Awards and Honors


Ruth Felt is presented with the fifth annual Award for Excellence in Presenting the Performing Arts from the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents.


Ruth Felt is honored with public television station KQED’s “Local Hero” Award during Women’s History Month.


Ruth Felt is honored with the Silver Spur award for outstanding civic contribution from the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association.

Ruth Felt is honored with the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award from Chamber Music America

Ruth Felt is honored with the William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters


San Francisco Performances recognized for its arts education work in California public schools by the California Department of Education


San Francisco Performances recognized for model arts education programs in Acts of Achievement, a publication of the Dana Foundation in partnership with Arts Presenters and the Kennedy Center

San Francisco Performances received award for excellence in Design and Communication in the Web Site Category from Western Arts Alliance


San Francisco Performances recognized by the California State Assembly for “highly respected work of bringing arts to our students in public schools while promoting the value of the performing arts”

San Francisco Performances given the Community Leadership Award by the San Francisco Foundation, for “widespread promotion of the performing arts and creating well-respected and effective arts education and notable artists-in-residence programs”


Ruth Felt is honored with the Leadership in Human Relations Award by the National Conference for Community and Justice

Ruth Felt is honored with the Bernard Osher Cultural Award


San Francisco Performances named one of eight Cornerstone Arts Organizations in the state of California by the James Irvine Foundation

San Francisco Performances and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts jointly awarded the first arts grant made in California by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation of $2 million for endowment and artist-in-residence programs


San Francisco Performances awarded a three-year Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant of $100,000 to support the Dance program

Ruth Felt and San Francisco Performances honored as leaders in the fight against AIDS by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS


Ruth Felt received the Charles and Eleanor de Limur Award for distinguished contributions to the arts in San Francisco

One of 10 presenters nationally selected by the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund for Audience Development, Leadership in Multi-Disciplinary Presenting


Ruth Felt received the 1996 Willis Award from the Western Alliance of Arts Administrators for excellence in programming and leadership in the Western arts community

One of 12 presenters nationally to be selected for the National Dance Project, Leadership in Dance Initiative


San Francisco Performances recognized in a special tribute from Governor Pete Wilson for its education and outreach programs in the San Francisco public schools and community


Ruth Felt honored by the San Francisco Community Music Center for her exceptional commitment to the Center and involvement in its programs


Named one of 21 outstanding non-profit presenting organizations, Profile on Exemplary American Presenters


SF Chamber of Commerce Award for major contributions to the cultural life of the Bay Area.


The first Harold Shaw Award in recognition of high achievement in presenting recitals.