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NEA Chairman Jane Chu to Visit Cleveland, Ohio, May 27–28, 2015

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Washington, DC—National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu will visit Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28. As part of the visit, Chairman Chu will give remarks at a public event at the Cleveland Museum of Art as well as at the League of American Orchestras’ Conference 2015, and visit the Gordon Square Arts District and the Cleveland International Film Festival. Follow @NEAJaneChu on Twitter for updates and photos on her trip to Cleveland.

Chairman Chu will begin her visit to Cleveland on May 27 at a public meeting hosted by the Ohio Arts Council at the Cleveland Museum of Art, an NEA grantee and current Blue Star Museums program member. During the public meeting, Chairman Chu will give remarks about her vision for the NEA and take questions from the audience. This event is currently full, but members of the public may RSVP to be added to the waitlist. Media wishing to attend this event or request a short one-on-one interview following the event should contact Liz Auclair at auclaire@arts.gov or 202-682-5744.

That afternoon, Chairman Chu will give remarks at the opening plenary for the League of American Orchestras' Conference 2015. Her remarks will focus on the power of the arts to build communities. Media who wish to attend this event should contact Rachelle Schlosser at rschlosser@americanorchestras.org.

On May 28, Chairman Chu will visit the Cleveland International Film Festival, an NEA grantee. Her visit will include an overview of the festival as well as community outreach and educational programs. Following this visit, she will tour the Gordon Square Arts District. In 2012, the Detroit-Shoreway Community Development Organization received an NEA Our Town grant to support an artist live/work space in this neighborhood. Chairman Chu will learn more about this project and tour the arts district, including the Cleveland Public Theatre and Near West Theatre.

The following events are open to media. Media who wish to attend these events or request an interview with Chairman Chu should contact NEA Public Affairs at auclaire@arts.gov or 202-682-5744.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

9:00–10:00am  Remarks and Q&A at a public meeting hosted by the Ohio Arts Council

Location: Cleveland Museum of Art, Recital Hall, 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Donna Collins, executive director, Ohio Arts Council

10:00–10:30am  Media availability. Media interested in a short one-on-one interview with Chairman Chu should contact Liz Auclair at auclaire@arts.gov or 202-682-5744.

Location: Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106


10:30–11:15am  Tour of Cleveland Museum of Art

Location:  Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Costa Petridis, curator, Cleveland Museum of Art                                            
Donna Collins, executive director, Ohio Arts Council
Tom Schorgl, president and CEO, Community Partnership for Arts & Culture 

1:30–3:00pm  Remarks by Jane Chu at the opening session of the League of American Orchestras conference. Note: Chairman Chu’s remarks will occur at approximately 2pm. Media who wish to attend this event should contact Rachelle Schlosser at rschlosser@americanorchestras.org.

Location: Cleveland Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras
Gary Hanson, executive director, The Cleveland Orchestra
Leonard DiCosimo, president, Cleveland Federation of Musicians, Local 4

Thursday, May 28, 2015

10:00–11:00am  Visit to the Cleveland International Film Festival

Location: 2510 Market Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Mark Smith, president of the board of directors, Cleveland International Film Festival
Marcie Goodman, executive director, Cleveland International Film Festival
Bill Guentzler, artistic director, Cleveland International Film Festival
Patrick Shepherd, associate director, Cleveland International Film Festival
Mallory Martin, associate programmer and projection manager, Cleveland International Film Festival
Beth Steele Radisek, special projects director, Cleveland International Film Festival
Debby Samples, marketing director, Cleveland International Film Festival
Donna Collins, executive director, Ohio Arts Council
Tom Schorgl, president and CEO, Community Partnership for Arts & Culture 
Jill Paulsen, deputy director, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

11:30am–12:30pm  Tour of Gordon Square Arts District

Location: The tour will begin at Templin-Bradley Building, 5700 Detroit Ave. Cleveland OH 44102

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Greg Baron, director of Real Estate Development, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Corp.
Raymond Bobgan, executive artistic director, Cleveland Public Theatre
Judi Feniger, president and executive director, Gordon Square Arts District
Stephanie Morrison-Hrbek, executive director and co-founder, Near West Theatre
Councilman Matt Zone, Cleveland City Council, Ward 15
Hector Vega, artist
Donna Collins, executive director, Ohio Arts Council
Tom Schorgl, president and CEO, Community Partnership for Arts & Culture 
Jill Paulsen, deputy director, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

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Contact

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