National Medal of Arts

National Medal of Arts 2015

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    For a lifetime of making the world laugh. As a writer, director, actor, and musician, he pioneered the art of...

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    For enriching the American narrative. Through her novels, short stories, and poetry, she explores issues of race, class, and gender...

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    For its unwavering support of American theater. For over 50 years, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has nurtured award-winning playwrights,...

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    For his outstanding work as an actor, director, and narrator. His iconic stage and screen performances have brought to life...

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    For his groundbreaking contributions to music and composition. One of the most prolific, inventive, and influential artists of our time,...

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    For helping to create a trailblazing new sound in American music. As a record producer and songwriter, he helped build...

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    For expanding the horizon of American music. He has helped spread traditional conjunto music, blending the sounds and cultures of...

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    For his powerful contributions to American theater. His work sensitively probes questions of culture and sexuality. His award-winning Tectonic Theater...

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    For his contribution to dance and the visual arts. As a self-proclaimed conceptualist, he uses dance as a source of...

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    For lighting up Broadway as one of its brightest stars. An unforgettable performer, she has won six Tony awards. In...

  • Luis Valdez

    For bringing Chicano culture to American drama. As a playwright, actor, writer, and director, he illuminates the human spirit in...

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    For remaking the American canvas. As an abstract artist, he uses “casting,” acrylic paints, and compounds to create new surfaces...