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View 2018 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts Important Necessary 2018 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, L-R: Robert O'Hara, Courtney Bryan, Michael Rakowitz, Lani Hall Alpert, Herb Alpert, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Arthur Jafa, Photo: Francesco Da Vinci

2018 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts Important Necessary >

Have you heard this one? A multi-millionaire trumpet player walks into a room filled with genius-level artists – a dancer, a conceptual artist, a playwright, a composer, and a cinematographer/artist to award them each a $75,000 unrestricted prize award from his foundation.

Sounds hard to believe, but that is exactly what happened on May 18, for the 24th year in a row, when Herb Alpert welcomed this year’s award winners of the Herb Alpert awards in the Arts.

View Advocating Art 2018 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, L-R: Robert O'Hara, Courtney Bryan, Michael Rakowitz, Lani Hall Alpert, Herb Alpert, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Arthur Jafa, Photo: Francesco Da Vinci

Advocating Art >

Musician and philanthropist Herb Alpert is more inspired by new art than ever, which is why he’s giving $75,000 each to five risk-taking artists in the middle of what he hopes will be long careers.

View 2018 Herb Alpert Award Winners Announced 2018 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, L-R: Robert O'Hara, Courtney Bryan, Michael Rakowitz, Okwui Okpokwasili, & Arthur Jafa. Photo: Francesco Da Vinci

2018 Herb Alpert Award Winners Announced >

The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts has been presented to five mid–career artists who were recognized for their contributions to the fields of music, film/video, theater, dance, and the visual arts. This year’s recipients of the $75,000 unrestricted prize are composer and pianist Courtney Bryan, artist and filmmaker Arthur Jafa, playwright Robert O’Hara, choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili, and…