Rocco Landesman's First Meeting of the National Council on the Arts to Feature Tribute to Choreographer Merce Cunningham
October 28, 2009
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, October 30, 2009, which will include a tribute to the late Merce Cunningham. The meeting will be held in Room M-09 of The Nancy Hanks Center, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. This is the first National Council on the Arts meeting at which Rocco Landesman will participate as NEA Chairman.
In addition to Council business, the public session will feature a tribute to the late choreographer Merce Cunningham. NEA Director of Dance Douglas Sonntag will lead the presentation, which will also include remarks from dance critic Suzanne Carbonneau, choreographer Elizabeth Streb, and Executive Director of the Cunningham Dance Company Trevor Carlson. These colleagues of Mr. Cunningham will discuss their experiences working with the choreographer and his major contributions to the contemporary dance field.
The National Council on the Arts is convened three times per year to vote on funding recommendations for grants and rejections; to advise the Chairman on application guidelines, the budget, and policy and planning directions; and to recommend to the President nominees for the National Medal of Arts. Including the Chairman, there are 14 members - James Ballinger, Miguel Campaneria, Ben Donenberg, JoAnn Falletta, Lee Greenwood, Joan Israelite, Charlotte Kessler, Bret Lott , Jerry Pinkney, Stephen Porter, Barbara Ernst Prey, Frank Price, Terry Teachout, and Karen Wolff; and six ex-officio members from Congress - Robert Bennett (R-UT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Patrick J. Tiberi (R-OH). Appointment by Majority and Minority leadership of the remaining Members of Congress to the Council is pending. More information about the National Council on the Arts and its members can be found at www.arts.gov.
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