President Trump to Award Arts and Humanities Medal for First Time

President Donald Trump is set to award the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal on Nov. 21, the White house announced on Nov.17.

The award, initiated in 1997, is presented to individuals or groups whose outstanding work has strengthened the countrys understanding of the humanities and broadened citizens engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy, and other humanities subjects.

Awards are reviewed by the National Council on the Arts, who send recommendations to the president who then determines who will be honored.

According to the statement, Trump will be presenting the National Medal of Arts award to the following people and groups:

Alison Krauss

American bluegrass-country singer and musician, Krauss is credited for her extraordinary contribution to American music, which the White House says has “enriched the souls of millions.”

Krauss signed with Rounder records in 1985 and released her first solo album in 1987. She has released fourteen albums and appeared on numerous soundtracks and won 27 Grammy awards during her career.

Sharon Percy Rockefeller

The wife of former West Virginia Senator John Davison “Jay” Rockefeller is noted as a “renowned champion of the arts” and honored for her generous charity work and being a “pioneer of new ideas and approaches in the field of public policy.”

Rockefeller has served the public broadcasting community for over 25 years as a leader and policymaker, and has been president and CEO of s Washington D.CS flagship public TV and radio stations, WETA, since 1989.

The Musicians of the United States Military

The U.S. military musicians are credited for “personifying excellence in music and service to [the] country,” and are praised for inspiring and uplifting Americans with their breathtaking musical talent with their performances in concert halls and war zones.

Jon Voight

Longtime Trump supporter and actor Voight is honored for his “exceptional capacity as an actor to portray deeply complex characters” which “captivates audiences.”

Voight won the Academy Award for best actor in 1978 for his role in “Coming Home,” and has been vocal about his support of President Trump in the past, calling him “a man of truths, love and justice for the American people,” in a video posted to Twitter.

In the same video, Voight said praised the president for his love of the United States and for people all of all nations before, branding him “the greatest president of this century.”

Trump will also be presenting the National Humanities Medal to:

The Claremont Institute

The American conservative think tank based in Upland, California, is credited for “championing the nations founding principles and enriching American minds.” According to the White House, the Claremont Institutes publications and public events have “deepened our understanding and appreciation of American freedom, democracy, justice, and rule of law.”

Teresa Lozano Long

Born and raised in the South Texas town of Premont, Teresa Long is a pioneer in education and philanthropy and is credited for her support in the arts and improvinRead More – Source