DALLAS ARTS DISTRICT COMMUNITY WELCOMES NEA CHAIRMAN, DR. JANE CHU

The Community Breakfast is an opportunity to bring the arts, education, philanthropy, and business together—sharing ideas for furthering the reach of arts and culture in every neighborhood.The Dallas Arts District Community Breakfast will be held at the Belo Mansion on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016. The event will feature National Endowment for the Arts Chairman, Dr. Jane Chu as its keynote speaker.

7:00 a.m. | Doors Open
7:30 a.m. | Breakfast
8:00 a.m. | Keynote Address

Jane Chu is the eleventh chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. With a background in arts administration and philanthropy, Chairman Chu is also an accomplished artist and musician. She leads a dedicated and passionate group of people to support and fund the arts and creative activities in communities across the nation.

Chu was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, but was raised in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the daughter of Chinese immigrants. She studied music growing up, eventually receiving bachelor’s degrees in piano performance and music education from Ouachita Baptist University, and master’s degrees in music and piano pedagogy from Southern Methodist University. Additionally, Chu holds a master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University and a PhD in philanthropic studies from Indiana University.

September 29, also marks the agency’s 51st anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act—creating the NEA. “We have an opportunity to start a new dialogue on the ways in which the arts—and the ways the NEA supports the arts—are an essential component of our everyday lives. Although many may not realize it, the arts actively intersect with areas such as the economy, human development, and community vitality. The arts and artists who are funded and supported by the NEA are an integral part of the solution to the challenges we face in all parts of our society.” -NEA Chairman, Dr. Jane Chu

“Dr. Chu encompasses the core values of the artist, educator, business leader, and philanthropist. Her commitment to improving the quality of life through the arts unifies communities and creates a vitality that is essential to daily living.
Please join us as we welcome NEA Chairman, Dr. Chu to Dallas and be inspired on November 29th.” -Dallas Arts District Executive Director, Lily Cabatu Weiss

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Event website and ticketing: www.dallasartsdistrict.org/events/breakfast
More information and high resolution photo of Dr. Chu: https://www.arts.gov/staff/chairman