The guy who never threw away his shot will be honored by the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation. Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of “Hamilton” and “In the Heights,” will receive its 2021 Service to America Leadership Award.
The foundation will honor him for advocacy and support for the Latino community and the arts during its annual Celebration of Service to America Awards next month.
The Service to America Leadership Award “recognizes individuals and organizations responsible for improving the lives of others through extraordinary public service.”
The film version of “In the Heights” debuts this week.
NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith saluted Miranda’s artistic accomplishments and continued, “He has matched his outstanding success with an outspoken advocacy for Puerto Rico and the arts, and a steadfast commitment to helping communities grow, learn and thrive.”
Miranda’s good works include helping the Hispanic Federation support relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria and launching Raise Up, a fundraising campaign to support the Hispanic Federation Emergency Assistance Fund.
He and the Flamboyan Foundation launched the Flamboyan Arts Fund in 2018, raising money for the arts and artisans in Puerto Rico.
And Miranda, Jeffrey Seller and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History created the Hamilton Education Program to help educators integrate the arts and creativity in the study of the revolutionary and founding era. The program relies on original historic documents to inspire artistic pieces.