Ambassador of the Arts

The Washington Performing Arts Ambassador of the Arts Award was established in 2013 to recognize extraordinary achievement, service, and advocacy in the performing arts.

Ambassador of the Arts Award recipients include:

  • Douglas H. Wheeler (2022), Washington Performing Arts President Emeritus
  • Soloman Howard (2021), operatic bass and social justice advocate
  • Midori (2020), violinist, educator, and humanitarian
  • Sir James Galway (2019), flutist and educator
  • Lonnie G. Bunch III (2018), educator, historian, and the Founding Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Denyce Graves (2017), mezzo-soprano and educator
  • Jacqueline Badger Mars (2016), business leader and philanthropist
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg† (2015), Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
  • Leon Fleisher (2014), pianist, conductor, and educator
  • Jessye Norman (2013), soprano

† deceased