Solange will accept the first-ever Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact on February 28th. The event will take place in New York City in the Town Hall and feature performances by Solange and other artists.
The Lena Horne Prize “honours artists creating social impact with their platform and who inspire the next generation of change-makers.” The prize includes $100,000 for the artist to donate to the charity of their choice. Solange is donating the money to Project Row Houses, a non-profit organization in her home neighbourhood of Third Ward in Houston, Texas.
Congrats to @solangeknowles, winner of @TownHallNYC‘s inaugural Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact. A native of Houston’s Third Ward, she’s directing the $100K purse to #ProjectRowHouses, the community arts org founded in 1993. https://t.co/INMOiZn8HS pic.twitter.com/ryYaSPhhvA
— Walker Reader (@walkermag) December 9, 2019
“I will never forget being a young girl and the impact of hearing the great Lena Horne so radiantly and powerfully singing the words ‘believe in yourself’ from that remarkable moment in The Wiz. I have carried it with me closely my entire life. At the age of 12, I played this very role at the Ensemble Theatre in Houston, Texas and it was then I learned about Lena’s dedicated activism and fearless integrity as a woman and groundbreaking artist. I am honored to be receiving an award that bears her name and continue her legacy of using the arts to inspire reflection and evoke change,” Solange said in a statement.
Tickets are on sale January 28 at noon via Ticketmaster. Presale tickets can be purchased at noon today with presale password RISE.