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

Carolyn Clark Powers

Sarah Arison

Martha Goode Mielnik

Justine and Jeff Koons

Nora C. Orphanides



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.



Tony Bennett
Carolyn Clark Powers Lifetime Achievement Award

Doug Aitken
Outstanding Contributions to the Arts Award

Susan and David Goode
Legacy Award

The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation
Arts Education Award

Esperanza Spalding
Ted Arison Young Artist Award

Roselyne Chroman Swig
Philanthrophy in the Arts Award

View the great work of 2015 National Arts Awards honorees in the 2015 National Arts Awards Dinner Journal.

The 2016 National Arts Awards is sponsored in part by:

American Express

Arison Arts Foundation

The Broad Art Foundation

Carolyn Clark Powers

Nora C. Orphanides

The Rosenthal Family Foundation, Rick Rosenthal and Nancy Stephens, and Jamie Rosenthal Wolf and David Wolf


Special thanks to Delta Air Lines, official airline of the 2016 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.


Questions? Please contact us at or 202-371-2830 x2057