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National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu to Visit Gainesville, Florida February 21-22, 2017

Washington, DC –Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, will visit Gainesville, Florida, February 21—22, 2017, with stops at the University of Florida’s (UF) UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital and its Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. Chairman Chu will also deliver the luncheon address at the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs’ 2017 Culture Convening Conference.

Chairman Chu begins her visit on Tuesday, February 21 with a tour of the UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital and a conversation with researchers and artists from the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program. The innovative UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program uses music, visual arts, and performing arts to enhance the hospital experience of patients and families. In FY 2015, the UF Center for Arts in Medicine received a $25,000 grant from the NEA to study the effects of live music in emergency room operations.

On Wednesday, February 22, Chairman Chu will give the keynote luncheon address at the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs’ 2017 Culture Convening Conference. Held at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza, Chu’s remarks will touch on NEA priorities, initiatives, and programs as they relate to the Florida arts community. She will also participate in a conversation with Sandy Shaughnessy, Director of the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

Chairman Chu will remain in the Cultural Plaza where she will then tour the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, another NEA grantee. The museum collaborates with university and community partners to impact people’s lives through art. In FY 2016, the University of Florida received a $55,000 grant supporting an exhibition at the Harn Museum of Art and an accompanying catalogue for "Aftermath: The Fallout of War - America and the Middle East".  This exhibition examines present conflicts and past histories through artwork about veterans, families, displacement, loss, and environmental dangers.

Media should contact Judith Kargbo at kargboj@arts.gov if they would like to attend any of the site visits or request an interview with Chairman Chu.

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Tuesday, February, 21, 2017

3:45PM- 4:00PM      Conversation with researchers and musicians: UF Center for Arts in Medicine

Location:

UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital
1600 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608

Participants:           

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Jill Sonke, director, University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine
Tina Mullen, director, UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine
Dr. Adrian Tyndall, director, UF Department of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Carmelle Elie, director of research, UF Department of Emergency Medicine
Musicians from the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

12:30PM- 1:30PM       2017 Culture Convening Conference Luncheon Discussion Location:               

Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
3201 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611

Participants:             

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Sandy Shaughnessy, director, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs


5:00PM – 5:45PM  Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art Location:               

3259 Hull Rd,
Gainesville, Florida 32611

Participants:            

Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Sandy Shaughnessy, director, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs 
Rebecca Nagy, director, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art


About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities through 2016.
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Contact

Judith Kargbo (NEA Public Affairs), kargboj@arts.gov, 202-682-5528