George Takei

Actor and Activist
February 18, 2020 - 4:30pm
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International Festival of Arts & Ideas 10th Annual Visionary Leadership Award 

The annual Visionary Leadership Award is presented to a leader whose trailblazing work is impacting the world. It was created in honor of Arts & Ideas co-founder Jean Handley, a beloved champion of the arts in the New Haven community. Proceeds from the Visionary Leadership Award Luncheon support work that represents the values and passions of Handley, including world- and US- premieres and community-centered performances.

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About George Takei

George Takei is a social justice activist, social media superstar, Grammy-nominated recording artist, New York Times bestselling author, and pioneering actor whose career has spanned six decades. He has appeared in more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television roles, most famously as Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek, and has used his success as a platform to fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality. His advocacy is personal: During World War II, Takei spent his childhood in United States internment camps along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans. He now serves as chair of the council of governors of East West Players, a member of the Human Rights Campaign, Chairman Emeritus of the Japanese American National Museum’s Board of Trustees, and a member of the US-Japan Bridging Foundation Board of Directors. He served on the board of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission under President Bill Clinton and, in 2004, was conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by the Emperor of Japan for his contribution to US-Japanese relations.