Array, the multi-platform arts and social impact collective founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, has received the Peabody Institutional Award.
The collective describes itself as being dedicated to narrative change, and was recognized by Peabody for amplifying film and TV projects by people of color and women filmmakers.
The Institutional Award recipient is selected by the Peabody Board of Jurors. The award recognizes institutions, organizations, series and programs for an overall enduring body of work and impact on the media landscape and public imagination. The Peabody organization, in turn, recognized Array for foregrounding absent voices and missing representations in front of and behind the camera, and for reimagining how projects are greenlit, created, produced and distributed.
“As an Academy Award nominee and multiple Peabody and Emmy Award winner, Ava has leveraged her remarkable success to amplify and uplift women directors and storytellers of color,” said Jeffrey Jones, executive director of Peabody, in a news release.
“Array has produced an incredible slate of projects centered around Black experiences and has led many inspirational initiatives to support up-and-coming filmmakers of color.”
DuVernay (pictured) was presented the award by Oprah Winfrey via video this morning (June 9). The 81st annual Peabody Award winners will be announced virtually from June 21 to June 24.
Array was founded by DuVernay in 2011. The company has produced award-winning titles including the documentary 13th and well as scripted film Queen Sugar, When They See Us, Caste and Wings of Fire. It’s also created education materials for much of its content, along with programs such as LEAP (Law Enforcement Accountability Project), to commission art projects in service of social justice activism.
Past winners of Peabody’s Institutional Award include The Simpsons, 60 Minutes, Sesame Street and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.