First Posted: 1/7/2013
(AP) The Kennedy Center in Washington is reviewing the way it selects artists who receive the high-profile Kennedy Center Honors each year after a group said Latinos have been largely excluded.
The formal review announced Monday includes members of the Kennedy Center board and an 11-member artist advisory panel. The panel includes actress Debbie Allen, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Broadway actor Raul Esparza. It also will include representatives from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.
The 35-year-old Kennedy Center Honors have become a major cultural prize that comes with a salute from the president and secretary of state.
In September, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts criticized the Kennedy Center, saying it excluded Latinos. Two past honorees were Hispanics.