Dr. Ralph at The White House today

Ralph StanleyRalph Stanley will be awarded a National Medal of Arts today in a ceremony in The Oval Office of The White House in Washington, DC.

As indicated on the official Medal Of Arts web site:

The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government. The National Medal of Arts is awarded by the President of the United States to individuals or groups who, in his judgment, “…are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States.”

Many congratulations to Dr. Ralph for having been recognized in this way.

Thanks to our friend Katy Daley at BluegrassCountry.org (based in DC) for the heads up on this.

Update 11/10/2006: News 2 in Nashville has a video clip available on their website at wkrn.com. There is also a piece on the medal ceremony in The Washington Post.