The National Endowment for the Arts, founded in 1965, officially launched its 50th-anniversary year on September 29 with a panel discussion featuring current NEA Chairman Jane Chu and four former chairmen: Jane Alexander, Rocco Landesman, Bill Ivey, and Frank Hodsoll. The panel was recorded and will be posted at the NEA website. Other anniversary-year programs include Creativity Connects, an initiative that investigates how artist practices and support systems are changing, and how the arts can use creativity to connect with other sectors. On October 14, PBS will tape “A Celebration of American Creativity” at the White House, to be broadcast nationally on January 8, 2016. In October 2016, there will be a national convening co-hosted by the NEA and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, exploring how the NEA and its partners can strengthen the arts sector for the next 50 years. To read Jane Chu’s conversation with League President and CEO Jesse Rosen in the summer 2015 issue of Symphony, click here.
Posted October 2, 2015