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Feb 13, 2014

President Obama announced Wednesday that he plans to nominate Dr. Jane Chu, president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, to serve as the next chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. The nomination now moves to the Senate for confirmation.

Chu would succeed Rocco Landesman, the Broadway producer who stepped down more than a year ago after serving in the post for much of Obama’s first term.

Chu has led the Kauffman Center since 2006. She was an executive at the Kauffman Fund for Kansas City from 2004 to 2006, and VP of external relations for Union Station Kansas City from 2002 to 2004. She also has degrees in visual arts, piano performance and music education.

In a statement, the President said of Chu, "She knows firsthand how art can open minds, transform lives and revitalize communities, and believes deeply in the importance of the arts to our national culture." In addition to experience in arts management and philanthropy, Dr. Chu holds degrees in visual arts, piano performance, and music education.

Read More at the Washington Post


Pictured Above: Dr. Jane Chu, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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