Kennedy Center announces review of Honors process

June 25th, 2015 1:44 am

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.

Associated Press