Brooklyn Community Foundation Honored

The Brooklyn Community Foundation yesterday was honored with one of the annual Mayor’s Awards for Arts & Culture.

A press release announcing the awards – which were handed out to five individuals and organizations in celebration of their outstanding contributions to New York City’s cultural life – credited the Brooklyn organization for celebrating “Brooklyn pride, innovation, and civic spirit, and funding arts access for Brooklynites of all ages and backgrounds.

“Building on the accomplishments of its predecessor, the Independence Community Foundation, the Brooklyn Community Foundation has displayed outstanding philanthropic leadership in its pilot year as the only foundation in the city dedicated to supporting nonprofits within a single borough.”

Mayor Bloomberg and Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep presented this year’s awards at Alice Tully Hall.

The other recipients were Amy Fischetti-Boncardo of Queens County Farm Museum, Photojournalist Bill Cunningham, Bronx Theatre High School Principal Deborah Effinger, and Sandy Ground Historical Society The Mayor also presented the 2010 NYC Handel Medallion, New York City’s highest award for achievement in the arts, to dancer and choreographer Judith Jamison.