NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman Announces New Class of NEA Lifetime Honors Recipients
Award is nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts
June 24, 2010
Washington, DC – At the 170th meeting of the National Council on the Arts, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman announced the 18 artists who are receiving lifetime honorific awards for their significant contributions to their respective fields of jazz, folk and traditional arts, or opera. The NEA is awarding $450,000 to this group of remarkable artists, recognizing both their artistic achievements and supporting their ongoing work as performers, crafts people, teachers, mentors, scholars, and/or advocates.
The NEA Jazz Master Fellowships, NEA National Heritage Fellowships, and NEA Opera Honors are the nation's highest honor in their fields. Each award recipient will receive an award of $25,000 and be celebrated at an award ceremony and concert.
NEA 2011 JAZZ MASTERS [Go to website section]
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Orrin Keepnews, jazz advocate (San Francisco, CA)
NEA 2010 NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWS [Go to website section]
Friday, September 24, 2010
Yacub Addy, Ghanaian drummer (Latham, NY)
NEA 2010 OPERA HONOREES [Go to website section]
Friday, October 22, 2010
Martina Arroyo, soprano, (New York, NY)
All of the concerts will be free, but tickets will be required. Ticket information will be released on a rolling basis and will be made available at arts.gov.
Chairman Landesman said, "On behalf of the NEA, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to this group of stellar artists and thank them for all they have accomplished and shared with us in the course of their careers. Their works of art have delighted and challenged us, illuminated our sense of the world, and refreshed our understanding of what is possible. These programs give the NEA the opportunity to support and highlight artists who have devoted their lives to their art form."
The honorees were chosen from nominations submitted by the public and reviewed by panels of their peers. They represent 13 different states and several artistic intersections.
National Endowment for the Arts · an independent federal agency