Art Works Blog

National Medal of Arts

February 26, 2010
Washington, DC

Congratulations to the new recipients of the National Medal of Arts, including Bob Dylan, Rita Moreno, Maya Lin, and the Oberlin Conservatory. The highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government, the National Medal of Arts is presented each year by the U.S. President to individuals or groups who ?are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States." You can read about the recipients in our News Room and watch the White House video of the President presenting the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal (transcript available).

We've interviewed some of the previous honorees - listen to selections below from our conversations with 2008 honorees Olivia De Havilland, Richard Sherman, and Stan Lee, and if your interest is piqued, click to the full podcasts. And stay tuned for interviews with the new honorees, which we'll start rolling out in the next several weeks.

Olivia de Havilland (actress)

[audio:http://artworks.arts.gov/wp-content/uploads/deHavilland-blog.mp3]

[transcript] [complete podcast]

Stan Lee (comic book writer, producer)

[audio:http://artworks.arts.gov/wp-content/uploads/Lee-blog.mp3]

[transcript] [complete podcast]

Richard Sherman (songwriter)

[audio:http://artworks.arts.gov/wp-content/uploads/Sherman-blog.mp3]

[transcript] [complete podcast]

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