Monday, October 17, 2016 6:30 p.m.
Cipriani 42nd Street
New York City



Join us for the 2016 National Arts Awards on October 17, 2016, and/or purchase a recognition advertisement in the evening's dinner journal to celebrate those who have exhibited outstanding leadership in the visual and performing arts, arts education, and philanthropy.

Full slate of honorees coming soon...

On October 19, 2015, Americans for the Arts was pleased to honor:

Sophia Loren
Carolyn Clark Powers Lifetime Achievement Award

Lady Gaga
Young Artist Award

Herbie Hancock
Outstanding Contributions to the Arts Award

Alice Walton
Arts Education Award

Joan and Irwin Jacobs
Philanthropy in the Arts Award

Maria Bell
Legacy Award

with performances by alumni from the National YoungArts Foundation and work by featured visual artist Kerry James Marshall

Americans for the Arts is thrilled to have Carolyn Clark Powers as its National Arts Awards Chair and as the namesake of its Lifetime Achievement Award.

View the great work of this year's honorees in the 2015 National Arts Awards Dinner Journal.

The 2015 National Arts Awards were sponsored in part by:

American Express
Arison Arts Foundation
Maria and Bill Bell
Gagosian Gallery
David and Susan Goode
Agnes Gund
The Herb Alpert Foundation
Susan and John Hess
Joan and Irwin Jacobs
Nora C. Orphanides
Carolyn Clark Powers
The Rosenthal Family Foundation, Rick Rosenthal and Nancy Stephens, and Jamie Rosenthal Wolf and David Wolf
Regina K. Scully

Special thanks to Delta Air Lines, official airline of the 2015 National Arts Awards

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.