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Save the Date: ArtsFund’s 2018 Luncheon

Mark your calendars for ArtsFund’s 30th Annual Celebration of the Arts Luncheon, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 12:00pm, at the Westin Seattle.

ArtsFund is honored to welcome keynote speaker Jane Chu, the eleventh chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Chairman Chu has an extensive background in arts administration and philanthropy, and is also an accomplished artist and musician.

In addition to awarding more than $377 million in grants during her tenure, Chairman Chu has conducted research on the impact of arts and culture on the United States’ economy and our communities. As part of the NEA’s 50th Anniversary, Chairman Chu launched her signature leadership initiative, Creativity Connects, to investigate the current state of the arts in our nation, and explore how the arts connect with other industries.

“We have an opportunity to start a new dialogue on the ways in which the arts—and the ways the NEA supports the arts—are an essential component of our everyday lives,” says Chu. “Although many may not realize it, the arts actively intersect with areas such as the economy, human development, and community vitality.”


Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon, hosted by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Seawell Ballroom, in Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Photo Steve Peterson

Jane Chu, photo by Steve Peterson

Chairman Chu holds a bachelor’s degrees in piano performance and music education from Ouachita Baptist University, and master’s degrees in music and piano pedagogy from Southern Methodist University. Additionally, Chu holds a master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University and a PhD in philanthropic studies from Indiana University.

Registration opens in late March–keep an eye on your inbox for further details.

Cover photo by Robert Wade Photography.