2015 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal

This afternoon, President Obama awarded National Medals of Arts and National Humanities Medals to two dozen artists, filmmakers, writers, actors, musicians, and other creative Americans.

With these medals, the federal government recognizes "outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts … that deepen the nation's understanding of the humanities and broadened our citizens' engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy, and other humanities subjects."

The list of honorees includes comedian and film director Mel Brooks, writer and poet Sandra Cisneros, actor Morgan Freeman, Motown record producer Berry Gordy, historian and author Ron Chernow, musician Winton Marsalis, and interviewer Terry Gross among others.

The complete list of medal winners is available at NPR.com.