The Óscar Romero Award

The biennial Rothko Chapel Óscar Romero Award recognizes courageous, grassroots, human rights advocacy. The award is named after Archbishop Óscar Romero of San Salvador, who was murdered in 1980, beatified in 2015 and canonized on October 14, 2018, for speaking up against injustices in his home country of El Salvador. 

An urgent concern and focus of the Rothko Chapel is climate change’s wide-ranging impact and our collective responsibility to address the human causes that contribute to a warming planet. Of particular interest is the impact climate change has on politically, economically and socially marginalized communities that are experiencing critical problems such as community displacement due to rising sea levels, drought and the loss of arable land, and heightened health issues including mental health and stress related disorders.

The 2020 Rothko Chapel Óscar Romero Award recognizes 3 individuals working within the areas of art, spirituality, and human rights, who have committed their life’s work toward climate justice and the creation of a more sustainable, livable and possibility-filled world. 

While the next Óscar Romero Award Ceremony is scheduled to be held in June 2020, due to COVID-19 concerns we will not hold any programs at the Chapel until it is safe to do so for our staff and visitors. Please check back for event announcements and updates.

About the Óscar Romero Award

Past Awardees