The African American History & Culture Foundation has recognized International City Theatre artistic director/producer caryn desai [sic] as one of its 2016 Community Heroes.
The award, which was announced just days after desai accepted the Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Award for ‘Best Season’ at the circle’s annual ceremony, honors desai’s excellence in leadership and service that stands out as a stellar example to youth in the community.
“I have had the opportunity to participate in some of your great programs,” wrote AAHCF CEO Chandra Salaam in a letter. “Thanks for your senior outreach which provides access for low-income senior citizens. However, AAHCF seeks to honor you for your phenomenal youth outreach programs, including ICT’s mainstage productions, Performing Arts Classroom Teaching program, Student to Stage program, internship opportunities and the Summer Youth Conservatory.”
“This is especially rewarding because it is for the work we do in the community, not only for our theater productions,” desai said.
The African American History & Culture Foundation’s mission is to enhance the lives of urban youth, their families and communities by providing ongoing historical, educational and recreational services to meet their diverse needs.
The awards ceremony is set to take place on June 25 on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills.