Nominations for the 2016 Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts are now closed.
Wai Look Award
Established in 2011, the Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts is a tribute to the life and work of Wai Look, who served on the Asian American Arts Alliances board of directors from 1999 until her death in December 2010. She spent most of her career in the arts, as an administrator and in artist services, and devoted herself to helping others. Ms. Look also strongly believed in the importance of volunteering, which was reflected in her personal, as well as professional life. The award is given periodically to an Asian American who is making a significant contribution to the arts by demonstrating a commitment to outstanding service, advocacy and/or leadership.
About Wai Look (1969–2010)
Born in New York, Wai Look was one of five daughters in a Chinese American family. She grew up in Queens and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1991. Since that time, she held positions in management and development for the United Hospital Fund, the Arts & Business Council of New York, and the New York Pops. A longtime board member of a4, Ms. Look served on the executive committee as board secretary. She also served on the board of the Artists Community Federal Credit Union.
2016 - Sarah Gambito and Joseph Legaspi, Co-Founders of Kundiman
2015 - Christina Chiu, Author, Co-host & Curator, Pen Parentis
2014 - Suzette Porte, Associate Director, Ma-Yi Theater
2013 - Gladys Chen, President, Second Generation Productions
2012 - Christine Toy Johnson, Actor, Playwright, Filmmaker
2011 - Deepa Purohit, Co-Founder, Rising Circle Theater Collective