Accepting the 2009 National Medal of Arts on behalf of the School of American Ballet is School Chairman of Faculty and Artistic Director of the New York City Ballet Peter Martins. He accepted the medal from President Barack Obama at an East Room ceremony at the White House on February 25, 2010. The National Medal of Arts is a presidential initiative managed by the National Endowment for the Arts and is the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence.Photo by Richard Frasier