José Antonio Abreu, center, with children from El Sistema
Visionary music educator José Antonio Abreu will be awarded the Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America at a ceremony in Caracas, Venezuela, later this year.
The award ceremony will be held in conjunction with a concert by the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela, commonly known as “El Sistema,” in the Center for Social Action Through Music.
Administered by the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Notre Dame Prize is the only award of its kind that recognizes leaders who enhance their region’s welfare. The award celebrates the significant role public figures play in improving the well-being of Latin American citizens.