awards for arts achievement
Public Leadership in the Arts Awards
National Arts Leadership Honoree
Jimmy Smits was presented with the National Arts Leadership Award for helping to make the arts accessible to all Americans. Whether playing a congressman on The West Wing, a senator in Star Wars, a detective on NYPD Blue, or attorney on L.A. Law, Mr. Smits is an accomplished actor and producer. In 1997, Mr. Smits co-founded the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, an organization that has raised more than $850,000 for graduate student scholarships and is dedicated to advancing the presence of Latinos in the media, telecommunications, and entertainment industries.