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Abrons Art Center Wins Prestigious Obie Award

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May 20, 2014

For the first time in its 99-year history, Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center won a prestigious Obie Award at the 59th Annual Obie Awards Ceremony held on May 19 at Webster Hall. The Obie Awards, given annually by the Village Voice, recognize excellence in Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theater.

The Abrons Art Center received the Ross Wetzteon Award, presented to a theater that nurtures innovative new plays and artists. A $1,000 grant accompanies the award, which is named for the former theater editor of the Village Voice.
Presenters Betsy Aidem (who make her NYC stage at the Abrons 30 years ago) and Lily Rabe said that the Abrons Art Center was recognized for its innovative and accessible productions, residencies and classes. 
David Garza, executive director of Henry Street Settlement, “Winning an Obie Award on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Abrons Arts Center is a wonderful endorsement of our commitment to the arts. Since our founding, Henry Street has made critical investments to create accessibility to the arts, which we believe are as necessary to the human spirit as food, shelter and clothing.”

About Abrons Art Center
Since its founding by Lilian Wald, Henry Street Settlement has maintained a steadfast commitment to her belief that the arts play an integral role in everyday life. The School is housed at the Abrons Arts Center which provides a single home for all of the arts programs. Classes and workshops are designed to enable individuals and families to develop creatively a means of self-expression and communication through the arts. The Abrons Arts Center provides sequential, curriculum based pre-professional private and ensemble instruction in various musical instruments and dance forms for children and young people.  Professional performances in music, dance, opera and theatre are offered throughout the year. Many take place in the historical national landmark Harry De Jur Playhouse.
Pictured Above: From left to right: Abrons Arts Center General Manager Adrian Saldaña, Abrons Artistic Director Jay Wegman (holding the Obie), Henry Street Settlement Executive Director David Garza, and Abrons Operations Manager Rose Ortiz at the 2014 Obie Awards.

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