VES Lifetime Achievement Award: Steven Spielberg
Over the years, Steven Spielberg and the American Museum of Natural History have shared a rich palette of subject matter: from adventuresome explorers like Indiana Jones to the possibility of life beyond Earth with ‘E.T.,’ to dinosaurs and DNA research in ‘Jurassic Park.’ Through his unique creativity and genius, he has sparked fascination in exploration, the universe, paleontology and science in general among children, families and the public. This spirit of discovery and awakening of curiosity are springboards for learning and form the cornerstone for all the educational programs, exhibitions and efforts of our museum as we work to increase the public’s understanding of science and culture and to foster a sense of wonder in and stewardship of the world around us. Spielberg’s work brilliantly fosters acute popular interest in topics of scientific and social importance and thereby provides an exceptional gateway to learning that we enthusiastically applaud.”
Ellen V. Futter is president of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.