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NEA Chairman Jane Chu to Visit Indianapolis, Indiana, March 6–7, 2015

Chairman Chu will speak at Indiana University symposium on March 7

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Jane Chu

NEA Chairman Jane Chu. Photo by Strauss Peyton Studios

Washington, DC—NEA Chairman Jane Chu will visit Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 6–7, 2015. Her trip will include a site visit to the Indianapolis Art Center on March 6 and remarks at Indiana University's symposium on community engagement and development through the arts on March 7. Follow @NEAJaneChu on twitter for photos and commentary on her visit to Indiana.

Chairman Chu received her PhD in philanthropic studies from Indiana University. As part of her trip she will meet with Indiana University students and faculty as well as NEA grantees in Indiana. On March 6 at 3:00pm, she will visit the Indianapolis Art Center, recipient of a 2014 NEA grant for the summer exhibition series: storytellers. Media are invited to join Chairman Chu on the tour of the center; at the conclusion of the tour she will be available for brief media interviews.

On Saturday, March 7, Indiana University will hold a symposium on community engagement and development through the arts, led by led by arts administration faculty at the IU Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Following two panel discussions, Chairman Chu will give remarks about the direction of the NEA as it relates to creative placemaking, including trends and plans for the future.  The symposium is open to the public, but organizers request attendees RSVP to soprsvp@iupui.edu. More information about the symposium can be found hereThe symposium, including Chairman Chu's remarks, will be webcast live on Indiana University's website. 

The following events are open to media.

Friday, March 6, 2015

3:00–4:00pm  Site visit to the Indianapolis Art Center. Chairman Chu will have time for brief media interviews at the end of the site visit. Media who wish to attend the site visit or  interview Chairman Chu should contact Liz Auclair at auclaire@arts.gov or 202-682-5744.

Location:  820 E. 67th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Patrick Flaherty, president and executive director, Indianapolis Art Center

Anya Aslanova, director of educational development, Indianapolis Art Center

Kyle Herrington, director of exhibitions, Indianapolis Art Center

Michelle Winkelman, director of outreach, Indianapolis Art Center

Lewis Ricci, executive director, Indiana Arts Commission              

Saturday, March 7, 2015

8:30am–1:30pm  Indiana University symposium on community engagement and development through the arts. Note—Chairman Chu's remarks will take place at 12:00pm. Media who wish to attend the symposium should contact Jim Hanchett at jimhanch@indiana.edu or 812-856-5490.

Location:  Basile Auditorium, Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, 735 W. New York St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Participants:      

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Michael Rushton, Indiana University Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Joanna Woronkowicz, Indiana University Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Laura Zabel, executive director, Springboard for the Arts

Joan Squires, president, Omaha Performing Arts

Jennifer Cole, executive director, Metro Nashville Arts Commission

Karen Gahl-Mills, executive director,  Cuyahoga Arts and Culture

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Contact

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