The American Academy of Arts and Letters is an honor society of the country’s 250 leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. Each year it elects new members as vacancies occur, administers over 70 awards and prizes, exhibits art and manuscripts, funds performances of new works of musical theater, and purchases artwork for donation to museums across the United States.

2020 Newly Elected Members

The Academy has cancelled all spring events in the interest of public health.

Recent Announcements

Two Musicals Win 2020 Richard Rodgers Awards

In the Green and The Loophole have won the 2020 Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater.

2020 Literature Award Winners

Leslie Marmon Silko wins the second biennial $100,000 Christopher Lightfoot Walker Award for a significant literary contribution, and eighteen writers receive literature prizes.