JULY 2013: Allen Toussaint To Be Awarded National Medal Of Arts By President Obama


          

 

Allen Toussaint will be awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Obama at the White House on July 10, 2013, with the First Lady also in attendance. In addition to Allen, this year's recipients are George Lucas, Herb Alpert, RenĂ©e Fleming, Lin Arison, Joan Myers Brown, Ernest Gaines, Ellsworth Kelly, Tony Kushner, Elaine May, Laurie Olin, and Washington Performing Arts Society. Below is Allen's award citation which will be read at the ceremony:

"Allen Toussaint for his contributions as a composer, producer, and performer. Born and raised in New Orleans, Mr. Toussaint has built a legendary career alongside America's finest musicians, sustaining his city's rich tradition of rhythm and blues and lifting it to the national stage." 
(see The White House Press Release)

 

 

see links below for more info 

White House Honors

Allen Toussaint & Ernest Gaines 


 

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