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Courage Award for the Arts
Sponsored byYoko Ono Lennon
Presented byYoko Ono Lennon
First awarded2009

The Courage Award for the Arts is a private award presented annually by Yoko Ono Lennon to artists, musicians, collectors, curators, writers who sought the truth in their work and demonstrated leadership, courage, resourcefulness in their work, and risked their careers by pursuing a larger vision of the local or national interest despite pressure to succumb to commercial and political constraints.

These awards are very meaningful to me. I’m deeply inspired by all the honorees—by their courage, their determination, their spirit. In their own ways, they’re all working for peace.

— Yoko Ono Lennon, Courage Award for the Arts

The award was established in 2009 by Yoko Ono Lennon. Courage Award for the Arts laureates receive a prize of US$25,000.[1]



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