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President Obama  Miriam Colón
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Miriam Colón, recipient of a 2014 National Medal of Arts for her contributions to acting and innovations in American theater. At the National Medal of Arts ceremony , a citation read...
Medal of Arts
Washington, DC — President Barack Obama will present the 2015 National Medals of Arts in conjunction with the National Humanities Medals on Thursday, September 22, 2016, in the morning in an East Room ceremony at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama will attend. The event...
Ralph Stanley, bluegrass musician standing in front of his band's tour bus
Washington, DC— It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing on Thursday of legendary bluegrass musician Dr. Ralph Stanley, recipient of a 1984 NEA National Heritage Fellowship and a 2004 National Medal of Arts. Stanley was born...
black and white photo of Harper Lee
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Harper Lee, recipient of a 2010 National Medal of Arts for her contribution to American literature with her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird . At the ceremony, President...
Medal of Arts
Washington, DC — President Barack Obama will present the 2014 National Medals of Arts in conjunction with the National Humanities Medals on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. ET in an East Room ceremony at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama will attend. The event...
B.B. King on guitar
"…Welcome the world's greatest blues singer, the king of the blues, B.B. King!" That was most people's introduction to King (and often to the blues itself), from his 1965 album Live at the Regal , one of the most popular blues albums ever and a selection for permanent...
Medal of Arts
Washington, DC — President Barack Obama will present the National Medals of Arts in conjunction with the National Humanities Medals on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. ET, in an East Room ceremony at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama will attend. The event will be...
Ruby Dee on her couch holding up a copy of Ernest Gaines A Lesson Before Dying
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of film legend and 1995 National Medal of Arts recipient Ruby Dee. Actress and civil rights activist, Dee was a strong advocate for African-American actors and film crews, often taking...
poetry on barn side
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Maya Angelou. A poet, actress, activist, and teacher, Ms. Angelou was awarded a 2000 National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton. Many will speak of Maya Angelou's...
George Lucas receives medal from President Obama
Washington, DC -- Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 National Medal of Arts , the highest award given to artists, arts organizations, and arts patrons in the United States. The American public may nominate artists and arts patrons for this award through the National...

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