Jul 10, 2013 3:44 PM by Eric Ross
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says 24 recipients of national medals for contributions in the fields of the arts and humanities are being recognized for their talent and creating works that will last for American life.
At a ceremony Wednesday in the East Room of the White House, Obama awarded the medals to 23 singers, dancers, poets, producers, playwrights, scholars and others, and one organization.
Among those receiving a National Medal of Arts are musician Herb Alpert, filmmaker George Lucas and the Washington Performing Arts Society.
Recipients of the National Humanities Medal include author Joan Didion, sportswriter Frank Deford and Robert B. Silvers, editor and co-founder of The New York Review of Books.