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Quincy Jones Receives Presidential Medal Of Arts

Washington, D.C. — President Barack Obama presented the National Medal of Arts to eight recipients for their outstanding achievements and support of the arts. (Ten medalists were announced; however two are not able to attend the ceremony. Their medals will be presented at another time.) The medals were presented by the president in the East Room ceremony at the White House. Mrs. Michelle Obama was also in attendance. The National Medal of Arts is a White House initiative managed by the National Endowment for the Arts. Each year, the NEA organizes and oversees the National Medal of Arts nomination process and notifies the artists of their selection to receive a medal, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence.

“The National Medal of Arts recipients represent the many vibrant and diverse art forms thriving in America,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “From criticism to literature, music, poetry, sculpture, and theater, these honorees’ devotion to shaping and sharing American art is unrivaled, and I join the President and the country in saluting them.”

The 2010 National Medal of Arts Recipients are:


Individuals                                                                                                                 Place of Birth

Quincy Jones, Musician and Music Producer                                                        Chicago, Illinois

Robert Brustein, Theatrical Critic, Producer, Playwright, and Educator           New York, New York

Van Cliburn, Pianist and Music Educator                                                                Shreveport, Louisiana

Mark di Suvero, Sculptor                                                                                           Shanghai, China

Donald Hall, Poet                                                                                                         New Haven, Connecticut

*Harper Lee, Author                                                                                                    Monroeville, Alabama

Sonny Rollins, Jazz Musician                                                                                    Harlem, New York

*Meryl Streep, Actress                                                                                                Summit, New Jersey

James Taylor, Singer and Songwriter                                                                      Boston, Massachusetts



Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, Massachusetts


*Not able to attend

The National Medal of Arts, established by Congress in 1984, is awarded by the President and managed by the National Endowment for the Arts. Award recipients are selected based on their contributions to the creation, growth, and support of the arts in the United States. Each year, the Arts Endowment seeks nominations from individuals and organizations across the country. The National Council on the Arts, the Arts Endowment's presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed advisory body, reviews the nominations and provides recommendations to the President, who selects the recipients.

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