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Chairman Jane Chu to Visit New York, NY

Site visits in Manhattan and the Bronx to take place October 1-2, 2014

Event with the arts community at Lincoln Center to take place October 2, 2014

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Jane Chu

NEA Chairman Jane Chu. Photo by Strauss Peyton Studios

Washington, DC—NEA Chairman Jane Chu will visit New York, New York, October 1-2, 2014, to meet with the arts community and visit several NEA grant recipients.

On October 1 at 9:30 a.m., Chairman Chu will visit the New Museum of Contemporary Art, recipient of an FY 2014 NEA grant to support the IDEAS CITY StreetFest. On October 2 beginning at 9:00 a.m., Chairman Chu will visit two NEA grant recipients in the Bronx: DreamYard Project and the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation's Bronx Music Heritage Center. The NEA supports DreamYard's Art Center Programs, that teach students in the Bronx to develop artistic, creative problem solving, and collaborative leadership skills; and Bronx Music Heritage Center's Living Legends Performance Series concerts, which honors and celebrates Bronx musicians.

Joining Chairman Chu on these visits is Lisa Robb, executive director of the New York State Council on the Arts. Tom Finkelpearl, commissioner of New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs, will also attend the visit to DreamYard. Media should RSVP to NEA Public Affairs at 202-682-5570 or auclaire@arts.gov if you wish to cover these site visits.

In the afternoon on October 2 at 2:40 p.m., Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' President Jed Bernstein and Chair Katherine Farley will host an event for the larger arts community to meet Chairman Chu. There will be a media availability from 1:45–2:15 p.m. Media must send a request to NEA Public Affairs at auclaire@arts.gov to attend the event or media availability. Space is limited.

Full schedule:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

10 a.m.–10:30 a.m.: Tour of New Museum of Contemporary Art

Location: 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

Participants:

Jane Chu, chairman, NEA

Aby Rosen, chair, New York State Council on the Arts

Lisa Robb, executive director, New York State Council on the Arts

 Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director, New Museum

Massimiliano Gioni, artistic director, New Museum


Thursday, October 2

9:00–10:00 a.m.: Site visit to DreamYard Project

Location: Dream Yard Art Center, 1085 Washington Avenue at 166th Street, Ground Floor, Bronx, NY 10456

Participants:

Jane Chu, chairman, NEA

Lisa Robb, executive director, New York State Council on the Arts

Tom Finkelpearl, commissioner, New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs

Tim Lord, co-founder and co-director, DreamYard

Jason Duchin, co-founder and co-director, DreamYard

Robyne Walker Murphy, director, DreamYard Art Center

Ama Codjoe, associate director, DreamYard Art Center

DreamYard staff and parents of participants


10:15–11:15 a.m.: Site visit to Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation's Bronx Music Heritage Center

Location: Bronx Music Heritage Center Lab, 1303 Louis Nine Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10459

Participants:

Jane Chu, chairman, NEA

Lisa Robb, executive director, New York State Council on the Arts

Nancy Biberman, president, Housing and Economic Development Corporation

Kerry McLean, director of community development, Housing and Economic Development Corporation

Bobby Sanabria, Bronx‐born, multi‐nominated Grammy bandleader, percussionist, and educator

Jimmy Owens, Bronx-born NEA Jazz Master, trumpeter, composer, lecturer, activist, & educator

Patty Dukes and Reph Starr, rappers, actors and educators, and producers and hosts of Circa95

Dr. Mark Naison, founder  and principal investigator, Bronx African American History Project; professor and director of Urban Studies Program, Fordham University

Valerie Capers, Bronx-born pianist, composer, and professor emeritus, Bronx County Community College


1:45–2:15 p.m.: Media Availability— Media must send a request to NEA Public Affairs at auclaire@arts.gov by Tuesday, Sept. 30 by 3 p.m. to attend the media availability. Space is limited.

Location: Lincoln Center, Columbus Ave. at 64th Street, New York, NY 10023


2:40 p.m. Remarks by NEA Chairman Jane Chu at event hosted by the Lincoln Center for  the Performing Arts—Media must send a request to NEA Public Affairs at auclaire@arts.gov by Tuesday, Sept. 30 by 3 p.m to attend this event. Space is limited.

Location: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Columbus Ave. at 64th Street, New York, NY 10023

Participants:

Jane Chu, chairman, NEA

Katherine G. Farley, chair, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Jed Bernstein, president, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

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Contact

Liz Auclair

auclaire@arts.gov202-682-5744