Lyz Jaakola, one of Classical MPR's 2013-2014 Class Notes Artists, has won a Sally Award for Education at the 22nd annual event at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, Minn. Jaakola received the award in honor of her work in raising awareness and appreciation of Native music and culture throughout Minnesota.
The Sally Awards are described on the Ordway's website as follows:
Since 1992, the Sally Awards have honored individuals and institutions that strengthen and enrich our entire state with their commitment to the arts and arts education. The awardees' talents and determination help make Minnesota's quality of life excellent and its culture unique and rich.
The Sally Award is based on the "First Trust Award" presented in 1986 to Sally Ordway Irvine, whose initiative, vision and commitment inspired the creation of Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.
Each winner receives a cash prize.
As one of Classical MPR's Class Notes Artists, Jaakola visited a number of schools throughout the state, teaching children about Ojibwe Anishinaabe music and culture through live performance.
This video, produced by Classical MPR as part of the Class Notes educational video series, features Lyz Jaakola: