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.