Tony Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee Viola Davis accepted the 2012 Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts at the 16th annual Pell Awards, held at Trinity Repertory Company's Dowling Theater and Pell Chafee Performance Center on May 21.
Additional honorees included Elaine Foster Perry, who received the Charles Sullivan Award for Distinguished Service in the Arts; Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons, who received the Pell Award for Leadership in Arts Education; and J.L. "Lynn" Singleton, who received the Pell Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts. All of the awardees are past or current Rhode Islanders.
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