The search for NEA’s next chairman continues

Posted on: August 8, 2013

“[A]s the White House and Congress prepare for a September showdown over the budget that could mean severe cuts for the federal arts agency, advocates are fretting over the absence of their strongest champion—a permanent chairman,” writes Patricia Cohen in Thursday’s (8/8) New York Times. “More than eight months have elapsed since Mr. [Rocco] Landesman announced that he was stepping down from the nation’s top arts post [as chairman of the National Endowment of Arts].… Yet the hunt for a replacement—who must be nominated by the president and confirmed by Congress—seems to have stalled.… Without confirmed chairmen, the endowments are forced to ‘operate with a disability.’ … Politicians and advocates acknowledge that focusing on the endowments is difficult when Washington is consumed with a budget stalemate, the secret surveillance of Americans, the choice of a new Federal Reserve chairman, an immigration bill and a backlog of judicial nominees who need Congressional approval.… The violinist Aaron P. Dworkin, who founded the Sphinx Organization in Detroit to promote diversity in classical music, confirmed that he was considered for the post.… But he said he was happy to be continuing with his work at Sphinx, ‘where I think I can have the best impact.’ ”

Posted August 8, 2013