AARP was privileged to support the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts' 13th annual gala event, Noche Musical, hosted by Jimmy Smits, Merel Juliá, Esai Morales, and Felix Sánchez on September 15 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
The event honored writer and producer Roberto Orci (Transformers, Star Trek, and television’s Fringe) with the Raúl Juliá Award for Excellence.
Playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was also honored with this year’s Horizon Award, established as a way to recognize the rare rising star who shatters the status quo, redefines the environment, and literally changes the direction of the industry. As an NHFA scholarship recipient at Yale University in 2000, Aguirre-Sacasa has experienced what the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts offers firsthand. Since graduating, Aguirre-Sacasa has written numerous plays, including King of Shadows, Good Boys and True, The Velvet Sky, and Dark Matters. He also writes for the Emmy-nominated HBO series Big Love.
The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts was founded in 1997 by actors Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales, and Merel Juliá and Washington, D.C., attorney Felix Sanchez to increase participation of Hispanics in the entertainment industry. The Foundation’s event raises funds for its graduate scholarship program and for its outreach and educational programs at prominent colleges and universities for young Latinos aspiring to careers in entertainment and media.
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