Mikko Nissinen Accepts Boston’s Guide for the Arts Ambassador to the Arts Award for 2009-2010 Season

Recognizes his artistic leadership at Boston Ballet, establishment of important educational programs. Mikko Nissinen Accepts Boston’s Guide for the Arts Ambassador to the Arts Award for 2009-2010 Season

[USPRwire, Wed Jul 15 2009] Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director of Boston Ballet, has been awarded the ninth annual Ambassador to the Arts award from Guide for the Arts. The award recognizes Nissinen’s artistic success in transforming Boston Ballet into one of the premier companies in the world, touring the company internationally to Spain and Korea, as well as his leadership in expanding the company's educational programs, which reach extensively into the Boston community. “Boston Ballet reaches not only young dancers, but makes groundbreaking efforts in dance therapy, audience outreach and community relations,” says Guide for the Arts publisher Kevin T. Wood. “The Guide is delighted to recognize his work, and looks forward to supporting these programs.” Boston Ballet’s community programs include Citydance, an inner-city scholarship program; Adaptive Dance, a joint venture with the physical therapy department at Children’s Hospital; Dancetalks, a presentation series for audiences; and Taking Healthy Steps, intensive summer performing arts workshops.

The Ambassador Award is sponsored by Guide for the Arts, a groundbreaking publication for patrons, benefactors, artists and administrators. Guide for the Arts established the Ambassador Award program in 2001 in Boston, and has since honored such luminaries as composer John Williams, Sen. Edward Kennedy, and Institute of Contemporary Art’s director Jill Medvedow. The Guide recently announced that Placido Domingo, General Director of the Washington National Opera, has received its 2009-10 Washington Ambassador Award. “I’m delighted to join such distinguished company with this honor from Guide for the Arts,” said Nissinen. “I thank the Guide for its support of Boston Ballet's work onstage, in the studios and in the community, and look forward to continuing this work in the city of Boston and beyond.”

The Ambassador Award, a unique sculpture created by Bennett Awards, will be presented during the Boston Ballet’s 2009–10 season, which opens on Sept. 19 at its new home in the Opera House with “Night of Stars.” In-kind support from the Guide for Boston Ballet’s educational programs will also be announced at that time. For further information about Guide for the Arts, visit www.guideforthearts.com.

About Guide for the Arts
A must-have publication for serious arts patrons, Guide for the Arts, published by Instep Communications, LLC, is the only comprehensive source for complete arts schedules, special events, box office listings and performance hall information. Guide for the Arts is distributed exclusively to patrons, benefactors, artists and corporate sponsors. With complete listings for theatres, museums, dance and music organizations, the Guide has a readership of more than 150,000 annually. Guide for the Arts publishes editions in Boston and Washington D.C. For complete information, Contact: Kevin T. Wood ktw@guideforthearts.com 617-275-4768

About Boston Ballet
Founded in 1963, Boston Ballet is one of the leading dance companies in North America. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, the Company maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire of classical, neo-classical and contemporary works, ranging from full-length story ballets to new works by some of today's finest choreographers.

Boston Ballet's second company, Boston Ballet II, is made up of pre-professional dancers who gain experience by performing with Boston Ballet and as an independent group, presenting lecture-demonstrations and unique programs to audiences throughout the Northeast. The Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education is the largest ballet school in North America. In service of its mission to bring the highest quality arts education to all, it reaches and instructs more than 10,000 students of all ages each year through Boston Ballet School, Summer Dance Workshop, Summer Dance Program, Citydance, Taking Steps, and Adaptive Dance. The wide array of dance education programs are held at four major ballet studio locations, in community centers, and throughout the Boston Public Schools.

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