NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman Announces New Class of NEA Lifetime Honors Recipients
18 artists in jazz, folk and traditional arts, and opera receive total of $450,000
June 24, 2011
At the 173rd meeting of the National Council on the Arts today, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman will announce 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 recipients of the NEA Jazz Master Fellowships, NEA National Heritage Fellowships, and NEA Opera Honors will receive an award of $25,000 and be celebrated at their respective awards ceremonies and concerts. They were chosen from nominations submitted by the public and reviewed by panels of their peers.
NEA 2012 JAZZ MASTERS [Go to website section]
Awards Ceremony & Concert:
Jack DeJohnette, Drummer, Keyboardist, Composer
NEA 2011 NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWS [Go to website section]
Laverne Brackens, Quilter
NEA 2011 OPERA HONOREES [Go to website section]
John Conklin, Stage Designer
"These artists represent the highest level of artistic mastery and we are proud to recognize their achievements," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "Through their contributions, we have been challenged, enlightened, and charmed, and we thank them for devoting their careers to expanding and supporting their art forms."
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.
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