Biden Administration announces nominees to head NEA and NEH

Posted on: October 8, 2021

“The White House has announced who it would like to lead the arts and humanities endowments,” reports Elizabeth Blair on Wednesday’s (10/6) National Public Radio. “To Chair the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), President Biden’s nominee is Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, a longtime arts and humanities administrator and professor in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. For the National Endowment for the Humanities, Biden has selected Shelly Lowe, a citizen of the Navajo Nation who is currently the Executive Director of the Harvard University Native American Program. If confirmed, Lowe would become the first Native American to Chair the NEH. The NEA and NEH fund hundreds of thousands of arts and cultural programs throughout the U.S…. The Chairs of each federal agency need to be confirmed by congress and serve four-year terms. According to the White House, Dr. Jackson has spent the last 25 years ‘focused on understanding and elevating arts, culture and design as critical elements of healthy communities.’… Both Lowe and Jackson [had previously been] appointed to the National Councils that advise the arts and humanities endowments. If they are confirmed, they would vacate those seats.”