Legends and icons will be awarded the National Medal of Arts on July 10 in ceremonies at the White House, and those on the list will not disappoint. The likes of George Lucas, Herb Alpert, Tony Kushner and Elaine May are just a few of the event’s many honorees, reports TheWrap.
Honored for his contributions to American cinema, George Lucas’ citation will read “By combining the art of storytelling with boundless imagination and cutting-edge techniques, Mr. Lucas has transported us to new worlds and created some of the most beloved and iconic films of all time,” said the White House.
Founder of the Tijuana Brass and A&M Records, Herb Alpert will be honored for his wide-ranging contributions to both music and the fine arts. Best known for his 1993 play Angels in America, Tony Kushner will also be honored for his theatre and film contributions. “Whether for the stage or the silver screen, his scripts have moved audiences worldwide, marrying humor to fury, history to fantasy and the philosophical to the personal,” the White House said of Kushner.
Among other recipients are opera singer Renée Fleming, comedian Elaine May, co-founder of the National Young Arts Foundation and the New World Symphony Lin Arison, composer/producer/performer Allen Toussaint, Ellsworth Kelly the painter/ sculptor/printmaker; dancer/choreographer and founder of the Philadelphia Dance Company Joan Myers Brown, author and teacher Ernest Gaines, landscape architect Laurie Olin, and the Washington Performing Arts Society.
That same day Obama will give out the National Humanities Awards to author Joan Didion, playwright Anna Devere Smith, sports editor and writer Frank Dedford, and more.