Several New Yorkers are among the 22 recipients of the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Medal at a White House ceremony.
The Brooklyn Academy of Music was cited for innovative contributions to the performing and visual arts for over 150 years.
Other New Yorkers honored include filmmakers Albert Maysles and Stanley Nelson, composer John Kander, and architects Billie Tsien and Tod Williams.
The National Medal of Arts was established by Congress in 1984 as the nation's highest award given to artists and patrons.
The Humanities Medal was created in 1997 to honor those in such fields as history and literature.
"Moments you helped create, moments of understanding or awe or joy or sorrow—they add texture to our lives. They are not incidental to the American experience; they are central to it. They are essential to it. So we not only congratulate you this afternoon, we thank you for an extraordinary lifetime of achievement," said President Barack Obama.
Others to receive the award included Dreamworks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg and singer Linda Ronstadt