Advice to the Next Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts

Invisible ManIt could be Michael Kaiser, President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

It could be Ben Cameron, Program Director, Arts, at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

It could be Mary Schmidt Campbell, the Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and the former Vice Chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

If President Obama wants to tweak Congress, it could be Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts.

If the President wants to soothe Congress, it could be one of the dwindling number of moderate Republicans — for example, Jim Leach, currently chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and, before that, a 15-term member of the US House of Representatives from Iowa.

It could be an artist — a Gustavo Dudamel, a Cindy Sherman, a Twyla Tharp.

It could be a business person with a known love of the arts — there are lots of those, especially in the philanthropic world.

It could be anyone who could replace Rocco Landesman as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. And it will be someone. Possibly someone unexpected.

And so the question must be: Which critical attributes must the next chair of the NEA possess? Since we know President Obama is an inveterate CFR reader (if only he’d write comments!), we propose that the person he nominates embrace and evangelize some variation on these four ideas: (To read the rest over at The Clyde Fitch Report click here)

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