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LA School Report | October 25, 2012

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Last week, the Wall Street Journal Magazine gave out its innovator awards, and among the recipients was Eric Eisner (pictured).

Eric Eisner in a 2011 Vanity Fair layout

Eisner has a program called Young Eisner Scholars and has been written up before in the Huffington Post & Vanity Fair.

According to the press release (below), Eisner was recognized by the WSJ Magazine for “his work recruiting, tutoring and mentoring the brightest kids from L.A.’s roughest schools and helping them feel a positive drive toward their futures.”

WSJ. Magazine’s Second Annual Innovator of the Year Awards
Celebrate the People and Ideas Changing the World

NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WSJ. Magazine has announced
its second annual Innovator of the Year Awards, honoring the most
creative, disruptive, and influential individuals in the world today.
In conjunction with the November issue, six winners — across
categories including Fashion, Architecture, Design, Education, Art and
Technology — will be honored at a dinner tonight at the Museum of
Modern Art in New York City.

The winners of the 2012 WSJ. Magazine’s Innovator of the Year Awards
are: The Row, founded by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (Fashion); Wang Shu
(Architecture); Patrick Kinmonth (Design); Eric Eisner (Education);
Theaster Gates (Art); and Jack Dorsey (Technology).

The Innovators of the Year were chosen by editors of WSJ. Magazine with
input from a select group of experts in each field. The November issue
of WSJ. will hit newsstands on Saturday, October 27, as part of WSJ
Weekend. The award being presented to each winner was designed by the
2011 Design winner Joris Laarman.

This year’s awards are sponsored by Cartier and Citi.


FASHION: The Row. This unique brand is the brainchild of Mary-Kate and
Ashley Olsen, collaborators since they were nine months old. The twin
designers display an eye for nearly monastic classicism that’s
redefining American luxury. Film producer Jane Rosenthal will present
the award.

ARCHITECTURE: Wang Shu. The architect’s expressive buildings are the
work of a creative mind engaging with Chinese history to forge a new
vernacular unique to his homeland and appropriate for his time. Curator
Paola Antonelli will present the award to Wang Shu.

DESIGN: Patrick Kinmonth. For his unrestricted creativity and multiple
talents as a set and costume designer, director, painter, author,
decorator and exhibition curator. Presenting the award to Kinmonth will
be Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

EDUCATION: Eric Eisner. For his work recruiting, tutoring and mentoring
the brightest kids from L.A.’s roughest schools and helping them feel a
positive drive toward their futures. Writer Malcolm Gladwell will
present Eisner with the award.

ART: Theaster Gates. This art innovator creates cultural spaces that
are as altruistic as they are visually stunning. Gates is creating a
vibrant cultural center on Chicago’s South Side that challenges the
world to reconsider the power and meaning of art. Anne Pasternak,
president and artistic director of Creative Time, will present the
award to Gates.

TECHNOLOGY: Jack Dorsey. As the founder of both Twitter and Square,
Dorsey has taken a disarmingly basic concept and used it to
revolutionize daily life — twice. Ray Chambers, United Nations
Secretary-General’s MDG Advocate and Special Envoy for Malaria, will
present the award to Dorsey.

The November issue of WSJ., featuring the 2012 Innovators, will be on
newsstands Saturday, October 27, and online at

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