Live Webcast of NEA National Council on the Arts Meeting

Friday, March 27, 2015 Session Features Agency Updates and Guest Presentations

Washington, DC--The tri-annual public meeting of the National Council on the Arts takes place on Friday, March 27, 2015, and will be live webcast at from 9:00 to 11:15 am EDT. The meeting includes agency business as well as guest presentations. An archived version of the webcast will be available at

The scheduled presentations are:

  • An introduction to the NEA's upcoming 50th anniversary with Jess Sarmiento, NEA director of Public Affairs.
  • A discussion on the impact of NEA Research findings with Sunil Iyengar, NEA director of Research & Analysis; Arni Fishbaugh, executive director, Montana Arts Council; Ned Canty, general manager, Opera Memphis; and Ellin O'Leary, president & chief content officer, Youth Radio.

About the National Council on the Arts

The National Council on the Arts is convened three times per year to vote on funding recommendations for grants and rejections; to advise the chairman on application guidelines, the budget, and policy and planning directions; and to recommend to the President nominees for the National Medal of Arts.

Including the chairman, there are 17 members: Bruce Carter, Aaron Dworkin, Lee Greenwood, Deepa Gupta, Paul Hodes, Joan Israelite, Maria Rosario Jackson, Emil J. Kang, Charlotte Kessler, María López De León, Rick Lowe, David "Mas" Masumoto, Irvin Mayfield, Barbara Ernst Prey, Ranee Ramaswamy, and Olga Viso. There are also six ex-officio members from Congress: Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and U.S. Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Patrick J. Tiberi (R-OH). Appointment by majority and minority leadership of the remaining two members of Congress to the Council is pending.

Visit for more information about the National Council on the Arts and its members.

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Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs,, 202-682-5606