Irvin Mayfield to be Sworn in as Newest Member of National Council on the Arts


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Jazz musician Irvin Mayfield to be sworn in as newest member of council

Washington, D.C. - The National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will meet in a public session on Friday, March 26, 2010 at 9:00am. Members of the public are invited to attend in person or log on to www.arts.gov for a live webcast. The meeting will be held in Room M-09 of The Nancy Hanks Center, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC. The meeting will feature a presentation on the NEA's research report The Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, and the swearing-in of Irvin Mayfield onto the Council.

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman will open the 169th meeting and swear in Irvin Mayfield as the NEA's newest National Council on the Arts member. Mayfield was nominated by the President and confirmed by the US Senate to serve on the National Council on the Arts for a full six-year term until 2016. He will replace outgoing council member artist Jerry Pinkney. Mayfield is a jazz musician, bandleader, composer, arranger, recording artist, and cultural ambassador for his hometown of New Orleans. He is the founding artistic director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble that won the 2010 Grammy Award for its CD Book One on the World Village label. Mayfield is a professor at the University of New Orleans' College of Liberal Arts and also the founder of the university's New Orleans Jazz Institute.

Following the swearing in, the NEA will present a tribute to Bess Lomax Hawes, the former NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts responsible for launching the National Heritage Fellowships program, which honors master artists as living national treasures.

Next, NEA Director of Research and Analysis Sunil Iyengar will present NEA Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, 2008 Results: Trends and Implications, an overview of the survey and a look at how arts groups and media outlets are using the data. The presentation will also discuss potential directions of the study and the relationships the data reveals between live arts attendance and arts creation/performance, arts learning, and arts participation through media. The Survey of Public Participation in the Arts is the nation's largest and most representative periodic study of adult participation in arts events and activities, conducted by the NEA in partnership with the US Census Bureau.

Finally, Chairman Landesman will conclude the presentations with an update on his nationwide Art Works tour, which has currently visited a total of 12 cities, including Peoria, Illinois; Miami, Florida; and Detroit, Michigan.

Please note that the Application and Guidelines review and voting will take place on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 5 p.m. in room 716. If you wish to attend, please contact Liz Stark at 202-682-5744 or starke@arts.gov by March 24, 2010.

To access the live web cast of the National Council on the Arts meeting on Friday, March 26, log on to www.arts.gov and select the Art Works blog. An archive of the event will be available on arts.gov the week following the meeting.

The National Council on the Arts is convened three times per year to vote on funding recommendations for grants and rejections; to advise the Chairman on application guidelines, the budget, and policy and planning directions; and to recommend to the President nominees for the National Medal of Arts. Including the Chairman, there are 14 members: James Ballinger, Miguel Campaneria, Ben Donenberg, JoAnn Falletta, Lee Greenwood, Joan Israelite, Charlotte Kessler, Bret Lott, Irvin Mayfield, Stephen Porter, Barbara Ernst Prey, Frank Price, Terry Teachout, and Karen Wolff; and six ex-officio members from Congress: Senators Robert Bennett (R-UT), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Congressman Patrick J. Tiberi (R-OH). Appointment by Majority and Minority leadership of the remaining Members of Congress to the Council is pending. More information about the National Council on the Arts and its members can be found at arts.gov.

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