NEA to honor artists

Angelou, Baryshnikov, Perlman among honorees

WASHINGTON — President Clinton announced Thursday that Barbra Streisand, theater director-producer Harold Prince and scripter-playwright Horton Foote are among this year’s recipients of the National Medal of Arts.

They are among 10 artists, an arts patron and a cultural broadcaster who will be presented the medal by President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday at a ceremony in Washington. The other recipients are poet-writer Maya Angelou, country singer Eddy Arnold, dancer-director Mikhail Baryshnikov, jazz musician Benny Carter, painter Chuck Close, arts patron Lewis Manilow, sculptor Claes Oldenburg, violinist Itzhak Perlman and the cultural programming division of National Public Radio.

“We honor these medalists for the tremendous contributions they have made to the vibrant and varied cultural life of our nation,” National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) chairman Bill Ivey said. “Through their remarkable creations, brilliant performances and enlightening broadcasts, they have truly touched our hearts, opened our minds and moved our spirits. We also commend them for their leadership, their activism and for all they’ve done to ensure the arts remain at the center of American life.”

The medal program is administered by the National Council on the Arts, the presidential appointed advisory board of the NEA.