Posted on November 20, 2019 at 2:30 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
The first recipients of the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal during Donald Trump’s presidency will officially receive their bling tomorrow.
Musician Alison Krauss, philanthropist Sharon Percy Rockefeller, the Musicians of the United States Military, and actor Jon Voight are the first National Medal of Arts honorees since September 2016.
According to its website, it is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons.
Receiving the National Humanities Medal are the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank; philanthropist Teresa Lozano Long; chef Patrick O’Connell; and author James Patterson.
This award goes to “individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities and broadened our citizens’ engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy, and other humanities subjects,” according to the award website.
The Associated Press notes that Voight is a rare source of support from Hollywood for Trump and that Patterson wrote a book about disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein that mentions Trump.