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2020 Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony Honoring Rubén Blades ’85 HLS - April 30, 2020


Musician, actor, and politician Rubén Blades LL.M. ‘85 is the recipient of the 2020 Harvard Arts Medal, which will be awarded by Harvard University President Larry Bacow at a ceremony  presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard and the Harvard University Board of Overseers. It will include a discussion with Blades moderated by Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor and 2017 Harvard Arts Medal recipient John Lithgow ’67, ArD ’05, and performances by the Harvard Jazz Band led by Yosvany Terry, Senior Lecturer on Music and Director of Harvard Jazz Ensembles.

Established in 1995, the Harvard Arts Medal honors a distinguished Harvard or Radcliffe graduate or faculty member who has achieved excellence in the arts and has made a contribution through the arts to education or the public good. Among the medal’s previous 26 recipients, eight have been musicians, including composer John Adams ’69 MA ’72, singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt ’72, cellist Yo-Yo Ma ’76, and saxophone player Joshua Redman ’91.

This is the official opening event for ARTS FIRST, Harvard University’s annual festival showcasing and celebrating student, faculty and staff creativity in the arts April 30-May 3 at venues throughout campus.
Ticket Prices: FREE, but tickets are required. Limit 2 per person. Tickets valid only until 5:15pm. Available to the Harvard community beginning Wednesday, April 15. Available to the general public beginning Friday, April 17. 

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