Obama Names Hollywood Actors, Musicians to Arts Panel

The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather paintings and poetry, and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.” ~First Lady Michelle Obama

President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, White House, Forest Whitaker, Anna Wintour, Sarah Jessica Parker
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- What do Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker, actor Forest Whitaker, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and cellist Yo-Yo Ma have in common? They've all been given new jobs by President Barack Obama - serving on the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). The arts panel consists of names from the arts and entertainment industries, many of whom are Hollywood celebrities, but none of whom are visual artists. Led by Honorary Chairman First Lady Michelle Obama, the PCAH strives "to connect the people of the United States with each other and with the rest of the world through dance, music, literature, painting and sculpture and heritage and cultural tourism."

Here is the full list of 25 appointees released by the White House on Monday:
  1. J. Ricky Arriola
  2. Madeleine Harris Berman
  3. Richard J. Cohen
  4. Paula Hannaway Crown
  5. Christine Forester
  6. Teresa Heinz
  7. Victoria Strauss Kennedy
  8. Bryan Lourd
  9. Anne Luzzatto
  10. Yo-Yo Ma
  11. Liz Manne
  12. Thom Mayne
  13. Edward Norton
  14. Sarah Jessica Parker
  15. Andy Spahn
  16. Jill Cooper Udall
  17. Reginald Van Lee
  18. Agnes Varis
  19. Kerry Washington
  20. Alexa L. Wesner
  21. Forest Whitaker
  22. Anna Wintour
  23. Damian Woetzel
  24. George C. Wolfe
  25. Alfre Woodard 
[Read More - President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts | Chicago Tribune]

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