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Friday, September 16, 2016

NEA Announces Recipients of National Medals of Arts

AMERICAN THEATRE: The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) has announced the recipients of the 2015 National Medals of Arts. President Barack Obama will present the awards on Sept. 22 at the White House.

1 comment:

Jake Poser said...

I love reading about Politics and the arts coming together. One of my favorite events of the year is the Kennedy Center Honors for the Arts. (My favorite being the presentation in honor of Barbara Cook!) Though this is not the same award, I feel it is just as exciting. I am especially thankful that all types of artists are being recognized. Writers, performers, choreographers and musicians.
President Obama, not only is the first president where I truly got to observe the president, but also the nation's first president that truly voiced his awareness of the arts, and media. The nations first "media aware" first couple. I am sad that as we transition into the new term of presidency under a new leader, we as a nation will most likely lose the personal attachment to the president that we have to the Obama family and their media present leadership. Them being so involved in the media I feel has definitely helped them to embrace the arts so publicly. Musicals like Hamilton, and late night hosts like James Cordon have really helped to embrace the playful nature of the President and the First Lady. I am excited to watch President Obama present awards to major artists and to hear him speak on the arts. He is always inspiring. This award ceremony should prove no different.