President Barack Obama to Award Renée Fleming 2012 National Medal of Arts


Renee Fleming; Photo credit: Jonathan Tichler

The White House has announced that President Barack Obama will award  world renowned soprano Renée Fleming with the 2012 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal.  The ceremony will take place on 10th July, 2013.

In a statement released by The White House, Ms Fleming will be honoured “for her contributions to American music. Known to many as “the people’s diva,” Ms Fleming has captivated audiences around the world with an adventurous repertoire spanning opera and the classical tradition to jazz and contemporary pop.”

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by the Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the Federal Government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with State arts agencies, local leaders, other Federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. The National Endowment for the Humanities was created in 1965 as an independent Federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the Nation. The Endowment brings high-quality historical and cultural experiences to large and diverse audiences in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and five territories.

IMG Artists offers its warmest congratulations to Ms Fleming for this much deserved distinction.

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