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The National Medal of Arts has been awarded yearly to a select few artists by the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent agency of the federal government that was established by Congress in 1965 to provide support for artistic excellence, innovation and creativity, for the benefit of individuals and communities. Nominations are made annually by the American public, and awarded to selected nominees by the President of the United States. Since its inception in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan, the National Medal of Arts has been given to 302 individuals for their inspiration, creativity and hard work, who have meaningfully deepened the cultural life of the nation.
Other recipients of this prestigious award are: Jacques d’Amboise, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, Katherine Dunham, Suzanne Farrell, Martha Graham, Erick Hawkins, Judith Jamison, Gene Kelly, Bella Lewitzky, Agnes de Mille, Arthur Mitchell, Pearl Primus, Twyla Tharp, Maria Tallchief, Paul Taylor, Jerome Robbins and more.