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Obama names Chu to head arts endowment

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President Obama on Wednesday named his choice to lead the National Endowment for the Arts, which has been without a chairman for more than a year.

The president announced his intent to nominate Jane Chu, currently the president CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City who also boasts a strong business background, to the post.

"Jane's lifelong passion for the arts and her background in philanthropy have made her a powerful advocate for artists and arts education in Kansas City," Mr. Obama said in a statement. "She knows firsthand how art can open minds, transform lives and revitalize communities, and believes deeply in the importance of the arts to our national culture."

The NEA has been without a chairman since Rocco Landesman stepped down at the end of 2012. Since then, NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa has been acting head of the agency.



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