Mary Ann Carter confirmed as chair of National Endowment for the Arts

Posted on: August 2, 2019

“The United States Senate voted today to confirm Mary Anne Carter as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA),” states an unsigned article in Thursday’s (8/1) ArtForum. “Carter has been serving as acting chair of the agency since June 5, 2018 and was officially nominated for the position by President Trump, who has been trying to eliminate both the NEA and the National Endowment for the Humanities since he took office, in November. She is the twelfth person to helm the agency since its inception in 1965. Under her leadership, Carter has worked to expand arts therapy programs such as Creative Forces [for U.S. service members and veterans] … and national initiatives such as Shakespeare in American Communities, NEA Big Read, and Poetry Out Loud. She has also held public meetings of the National Council on the Arts in Charleston, West Virginia, and Detroit, Michigan, in an attempt to make the agency more accessible…. Following her confirmation, Carter said: ‘I look forward to continuing to lead a talented and dedicated staff of professionals in our important work of ensuring that every American—in every community and in every neighborhood—has access to the arts.’ ”

Posted August 2, 2019