Arison Award

The Arison Award is named for the late visionary, entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Arison, founder of Carnival Cruise Lines, who sought a comprehensive method to nurture and support young artists in America. In 1981, together with his wife, Lin, Ted created the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) and the YoungArts program. Since then, more than 16,000 program alumni have been named and even more young people are being encouraged to explore and pursue a career in the arts. The Arison Award, established in 2001, is given annually to an individual (or individuals) who, like the Arison family, has had a considerable influence on the development of young American artists. The award itself is a work of art created by New York City artist, Jean Shin, 1990 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

2014 / Zaha HadidPritzker Award Winning architect; and Rita Moreno, Academy Award Winning singer, dancer and actress.

Zaha HadidRita Moreno

Past Recipients

2013 / Joshua Bellone of the world’s most celebrated violinists; and Debbie Allen, American actress, dancer, choreographer, television director, television producer and a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

2012 / Robert Redford, actor, director, activist, and founder of the Sundance Institute & Film Festival; and Robert L. Lynchpresident and CEO of Americans for the Arts.

2011 / Bill T. Jones, a multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer and Michael Kaiser, President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Adrienne Arsht, Philanthropist.

2010 / Liv Ullmann, Norwegian actress and director; and Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

2009 / James Rosenquist, an International award-winning, world-renowned artist.

2008 / Frank Gehry, world renowned architect.

2007 / Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist and composer.  

2006 / Michael Tilson Thomas, renowned musician and conductor.

2005 / Mikhail Baryshnikov, celebrated dancer, choreographer and actor. 

2004 / Plácido Domingo, renowned tenor.

2003 / Roberta Guaspari, inspirational violin and strings teacher in the New York City public school system.

2002 / Jacques d’Amboise, one of the finest classical dancers of our time.

2001 / Quincy Jones, American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, television producer, film producer, instrumentalist, magazine founder, record company executive, humanitarian and jazz trumpeter.


Zaha Hadid, Photo by Brigitte Lacombe; Rita Moreno, Photo by Mike LaMonica.