Joan Myers Brown and WPAS receive the Medal of Arts

posted by Kina Poon on Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013
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Joan Myers Brown of Philadanco receives a 2012 National Medal of Arts from President Obama.

"The human imagination is still the most powerful tool we have as a people." So said President Barack Obama this afternoon in his presentation of the National Medal of Arts to 13 recipients, including Dance Magazine Awardee Joan Myers Brown, Philadanco founder and director extraordinaire, and Washington Performing Arts Society, a prolific presenter of dance and music. (This year's storied group also included filmmaker George Lucas, playwright Tony Kushner, and soprano Renée Fleming.) Watch the ceremony below: