The Ovation TV Network brought its motto “Art Everywhere” to the creative hub at SoHo House in West Hollywood last week to welcome Princess Charlene of Monaco in her new role as trustee of the Princess Grace Foundation USA. Launched in 1984 by former President Ronald Reagan, the Princess Grace Foundation USA works together with performing arts organizations and educational institutions to fund professional development projects for talented emerging artists.
The events featured guest appearances by several previous winners of Princess Grace Foundation awards who are now making their mark on the local arts scene. 2013 Princess Grace Awards Winner Loni Landon is a good example of how the Princess Grace Foundation USA is helping Los Angeles step forward with its ambitions to become Creative Capital of the World. Landon is a graduate of the Julliard School for the Arts in New York and has been working with dance companies in Europe, texas and the Pacific Northwest. Now she is bringing her choreography talents to Los Angeles with projects for BODYTRAFRIC, a dance repertory company that aims to establish Los Angeles as a major center for dance performances.
Landon was joined by four fellow Princess Grace Award winners: filmmaker Miwa Matreyek, playwright Bridget Carpenter, actor Owiso Odera, and playwright Kate Robin. Miwa Matreyek’s most recent Princess Grace Award-funded projection work, “This World Made Itself” has been touring nationally. Carpenter is currently a showrunner and executive producer on Sundance’s Red Road and currently is writing the book for Disney’s musical adaptation of Freaky Friday. Odera recently starred on the CW series “The Originals” and was just cast in the upcoming film “In The Shadow of a Man.” Robin is currently back at HBO after her work as writer and producer on “Six Feet Under.” She is now working on the new HBO series, “Carthage,” while also serving as co-executive producer on Showtime’s drama series “The Affair.”
Southern California is earning national recognition for its role as an incubator of talent for the Princess Grace Foundation USA. The California Institute of the Arts and the University of Southern California took the lead in the number of award recipients in 2013 and 2004 Princess Grace Award winner Tiler Peck of Santa Monica was honored with the Princess Grace Statue Award in 2013. The continued success of Southern California talent in the Princess Grace Foundation community has helped convince the organization to hold its 30th annual awards gala in Los Angeles. This special event is scheduled for October 8 and will attract arts community leaders from the entire country to Los Angeles.