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NEA Chairman Jane Chu to Visit Detroit, Michigan, February 1-2, 2015

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Jane Chu

NEA Chairman Jane Chu. Photo by Strauss Peyton Studios

Washington, DC—NEA Chairman Jane Chu will visit Detroit, Michigan, on February 1-2, 2015. Her trip will include the closing plenary at SphinxCon on February 1 and on February 2, she will tour Detroit's Cultural Center in Midtown Detroit, ending with a tour of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Follow @NEAJaneChu on twitter for photos and commentary on her visit to Detroit.

Chairman Chu will begin her visit to Detroit on February 1st at SphinxCon, where she will give the closing plenary at 11am. This conference will bring together leaders discussing solutions to the challenges surrounding diversity in the performing arts and will be live streamed on SphinxCon's website.

On February 2, Chairman Chu will tour developments in Detroit's cultural center in Midtown Detroit, including Sugar Hill Arts District and the Woodward Garden Block. The tour will begin at the Inn on Ferry Street. Please contact NEA Public Affairs at auclaire@arts.gov.

The tour will end at the Detroit Institute of Arts where Chairman Chu will be available for short interviews before a tour of the museum. Media who wish to interview Chairman Chu should send a request to auclaire@arts.gov.

Members of the media who wish to attend the following tours should RSVP to NEA Public Affairs at auclaire@arts.gov or 202-682-5744.

Monday, February 2, 2015

1:00–2:30pm Tour of Detroit's cultural center in Midtown Detroit.

Location: The tour will begin at the Inn on Ferry Street at 84 East Ferry Street, Detroit, MI 48202.  Media who wish to join the tour at a later period should contact John Bracey at 517-898-2479.

Participants:

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Sue Mosey, president, Midtown Detroit
Michael Polsinelli, field office director, Detroit Field Office, Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
Cliff Kellogg, executive director, Detroit Interagency Working Group
Julie Egan, senior advisor, US Department of State
John Bracey, executive director, State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs


2:30–3:00pm Media Availability. Media who wish to interview Chairman Chu should send a request to auclaire@arts.gov.

Location: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202 *Please note that media should enter through the John R Street entrance behind the museum.


3:00–3:45pm Tour of Detroit Institute of Arts

Location: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202 *Please note that media should enter through the John R Street entrance behind the museum.

Participants:

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Annmarie Erickson, executive vice president/chief operating officer, Detroit Institute of Arts
Cliff Kellogg, executive director, Detroit Interagency Working Group
Julie Egan, senior advisor, US Department of State
John Bracey, executive director, State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

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Contact

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