EVENT: The University of Texas at Austin will host a conversation with National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu and National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman William D. Adams to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the NEA and NEH. The conversation will be moderated by LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove.
WHEN: 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7.
WHERE: 10th Floor Atrium, LBJ Presidential Library
WHO MAY ATTEND: Invited guests must arrive by 5:50 p.m. Unfilled seats will be released to the public at that time on a first-come, first-served basis.
BACKGROUND: President Lyndon Baines Johnson created the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities when he signed the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act in 1965. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of both agencies.
“In the long history of man, countless empires and nations have come and gone,” said President Johnson in his remarks when he signed the act. “Those which created no lasting works of art are reduced today to short footnotes in history’s catalog. Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a nation.”
Sponsoring organizations include the College of Fine Arts, the College of Liberal Arts, the LBJ Presidential Library, the Humanities Institute, the Harry Ransom Center, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Briscoe Center for American History, the Bob Bullock Museum, Humanities Texas, Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Media interested in covering the event at the library must contact Anne Wheeler at 512-721-0216, email@example.com.
The event will be webcast live at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/utaustin.