Enrichment through Creativity and the Arts

Three people looking at the art in a visual artist's studio

NEA Chair Jane Chu and Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed visit Morris Nathanson's art and design studio in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Photo courtesy of Senator Reed's office

ARTmatters Newsletter
September 2014

When I started at the National Endowment for the Arts three months ago, I was immediately impressed by its success in fostering innovation and leveraging resources. Between hosting annual events like Poetry Out Loud, organizing research convenings, and investing in art projects in every U.S. Congressional district, the NEA is continually working to enrich the lives of Americans through creativity and the arts.

This newsletter will be an opportunity to share this great work with the nation. Every month, you’ll find news from the field, excerpts from our media channels, and information on upcoming events. We hope it will serve as yet another way to spur conversation about the arts in America.

It’s a conversation that’s mobilizing more people and more diverse voices every day. In the past month, I’ve seen how the arts have revitalized communities in Rhode Island. I’ve seen how they’ve healed wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. See my recent Catching Up with #NEAJaneChu blog post

This week, I will join arts education leaders in Pittsburgh to discuss how the arts can prepare our students for the 21st century. And, later this month, in between trips to Kansas City, Missouri; Columbus, Ohio; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota; we’ll celebrate our 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellows back in Washington, DC, the newest recipients of the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. This year’s Fellows have reached the pinnacle of artistic mastery, while preserving the traditions so important to their cultures and ours. By practicing their art forms, they bring value to our lives, instill beauty in our world, and build connections between generations and across communities. We hope you will join us on September 19, either live or via webcast, as we celebrate these extraordinary artists and all they have achieved.