On December 5, 2011, Pascal Rogard, president of the French Coalition for Cultural Diversity and general director for Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques (SACD), had the honor of handing out the first Cultural Diversity Awards, a French Coalition initiative. The awards are intended to showcase initiatives, reward professional and artistic careers, and encourage good practices that help promote and defend cultural diversity.
The awards are granted based on proposals submitted for examination by a jury of French Coalition members. They may be symbolic in nature (medal), i.e., moral recognition of a known person, or take the form of a cash prize of 3,000 euros awarded to assist a small association or individual in their actions to promote cultural diversity.
Cultural Diversity Award winners for 2011 are:
Created in 1997, the French Coalition for Cultural Diversity today numbers some 50 professional organizations from film, television, the performing arts, publishing, music, the graphic and visual arts, and multimedia sectors that have joined together to defend freedom of expression and creation and the right of each state to define its policy to support artistic creation.