Earlier this month I attended a conference with 250 other arts organizations, the New England Foundation for the Arts Creative Communities Exchange, or NEFA CCX. Here’s one highlight for me:
Jane Chu, the new director of the National Endowment for the Arts, NEA, spoke on the last day. She said we’re all doing amazing work in our communities, but we still need to tell our stories louder and more often.
In response to a question, she shared her own story: Her parents each narrowly escaped China in the 1950’s, and met and married here. She grew up in Arkansas, where her father was an economics professor. She began studying the piano early, but she was not passionate about it. Her father died when she was 9, and she had no way to express her grief except through her music; playing the piano soon became her lifelong focus. She said it really saved her.
Here’s just a few WA stories that come to mind:
If you have ever come through our doors, we’d love to know your story. What does art do for you?
Martha Piscuskas and Jane Chu
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