Washington, D.C. (June 12, 2014) — The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Dr. Jane Chu as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Dr. Jane Chu is President and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, a position she has held since 2006. She was a Fund Executive at the Kauffman Fund for Kansas City from 2004 to 2006, and Vice President of External Relations for Union Station Kansas City from 2002 to 2004.
Chu was Vice President of Community Investment for the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation from 1997 to 2002. She is currently a Trustee at William Jewell College and serves on the Board of Directors of the Ewing Marion Kauffman School and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
Chu was named Kansas City’s Nonprofit Professional of the Year for 2014. She received an A.A. in Visual Arts from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a B.M. in Piano Performance and a B.M.Ed. in Music Education from Ouachita Baptist University, an M.A. in Piano Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University, an M.B.A. from Rockhurst University, and a Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University.
Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements.
• Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:
“I congratulate Dr. Jane Chu on her confirmation to Chair the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Chu understands the unique capability of the arts to bring communities together, and I am confident that her strong background in arts management, philanthropy, and the performing arts will serve her well in her new role.”
• Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (GU), CAPAC Vice Chair:
“I join my colleagues in congratulating Dr. Jane Chu on her confirmation as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Her rich history of working in the arts will bring positive leadership and input to the NEA. Dr. Chu’s appreciation for the arts and its importance for the community will certainly encourage the growth and promotion of the arts throughout the country.”
• Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17), CAPAC Chair Emeritus:
“I am thrilled that Dr. Jane Chu has been confirmed as the Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. I congratulate her and know that her commitment to diversity and preserving cultural heritage will be a huge asset in her new role. Her lifetime of service to the arts makes her the right choice for this venerated institution. The NEA supports our nation’s artists and their artistic endeavors, and I have no doubt Dr. Jane Chu will continue this great tradition.”
• Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13):
“I am thrilled to congratulate Dr. Jane Chu on her confirmation as Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. Throughout her impressive career, Dr. Jane Chu has shown an unparalleled commitment to celebrating our national history and culture through arts and arts education. I am confident that Dr. Chu will further the NEA’s long legacy of nurturing artists and cultivating American culture.”
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.