One of Schoenfeld's greatest interests, according to The League, is "arts education, which has culminated in the creation of the Blueprint of the Arts for the New York City schools." His passion for education inspired the League to create the new award in his name. The League will host a gala honoring both Schoenfeld and Klein Oct. 6 at the Waldorf Astoria.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit the NYC Schools Blueprint for the Arts program and The Broadway League's educational initiatives. The gala will also boast performances by theatre luminaries Betty Buckley, Carolee Carmello, Marin Mazzie, Donna Murphy and Leslie Uggams as well as students from New York City public schools.
In a statement Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, said, "The Schoenfeld Vision for Arts in Education Award evolved as a tribute to recognize Jerry for his and the Shubert Organization's involvement in arts education programs. We're thrilled to recognize and celebrate Joel Klein's contributions towards enhancing arts-related programming in our city's schools. Presenting the awards at The Broadway League's first gala benefit is an exciting way to highlight our commitment to educational initiatives."
The Blueprint for the Arts, according to a press statement, is a "publication that defines a course of excellence in arts education that begins in early childhood and follows students up through the grades to a commencement level of achievement in art, music, dance and theatre. It is meant to provide a framework for teachers, suggested strategies that spur individual creativity, depth, and breadth in theatre teaching. Proceeds will be used towards the purchase of tickets to theatrical performances, as well as to enhance collaborations between community and cultural organizations and the New York City public schools."
The programs of The Broadway League's Education Committee include Family First Nights, the Broadway Speakers Bureau, the Educator Apple Awards and Advocacy for the Arts. For tickets to the gala, call (212) 744-1048.
Founded in 1930, The Broadway League is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. Visit www.BroadwayLeague.com for more information.