Montblanc honors Maria Arena Bell with 25th Annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award

06/01/2016
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Montblanc Honors Maria Arena Bell with the 25th Annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award

Maison Celebrated Bell’s Philanthropy and Patronage at Los Angeles Event

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Montblanc North America President Sylvain Costof and Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Montblanc North America President Sylvain Costof and Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Eli Broad, Actress/Producer Gisella Marengo, Robert “Bobby” Kennedy III, Artist Jonas Wood, Artist Thomas Houseago, Art Dealers Jackie & Irving Blum and more. The visionary award, which recognizes modern-day patrons for their work and contributions to the arts and culture, was presented to American novelist, television and freelance writer, and philanthropist Maria Arena Bell for her efforts that make the arts accessible to broader audiences. Director and Chief Curator at Large of MoMA PS1, Klaus Biesenbach, was joined by newly appointed Co-Chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation Till Fellrath and Sam Bardaouil to present the honoree with a Patron of Art Peggy Guggenheim limited edition fountain pen encased in a trophy, along with 15,000 euros to benefit the arts at MoMa PS1.

The Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award is hosted in 16 different countries around the world. American honouree Maria Arena Bell was selected by an international jury of 44 celebrated arts influencers that were brought together by the Montblanc Cultural Foundation. The notable board of jurors evaluate each winner based on their history of personal commitment and contributions to the arts. This year’s jury included contemporary artist Dustin Yellin, Spanish Academy Goya award winning actress Macarena Gómez, Columbian film director Simón Brand, world renowned composer Chiu Tsang Hei, Latin American photographer Flor Garduño and more.

As the former long-term chair and later president of Los Angeles’ PS Arts, Bell has lead the charge to raise funds to provide arts education to over 25,000 low income Los Angeles public elementary school children. Bell chaired The National Arts Awards for Americans For The Arts (a nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington DC) for over a decade and served as its Vice Chair lobbying on Capitol Hill for increased funding for the NEA and art in schools. She created American’s for the Arts’ Bell Family Foundation Young Artist award, which has been given to artists such as actress Dakota Fanning, dancer David Hallberg and musician Josh Groban. Bell also served as the co-chair from 2009-14 at The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA). During her tenure, she co-chaired the search for two directors and co-chaired the successful campaign to raise the Museum’s endowment to over $100 million. In addition, Bell created five remarkable artist galas with artists such as Marina Abramovic, Francesco Vezzolli and Doug Aitken. In the fall of 2012 Bell was nominated by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and was subsequently sworn in on December 11, 2012 as Commissioner to the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Committee.

Every year since 1992, the prestigious Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award has recognized the outstanding achievements and important contributions of modern day patrons, reinforcing today’s importance of patronage in making arts and culture accessible to broader audiences. Since the award’s inception, over 4 million euros have been awarded to 230 projects across the world as a result of the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award. Bell joins a prestigious list of past honourees, including Yoko Ono, Quincy Jones, Craig Robbins, HRH Charles Prince of Wales, Jane Rosenthal, Peter M. Brant and Queen Sofia of Spain.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Robert F. Kennedy III, Alice Braccini and Jonathan Bollerr attend the presentation of the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Robert F. Kennedy III, Alice Braccini and Jonathan Bollerr attend the presentation of the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell and MOMA PS1 Director Klaus Bienenbach attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell and MOMA PS1 Director Klaus Bienenbach attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: A general view of atmosphere at the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

A general view of atmosphere at the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Jackie Blum, Lily Karatz and Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Jackie Blum, Lily Karatz and Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Alice Arena and Angelo Arena attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Alice Arena and Angelo Arena attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Lily Karatz and Sabrina Bell attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Lily Karatz and Sabrina Bell attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Irving Blum (right) and guest attend the presentation of the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Irving Blum (right) and guest attend the presentation of the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Lily Karatz and Bruce Karatz attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Lily Karatz and Bruce Karatz attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Lauralee Bell and Scott Martin attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Lauralee Bell and Scott Martin attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Montblanc Creative Director Zaim Kamal, Montblanc North America President Sylvain Costof, Montblanc Cultural Foundation Co-Chairman Sam Bardaouil, Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell, MOMA PS1 Director Klaus Bienenbach and Montblanc Cultural Foundation Co Chairman Till Fellrath attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Montblanc Creative Director Zaim Kamal, Montblanc North America President Sylvain Costof, Montblanc Cultural Foundation Co-Chairman Sam Bardaouil, Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell, MOMA PS1 Director Klaus Bienenbach and Montblanc Cultural Foundation Co Chairman Till Fellrath attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Kerry Brougher, Montblanc Cultural Foundation Co-Chairman Sam Bardaouil, Lily Karatz and Bruce Karatz attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Kerry Brougher, Montblanc Cultural Foundation Co-Chairman Sam Bardaouil, Lily Karatz and Bruce Karatz attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Avril Adams and Deborah Sharpe attend the presentation of the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Avril Adams and Deborah Sharpe attend the presentation of the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Actress Ashley Greene attends the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Actress Ashley Greene attends the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell attends the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell attends the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Actresses Ashley Greene and Bryce Dallas Howard attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Actresses Ashley Greene and Bryce Dallas Howard attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Montblanc North America President Sylvain Costof and Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Montblanc North America President Sylvain Costof and Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Actress Ashley Greene attends the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Actress Ashley Greene attends the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Actress Ashley Greene, Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell and actress Bryce Dallas Howard attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Actress Ashley Greene, Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell and actress Bryce Dallas Howard attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Actress Ashley Greene attends the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Actress Ashley Greene attends the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Actress Bryce Dallas Howard attends the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Actress Bryce Dallas Howard attends the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Director and Chief Curator at Large of MoMA PS1, Klaus Biesenbach, Eli Broad and Edye Broad attend the presentation of the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Director and Chief Curator at Large of MoMA PS1, Klaus Biesenbach, Eli Broad and Edye Broad attend the presentation of the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Actress Bryce Dallas Howard and Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Actress Bryce Dallas Howard and Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Montblanc Cultural Foundation Co-Chairman Sam Bardaouil , Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell, actress Ashley Greene and Montblanc Cultural Foundation Co Chairman Till Fellrath attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Montblanc Cultural Foundation Co-Chairman Sam Bardaouil , Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell, actress Ashley Greene and Montblanc Cultural Foundation Co Chairman Till Fellrath attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell and MOMA PS1 Director Klaus Bienenbach attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell and MOMA PS1 Director Klaus Bienenbach attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell andactress Ashley Greene attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell andactress Ashley Greene attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Montblanc Cultural Foundation Co-Chairman Sam Bardaouil, Actress Ashley Greene, Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell, actress Bryce Dallas Howard and Montblanc Cultural Foundation Co Chairman Till Fellrath attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Montblanc Cultural Foundation Co-Chairman Sam Bardaouil, Actress Ashley Greene, Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award North American Recipient Maria Arena Bell, actress Bryce Dallas Howard and Montblanc Cultural Foundation Co Chairman Till Fellrath attend the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: MOMA PS1 Director Klaus Bienenbach attends the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)

MOMA PS1 Director Klaus Bienenbach attends the 25th annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at Chateau Marmont on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Montblanc)