National Arts Awards

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The National Arts Awards[1] are presented by Americans for the Arts[2] annually during National Arts & Humanities Month to distinguish private sector arts leadership.

Awards Categories[edit]

The National Arts Awards are divided into the following categories:

  • Arts Advocacy Award is presented to a noted artist or arts advocate with a track record of advocating for the arts.
  • Arts Education Award is presented to a noted artist or arts advocate with a track record of contributing to the advancement of arts education.
  • Corporate Citizenship in the Arts Award is presented to a high-profile, major corporate leader with a record of contributing to arts and cultural institutions or initiatives.
  • Eli and Edythe Broad Award for Philanthropy in the Arts is presented to an individual with a demonstrable history of philanthropic giving to one or more major arts institutions.
  • Isabella and Theodor Dalenson Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a nationally recognized, established artist with a lifetime of exemplary artistic accomplishment in his or her field.
  • The Bell Family Foundation Young Artist Award is presented to an individual who has achieved incredible accomplishments and exemplary leadership while still early in their careers.
  • Outstanding Contributions to the Arts celebrates the artistic excellence of an established artist or arts advocate.

Past National Arts Awards Recipients[edit]

Not all categories are awarded each year

2012

  • Paul G. Allen, Eli and Edythe Broad Award for Philanthropy in the Arts
  • James Rosenquist, Isabella and Theodor Dalenson Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Brian Stokes Mitchell, Outstanding Contributions to the Arts Award
  • Josh Groban, Bell Family Foundation Young Artist Award
  • Lin Arison, Arts Education Award
  • AXA Art Insurance Corporation, Corporate Citizenship in the Arts Award

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

  • Chuck Close, Artistic Leadership and Arts Advocacy
  • A.G. Lafley, Procter & Gamble, Corporate Citizenship in the Arts
  • Raymond Nasher, Frederick R. Weisman Award for Philanthropy in the Arts
  • Paul Taylor, Lifetime Achievement
  • William Bassell, Principal, Long Island City High School, Special Arts Education Recognition Award
  • Mena Suvari, Young Artist Award for Artistic Excellence

2003

2002

2001

2000

  • Wendy Wasserstein, Arts Advocacy Award
  • Peter I. Bijur, Corporate Citizen Award
  • Frank Gehry and Thomas Krens, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Jo Carole Lauder, Philanthropy Award
  • Uma Thurman, Young Artist Special Recognition Award

1999

1998


Recipients Before 1998

Arnold Gingrich Memorial Award


Arts Advocacy Award


Arts Education Award


Corporate Citizenship in the Arts


Featured Artist


Kitty Carlisle Hart Award


Lifetime Achievement Award


Special Recognition

References[edit]