The David Rockefeller Award is presented annually by The Museum of Modern Art to an individual from the business community who exemplifies enlightened generosity and effective advocacy of cultural and civic endeavors. The award is named for the Museum's honorary chairman, an early advocate of and successful pioneer in developing strong and enduring links between the corporate community and cultural organizations. Mr. Rockefeller was instrumental in creating the Chase Manhattan Art Collection, took a leadership role in forming the Business Committee for the Arts in 1967, and has been a generous financial supporter of museums and cultural organizations in New York City and throughout the country.
In establishing this award, the Museum honors a deeply valued trustee, one of the nation's most distinguished leaders, whose dedication to the arts sets a standard for others to follow. Mr. Rockefeller's tireless efforts on behalf of the arts have benefited countless great and small institutions that enrich and enhance all of our lives. The award annually recognizes an individual whose civic commitment, generosity, and advocacy of the arts reflect the leadership demonstrated by Mr. Rockefeller during his career.