President Barack Obama awarded the National Medal of Arts to 10 individuals, including a music legend, a movie icon, and a Charleston mayor.
Bob Dylan, Clint Eastwood, and Joe Riley were just three of the people recognized "for their outstanding achievements and support of the arts." A release billed it as the highest honor for artistic excellence.
In Riley’s case, it was for his support of smart design.
“I am greatly honored to have received The 2009 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama," Riley said in a statement. "This award is a recognition of the City that I am privileged to serve and a recognition of the work of our community to build and maintain a beautiful and livable city that is a national treasure. I am very proud of the recognition of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and the role that this institution has had in positively shaping and improving cities across the nation.”