Los Angeles is one step closer to its goal of becoming the “Creative Capital of the World.” On October 30, the directors of the Princess Grace Foundation USA announced that the 2014 Princess Grace Awards will take place in Los Angeles. This triumphant return to Hollywood will coincide with the sixtieth Anniversary of Princess Grace’s historic achievements of an Oscar nomination for her performance in “Mogambo” and her starring role in “The Country Girl,” for which she won an Oscar in 1955.
The Princess Grace Foundation has distinguished itself as one of the most successful arts organizations in America by building a community of talent. It works in partnership with CalArts and many other arts education programs to discover promising talent and fund key steps in their advancement. While the honors of many other awards programs are celebrated as a final achievement, Princess Grace Awards are the foundation for continuing talent training and participation in a vibrant creative community. The annual Princess Grace Awards recreate the aura of the Golden Age of Hollywood, when industry leaders dined together at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
The important role of Los Angeles talent convinced many Princess Grace Foundation USA leaders that this an ideal time to take involvement by California’s Creative Community to the next level. This year’s Princess Grace Foundation USA honoree, Tiler Peck, is a proud tribute to local arts education. The Southern California native studied ballet in Santa Monica before being recruited by the New York City Ballet, where she brought the California Dream to New York in her starring role in “The Peace of La Jolla.” The support of the Princess Grace Foundation USA has enabled Tiler Peck to advance her career with voice lessons for her starring role in the new musical, “The Dancer” inspired by iconic paintings by Edgar Degas.
The 2013 Princess Grace Awards commemorated the 1984 inauguration of the Princess Grace Foundation USA by another distinguished Los Angeles arts leader, former President Ronald Reagan. President Reagan served as President of the Screen Actors Guild during Grace Kelley’s meteoric rise to stardom. The 2013 awards program featured historic footage of the tribute President Reagan paid to Princess Grace with Prince Rainier at his side.
The Princely family of Monaco is extending these great traditions. At the October 30 Crown Luncheon, Princess Grace Foundation USA Chairman John Lehman announced that Princess Charlene of Monaco was joining the Board of Directors. Princess Charlene, whose has inspired emerging talent with her success as an Olympic swimmer, bonded with the supporters of the Princess Grace Foundation USA with her heartfelt and spontaneous cheering of the entire creative community.
The timing of this important announcement is ideal for another icon of the Los Angeles Creative Community. As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Museum moves forward with its plans for a 2016 opening at LACMA West, the success of the Princess Grace Foundation USA in organizing performing arts special exhibitions can add to the benefits of expanding this creative community in Los Angeles.