Statement by National Endowment for the Arts Chair Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson on Black History Month

"As the nation recognizes Black History Month, it is an opportunity to lift up the power of the arts while celebrating the contributions of Black artists to the collective tapestry of our nation," writes National Endowment for the Arts Chair Dr. María Rosario Jackson in a statement this month following her confirmation. Jackson is the first African American and Mexican American woman to serve as chair of the NEA.

"During Black History Month and throughout the year, the NEA will highlight the accomplishments of Black artists as well as arts organizations, performances, and works that provide hope and well-being in our communities," Jackson continues. "From NEA grantmaking that supports diverse communities to the students inspired by Poetry Out Loud to the honorees of the NEA Jazz Masters and National Heritage Fellowships, these efforts demonstrate that culture and creativity are core to us reaching our nation’s full potential."

Read the full statement here.