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Livnat. 'Important prize'
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Leading theater and film actor Chaim Topol has been appointed head of the board of trustees which will select the candidates for the "Zionist art" prize.
Several months ago, Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat announced her plan to give out prizes for artistic creations dealing with the history of Zionism in order to encourage artists to express the values of Zionism, the history of the Zionist movement and the return of the Jewish people to their historic homeland.
"I believe this is a very important prize," said Minister Livnat. "The goal is to express the values of Zionism and the history of the Zionist movement, but the only criterion for the prize will be the quality of the work."
The members of the board of trustees appointed by Livnat were presented to the government on Sunday. They include Prof. David Alexander, chairman of the Cinema Council; Prof. Ruth Ben-Israel, chairwoman of the Council of Museums; Dr. Haim Perluk, chairman of the Council of Culture and Art; Dr. Vered Aviv of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design; Uri Levy, chairman of the theater department at the Council of Culture; and Judy Abramovich of the Council of Culture.
The board has been tasked with recommending suitable candidates for the prize.
The prize will stand at NIS 50,000 ($14,460) per artistic work and will be given out in six categories: Literature, dance, cinema, theater, music and plastic art.
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