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YoungArts Founder Receives National Medal of the Arts

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Jul 10, 2013
Miami, FL

Last week Lin Arison, co-founder of the National YoungArts Foundation, was among twelve distinguished individuals to be presented with the 2012 National Medal of Arts by President Obama. This award is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government. The National Medal of Arts is awarded by the President of the United States to individuals or groups who "are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States."

Arison is recognized for her contributions as a philanthropist and arts education advocate. Co-Founder of the National YoungArts Foundation and the New World Symphony, Arison’s work celebrates, showcases, and supports the next generation of great American artists.

Other 2012 recipients include Herb Alpert, Joan Myers Brown, Renee Fleming, Ernest Gaines, Ellsworth Kelly, Tony Kushner, George Lucas, Elaine May, Laurie Olin, Allen Toussaint, and the Washington Performing Arts Society.

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About National YoungArts Foundation
YoungArts, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA), recognizes and supports America's most talented high school artists in the visual, literary and performing arts. NFAA's mission is to identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development, and to raise the appreciation for, and support of, the arts in American society. NFAA is also the sole nominating agency for the Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the highest award a high school senior can receive for academic, civic and artistic excellence. In 2011, the YoungArts program celebrates 30 years of discovering excellence in the arts!

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Pictured Above: Arts patron Lin Arison, recipient of a 2012 National Medal of Arts, receives her medal from President Barack Obama at an East Room ceremony at the White House on July 10, 2013. Photo by Ralph Alswang

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