Kris Kristofferson received the Woody Guthrie Prize this week in Tulsa. This award honors those who embody the spirit of Woody Guthrie and is given annually to the artist who best exemplifies the spirit and life work of Guthrie by speaking for the less fortunate through music, film, literature, dance or other art forms and serving as a positive force for social change in America.
The award was presented to Kristofferson during an event in Tulsa, which was the first time it has been held there.
“With over 50 years of social activism as a voice for disenfranchised, Kris was an obvious choice to receive the 2016 Woody Guthrie Prize,” said Woody Guthrie Center Executive Director Deana McCloud. “It is an honor to recognize his incredible career and tireless work to make positive improvements in our society.”
Fellow A|S profiled artist Rodney Crowell joined Kristofferson on stage for a special performance during the event.
Proceeds from the event will support the Woody Guthrie Center, a 12,000-square-foot center that features state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits on Guthrie’s life, art and creative legacy.