PBS has appointed Jane Chu, the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), as an arts adviser. In her new role, Chu will work to expand access to and representation within the network’s arts programming while developing collaborations between PBS, funders, and local arts organizations around the country.
During her four years at the NEA, which ended when she left in June, Chu managed grants on the local and state levels in the midst of dwindling public funding for the arts. Prior to that, Chu worked at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. Additionally, she has led development and philanthropy teams at Union Station Kansas City, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, and the Kauffman Fund.
In a statement, Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, called Chu an “extremely effective force for arts for many years. Beyond her administrative expertise, she is a devoted artist, pianist, and an educator. Her background is particularly suited to public media. We are eager to engage her expertise to help bring more of the arts to every American and showcase diverse works that reflect every corner of our nation.”