NEW YORK, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rockefeller Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2008 Jane Jacobs Medal on its website through Monday, February 4, 2008. The 2008 Rockefeller Foundation Jane Jacobs Medals will recognize two living individuals whose creative vision for the urban environment has significantly contributed to the vibrancy and variety of New York City. The Jane Jacobs Medal was created by the Rockefeller Foundation in 2007 to honor activist and author Jane Jacobs, who died in April 2006 at the age of 89. The Foundation's relationship with Jane Jacobs dates back to the 1950s, when it funded Jane Jacobs for the research and writing of her classic book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. "There is a growing concern among New Yorkers about the development of their city," said Darren Walker, Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation. "Jane Jacobs' principles, such as promoting diversity and respect for neighborhood knowledge, are as important today as they were at the height of Jane Jacobs' activism 50 years ago. The Rockefeller Foundation is pleased to underwrite the Jane Jacobs Medal as a means of celebrating and encouraging continued civic action in our great city today." The 2008 Rockefeller Foundation Jane Jacobs Medal will be accompanied by prizes totaling $200,000. The selection of the Jane Jacobs Medal winners and allocation of the prize money will be determined by the members of the Jane Jacobs Medal Selection Jury. The Jury is co-chaired by George Campbell Jr., president of The Cooper Union, and arts patron and philanthropist Agnes Gund, and includes Rockefeller Foundation trustee David Rockefeller, Jr. The Medal is administered by the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS). The 2008 Rockefeller Foundation Jane Jacobs Medal winners will be announced in May of this year. The Medals will be awarded to the recipients at a dinner in September 2008. More information on the 2008 Jane Jacobs Medal is available on the Rockefeller Foundation website at http://www.rockfound.org/efforts/jacobs/janejacobs.shtml.
SOURCE The Rockefeller Foundation