Tennessean named Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts

Published: Nov. 1, 2018 at 1:28 PM EDT
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Mary Anne Carter or Tennessee was named Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts Thursday. Carter had recently served for 18 months as the agency's senior deputy chairman.

Previously, Carter founded a consulting firm specializing in political and public affairs, and has participated in numerous campaigns as well as having twice worked in the United States Senate.

As chief policy adviser to Governor Rick Scott of Florida, she oversaw the Office of Policy and Budget for the Nation’s third largest State.

Since arriving at the agency, Carter has directed the endowment on an expansion of Creative Forces (an arts therapy program for U.S. service members and veterans recovering from post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and other psychological health conditions) and bolstering many of its national initiatives, including Shakespeare in American Communities, NEA Big Read, Poetry Out Loud, and the Jazz Masters and National Heritage Fellowships.

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