May 15, 2014 – The Ad Club of Boston awarded the Citi Performing Arts Center with the Non-Profit Initiative Award last night at the Annual Rosoff Awards. Citi Performing Arts Center was recognized for its strategic commitment to broad-based access and outreach to diverse communities including its City Spotlights Leadership Program, an innovative summer job program for inner city Boston teens, and extensive free ticket access network serving diverse neighborhood partners.

The Rosoff Award presentation spotlighted Citi Center’s inclusion and diversity strategies inherent in both its programming and education offerings, but particularly applauded the City Spotlights Leadership Program. Approaching its fourth year, the City Spotlights Leadership Program uniquely empowers Boston’s diverse youth to expand upon their existing strengths, take an active role in their personal and professional development, and become engaged leaders amongst their peers, in the workplace, and in their communities.

“As a nonprofit performing arts center, a commitment to community is core to our mission. While our iconic theatres and on-stage programming are most visible, our community and educational programs are 100% free and also reach thousands of Boston’s most diverse residents each year” said Citi Performing Arts Center CEO Josiah Spaulding. “And we couldn’t be prouder that Mayor Walsh mentioned the impact of his visit with our Teen Leaders last summer, especially since our goal is to double the program and employ 60 urban youth by next summer!”

Celebrating its 18th year, the Rosoff Awards were created to honor corporations in the Boston business community that are devoted to building an inclusive workplace environment, or are committed to supporting diversity, mentoring and inclusion programs in Greater Boston. The spirit of the Rosoff Awards is expressed in the continuing message to the business community, that in the 21st century, workplace diversity is no longer an option. It is more than a means of acknowledging and achieving social justice. It has grown into an essential component to the health, vibrancy, success and growth of our businesses.

Other 2014 Rosoff Award Recipients include Ernst & Young (Internal Diversity Initiative Award), Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (External Diversity Award), Arnold Worldwide for CDC (Marketing to a Diverse Audience Award), and Mary Grimes Finley from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care won the Mentor Award.

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About Citi Performing Arts Center

Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes the Wang, Shubert and Emerson Colonial Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions.  As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience.  For further information, please go to

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: May 15, 2014
Contact: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 |
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