Statement from the Academy President

Art has the capacity to challenge beliefs, rekindle aspiration, and transcend the darkness of the moment.

Covid-19 has brought our vulnerability into starker focus across the globe, while additional challenges to maintaining a sustainable future lie ahead.

The American Academy of Arts and Letters, which comprises 250 of the country’s finest writers, composers, artists, and architects, recognizes the enduring power of the arts to nourish and inspire in times like these. As such, we recommit ourselves to honoring America’s artists and to supporting their work.

Billie Tsien, President
May 20, 2020