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National Endowment for the Arts Webcasts National Council Meeting

October 26, 2012 – The tri-annual public meeting of the National Council on the Arts took place today, Friday, October 26, 2012.  The meeting was webcast live on the website of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  The meeting included updates on agency business and guest presentations from Elizabeth Streb, David Wasshausen, and Sue Schardt.

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman introduced two new members of the National Council on the Arts; Paul Hodes and Emil Kang. Hodes is an attorney, musician, and the former U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district. Kang is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's first executive director for the arts.

Elizabeth Streb, director, STREB Lab for Action Mechanics, spoke about her company's experience as part of the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad. David Wasshausen, division chief with the U.S. Department of Commerce/Bureau of Economic Analysis, discussed new developments in the way arts activities are recognized and measured using economic data. Sue Schardt, executive director of the Association of Independents in Radio, presented Localore, a collaborative initiative to expand the reach of public media in local communities and foster greater civic engagement.

An archived version of the webcast will be available at

Additional information about the NEA Council is available on the agency’s website.

[Posted by: Erin Mosley]   

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