National Medal of Arts to Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, Arthur Miller
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Bandleader Cab Calloway, singer Ray Charles and film director Billy Wilder are among 13 Americans President Clinton will honor for their contributions to the arts, the White House announced Monday.
Other recipients of the 1993 National Medal of Arts include arts patrons Walter and Leonore Annenberg, poet Stanley Kunitz, folklorist Bess Lomax Hawes, writer William Styron, playwright Arthur Miller, baritone Robert Merrill, artist Robert Rauschenberg, dancer-choreographer Paul Taylor and theatrical director Lloyd Richards.
The medal winners will be guests of honor at the White House on Thursday along with five recipients of the Charles Frankel Prize for their contribution to the humanities.
Those prize winners are anthropologist Richard E. Alegria of San Juan, Puerto Rico; historian John Hope Franklin of Durham, N.C.; former University of Chicago President Hanna Holborn Gray; philanthropist Andrew Heiskell of New York, and author and historian Laurel T. Ulrich of Durham, N.C.
The arts medal was authorized by Congress in 1984. The National Endowment for the Arts collects nominations each year, which are then reviewed by its National Council of the Arts. Recommendations are sent to the president, who makes the final choices.
Each winner receives a sterling silver medal designed by sculptor Robert Graham of Los Angeles.
The humanities prize, now in its fifth year, honors citizens who enrich the nation through their scholarship, writing and academic or philanthropic leadership. They were chosen by the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Sheldon Hackney, from recommendations made by the National Council on the Humanities.
Winners receive a trophy and a $5,000 stipend.
The awards ceremony is part of a series of events in October organized to mark National Arts and Humanities Month.
In declaring the theme for the month, Clinton said, ″Let us reflect on the breadth of artistic and humanistic endeavors that blossom freely across our nation, and let us rejoice in the eloquence and meaning they give to our ideas, hopes and dreams as American citizens.″
Thursday’s events at the White House include an afternoon awards ceremony and dinner for the prize winners.