The American Academy of Arts and Letters is an honor society of the country’s 300 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.

2021 Virtual Ceremonial

2021 Newly Elected Members

Recent Announcements

Statement in Response to Ongoing Violent Racism

April 14, 2021 statement from Board of Directors.

Yehudi Wyner, Rita Dove, and Phong Bui Receive Highest Honors

Yehudi Wyner, Rita Dove, and Phong Bui receive top awards in Music, Poetry, and Service to the Arts.