NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman Congratulates
Washington, D.C. — National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman congratulates Ted Libbey on his eight years of service as the NEA’s Media Arts Director, where he has overseen grantmaking for film, video, audio, and other forms of digital and web-based media. This year, the NEA’s Media Arts Program invested in 150 grants to organizations totaling $7.1 million.
Libbey is going to PBS to advise on its initiative to help more Americans engage with the arts through its television lineup and new media platforms, including a new arts website that will debut on August 23rd. The goal of PBS’ arts initiative is to make arts and cultural offerings more accessible to Americans.
“Ted Libbey’s knowledge of the media arts – as a critic, a producer, and an arts administrator – is substantial,” said Chairman Landesman. “We are fortunate to have benefitted from his expertise, and it is with pride that we send him to share his knowledge and talents with the team at PBS. Ted has built a strong platform at the NEA that will allow us to continue to expand our investment in this growing sector.”
“We are delighted to welcome Ted Libbey to PBS,” said PBS President Paula A. Kerger. “Ted’s background and expertise make him an invaluable partner as we continue to strengthen public engagement in all forms of artistic expression – in front of the cameras and behind the scenes – and to bring more of the arts into the lives of millions of Americans.”
“I am deeply gratified to have had the opportunity to serve as the Endowment’s director of Media Arts for the past eight years,” said Ted Libbey. “During that time, we have worked energetically and, I think, successfully, to support activities of immense importance to the American public in the fields of film, radio, and television. I’m particularly pleased that we have been able to support a wide range of essential arts programming available via national broadcast to virtually all Americans. The Endowment has been an exciting place to be, and now I am looking forward to the great work that lies ahead at PBS.”
Libbey joined the NEA as Media Arts Director in 2002. During his tenure, Libbey has supervised the panel selection and grantmaking process for the production, exhibition, and distribution of media; educational training and services to the field; and media preservation efforts. The NEA also plays a major role in sustaining popular radio and television broadcast series devoted to the arts.
Libbey has also supervised media productions for NEA programs. For the Big Read, Libbey produced film interviews with Big Read authors, radio segments, and promotional videos. For the NEA Opera Honors, he assisted in the production of national radio broadcasts of the live event.
Libbey is a highly regarded music critic and commentator. Prior to his work at the NEA, he shared his extensive knowledge of classical music on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. Libbey has published several works, including histories of Carnegie Hall, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music (April 2006).
About the National Endowment for the Arts
The NEA is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts – both new and established – bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest annual national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.
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