the members of the Jane Jacobs Medal Selection Jury. The Jury is chaired by Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin and includes Mary Schmidt Campbell, Dean of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Bruce Nussbaum, assistant managing editor in charge of BusinessWeek magazine’s innovation and design coverage and associate professor of design and innovation at Parsons The New School for Design, and 2009 Jane Jacobs Medal for lifetime leadership winner Richard Kahan, Founder and CEO of the Urban Assembly. “Over fifty years ago, the Rockefeller Foundation was proud to support Jane Jacobs’ vision and activism in transforming her own neighborhood and subsequently the way we all now look at urban planning,” said Edwin Torres, associate director of the Rockefeller Foundation. “As communities throughout our city continue to struggle during these difficult economic times, new activists need to be nurtured and celebrated for the innovative change they are bringing to their own neighborhoods. The Rockefeller Foundation is thrilled to celebrate these activists with the Jane Jacobs Medal, and use these awards as an opportunity to continue to foster a dialogue on the importance of civic action within our great city.” “MAS is thrilled to administer the Jane Jacobs Medal once again. As we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Death and Life, it is as important as ever to commend the civic activists who, like Jacobs, work to make New York City and it’s neighborhoods a better place to live,” said MAS President Vin Cipolla. The 2011 Rockefeller Foundation Jane Jacobs Medal winners will be announced in June, and will be awarded to the recipients at a reception in Fall 2011. Previous winners include Barry Benepe, co-founder of Greenmarket, Alexie Torres-Fleming, founder of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ) in the South Bronx, Damaris Reyes, executive director of Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES). Last year’s awardees were Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, founding president of the Central Park Conservancy and Joshua David and Robert Hammond, co-founders of Friends of the High Line. Watch videos featuring last year’s recipients online.
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