James DePreist, Symphony Conductor and Penn Alumnus, Receives University’s Inaugural Creative Spirit Award
PHILADELPHIA –- Internationally acclaimed maestro James A. DePreist received the University of Pennsylvania’s first Creative Spirit Award in recognition of his artistic leadership and life-long commitment to the arts.
The award, a highlight of Penn’s yearlong celebration of Arts and the City Year, was presented during ceremonies at the 75th Alumni Award of Merit gala, an annual event that recognizes outstanding Penn alumni volunteerism.
A groundbreaking at the University of Pennsylvania for its 24-acre, $46 million Penn Park that features pedestrian walks, three athletic fields and a 12-court outdoor tennis facility and will bring 20 percent more open space to the campus.
The park is made up of 14 acres of land Penn purchased from the U.S. Postal Service in 2007 as well as 10 acres the University already owned around South Street.