- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The chairwoman of the National Endowment of the Arts is in South Dakota exploring federally funded projects and speaking to local advocates.

South Dakota Public Broadcasting (https://bit.ly/1tVXPgr ) reports Jane Chu on Monday told the audience at a forum that South Dakotans must share success stories about robust local arts projects with the rest of the country.

Chu says people need to talk about projects that show communities do benefit from cultivating arts programs.

Chu says an example is a park in Sioux Falls where a federal grant helped eighth-graders transform an often-vandalized wall into a major public mural.

Chu has been leading the independent federal agency for about three months. She grew up in Kansas, but lived in Sioux Falls for some time about 25 years ago.

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