Strengthening the National Endowment for the Arts | Briefing Session

Recorded On: 04/06/2021

About This Session

Reviewing the grantmaking and initiatives of the NEA, we will examine the bipartisan support for the agency, and learn about the consensus policy asks to strengthen this key federal agency. Session discussion will include perspectives on the NEA’s focus on access, its reach into every congressional district and providing resources to communities in need, including high-poverty neighborhoods and historically underserved populations such as people with disabilities and veterans.

This session is sponsored by the Actors' Equity Association.


Margaret Keough, Mid-America Arts Alliance (MAAA)
Michael Faison, Idaho Commission on the Arts
Andy Vick, Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region
Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), U.S. House of Representatives
Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), U.S. House of Representatives

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Michael Faison

Executive Director

Idaho Commission on the Arts

Michael Faison is the executive director of the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Faison previously served as the director of the Arts in Education Division of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the assistant director of the Oregon Arts Commission, and the executive director of the Center for Arts Management and Technology at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He served as an information technology consultant for Pittsburgh’s Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and was a high school art teacher in the Austin Independent School District, Austin, Texas.

Faison is a member of the boards of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Association, and the Boise Sunrise Rotary Club. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in arts management from Carnegie Mellon University, and multiple Texas teaching certifications.

Margaret Keough

Director of Marketing and Communications

Mid America Arts Alliance

Margaret A. Keough joined Mid-America Arts Alliance, a regional arts organization—serving Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas and beyond—in 2014 as its director of marketing and communications. She has more than twenty years of museum experience at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, both in Kansas City, MO. She earned an MBA from Rockhurst University and holds undergraduate degrees in art history and in advertising from the University of Kansas. Keough has presented on marketing, communications, and related topics at the annual meetings of the American Alliance of Museums, National Arts Marketing Project, Oklahoma Arts Council, and Arkansas Arts Council, among others. She was also selected for the Getty Leadership Institute’s Museum Leaders: Next Generation program.

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Andy Vick

Executive Director

Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region

Andy Vick is an experienced leader and arts administrator who believes in the power of the creative sector to drive economic development, build community, grow tourism, and enhance quality of life for everyone. As the Executive Director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, Andy oversees the daily operation and financial management of the nonprofit, local arts agency that serves the City of Colorado Springs and the surrounding two-county region. In conjunction with his work at the Cultural Office, Andy has been appointed by the Governor of Colorado to serve as a Council member for Colorado Creative Industries (the State Arts Agency), and as a Board member for the Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority. At the national level, he serves on the United States Urban Arts Federation (an advisory council for Americans for the Arts, composed of arts leaders from the 60 largest US cities). Locally, Andy is an ex-officio Board member of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and EDC, and is a member of the Regional Leadership Forum and the Downtown Colorado Springs Rotary Club. In addition, Andy is a graduate of the 2016 Colorado Springs Leadership Institute program, the 2015 Leadership Pikes Peak Signature program, and the 2015 Colorado Creative Industries Change Leaders program. Andy is also an experienced public speaker on the topic of leveraging the arts as a tool for economic development and community vitality.

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