Not as in the general, gone these many decades. As in the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship grants, 25 presented every year to people who are usually unknown to most of us but whose creativity productivity contributions are recognized with a HEFTY check & instant celebrity status.
The MacArthur fellowships are near & dear to my heart. Nine years ago, I had the honor & pleasure of teaching a Social Studies unit on them to my class of at-risk high schoolers, a group of kids who connected to the white hot News, multi-ethnic & gender mix. Some of the winners were from the metro Philly region, so they saw related articles in local papers, making Social Studies real & relevant!
And I’ll never forget sitting smack dab next to ANN BASTINGS at the 2016 National Center For Creative Aging (NCCA) Conference when Gay Hanna announced from the stage that she’d been named that morning as a MacArthur fellow – thrilling!
Great reads, great discussion points with family, friends, colleagues!
Related Links (a few of many): https://www.npr.org/2018/10/04/653619703/here-are-the-winners-of-the-2018-macarthur-genius-grants ; https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/04/arts/macarthur-genius-grant-winners-list.html ; https://www.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/arts/2016/09/22/anne-basting-macarthur-foundation-genius-grant/90749690/