THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES NEW MEMBERS TO THE PRESIDENT'S COMMITTEE
ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES
President Clinton today announced he is revitalizing the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and intends to name Dr. John Brademas to chair the Committee. The President also announced his intention to name 32 private citizens to serve as members of the Committee, and he announced that First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will serve as Honorary Chair.
In making these appointments the President said, "The federal, state and local governments together provide only a small percentage of the support essential to our cultural life. These appointments underscore the vital partnership between the government and the private citizens who do so much to enrich and preserve the arts and humanities in our country. I am pleased that John Brademas, who has been a vigorous champion of learning and culture both in Congress and as a university president, has agreed to chair the Committee. At a time when our society faces new and profound challenges, when we are losing so many of our children, and when so many people feel insecure in the face of change, the arts and the humanities are fundamental to our lives as individuals and as a nation."
The President's Committee, created by Executive Order in 1982, is charged with advancing public understanding of the arts and the humanities and establishing new partnerships between the private sector and federal agencies to address critical issues in cultural life.
The Committee will hold its first formal meeting with President and the First Lady on Wednesday, September 21 at the White House. The President will charge its members to support cultural programs that reach at-risk youth, expand private philanthropic assistance for the humanities and the arts, encourage international cultural exchanges and develop new private sector resources to aid cultural organizations.
Dr. John Brademas, who will serve as the Committee's Chairman, is President Emeritus of New York University and a former U.S. Representative in Congress from Indiana's Third Congressional District (1959-81).
Said Dr. Brademas of his appointment, "What we do in the arts and the humanities tells who we are as a people. Our educational and cultural institutions are indispensable to the quality of our lives, the strength of our communities and the vitality of our democracy. For the arts and the humanities to thrive now and into the next century, we must have the support of both the government and the private sector."
Dr. Brademas was an original cosponsor of the National Arts and Humanities Act of 1965, the legislation that created the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and for 10 years he chaired the Congressional subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Endowments. He was coauthor, with Senator Claiborne Pell, of the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act and the Museum Services Act, that created the Institute of Museum Services. In 1990 he co-chaired, with Leonard Garment, the Independent Commission mandated by Congress to study the National Endowment for the Arts.
Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, a former director of the Vermont Arts Council, was named Executive Director by the President in February. Prior to her appointment, she served for ten years as Chief of Staff for Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont.
The President also named three vice chairs for the Committee:
Peggy Cooper Cafritz of Washington, D.C. Ms. Cafritz is a long-time advocate of the arts in Washington, a past chair of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and she currently heads the Ellington Fund, the fund-raising arm of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Cynthia Perrin Schneider of Sandy Spring, Maryland Ms. Schneider is Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Georgetown University and author of Rembrandt's Landscapes: Prints and Designs and numerous other studies in art history.
Terry Semel of Los Angeles, California
Mr. Semel is Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Warner Brothers.
In addition to Dr. Brademas and the three vice-chairs, the other private citizens appointed to the Committee are:
Susan Barnes-Gelt of Denver, Colorado
Ms. Barnes-Gelt is Deputy Director of the International Center at the University of Colorado at Denver and a member of the Colorado Council on the Arts.
Lerone Bennett, Jr. of Chicago, Illinois Mr. Bennett is the Executive Editor of Ebony magazine and the author of several popular works on African-American history and culture.
Madeleine Harris Berman of Franklin, Michigan Ms. Berman currently serves as Vice Chairman of the American Council on the Arts and is Chairman of the National Clearing House and Archive for Arts Policy Research.
Curt Bradbury of Little Rock, Arkansas
Mr. Bradbury is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Worthen Banking Corporation and serves as the Chairman of the Arkansas State Board of Higher Education.
John H. Bryan of Chicago, Illinois
Mr. Bryan is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Sara Lee Corporation. He is a past Chairman of the Business Committee for the Arts and serves on the Trustees Council of the National Gallery of Art and the board of directors for the Art Institute of Chicago.
Hilario Candela of Coral Gables, Florida Mr. Candela is President of Spillis, Candela and Partners, the largest minority-owned architectural, engineering and interior design firm in the United States.
Anne Cox Chambers of Atlanta, Georgia
Ms. Chambers was formerly U.S. ambassador to Belgium and is Chairman of Atlanta Newspapers, Inc., which owns and operates the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Margaret Corbett Daley of Chicago, Illinois Mrs. Daley is the First Lady of the city of Chicago and the Chair of the Chicago Cultural Center Foundation. She created and serves as Chair of Gallery 37, a summer program which offers employment in the arts to Chicago-area youth.
Everett Fly of San Antonio, Texas
Mr. Fly is President of E.L. Fly and Associates, a landscape design firm. He currently serves on the board of the Texas Committee for the Humanities and has directed a national project to document the evolution of historic African-American settlements in the United States.
David P. Gardner of Menlo Park, California Mr. Gardner is the President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He was formerly the President of the nine-campus University of California system and President of the University of Utah.
Harvey Golub of Saddle River, New Jersey Mr. Golub is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the American Express Company and serves on the board of Carnegie Hall.
Richard S. Gurin of Easton, Pennsylvania Mr. Gurin is President and Chief Executive Officer of Binney & Smith, the manufacturers of Crayola products. Mr. Gurin has served on national advisory panels in arts education, including the National Committee for Standards in the Arts and the Coalition for Goals 2000.
Irene Y. Hirano of Los Angeles, California Ms. Hirano is Executive Director and President of the Japanese American National Museum which opened in April 1992.
David Henry Hwang of Marina del Ray, California Mr. Hwang, a playwright and screenwriter, is the author of M. Butterfly and other acclaimed works for the stage and screen.
William Ivey of Nashville, Tennessee
Mr. Ivey is the Director of the Country Music Foundation and an author and scholar who specializes in folk music. He serves on the executive board of the American Folklore Society.
Quincy Jones of Los Angeles, California Mr. Jones is a musician, composer, film and record producer, and record company executive and multi-media entrepreneur. In the course of his career he has won 27 Grammy Awards and the prestigious Polar Music Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
Robert Menschel of New York City, New York Mr. Menschel is a Limited Partner with the Goldman Sachs Group, a New York investment firm. He serves on numerous boards including those of the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.
Rita Moreno of New York City and Los Angeles, California Ms. Moreno is an actress, singer, and dancer and the only female performer to have won an Emmy, an Oscar, a Tony and a Grammy for her performances on television, film, the Broadway stage, and for musical performances.
Jaroslav Pelikan of New Haven, Connecticut Dr. Pelikan is Sterling Professor of History at Yale University and the President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Anthony Podesta of Washington, D.C.
Mr. Podesta is an attorney and President of Podesta Associates, a national public policy and public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. He was the founding President of People for the American Way.
Phyllis Rosen of New York City, New York Ms. Rosen is a real estate developer and President of P. Rosen, Inc. She serves on the New Jersey Council on the Arts and has been active in the development of the Park East Day School in New York City.
Ann Sheffer of Westport, Connecticut
Ms. Sheffer is active in the theatre and serves on the Westport Arts Advisory Council, the board of the Westport Art Center, and the Westport Education Foundation.
Isaac Stern of New York City, New York. Mr. Stern is an internationally known violinist. He has served as the President of Carnegie Hall for over 30 years and is active with many other cultural organizations.
Dave Warren of Santa Fe, New Mexico
Mr. Warren is a member of the Santa Clara Pueblo (Tewa) and is Vice President of Media Resources Associates, Inc., which is producing a nine part television program on Native American art and culture. He was active in the creation of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.
Shirley Wilhite of Shreveport, Louisiana Ms. Wilhite is a civic leader who has been active in the arts. She serves on the Shreveport Regional Arts Council and is also active in the Aspen-Snowmass Colorado Arts Council.
Harold Williams of Los Angeles, California Mr. Williams is President and Chief Executive Officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust, which administers funds for education and research in the arts and the humanities. An attorney, Mr. Williams is also the former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives has named:
Emily Malino of Washington, D.C. as his designee. Ms. Malino is a senior partner with Metcalf, Tobey and Partners, a commercial interior design firm based in Reston, Va. She has been cited by Interiors magazine as one of the ten most influential designers in America.
The government members who serve ex-officio are the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Director of the Institute of Museum Services; the Secretary of the Treasury; the Secretary of the Interior; the Secretary of Education; the Librarian of Congress; the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; the Director of the National Gallery of Art; the Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; the Director of the United States Information Agency; and the Administrator of the General Services Administration. In addition to the members chosen by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Senate Majority Leader, the Secretary of State may also designate a member.
The Secretary of State has named Timothy Wirth of Washington, D.C. as his designee. Mr. Wirth currently serves as Under-Secretary of State for Global Affairs.
A White House photo of Mrs. Clinton and Dr. Brademas is available from the White House Press Office and Media Affairs.