Mosesian Center for the Arts Honors Dr. Atul Gawande at Annual Event


WATERTOWN — The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts paid tribute to Dr. Atul Gawande for his outstanding contributions to the medical and literary fields at the center’s annual fundraising event, the Mosesian Gala, on June 27.

The Mosesian Center for the Arts community chose to recognize Gawande for his remarkable breakthrough writings, including his latest New York Times Bestselling book, Being Mortal, that has changed the way many of us look at our lives – and the end of our lives. Aside from being a remarkable human being, world renowned surgeon and music lover, he is a supporter of the arts and literary contributor to numerous publications which made him the perfect honoree for the 2017 Charles Mosesian Award for the Arts.

The evening’s celebration was a themed “Indoor Garden Party” attended by more than 300 guests and included a private VIP pre-reception on the Branch Line Patio, an interview style discussion with the honoree and Athena Health CEO Jonathan Bush, fine food and drinks from local establishments, and music by Awaaz Do featuring Saraswathi Jones.

The Charles Mosesian Award for the Arts recognizes individuals or organizations who exemplify Armenian Genocide Survivor and Watertown businessman, Charles Mosesian’s overarching commitment to the arts community.

The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts (formerly the Arsenal Center for the Arts) is a vibrant multi-disciplinary community arts venue located in Watertown, Massachusetts. This 30,000-square-foot former US Army arsenal is home to the 380-seat Main Stage Theater, a 100-seat Black Box theater, Exhibition Galleries, 2 Rehearsal Halls, Education Classrooms, and Resident Artist Studios. Offerings include visual and performing arts productions, classes, and workshops for all ages, literary/art discussions, and world-class theatrical and musical performances. The center is home to the award-winning Watertown Children’s Theatre as well as New Repertory Theatre, Professional Theatre Company in residence.

To view the discussion portion of the evening with Gawande hosted by Jonathan Bush, visit

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