PBS Taps Former NEA Chief
PBS has appointed Jane Chu, the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), as an arts advisor. In her new role, Chu will work to expand access to and representation within the network’s arts programming while developing collaborations between PBS, funders, and local arts organizations around the country. Appointed to lead the NEA by former President Barack Obama, she spent four years at the agency before leaving in June. During her time, Chu guided the federal arts agency through one of the most challenging periods in its 50-year history when the Trump administration called for its elimination. Thanks to bipartisan support, the NEA’s future was secured in March when the Senate approved a budget that not only preserved the agency but increased its funding. Prior to the NEA, Chu worked at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. The daughter of Chinese immigrants was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma and spent most of her childhood in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She wrote and illustrated a 2002 children's book about growing up Asian American, Joy's Discovery. The Ouachita Baptist University graduate earned an associate's degree in visual art at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She earned a Master's in music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, a Master's in business administration from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, and a Doctorate in philanthropic studies from Indiana University. More here.