Jane Chu


Jane Chu is the eleventh chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. With a background in arts administration and philanthropy, Chairman Chu is also an accomplished artist and musician. She leads a dedicated and passionate group of people to support and fund the arts and creative activities in communities across the nation.
During her tenure to date, Chu has awarded more than $409 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and artists; issued new research reports on arts participation and the impact of the arts and cultural industries on the nation's gross domestic product; has made it to all 50 states, visiting hundreds of communities across the nation to see first-hand how the arts are impacting people and places; and launched the United States of Arts project that demonstrates the importance of the arts in our communities and our lives. In 2015, Chairman Chu launched her signature leadership initiative, Creativity Connects, to investigate the current state of the arts in our nation, and explore how the arts connect with other industries. She also oversaw multiple-year increases to the NEA’s Congressional budget appropriation to expand its military healing arts initiative, Creative Forces. In addition, under Chu’s leadership, the NEA ranked first among small agencies in Best Places to Work in the Federal Government for 2016.
Chu was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and raised in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the daughter of Chinese immigrants. She studied music growing up, eventually receiving bachelor's degrees in piano performance and music education, as well as master's degrees in music and piano pedagogy, a PhD in philanthropic studies, an MBA, as well as three honorary degrees. Prior to coming to the NEA, Chu served as the president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri.


Remarks to Hong Kong Arts Development Council Leadership Roundtable (11/30/17)

Chairman Jane Chu Accepts a 2016 Special Tony Award On Behalf of the Agency (6/12/16)

Remarks to Cuban Hosts, Media, and Members of the U.S. Cultural Mission to Cuba (4/21/16)

Remarks to Cuban Hosts and Members of the U.S. Cultural Mission to Cuba (4/18/16)

The Beauty in the Ordinary (9/24/15)

From Surveys to Solutions: Engaging Audiences in the Arts: (1/12/15)

Our Town: Supporting the Arts in Communities Throughout the United States (December 2014)

Catching Up with #NEAJaneChu (8/28/14)

Swearing-in remarks (7/23/14)

Podcast   (6/20/14)

Welcome video (6/20/14)