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Office of The Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 22, 1998
                           AS A MEMBER OF THE 
                      NATIONAL COUNCIL ON THE ARTS

The President today announced his intent to nominate Joan Specter as a Member of the National Council on the Arts.

Ms. Joan Specter, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has balanced successful careers in both business and public service. Initially, she founded three cooking schools, became a Food Columnist and Radio Consumer Reporter. She then started and built a wholesale frozen pie company, with distributors in thirty states that supplied pies to a major restaurant chain. Ms. Specter also served as Philadelphia City Councilwoman At-Large for sixteen years. While with the City Council, she was on the Finance Committee, initiated a major program on "Art In City Hall", and was a major supporter of turning South Broad Street into the "Avenue of the Arts". Ms. Specter was also deeply involved in community health and education issues. Ms. Specter serves on the boards of the Jefferson Bank, Chestnut Hill College, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She is a former member of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Ms. Specter is married to Arlen Specter, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.

The National Council on the Arts advises the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts on policies, programs, and procedures for carrying out the agency's functions, duties, and responsibilities. Council members are chosen for their widely recognized knowledge of the arts or their expertise or profound interest in the arts.