President Barack ObamaThe MedalsHerb Alpert & President Barack ObamaLin Arison, an art patron receives the National Medal of ArtJoan Myers Brown received the National Medal of Arts for her contributions as a dancer, choreographer, and artistic director. Brown was also the founder of the Philadelphia Dance CompanyReneé Fleming received the National Medal of Arts in recognition for her contributions to American music by exploring adventurous repertoire including opera, classical, jazz, and contemporary music.Reneé FlemingTony Kushner was honored for his contributions to the theater and films.  Mr. Kushner was a screenwriter for the film, "Lincoln", he received the National Medal of Arts at this event.Star Wars Director, George Lucas also received the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to American cinema.Elaine May received the National Medal of Arts for her contributions to American comedyLaurie Olin was honored with the National Medal of Arts for his contributions as a preeminent landscape architect.Allen Toussaint was honored for his contributions as a composer, producer and performer.  Mr. Toussaint is from New Orleans.