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ASU's Lerman receives Jacob's Pillow Dance Award


Connor Pelton

Arizona State University professor Liz Lerman is this year's recipient of the presitgious Jacob's Pillow Dance Award, according to the New York Times. 

"Since the 1970s, she (Lerman) has built bridges to other domains and expanded where dance lives in our society," said Pillow director Pamela Tatge in a statement last week. "She has paved the way for a whole generation of dance makers to discover the power of social change through community engagement and by, as she puts it, ‘rattling around in other people’s universes.'"

Lerman has devoted her career to community engagement through dance. In 2016, she was named the first institute professor at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, where she is building a new ensemble lab focused on creative research.

Her $25,000 prize will be presented at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, which runs from June 21 through Aug. 27 in Becket, Mass.