Joan Shigekawa

Arts Leader
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Joan Shigekawa accepting the National Medal of Arts from President Joe Biden. Photo by Cheriss May


For a lifetime of service to art in America. Throughout her career, Joan Shigekawa has championed artists, created global exchanges, and promoted the power of the arts to heal, build strong economies, and help people and Nations reach their full potential.

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