National Council on the Arts Convenes for 164th Meeting
June 25, 2008
Washington, D.C. – The National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will meet in a public session on Friday, June 27 in Room M-09 of The Nancy Hanks Center, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
In addition to council business, the meeting will feature a presentation on the literary component of the National Endowment for the Arts national initiative American Masterpieces, the NEA’s The Big Read. This program, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture, gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 23 selections from American and world literature.
The guests participating in The Big Read presentation are:
The Big Read Readers Circle members Michael Dirda, author and columnist with the Washington Post’s “Book World” and Richard Rodriguez, Editor of Pacific News Service
The complete meeting schedule is as follows:
The 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 including the chairman and six ex-officio members from Congress. More information about the National Council on the Arts and its members can be found at http://www.arts.endow.gov/about/NCA/About_NCA.html.
National Endowment for the Arts · an independent federal agency