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NEA Chairman Jane Chu to Visit Bloomfield Hills and Detroit, Michigan, June 1, 2015

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Washington, DC—NEA Chairman Jane Chu will visit Bloomfield Hills and Detroit, Michigan, on June 1, 2015. Her trip will include a tour of Cranbrook Art Museum and a visit to Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. Follow @NEAJaneChu on twitter for photos and commentary on her visit to Michigan.

Chairman Chu will begin her visit to Michigan at Cranbook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills. Chairman Chu will tour the museum and learn about their education programs. The museum is currently participating in the NEA’s Blue Star Museums program along with more than 35 other museums across Michigan. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the NEA, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.

That afternoon, Chairman Chu will visit Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. The NEA support’s Mosaic’s Core Training Program, a multi-phase, theater-based performing arts program for youth. Chairman Chu’s visit will include a tour of the building, including discussion about Mosaic’s partnership with University Prep Science and Math Elementary School as their arts organization in residence. She will also see a short performance by the Mosaic Singers and the Mosaic Acting Company and meet with the students.

The following events are open to media. Members of the media who wish to attend the site visits or request an interview with Chairman Chu on June 1 should RSVP to NEA Public Affairs at auclaire@arts.gov or 202-682-5744.

Monday, June 1, 2015

10:00–11:00am  Tour of Cranbrook Art Museum

Location: 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Gregory Wittkopp, director, Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research

Christopher Scoates, director, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum

Kelly Lyons, curator of education, Cranbrook Art Museum

John Bracey, executive dir., State of Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs


4:00–5:00pm  Visit to Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

Location: 2251 Antietam Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Rick Sperling, president & founding artistic dir., Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

DeLashea Strawder, associate artistic dir./dir. of music programs, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

Janice Berry, executive vice-president, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

Courtney Burkett, dir. of theatre programs, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

Mosaic Young Artists                                     

John Bracey, executive dir., State of Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

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Contact

Liz Auclair, auclaire@arts.gov, 202-682-5744