Lin Arison to receive National Medal of Arts

Arts education supporter Lin Arison will be honored Wednesday at the White House with a 2012 National Medal of Arts.

Arison, of Bal Harbour, is one of two dozen people who will receive either the National Medal of Arts or National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama at the ceremony.

Other honorees include well-known musicians, actors, playwrights, filmmakers, authors, academics and educators. Among the famous names: Star Wars creator George Lucas, soprano Renée Fleming and Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner.

Arison, widow of Carnival Cruise Lines founder Ted Arison, was chosen “for her contributions as a philanthropist and arts education advocate,” according to a press release from the White House. With her husband, she co-founded the National YoungArts Foundation and New World Symphony, both based in Miami-Dade.

“Ms. Arison’s work celebrates, showcases and supports the next generation of great American artists,” the press release says.

Last year, Arison received the arts education award from advocacy group Americans for the Arts.

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