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Jane Chu to Resign as NEA Chair in June

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Apr 30, 2018

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu said in a statement that she will resign June 4, after four years at the head of the federal arts agency. Although the agency has face threats from the Trump administration, Chu notes that “the National Endowment for the Arts is doing effective and meaningful work to help the arts thrive and connect to individuals and in communities large and small, densely populated, rural, and remote in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and in every Congressional District,” Chu said.

According to the Washington Post, “since becoming the 11th head of the NEA in 2014, Chu has visited arts organizations in all 50 states to experience firsthand the art, education and community-building they provide. A musician with degrees in piano, business and philanthropy, Chu was chief executive of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo., before being tapped by President Barack Obama to become the nation’s arts leader.”

“In my travels to 200 communities in all 50 states — making more than 400 site visits — I have talked with visual artists, musicians, dancers, actors, and writers who are powerfully creating America’s culture,” Chu said. “Arts organizations are not only providing programs for audiences, they are also seen as leaders in their communities because the arts can bring people together. I am personally inspired and impressed by them.”

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