|Dear Arts Advocate,
Last night, the White House made official their nomination for chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): Dr. Jane Chu, the Chief Executive Officer of the Kauffman Center of Kansas City, MO.
In a statement, President Obama said, “Jane’s lifelong passion for the arts and her background in philanthropy have made her a powerful advocate for artists and arts education in Kansas City. She knows firsthand how art can open minds, transform lives and revitalize communities, and believes deeply in the importance of the arts to our national culture. I’m proud to nominate her as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.”
Americans for the Arts President & CEO Robert Lynch praised Dr. Chu’s selection in a statement that was reported by the New York Times, Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. “She understands the value of art at the community level and how the arts are transformative to individuals as well as places. Americans for the Arts is pleased to see the critical leadership position at the NEA being filled. We applaud the President’s choice of Dr. Jane Chu.”
The NEA has been without a chairman since Rocco Landesman left in November 2012. Last year, the agency was under attack by House appropriators as they sought to cut funding by 49 percent – an effort that was unsuccessful. Dr. Chu’s nomination will now be sent to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for consideration, and then if she is approved by the committee, the full U.S. Senate for a confirmation vote.
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