Art & Culture

Luis Valdez receives medal from president

San Juan Bautista resident and El Teatro Campesino founder, Luis Valdez, was honored on Thursday morning by President Obama in a White House ceremony recognizing recipients of the 2015 National Medal of Arts.

El Teatro Campesino founder Luis Valdez and 10 others received congratulatory remarks from President Barack Obama at the White House during the 2015 National Medal of Arts ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 22. 

Valdez was honored "for bringing Chicano culture to American drama. As a playwright, actor, writer, and director, he illuminates the human spirit in the face of social injustice through award-winning stage, film, and television productions." 

Along with Valdez, 11 others received the 2015 National Medal of Arts, including actor Morgan Freeman, and author Sandra Cisneros.

Valdez’s audience with the president comes on the heels of his induction into The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences earlier this year.

Check out video of the White House ceremony below:



Frank Pérez

I’m a lifelong resident of San Benito County. I reside in Hollister with my wife, Brenda. For over two decades, I've been a faculty member at San Benito High School, where I teach world history, Mexican-American history, and Ethnic Studies. I've been reporting for BenitoLink since 2015. My passion is delving deeper into the nuances of the local, historical record, while including lesser-known stories of our past. My hope is that county residents will have a greater appreciation for the diversity and complexity of San Benito County, realizing that its uniqueness depends upon our responsibility as its stewards.