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Tony Kushner. (SOURCE: WikiCommons) Tony Kushner. (SOURCE: WikiCommons)
Ernest J. Gaines. (SOURCE: ULL/Ernest J. Gaines Center) Ernest J. Gaines. (SOURCE: ULL/Ernest J. Gaines Center)
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Three local artists will be honored on Wednesday, July 10, when President Obama presents the 2012 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medals to various artists and musicians at the White House, according to a news release from the White House Office of the Press Secretary. 

Among the 2012 National Medal of Arts award recipients will be Tony Kushner of New York, N.Y., Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter of the film "Lincoln" and former Lake Charles resident; Ernest Gaines, of Oscar, La., writer-in-residence emeritus at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; and Allen Toussaint, of New Orleans, La., a musician, songwriter and recorder producer who has worked with Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Patti LaBelle, among others, and who has had his work featured in films such as "Moulin Rouge" and "Maid in Manhattan."

All award recipients will be cited for their work with a short, commending statement. Kushner, Gaines and Toussaint will be honored as follows:

"Tony Kushner for his contributions to American theater and film. Whether for the stage or the silver screen, his scripts have moved audiences worldwide, marrying humor to fury, history to fantasy, and the philosophical to the personal." 

"Ernest J. Gaines for his contributions as an author and teacher. Drawing deeply from his childhood in the rural South, his works have shed new light on the African-American experience and given voice to those who have endured injustice."

"Allen Toussaint for his contributions as a composer, producer, and performer. Born and raised in New Orleans, Mr. Toussaint has built a legendary career alongside America's finest musicians, sustaining his city's rich tradition of rhythm and blues and lifting it to the national stage."

These awards are being given through a White House initiative in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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