What I Learned from People by Will Aronson and Hue Park received a Production Award.
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Garrison Keillor delivered the Academy’s 2016 Blashfield Address titled “My Legacy, the Limerick.” Each year since 1917, a distinguished speaker has been asked to deliver the Blashfield Address on some aspect of arts and letters. Recent speakers include Robert A. Caro, Elaine Scarry, Michael Chabon, Chuck Close, and Louise Gluck.
Seventeen composers receive awards in music totaling $205,000.
The Academy announces the winners of the country’s two largest prizes for composers of vocal music. The Charles Ives Opera Prize of $50,000 will be given to Lewis Spratlan and James Maraniss for Life is a Dream. The Virgil Thomson Award of $40,000 will go to Kate Soper.
Phyllis Lambert is awarded the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture of $20,000. Four Arts and Letters Awards in Architecture of $10,000 each go to Andrew Berman, Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang (nARCHITECTS), Andrew Freear (Rural Studio), and Theodore Prudon.
Twenty-one established and emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry receive prizes in literature totaling $550,000.
Twenty-three established and emerging artists receive awards and purchase prizes totaling over $250,000.
The Academy will induct twelve new members into the 250-person organization: Peter Carey, Billy Collins, Sebastian Currier, Robert Frank, Joan Jonas, Jane Kramer, Paul Lansky, David Rakowski, David Remnick, David Salle, Pat Steir, and John Edgar Wideman.
Ensemble Échappé will play contemporary classical works by Billy Childs, Harold Meltzer, Kevin Puts, and Kurt Rohde, the winners of the 2015 Arts and Letters Awards in Music.
The 2016 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater are awarded to Costs of Living by Timothy Huang; We Live in Cairo by Patrick and Daniel Lazour; and Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell.
Adam Haslett and Jesmyn Ward are awarded the Strauss Livings, which give writers an income of $100,000 a year for a period of two years so that they may devote their time exclusively to writing.
The 2015 Blashfield Address, titled The Lure of History, was delivered by Robert A. Caro.