Jane Chu. Photo: J. Augustino.

Former NEA Chair Jane Chu Appointed Arts Adviser for PBS

Jane Chu, the most recent head of the National Endowment for the Arts, is joining PBS as an arts adviser. Chu will help identify opportunities for public media to broaden access and representation in its presentation of the arts to audiences nationwide. During the 2016–17 season, PBS member stations offered nearly six hundred hours of arts and cultural programming, watched by close to 110 million people.

Jane Chu has been an extremely effective force for arts for many years,” said Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS. “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.”

During her four-year tenure at the NEA, Chu worked with cultural organizations and local arts groups in all fifty states. Previously, she spent eight years leading the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, from its initial planning stages to overseeing the construction of its $413 million Moshe Safdie–designed center. She has also held executive roles in development and philanthropy at Union Station Kansas City, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, and the Kauffman Fund.

“PBS has long been a welcoming home for the arts and a source of education and inspiration for all ages,” said Chu. “There is nothing else like it in the media landscape today. I look forward to working with the tremendous team at PBS to leverage public media’s broad influence, strong arts platform and local roots to help make the arts even more accessible, inclusive, representative, and resilient.”