James Taylor – “White House Announces James as National Medal of Arts Recipient”

Tomorrow, President Barack Obama will present 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 will be presented by the president in the East Room ceremony at the White House. Mrs. Michelle Obama will also be 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

Robert Brustein, Theatrical Critic, Producer, Playwright, and Educator
Place of Birth: New York, NY

Van Cliburn, Pianist and Music Educator
Place of Birth: Shreveport, LA

Mark di Suvero, Sculptor
Place of Birth: Shanghai, China

Donald Hall, Poet
Place of Birth: New Haven, CT

Quincy Jones, Musician and Music Producer
Place of Birth: Chicago, IL

*Harper Lee, Author
Place of Birth:  Monroeville, AL

Sonny Rollins, Jazz Musician
Place of Birth: Harlem, NY

*Meryl Streep, Actress
Place of Birth: Summit, NJ

James Taylor, Singer and Songwriter
Place of Birth: Boston, MA

Organizations

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
Location: Becket, MA

* Not able to attend

See the official White House press release here.