Accepting the annual Civic Inspiration Award from Ballet Hispanico on behalf of the Ford Foundation, Darren Walker pays tribute to the artists who bring the joy of dance into so many lives. While he's at it, he can’t help showing off his own love of dance.

“Whether transfixing audiences with bold and graceful performances or transforming communities through your remarkable educational and service programs for our young people, you have delighted and inspired, on and off the stage,” Darren says.

The foundation has been a proud supporter of Ballet Hispanico for more than 30 years, and we look forward to dancing together into a future that celebrates the cultural traditions and creativity of all people.


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