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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Welcomes National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu to Rochester

May 31, 2016
Press Release
Visit the Eastman School of Music and hear from students

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25), co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Arts Caucus, today welcomed to Rochester Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the nation’s leading federal arts agency. Congresswoman Slaughter and Chairman Chu visited the Eastman School of Music, heard from students, and highlighted the importance of the arts to Monroe County and communities across the nation.

“I’m excited to welcome Chairman Chu to Rochester to see firsthand the Eastman School of Music and the many other cultural treasures our community has to offer. The arts are an important part of our cultural fabric. This federal funding is creating a return on investment that you rarely see in other industries, and the NEA's Healing Arts Partnership is also supporting our men and women in the military. These investments are important to Monroe County and communities across the country,” said Slaughter.

“It has been a privilege to meet with Congresswoman Slaughter in her district," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "The arts are at work here, enriching the neighborhoods and communities in so many different ways. They're making a difference in your schools, in your economy, and in people’s lives.”

Congresswoman Slaughter and Chairman Chu were joined at the Eastman School of Music by Jamal J. Rossi, dean of the Eastman School of Music, and Dr. Bruce Barnes, director of the George Eastman Museum. The group heard from students, with some playing instruments that were funded through NEA investments.

In 2015, the NEA granted $116.9 million in appropriated funds through 2,337 grants, with at least one award reaching every congressional district in the nation. Over the last three years alone, the NEA has provided more than $720,000 in grant funding to Rochester institutions.

For every dollar the United States spends on federal arts initiatives, nine non-federal dollars are leveraged, generating roughly $600 million in matching support. The non-profit arts industry alone generates $135.2 billion in economic activity and supports more than 4 million full-time jobs.

Slaughter has been a long-time champion of the arts and serves as co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, a bipartisan organization made up of over 170 members of Congress who support the arts through federal initiatives.