Three new members have been confirmed by the Senate and appointed by the President to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts:
The new members are Ranee Ramaswamy, Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Ragamala Dance Company; Olga Viso, Executive Director of the Walker Art Center and Rick Lowe, Founder, Project Row Houses.
They join North Carolina’s own Emil Kang who was confirmed last year. Mr. Kang is the Executive Director for the Arts and Professor of the Practice of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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.
Serving with the chairman and the three new members are 13 current members of the National Council on the Arts: Bruce Carter, Ph.D., Aaron Dworkin, Lee Greenwood, Deepa Gupta, Paul Hodes, Joan Israelite, Maria Rosario Jackson, Ph.D., Emil J. Kang, Charlotte Kessler, María López De León, David “Mas” Masumoto, Irvin Mayfield, Jr., and Barbara Ernst Prey.
Read more about the National Council of the Arts here: