The 2019 National Arts Awards will take place on October 21, 2019. Please stay tuned for more information.


The 2018 National Arts Awards - held on October 22, 2018 - were a great success. Honorees included:            


Mavis Staples
Carolyn Clark Powers Lifetime Achievement Award
Ann Ziff
Philanthropy in the Arts Award
Ai Weiwei
Marina Kellen French Outstanding Contributions to the Arts Award
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
Arts Education Award
Justin Peck
Ted Arison Young Artist Award
with work by featured visual artist John Baldessari
The 2018 National Arts Awards were sponsored in part by: 
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation
Arison Arts Foundation
Carolyn Clark Powers


View the great work of 2018 National Arts Awards honorees in the 2018 National Arts Awards Dinner Journal.


Celebrating Achievements of Arts Leaders Across the Nation

Our honorees are as diverse as their life’s work. Some are artists at the very beginning of their careers while others are lifetime achievers who serve as models of creativity and dedication. Some are citizen artists - advocates for artistry that is a positive force of change. Others are private or public sector leaders working to ensure that all Americans have access to the arts and arts education. We also honor individual and corporate leaders who financially support the arts.

At the National Arts Awards, more than 400 of the world's top artists and philanthropic leaders gather to recognize these achievements and applaud the accomplishments of a wide range of individuals that exhibit outstanding leadership in the visual and performing arts, arts education, and philanthropy.

View the National Arts Awards Archive to learn more about previous honorees.


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