National Council on the Arts Convenes for 162nd Meeting
October 30, 2007
Washington, D.C. -- The National Council on the Arts, the Presidentially-appointed advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will meet in a public session on Friday, November 2 in Room M-09 of The Nancy Hanks Center, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
In addition to agency updates, votes on funding recommendations from more than 4,090 applications, and guidelines review, there will be two presentations; one on the NEA’s Shakespeare in American Communities initiative and another featuring highlights of the 25th anniversary celebration of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship program. Also, artistic director and choreographer Miguel Campaneria will be sworn in as the newest member of the Council. Please see Mr. Campaneria's biography.
Since 2003, Shakespeare in American Communities has brought live Shakespeare productions and activities to more than 1,700 cities and 3,000 schools in all 50 states. Actors from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival (Kansas City, MO) will enact a scene from Romeo and Juliet. Representatives from The Acting Company (New York, NY); Paul Michael Fontana, Education Director, and Christian Conn, teaching artist; along with guests from the Utah Shakespeare Festival (Cedar City, UT); Fred Adams, Founding Director and Executive Producer Emeritus and Scott Philips, Director; will all discuss their experiences with Shakespeare in American Communities.
NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts, Barry Bergey, will give a presentation based on the events, to date, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the NEA National Heritage Fellows program. Following Bergey’s presentation, folklorist and education specialist Marjorie Hunt will show clips from her Academy Award-winning film The Stone Carvers. Ms. Hunt is working on another film Masters of the Building Arts that features three NEA National Heritage Fellows among the artists.
The meeting schedule is as follows:
TThe National Council on the Arts advises the Chairman of the NEA, who also chairs the Council, on agency policies and programs. Members of the council are Presidential appointments and are selected for their widely recognized knowledge of the arts or their expertise or profound interest in the arts. There are 14 members in addition to the chairman and six ex-officio members from Congress. For more information about the National Council on the Arts and its members, visit the NEA web site at www.arts.gov.
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