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UMS Director Michael Kondziolka to Receive Chevalier Award

Chevalier_arts_et_lettresUMS Programming Director Michael Kondziolka was recently named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Minister of Culture.

This distinction recognizes eminent artists and writers, and those who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. Kondziolka receives the award in recognition of his significant contributions to bringing French performing arts to the United States.

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Michael Kondziolka

Said UMS National Council member Marylene Delbourg-Delphis:

As a French citizen, I am thrilled to learn that Michael Kondziolka is now a Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters). The significance of this prestigious award is that it recognizes a continuous series of achievements and, as a result, is very hard to get. I am glad that my country values how effectively Michael evangelizes the French performing arts and I am sure that many other countries will follow suit. Michael’s personal acumen, tireless efforts and talent bolster Ann Arbor’s visibility and influence on a national and international scale and confirms UMS’s standing as a truly diverse and cosmopolitan breeding ground for the arts.

The award will be presented later in 2016 in France.