In 2021, five members of the NYU Steinhardt community were recognized with prestigious awards for art and scholarship that seeks to advance an understanding of indigenous culture, social justice, and technological innovation.
“These awards – two MacArthur genius grants, a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship – speak to the immense talent in our community and the power that narratives can have in shaping ideas, beliefs, and deeply-ingrained public attitudes,” said Dean Jack Knott, Gale and Drukier Chair of NYU Steinhardt.
These awards speak to the immense talent in our community."
Art has been central to black freedom struggles and to social movements globally.”
Art is a powerful instrument to investigate reality. For me, art is like transforming life experience into visual symbols."
Tania León on Her Project 19 Commission, “Stride”
Stride by Tania León (BA ’71, MA ’75), is the winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in music. It premiered at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City on February 13, 2020, as part of "Project 19," an initiative commissioning new works by female composers to honor the centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment which granted women the right to vote. León began work on the composition by researching suffragist Susan B. Anthony and decided to call her piece, Stride, in honor of Anthony's persistent march toward progress.
"Stride for me was this gigantic woman with very big legs walking no matter what," Leon said. The Pulitzer Prize Board described it as “a musical journey full of surprise that incorporates Black music traditions from the US and the Caribbean into a Western orchestral fabric."
Drive to me means inner courage. There’s this blind faith about doing something when there are those around you who might not believe you can do it."
NYU Steinhardt has snagged the #6 ranking on the U.S. News & World Report's list of top graduate schools of education. The School is tied with Stanford University and has held a spot in the top ten schools of education in the United States for the last four years.
Multiple Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, one of the most revered artists in the Americana music genre, will work closely with NYU students through a variety of lectures, workshops, and classroom visits
Kaya Henderson, Danielle Nierenberg, and Julie Tolentino bring expertise in education, food systems, and performance art as NYU Steinhardt’s 2021-2022 Dean’s Scholars-in-Residence.