WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- President George W. and Laura Bush presented the 2003 National Medal of Arts Wednesday at a ceremony inside the Oval Office.
The 2003 winners of the medal are:
--Mac Christensen, president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, accepting on behalf of the choir;
--Beverly Cleary, author of numerous children's books including Ramona the Pest and Henry Huggins;
--Rafe Esquith, an arts educator and fifth grade teacher from Los Angeles;
--Dancer Suzanne Farrell;
--Blues great Buddy Guy;
--Actor and director Ron Howard;
--National Symphony Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who accepted on behalf of the NSO;
--Evan Andrew Smith, the chairman of the board of the public television station in Austin, Texas for its program, "Austin City Limits;"
--Singer, songwriter George Strait, and
--Director, actor, dancer and choreographer Tommy Tune.
The awards are given annually by the president's committee on the arts and humanities of which first lady Laura Bush is the honorary chairman.