Welcome to the President’s Council on the Arts and the Humanities

April 21, 2023

We at 4A Arts congratulate President Biden for his reinstitution of the President’s Council on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH).

President Biden appointed luminaries of culture to the committee in an effort to represent the depth and breadth of American arts and humanities. Members are both private citizens and public servants. They include pop culture sensations like singer/songwriter Lady Gaga, jazz musician Jon Batiste, TV writer/producer Shonda Rhimes, playwright and actor Anna Deveare Smith, and multi-hyphenate producer-actors George Clooney and  Jennifer Garner.

Beyond Celebrity Status

Rounding out the President’s Council on the Arts and the Humanities are cultural thought leaders such as Philip J. Deloria, chair of the Harvard University Committee on Degrees in History and Literature; Art historian, museum director, and curator Nora Halpern; and Berkeley City College President Dr. Angelica Garcia

Additionally, public council members include the heads of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Ex officio members include the Director of the National Gallery of Art, the head of the Library of Congress, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

Since its inception in 1982 by President Ronald Regan, the PCAH represents American arts and culture in the White House. The committee fosters collaboration between federal agencies, foundations, civic organizations, individuals, and corporations to uplift American arts and culture.

Furthermore, we at 4A Arts hope the President’s Council on the Arts and the Humanities will lead to greater federal level support and inter-agency focus on the creative economy and its outsize impact on the American economy and identity. With their help, American arts, culture, design, and craft should have a seat at the table and influence other industries in collaborate, proactive ways.


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Gavin Lodge

Actor, entrepreneur, political strategist, and father of two, Gavin Lodge comes to 4A Arts with a unique perspective on arts and culture in America. A 20-year veteran of stage and screen, Gavin grew up in suburban Colorado and traversed the country in his work with political campaigns at the senate and presidential levels as well as touring for shows.

After studying international affairs and philosophy at the University of Colorado, he worked as a field organizer in the Iowa Caucus followed by the role of “body guy” to then-candidate Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington State. Politics empowered him to move to New York City to pursue a performing career. Ultimately, he performed in multiple Broadway shows (including 42nd Street, Spamalot, and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) as well as regional theater, national tours and several network television appearances.

Though he was thrilled every time he stepped onto a theatrical or sound stage, Gavin was equally happy to take on leadership roles in his local union and later his kids’ PTA.

With the Covid-19 pandemic, Gavin jumped back into the political realm, working as a strategist for Bryson Gillette, a minority-owned PR firm focused on politics and public affairs. He also volunteered for Be an #ArtsHero, an arts advocacy movement blossoming during the first few months of the pandemic. During his time with Be an #ArtsHero, he was part of a team that successfully lobbied for a first-of-its-kind hearing on the creative economy in front of the House of Representatives Small Business Committee.

Gavin lives in rural Connecticut with his partner (a composer and orchestral conductor), his TikTok-dancing daughter (who is musically gifted in unparalleled ways) and his soccer-playing son who recently told him “Dad? I’m just not into concerts and theater stuff.” As he told his son, Gavin believes there is much more to American arts and culture than “concerts and theater stuff.” From the video games his son loves to play to low-rider paint jobs to streaming television series while sitting on the couch, Gavin sees American arts and culture as an inclusive, “big tent” spectrum where everyone is an artist and everyone is a member of an audience.


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