4th Annual Visionary Leadership Award

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is thrilled to honor Sheila Nevins, documentary film producer and President of HBO Documentary Films for Home Box Office, with its 4th Annual Visionary Leadership Award.

Sheila Nevins’ award-winning work as a documentary filmmaker and producer has been instrumental in telling important stories of people and figures both large and small. Their stories have had profound resonance in our broader culture, and her role in pursuing and producing their stories has shaped both our thinking about the world and the field of documentary filmmaking itself.

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About the Award

Occurring outside the annual festival, the Visionary Leadership Award honors a leader whose trailblazing work is changing the world, and connects the Festival's Ideas programs to every day impacts on the community. In addition to the Award Benefit Luncheon, the complete schedule of events includes opportunities for the entire community to engage with the honoree's extraordinary work.

The Award was created in honor of the late Jean M. Handley’s leadership as a Founding Director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Ms. Handley provided thoughtful and effective leadership as a lifelong champion of many of the region’s arts, cultural, social, and educational organizations. She was also a role model for women: a person of extraordinary wisdom and an individual of exceedingly high standards who was generous with her talent and time.

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US Trust is the lead sponsor of the 4th Annual Visionary Leadership Award