NEA National Council on the Arts Meeting

Live Webcast Features Agency Updates and Guest Presentations
Tell Us Your Stories

Washington, DC--The tri-annual public meeting of the National Council on the Arts takes place on Friday, June 26, 2015, and will be live webcast at from 9:00 to 11:30 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 An archived version of the webcast will be available at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:

Friday, June 26, 9:00 to 11:30 am

  • A look at vignettes created through the NEA’s “Tell Us Your Story” campaign to celebrate the NEA’s upcoming 50th anniversary, with Jessamyn Sarmiento, Director of Public Affairs. 
  • A presentations on festivals and community engagement with Lisa Sims, Deputy Director Venture Richmond; Tom Frouge, Co-Founder Globalquerque!; and Barnaby Evans, Executive Artistic Director WaterFire Providence.
  • A presentation by Rick Sperling, President and Artistic Director Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit and a performance by Mosaic singers and actors.

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 U.S. Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Patrick J. Tiberi (R-OH). Appointment by majority and minority leadership of the remaining three 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