Smithsonian Magazine will hold its 3rd Annual American Ingenuity Awards in October, honoring eight of the most innovative people in the arts and sciences. And this year, the award for performing arts will go to Rosanne Cash.
T Bone Burnett will present the award to Cash, the eldest daughter of music legend Johnny Cash.
Smithsonian Magazine editor in chief Michael Caruso, who helped launch the Ingenuity Awards in 2012, noted that the press has described the evening as “the Golden Globes of the intellect.”
“We designed this program so it would be unlike any other. It's the smartest party you can go to—a wild mix of scientists, artists and entertainers,” Caruso told Adweek. “It gives you the sense that, okay, there are incredible problems in the world all around us but there are these amazing, smart, talented people in all these different disciplines working hard on them every day.”
Joining Caruso as this year’s hosts are Smithsonian Enterprises president Christopher Liedel, chief content officer Barbara Rehm, vp of advertising sales and marketing Stephen Giannetti. The awards’ sponsors include Prudential and BASF.
Last year’s award for performing arts, presented by The Talking Heads’ David Byrne, was given to musician St. Vincent. Other honorees included NASA engineer Adam Steltzner, multimedia artists Doug Aitken, and writers Dave Eggers and Mimi Lok.
“David Byrne stood up to speak last year and the first thing he did was look around the room and say, ‘Wow, just wow,’” recalled Caruso. “When you've wowed David Byrne, you feel like you've really got something special.”