IN FOCUS: Dolly Parton, Robert Duvall Receive National Medal Of Arts11.15.2005
President George W. Bush announced on November 8 the recipients of the 2005 National Medal of Arts. Ten medals were presented by the President and Mrs. Laura Bush in an Oval Office ceremony at the White House on November 10. Singer/songwriter/actress Dolly Parton and actor Robert Duvall were among the 10 recipients. Parton is a native of Sevierville, TN. Duvall lives in Plains, VA.
The National Endowment for the Arts notified the artists of their selection to receive a National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor for artistic excellence. Dolly Parton is one of the 10 recipients, but was not in attendance. She will receive her medal at a later date.
"These individuals and organization have all made significant and enduring contributions to the artistic life of our nation," said National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia. "Whether through pioneering film animation, writing memorable novels, championing jazz, or creating new dance styles, their work has transformed the ways we experience and appreciate the world."
The National Medal of Arts, established by Congress in 1984, is awarded by the President to those who have made extraordinary contributions to the creation, growth, and support of the arts in the United States. Each year, the Arts Endowment seeks nominations from individuals and organizations across the country. The National Council on the Arts, the Arts Endowment's Presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed advisory body, reviews the nominations and provides recommendations to the President, who selects the recipients.
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