Senate Approves Jane Chu to Lead NEA

Legislative Alert: Senate Approves Jane Chu to Lead NEA

From: Isaac Brown, Legislative Counsel
Vol. 14:08
June 12, 2014

This afternoon, the U.S. Senate approved by voice vote the nomination of Dr. Jane Chu to lead the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The vote is welcome news to arts advocates, as the NEA has operated without a chair since Rocco Landesman stepped down in December 2012. With the approval of the Senate, Dr. Chu is expected to formally begin her leadership of the agency in the next few days.

Responding to the news, NASAA CEO Jonathan Katz said, “On behalf of all the state and jurisdictional arts agencies, NASAA looks forward to a collaborative and productive working relationship with Dr. Chu, and to welcoming her to the nation’s capital as the new leader of the NEA.”

NASAA plans to organize a collective welcome album from all states and jurisdictions, and will invite Dr. Chu to meet with state arts agency staff and council members at Assembly 2014 in New Orleans this fall.