The humanities focuses on individuals or groups that have helped the country deepen their knowledge and relationship with the humanities and provided further access to resources in the humanities.
Below you'll find the women receiving awards including some extremely important artists including Joan Didion, Elaine May and Anna Deveare Smith. You can find bios and the full list of recipients at the link below.
2012 National Medal of Arts
Lin Arison, Bal Harbour, FL
Joan Myers Brown, Philadelphia, PA
Renee Fleming, New York, NY
Elaine May, New York, NY
2012 National Humanities Medal
Jill Ker Conway, Boston, MA
Natalie Zemon Davis, Toronto, CANADA
Joan Didion, New York, NY
Marilynne Robinson¸ Iowa City, IA
Kay Ryan, Fairfax, CA
Anna Deavere Smith, New York, NY