Guild Hall has named the recipients of the 34th Academy of the Arts Achievement Awards, who will be celebrated at an awards ceremony during a benefit dinner on Monday, March 11 at The Rainbow Room in New York City. This year’s honorees are Alice Aycock for Visual Arts presented by Adam Weinberg, Carter Burwell for Performing Arts presented by Ethan Coen, and Bob Colacello for Literary Arts presented by Linda Yablonsky. Patti Askwith Kenner will receive the Special Award for Leadership and Philanthropy. The evening’s host is Eric Fischl and it will be emceed by Adam Green.
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Patti Kenner is an indefatigable advocate for social causes, including arts education, women in politics, Holocaust survivors and history. In addition to serving as a long time Guild Hall trustee, Ms. Kenner is board member of the Defiant Requiem Foundation, the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Carnegie Mellon University, and many others. In 2019, she created the Patti Kenner Fellowship in Arts Education at Guild Hall to help enhance educational programming for youth. Kenner was born in New York City and grew up in Harrison, NY. She graduated with a degree in French from Carnegie Mellon University and received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Columbia University Teachers College. Following 10 years of teaching, she joined her father at Campus Coach Lines, the charter bus company he founded as a student at the University of Michigan in 1928, and which he ran until he passed away recently—at 104. Kenner is now President of Campus Coach.
Kenner has served as a trustee of her alma mater Carnegie Mellon for over 25 years and just dedicated the Askwith Kenner Global Languages and Cultures Room, featuring virtual reality stations that enable students to take simulated trips around the world. Combining education and the arts, Kenner serves on the board of the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan which brings theater and music to the Ann Arbor community. She is currently co-producing a documentary film on the Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat, and humanitarian, Raoul Wallenberg, who was a student at the University of Michigan. For over 30 years, she served on the Board of the Educational Alliance, a 125-year-old social service agency on the Lower East Side. Kenner has one daughter, Julie, who lives in Aspen, Colorado, and four wonderful grandchildren. She is proud of her lengthy Board service to Guild Hall and to be part of an organization that gives back so much to the community. She dedicates her commitment to Guild Hall to the memory of former Chairman, Mickey Straus, who insisted Kenner become involved with this important institution.
Monday, March 11
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