NEW YORK’S METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
AND THE COLLEGE BOARD TO BE HONORED
AT PUBLIC & COMMUNITY SERVICE EMMY AWARDS
New York, N.Y. – September 13, 2006 – In a special salute to arts and education, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the College Board will be recognized at this year’s Public & Community Service Emmy® Awards, it was announced today by Peter Price, President/CEO, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The Public & Community Service Awards will be presented during a luncheon ceremony at the Rainbow Room, New York City on Thursday, October 19.
Emily Kernan Rafferty, President, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Gaston Caperton, President, College Board and former Governor of West Virginia, will accept their respective Emmy Awards. In addition, at the ceremony Emmy Awards will be given in four categories: Local Public Service Announcement, National Public Service Announcement, Public Service Announcement in a Sponsored Commercial, and Community Service. Nominations will be announced later this month.
“The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a national treasure and a vital force in the art education and enlightenment of visitors from across the nation and around the world,” said Price. “And Emily Rafferty, who has spent virtually her entire working career at the Metropolitan, has led the museum’s initiative to attract multicultural audiences and memberships and she has led its efforts to create an innovative website – which expands its services to art lovers worldwide. For its service to the public, the Met is a worthy recipient of this Public & Community Service Emmy Award.”
In announcing the Emmy Award to the College Board, Price said, “The College Board provides an extraordinary service to high school students, their parents, high schools and colleges. Furthermore, the College Board strives not only for access and opportunity for all students but also works to prepare them to succeed in college through their continuing efforts to make American high school education more rigorous. Under Gaston Caperton’s leadership, the College Board has stepped up its efforts to help more traditionally underserved students receive high quality education through high school and college, an endeavor worthy of this Public & Community Service Emmy Award.”
Caperton said, “The College Board is deeply grateful to the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for bestowing on our organization an award that will help emphasize the urgency of educational reform in society today. The real race in this world is not a race to arms; it is a race to education. This award belongs to the thousands of educators who are members of the College Board and are determined to make college success a reality for all young people.”
Price also noted that the Foundation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences supports these education efforts through its National Student Awards and Best Practices journalism curriculum for high school students. In addition, the Foundation presents a four-year college scholarship to a high school student interested in studying journalism.
About The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s largest and finest art museums. Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum is located in New York City’s Central Park along Fifth Avenue. Last year it was visited by 4.5 million people.
The Museum’s two-million-square-foot building has vast holdings that represent a series of collections, each of which ranks in its category among the finest in the world. The American Wing, for example, houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. The Museum also includes 2,500 European paintings – Rembrandts, Vermeers and a vast collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist canvases. The Museum also houses the greatest collection of Egyptian art outside Cairo while the Islamic art collection is one of the world’s finest. Other major collections belonging to the Museum include arms and armor, Asian art, costumes, European sculpture and decorative arts, medieval and Renaissance art, musical instruments, drawings, prints, antiquities from around the ancient world, photography, and modern art.
The Metropolitan Museum presents more than 30 special exhibitions each year, representing a wide range of artists, eras, and cultures. The Museum also serves New York City, the United States, and people around the world with a large variety of educational training programs, fellowships, and loans of works of art. The Museum’s educational programs are attended annually by approximately 350,000 general Museum visitors, students from the grade school to the university level, and teachers. In addition, more than 5,000 works of art are loaned each year by the Metropolitan Museum to other museums and cultural institutions throughout the United States and the world.
Emily Kernan Rafferty became President of Metropolitan Museum in January 2005. A 30-year employee of the Metropolitan who began her long and distinguished career at the Museum as a fundraising administrator in 1976, Ms. Rafferty has risen steadily within its ranks through several eras of growth and change at the institution. She served for five years as Administrator for Corporate, Foundation, and Individual Fundraising, and then became Manager of Development in 1981, a position she held for three years. From 1984 to 1996 she served as Vice President for Development and Membership, and from 1996-1999 as Senior Vice President before assuming the position of Senior Vice President for External Affairs, a position she held until she became the Museum’s President. Rafferty earned her B.A. degree cum laude from Boston University in 1971 and began her professional career that year as an arts and philanthropy assistant to David Rockefeller, Jr., in Boston. From 1973 to 1975 she served as deputy director of education at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art.
About the College Board
The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more than 5,000 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves 7,000,000 students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities, and concerns.
Gaston Caperton, the eighth president of the College Board, was appointed to that position in 1999. During his tenure, he has taken bold steps to connect greater numbers of students to college success while raising educations standards, including expanding AP teacher training and Pre-AP courses in middle school, and opening College Board Schools, laboratories of learning for underserved middle and high school students, funded by the Gates Foundation and the Dell Foundation. During his years as President, the number of low-income students taking AP courses has tripled.
As two-term governor of West Virginia from 1988 to 1996, he developed a comprehensive plan that emphasized the use of computers and technology in the public schools, raises teachers’ salaries and had more than 19,000 educators trained through a statewide Center for Professional Development. Leaving the statehouse, Caperton spent the spring of 1997 teaching as a fellow at the John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics at Harvard University. He then taught at Columbia University, where he founded and managed the Institute on Education and Government. Caperton began his career as a businessman in his home state, after graduating from the University of North Carolina.
About the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The National Television Academy is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime, Creative Arts, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering/Advanced Media and Business & Financial Reporting. Excellence in Primetime programming and international programming is recognized by its affiliate, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Regional Emmys are given in 19 regions across the United States. Beyond awards, the National Television Academy has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv.