Earlier last week, President Barack Obama named 26 members of the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities, which serves to advance arts and humanities objectives by working with the three main cultural agencies including the NEA. The article from politico.com describes the wide variety of backgrounds and experience that the new team brings to the committee. The article also illustrates the commonalities and connections between the members. For instance, the social map shows how members are connected through Hollywood, Vogue, Americans for the Arts, and the Aspen Institute.
The committee currently has programs in international, youth, and preservation areas. The committee will certainly benefit from having such a wide variety of people to contribute to these initiatives. With First Lady Michelle Obama as the honorary chairman, they hope to “connect the people…through dance, music, literature, painting and sculpture” and “define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.” Let’s hope they can.