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.

June 16 Reading of Academy Tributes

Watch the 2021 Virtual Ceremonial

Recent Announcements

2021 Newly Elected Members

Twenty-nine new members and four honorary members will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters during its virtual award ceremony on May 19 at 7 p.m. EST.

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.