From the Archives: National Council on the Arts

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The NCA assembled for a photograph.

The first NCA meeting was held in Washington, D.C. on April 9-10, 1965.

In 1964, a year before President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act into law, Congress established the National Council on the Arts (NCA) as the nation's advisory board on the arts. These photos of the earliest NCA meetings are from the archives of R. Philip Hanes, Jr., an arts advocate and one of the Council's first members.

Actor and producer Gregory Peck with choreographer Agnes DeMille during a break.

Actor and producer Gregory Peck with choreographer Agnes DeMille during a break.

 
Author Ralph Ellison relaxes during a quiet moment.

Author Ralph Ellison relaxes during a quiet moment.

Panelists sitting at table, Duke Ellinton strikes a pensive pose, on the right.

The first NCA meeting was held in Washington, D.C. on April 9-10, 1965.