“Mary Anne Carter, a former staffer for Governor Rick Scott of Florida, was officially nominated to a four-year term as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House announced on Thursday,” reports Sopan Deb in Friday’s (11/1) New York Times. “President Trump has proposed eliminating the agency multiple times throughout his time in office, but his calls have been ignored by Congress, which slightly increased its funding level in the spring…. Ms. Carter has been unofficially in charge of the N.E.A. as the senior deputy chairman since [previous NEA chair] Jane Chu stepped down in June. Ms. Carter … had previously founded a consultancy firm and been a policy adviser to Mr. Scott.… She has won praise within the agency for being an advocate for the department. And her expertise in politics could potentially be a boon to the N.E.A…. The agency has, for the most part, been the recipient of bipartisan support, easing the fears of arts advocates around the country about the future of the endowment…. Her nomination will now move to the H.E.L.P. Committee (health, education, labor, pension) in the Senate.”

Posted November 2, 2018