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Art Starts

Dear E-news subscribers:

Welcome to the April 27, 2015 edition of Art Starts


Help Welcome NEA Chairman Jane Chu to New Hampshire!

Jane Chu, 11th Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts,
will visit New Hampshire on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.
You’re invited to two special events to welcome her to the Granite State!

Due to limited seating, RSVPs are required for both events.

A Talk with Jane Chu
12 noon – 1 pm
Currier Museum of Art
150 Ash Street
Manchester, NH 03104

Hear Chairman Chu talk about her priorities for the NEA, and engage with her in a lively Q&A session.

Click here to RSVP for the Talk

A Concert Honoring Jane Chu
7:30 – 8:30 pm
Concord Community Music School
23 Wall Street
Concord, NH 03301

Join Chairman Chu for a special free concert featuring Peggo and Paul Hodes, with the Larksong Trio.

Click here to RSVP for the Concert

Questions? Please email


Jane Chu was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2014 as the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

From 2006 until her NEA confirmation, Chu served as the president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, overseeing a $413-million campaign to build the center. As the performance home of the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Kauffman Center has hosted more than one million people from all 50 states and countries throughout the world since its grand opening in September 2011.

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. Previously, she was vice president of community investment for the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation from 1997 to 2002. Chu also served as a trustee at William Jewell College and on the board of directors of the Ewing Marion Kauffman School and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. 

Chu, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and raised in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. 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, as well as an honorary doctorate in music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.




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