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National Medal of Arts

After 17 Years of Devotion, Ella Baff Exits Jacob's Pillow

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

But while Baff's physical imprint on the property has been huge, it's her realized vision of Jacob's Pillow as a breeding ground for art that has made the largest impact on dance.

Virginia Gentlewomen

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.06.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The daughter of a free white man and an enslaved black woman, she sued for her freedom. Through petition, her case was sent to the Virginia General Assembly and she was freed in 1656.

Obama Celebrates The Arts

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 07.10.2013 | Arts

WASHINGTON -- Describing them as teachers, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that two dozen recipients of national medals for contributions to the...

And The National Medal Of Arts Goes To...

AP | Posted 07.04.2013 | Arts

WASHINGTON -- Musician Herb Alpert, sportswriter Frank Deford and filmmaker George Lucas are among 23 people and an organization chosen to receive nat...

Happy Birthday, Al Pacino!

Posted 04.25.2012 | Fifty

Oscar winning actor/director Al Pacino is 72! Pacino has had an extensive acting and directing career, spanning from the late 1960s. He is perhaps ...

National Medal Awards at the White House

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 05.01.2012 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Every visit to the White House is special, but there is something very exciting about witnessing this event. Perhaps it is because I am a painter and I understand the years of work that went into what they have achieved and I can rejoice with them in their successes.

Two Latinos Are Awarded With National Humanities Medals

Posted 02.16.2012 | Latino Voices

In a ceremony held on Monday at the White House, President Barack Obama awarded the National Humanities Medal to nine honorees. Among them were two La...

Al Pacino And A Poet Are Among Obama's National Medal Honorees

AP | Posted 04.14.2012 | Home

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday honored several artists, writers and organizations for their contributions to the nation, and pled...

Forbes: The 10 Most Powerful Women Authors

Forbes | Posted 08.08.2011 | Books

The women selected for this list are powerful because of their ability to influence us through their words and ideas....

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Receives National Medal of Arts

Debra Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Debra Levine

On a high after her White House visit, Ella Baff, executive and artistic director of Jacob's Pillow, told us how President Obama visited her in the Green Room prior to the ceremony.

Obama Presents Arts & Humanities Awards | Meryl Streep, James Taylor Among Those Honored

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is honoring 20 artists, scholars and writers with top awards for the arts and humanities in a salute that em...

President Obama To Award 20 Arts And Humanities Medals

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is to award the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal to 20 people Wednesday in the White...