Biden reinstates arts committee that ended under Trump

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Friday to reestablish an arts committee whose leaders all resigned under former President Donald Trump.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities has been effectively shut down since 2017 when its leaders left in protest of Trump not condemning alleged hate groups at a rally in Charlottesville.

The announcement

“The arts, the humanities and museum and library services are essential to the well-being, health, vitality and democracy of our Nation,” the order stated.

“They are the soul of America, reflecting our multicultural and democratic experience,” it added.

The leadership

“The committee will include the chairs of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, as well as 25 non-government members appointed by the president,” Deadline reported.

“A chair or two co-chairs will be designated among the non-government members,” it added.

The move was celebrated by leaders across the arts and humanities as expected.

The action ahead of the midterms also likely comes in an effort to encourage more voter turnout among leaders in the arts and humanities, as many close races could flip Congress in November.

The change will also serve to help show Democrats as supporters of the arts, continuing to influence the industry in the days ahead.