NEA Chair Nominee Clears First Step

May 14, 2014

The first step in the confirmation process of Dr. Jane Chu as the next chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was cleared today, with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions voting to approve the President’s nomination. The next step is floor consideration by the full Senate, to be scheduled by majority leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). Dr. Chu’s confirmation is eagerly anticipated due to her deep knowledge and experience in community engagement and revitalization through the arts. Her approval would fill a vacancy that has lasted for more than one year. Operating under an interim chair, the agency has continued to disburse grants, release impactful research, and most recently, move to a new office location.

The League has been a long-time advocate for increased funding for the NEA, submitting written testimony each year, and regularly communicates grant opportunities and key updates to orchestras throughout the year. For any organization that received an NEA grant this year, we encourage you to reach out to your Members of Congress to let them know how the agency’s support is strengthening your community at home!