National Endowment for the Arts to Webcast National Council on the Arts Meeting Friday, October 29, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.
October 27, 2010
Washington, DC -- The 171th meeting of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body to the National Endowment for the Arts, will take place on Friday, October 29, 2010 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. EDT.
The lead presentation will focus on the NEA's latest report, Live from Your Neighborhood: A National Study of Outdoor Arts Festivals. This is the first-ever national survey of this form of arts presentation and participation in America. It analyzes data from 1,413 outdoor festivals in nearly every state and Washington, DC, and reflects a cross-section of arts festivals. Sunil Iyengar and Sarah Sullivan with the Office of Research & Analysis and Mario Garcia Durham, director of Artist Communities and Presenting will offer the report's findings with two guests acting as respondents: Neil Barclay, president and chief executive officer of the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, and Jennifer Pickering, executive director of the Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
After the report presentation, Ann Markusen, principal with Markusen Economic Research, will discuss Creative Placemaking, a white paper she authored with Anne Gadwa of Metris Arts Consulting for the NEA's Mayors' Institute on City Design. The paper explores how art and culture function as placemakers in the economic development of communities; who are the initiators and partners that deploy the arts and culture this way as a means to revitalize neighborhoods; where do the energy and resources come from to do that kind of work; and what are the results of those efforts. Ms. Markusen will address the council with a remote presentation from Scotland, where she is working on a Fulbright scholarship.
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, Irvin Mayfield, Stephen Porter, Barbara Ernst Prey, Frank Price, Terry Teachout, and Karen Wolff; and six ex-officio members from Congress -- Senators Robert Bennett (R-UT), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Congressman 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 in our National Council on the Arts pages.
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