NEA Chairman Position Opens in 2009

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia is leaving in January 2009.

10-13-2008: National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia announced that he will leave his position as the head of the Arts Endowment in January 2009. After his departure from the NEA, Gioia will return to his writing career, his primary occupation prior to leading the Endowment. In January, he will join the Aspen Institute on a half-time basis as the first Director of the Harman/Eisner (H/E) Program in the Arts.

So who will take his place? I have heard through the grapevine that Robert Freeman, former Dean of The Eastman School of Music and University of Texas-Austin, is on the short list of possible replacements. While I am uncertain, based on conversations with Bob, if he would take the position he certainly would be an excellent choice and the kind of advocate that would endorse entrepreneurship in the arts!

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