Senator John Heinz

RELATED NEWS

  • Mona Hanna-Attisha writes OpEd for the Washington Post on the EPA's proposed limiting of types of scientific studies used for new regulations go >>
  • Robert Langer co-authors scientific article on new once-a-month contraceptive pill go >>
  • Hugh Herr is interviewed by Medgagdget.com about his work and current research on bionic limbs go >>
  • Joe DeSimone is named Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for 2019 go >>
  • Amanda Nguyen named recipient of a South by Southwest Community Service Award go >>
  • Rita Dove receives the 2019 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets go >>
  • Mary Good, 6th recipient for Technology, the Economy and Employment and "true pioneer and icon for women in science," dies at 88 go >>
  • Robert Langer helps to develop a longterm oral delivery pill for malaria drug go >>
  • Kevin Jerome Everson is interviewed by online arts magazine Hyperallergic go >>
  • Sangeeta Bhatia elected to National Academy of Medicine, one of only 25 inidividuals elected to all three academies go >>
  • Ralph Lemon is profiled by Rennie McDougall for Frieze magazine go >>
  • NPR's Weekend Edition profiles Mark di Suvero go >>
  • Sanjeev Arora receives Governor of New Mexico's Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement go >>
  • Sherri Mason writes about the pervasiveness of plastics in our environment for American Scientist go >>
  • Nadine Burke Harris' work on statewide screening for childhood trauma is profiled by The Chronicle of Social Change go >>
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha writes Op-Ed for The New York Times go >>
  • Paul Farmer talks about health equity with Bay Area NPR go >>
  • Matt Mullenweg is interviewed by The Verge about Automattic's purchase of Tumblr go >>
  • Joseph DeSimone is profiled by Alejandro Cremades for Forbes go >>
  • Dave Eggers write Op-Ed piece about teh second International Congress of Youth Voices, held in Puerto Rico go >>
  • Hugh Herr is featured in 60 Minutes overview of MIT's Media Lab go >>
  • Sherri Mason named first sustainability coordinator at Penn State Behrend go >>
  • Rita Dove receives the Langston Hughes Medal from The City College of New York go >>
  • Nadine Burke Harris is profiled by NPR as California's first Surgeon General go >>
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha is interviewed about the lead-in-water crisis in Newark go >>
  • Sherri Mason writes Op-Ed on plastics for The Hill go >>
  • August Wilson's play, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," to be filmed in Pittsburgh for Netflix go >>
  • Greg Asner's work with his Global Airborne Observatory is profiled by The New York Times go >>
  • Sangeeta Bhatia is the 2019 recipient of the Science History Institute's Othmer Gold Medal go >>
  • Robert Langer is the recipient of the 2019 Dreyfus Prize in Chemical Sciences go >>
  • The American Institute of Chemical Engineers endows new fellowship in Robert Langer's name go >>
  • Natasha Trethewey is inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters go >>
  • U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, co-recipient of the 10th Chairman's medal, dies at 87 go >>
  • The New York Times honors the 50th anniversary of Arthur Mitchell’s pioneering Dance Theater of Harlem through the recollections of those who worked with him go >>
  • Gretchen Daily heads case study demonstrating the benefits of managing land for both economic and environmental benefits go >>
  • Nadine Burke Harris, California's first Surgeon General, is interviewed by EdSource go >>
  • Natasha Trethewey and her latest book are profiled by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette go >>
  • The New York Times profiles Carol Gilligan and her new book go >>
  • Dave Eggers' latest book, The Parade, is reviewed by the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times go >>
  • The New York Times interviews Roz Chast and her sometime writing and ukulele partner, Patricia Marx go >>
  • Ming Kuo is lead author on metastudy showing that experience of nature boosts children's academic achievement and development go >>
  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project to end their season with April tribute to John Harbison go >>
  • Michelle Alexander writes OpEd for The New York TImes on the need to face violent crime honestly and courageously go >>
  • Natasha Trethewey talks about making poetry in an interview for Guernica go >>
  • John Harbison is profiled by the Wisconsin State Journal for his 80th birthday go >>
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha pens an OpEd about remaining lessons from the Flint water crisis go >>
  • Mason Bates' first opera, "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs," wins a Grammy for Best Opera Recording go >>
  • Edward Zigler, architect of Head Start and 5th Public Policy recipient, dies at 88 go >>
  • Nadine Burke Harris to be appointed as California's first Surgeon General go >>
  • Natasha Trethewey is named as a chancellor for The Academy of American Poets go >>
  • Luis Garden Acosta, co-recipient of the 5th Heinz Award for the Human Condition, dies at 73 go >>
  • Cary Fowler discusses the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the BBC’s “Witness” podcast go >>
  • Arthur Mitchell is honored in a memorial service at Manhattan's Riverside Church go >>
  • Natasha Trethewey is profiled in Buzzfeed News go >>
  • Joseph DeSimone receives the 2018 National Academy of Sciences prize in convergent science go >>
  • John Harbison and his multi-decade career is profiled by Strings magazine go >>
  • Roz Chast is interviewed, on the occasion of her new retrospective, by The New York Times go >>
  • James Comer's School Development Program at the Yale Child Study Center celebrates 50 years go >>
  • Vanity Fair interviews Natasha Trethewey about her work and new retrospective poetry collection, "Monument" go >>
  • The New York Times reviews 'Relations,' with Ralph Lemon, Bebe Miller and Ishmael Houston-Jones go >>
  • Natasha Trethewey is interviewed by NPR's Weekend Edition go >>
  • John Luther Adams writes for The Guardian on why he chose music over activism go >>
  • Joseph DeRisi talks about his work and virus hunting on Still Untitled - The Adam Savage Project go >>
  • Gregory Asner to establish Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science at Arizona State University go >>
  • Jane Lubchenco awarded the 2018 Fellow Medal from California Academy of Sciences go >>
  • George Hatsopoulos, 3rd Heinz Awards recipient in Technology, the Economy and Employment, dies at 91 go >>
  • Arthur Mitchell, 7th Heinz Awards recipient for Arts and Humantities, dies at 84 go >>
  • John Luther Adams' work, In the Name of the Earth, to premiere in Central Park this Saturday go >>
  • Dave Eggers writes an article for The Guardian about The International Congress of Youth Voices go >>
  • TIME interviews Mona Hanna-Attisha on the occasion of her new book go >>
  • The Carnegie Corporation honors Mona Hanna-Attisha as one of 38 Distinguished Immigrants for 2018 go >>
  • Michelle Alexander to join The New York Times opinion pages go >>
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha is interviewed by Rachel Maddow go >>
  • Ann Hamilton's O N E E V E R Y O N E receives the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network award go >>
  • Hugh Herr has a new TED talk on what it would really mean to be a cyborg go >>
  • Jake Wood of Team Rubicon to receive the Pat Tillman Award for Service at 2018 ESPYs go >>
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha adapts a chapter from her new book for The New York Times' Op-Ed page go >>
  • Greg Asner helps to create high-resolution maps of Caribbean coral reefs go >>
  • Dee Boersma and her work are featured in The Pew Charitable Trusts' "After the Fact" podcast go >>
  • James Nachtwey is profiled by The Times in London as his new show, Memoria, is on in Paris go >>
  • Rita Dove talks to the Columbia Journalism Review on pairing poetry with journalism go >>
  • Abraham Verghese writes a piece for The New York Times Magazine on one major downside of electronic health records go >>
  • Sierra magazine profiles the ongoing challenges Beverly Wright and others face in combating environmental racism in New Orleans go >>
  • The LA Times explores John Luther Adams' career and his most recent work go >>
  • Mason Bates to premiere his new work, "Garden of Eden," with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra go >>
  • Jane Lubchenco receives 2018 Vannevar Bush Award go >>
  • Salman Khan receives the 2018 Visonary of the Year Award form The San Francisco Chronicle go >>
  • John Luther Adams writes in the New York Times what it is like to hear the desert in music go >>
  • Freeman Hrabowski III reflects in The Atlantic on UMBC's successes in closing the achievement gap go >>
  • John Luther Adams and his new compositition, Become Desert, are profiled by the Seattle Times go >>

The Heinz Awards

1999

Luis Acosta + Frances Lucerna

Luis Garden Acosta and Frances Lucerna receive the Heinz Award in the Human Condition for profoundly influencing the nature of community building and youth development through their creation of El Puente, "The Bridge." A neighborhood center serving as a school and much, much more, El Puente represents a vision of a world where working for social justice is essential to individual growth.

In 1981, 48 young people lost their lives in "the killing fields" of the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. Williamsburg, recognized as the state's most concentrated Latino community and one of its poorest, was also called the "gang capital of New York City." Out of this mix emerged Luis Garden Acosta and Frances Lucerna, who gave up established careers as a hospital administrator and a dancer respectively to dedicate themselves to building an institution that might restore a battered community. Refusing to accept the community's fate, Mr. Garden Acosta founded El Puente.

El Puente was more than a new human services organization working to prevent youth problems. Under the leadership of this charismatic and committed couple, it quickly became a catalyst for the development of the whole neighborhood and its residents. By working hand-in-hand with residents, they have helped to establish an array of opportunities designed to make Williamsburg a safe, healthy and stable community.

Mr. Garden Acosta is founder and president of El Puente, and Ms. Lucerna is founder and principal of its Academy for Peace and Justice. Together as husband and wife, they work diligently to ensure the over 10,000 members of their community access to the arts, medicine, education, sports, green spaces, communication and other activities that serve as "bridges" to the souls of young people and their families.

In the beginning, they realized the need to build a movement focused on development rather than treatment, or on the whole human being and the whole community. To achieve that integration, they worked to change the way institutions traditionally related to the community, building a bridge to the church, the hospital, the school and the home. Rather than looking at young people as simply being at-risk, they challenge young people to become artists, educators, scholars, health promoters, and leaders in their personal lives and the life of the community. The "bridge" concept was significant in still another way. It has come to mean that people could and should return to the village that nurtured them so that they, in turn, could help the next generation.

Mr. Garden Acosta and Ms. Lucerna work together in complementary ways, and the power of their shared commitment is evident in the sense of pride and self-respect that has blossomed in the diverse neighborhood they serve. Driven by the belief that principles, not personalities, should serve as the anchor for the organization, Luis Garden Acosta and Frances Lucerna have given hope to young people by helping them to become part of the resonating voice of a rising community.

Note: This profile is excerpted from the commemorative brochure published at the time of the awards' presentation.


REMEMBERING

Luis Garden Acosta passed away on January 9, 2019.

Luis Acosta + Frances Lucerna