Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Do you think I'll be able to watch the live streaming of Renée being Knighted?

My Brit friend Suzanne wants to know, "Do you think I'll be able to watch the live streaming of Renée being Knighted, over here?" In our world as American Arts Lovers, "knighted" is a synonym of the Medal of Arts. Today at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time), President Obama will present the National Medal of the Arts and the National Humanities Medal. One of the deserving recipients is our very own soprano Renée Fleming. The live stream is via - I hope our brethren across the pond will indeed have access.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by the Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the Federal Government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with State arts agencies, local leaders, other Federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. The National Endowment for the Humanities was created in 1965 as an independent Federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the Nation. The Endowment brings high-quality historical and cultural experiences to large and diverse audiences in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and five territories.

Today President Obama will deliver remarks and present the awards to the following individuals and organizations: 2012 National Medal of Arts -

Herb Alpert, Malibu, CA
Lin Arison, Bal Harbour, FL
Joan Myers Brown, Philadelphia, PA
Renée Fleming, New York, NY
Ernest Gaines, Oscar, LA
Ellsworth Kelly, Spencertown, NY
Tony Kushner, New York, NY
George Lucas, San Anslemo, CA
Elaine May, New York, NY
Laurie Olin, Philadelphia, PA
Allen Toussaint, New Orleans, LA
Washington Performing Arts Society, Washington, DC

2012 National Humanities Medal -
Edward L. Ayers, Henrico, VA
William G. Bowen, Princeton, NJ
Jill Ker Conway, Boston, MA
Natalie Zemon Davis, Toronto, CANADA
Frank Deford, New York, NY
Joan Didion, New York, NY
Robert Putnam¸ Cambridge, MA
Marilynne Robinson¸ Iowa City, IA
Kay Ryan, Fairfax, CA
Robert B. Silvers, New York, NY
Anna Deavere Smith¸ New York, NY
Camilo José Vergara, New York, NY

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