Obama to Present National Medal of Arts to BAM, Bill T. Jones

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 03:07 PM

President Obama will present the National Medal of Arts to 12 recipients including the Brooklyn Academy of Music during a White House ceremony on Monday.

BAM is the sole presenter to receive the medal, which is the government's highest honor to artists. The White House cited its 150-year history of showcasing "the works of both established visionaries and emerging artists who take risks and push boundaries."

Other recipients include Bill T. Jones, the choreographer, dancer and director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; John Kander, the veteran musical theater composer; and the Chicago philanthropist and arts patron Joan Harris, who has given money to organizations including the Juilliard School, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Music Festival.

Monday's ceremony, in the East Room of the White House, will be streamed live at WH.gov/Live at 3 pm. One of last year's medals went to soprano Renée Fleming. Complete list of awardees follows:

2013 National Medal of Arts

  • Julia Alvarez, Novelist, Poet, and Essayist, Weybridge, VT

  • Brooklyn Academy of Music, Presenter, Brooklyn, NY

  • Joan Harris, Arts Patron, Chicago, IL

  • Bill T. Jones, Dancer and Choreographer, Valley Cottage, NY

  • John Kander, Musical Theater Composer, New York, NY

  • Jeffrey Katzenberg, Director and CEO of DreamWorks, Beverly Hills, CA

  • Maxine Hong Kingston, Writer, Oakland, CA

  • Albert Maysles, Documentary Filmmaker, New York, NY

  • Linda Ronstadt, Musician, San Francisco, CA

  • Billie Tsien and Tod Williams (receiving individual medals), Architects, New York, NY

  • James Turrell, Visual Artist, Flagstaff, AZ


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Comments [3]

jack from Vineyard Haven, MA

yay! BAM and Bill T. Jones! wonderful wonderful choices.

Jul. 25 2014 04:04 AM
Barry Owen Furrer

Perhaps Ms. Fleming is a Tea Party member? :-)

Jul. 24 2014 09:18 AM

Is it just me? Or does it look like President Obama is about to throttle Ms. Fleming in grand guignol style?



Jul. 23 2014 08:11 PM

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