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Obama honors PHILADANCO founder Joan Myers Brown

Journal Staff Report | 7/11/2013, 4:45 p.m.
Philadelphia Dance Company Founder/Executive Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown was one of two dozen recipients to receive the National Medal ...

The other National Medal of Arts recipients are:

— Lin Arison, of Bal Harbour, Fla., co-founder of the National YoungArts Foundation and the New World Symphony.

— Renee Fleming, of New York, soprano known to many as "the people's diva."

— Ernest J. Gaines, of Oscar, La., author who drew on his childhood in the rural South in his work.

— Ellsworth Kelly, of Spencertown, N.Y., painter, sculptor and printmaker.

— Tony Kushner, of New York, playwright.

— Elaine May, of New York, for contributions to American comedy.

— Laurie Olin, of Philadelphia, landscape architect.

— Allen Toussaint, composer, producer and performer born and raised in New Orleans.

The other recipients of the National Humanities Medal are:

— Edward L. Ayers, of Henrico, Va., historian.

— William G. Bowen, of Princeton, N.J., former Princeton University president and academic leader.

— Jill Ker Conway, of Boston, historian and academic leader.

— Natalie Zemon Davis, of Toronto, historian.

— Robert Putnam, of Cambridge, Mass., social scientist and Harvard professor.

— Marilynne Robinson, of Iowa City, Iowa, author.

— Kay Ryan, of Fairfax, Calif., former poet laureate of the United States.

— Anna Deavere Smith, of New York, actress and playwright.

— Camilo José Vergara, of New York, photographer and documentarian.