National Council on the Arts to Meet in Public Session

Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
trio of musicians with female dancer/actor listening

Signature Theatre's production of the musical Crazy for You featured Ashley Spencer as Polly Baker, Harrison Smith as Sam, A. Ross Neal as Moose, Kurt Boehm as Mingo. Photo by Christopher Mueller

Washington, DC- On Thursday, March 29, 2018, the 193rd public meeting of the National Council on the Arts will take place at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 Sixth Street SW, Washington, DC, from 9:00 to 11:30 am EST. This meeting is the second of three in FY 2018 when the Council will consider recommendations for funding. Please note that the meeting is on Thursday and will not be held at the NEA’s offices.

This meeting will include guest presentations from three of the country’s national arts service organizations and will be webcast live at For those unable to attend the meeting, an archived version of the webcast will be available a few days following the meeting on the National Council on the Arts webpage.

The following is open to the press and the public:

9:00-9:30 am Opening Business: Jane Chu, chairman

Voting on recommendations for funding and rejection: Tony Chauveaux, deputy chair for Programs and Partnerships

Updates from the chairman: Jane Chu, chairman

9:30-10:00 am Presentation from Arena Stage

  • Edgar Dobie, executive director, Arena Stage

10:00-10:30 am Presentation from Opera America

  • Marc Scorca, president/CEO, Opera America

10:30-11:00 am Presentation from League of American Orchestras

  • Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras

11:00-11:30 am Preview of Upcoming Meeting in Charleston, West Virginia

  • Randall Reid-Smith, commissioner, Division of Culture and History

11:30 am Adjournment

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 of the National Council on the Arts: Bruce Carter, Ph.D., Aaron Dworkin, Lee Greenwood, Deepa Gupta, Paul Hodes, Maria Rosario Jackson, Ph.D., Emil J. Kang, Charlotte Kessler, María López De León, Rick Lowe, David "Mas" Masumoto, Barbara Ernst Prey, Ranee Ramaswamy, Diane Rodriguez, Tom Rothman, and Olga Viso. Ex-officio members from Congress are Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME).

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more about NEA.


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