A woman speaks from a wooden podium.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu addresses the audience at the concert: "These artists represent the height of their art forms. And they also represent the diversity and richness of the American cultural landscape. Through their art and advocacy, they have rooted us more firmly to our heritage, and ensured that the many voices, stories, and customs of this great country will be preserved and carried forward. This is something we hold dear at the National Endowment for the Arts."