Chu, a holdover from the Obama administration, announced that her time at the NEA will come to an end when her four-year term as chair expires in June. She praised the work of the endowment in a statement released Saturday, touting its “effective and meaningful work to help the arts thrive and connect to individuals and in communities large and small, densely populated, rural, and remote in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and in every Congressional District.”
Absent from the short announcement is any mention of the pugilistic tone her boss, U.S. President Donald Trump, has adopted towards the NEA. The President called for the elimination of the agency in his proposed budget, but the plan was beaten back by NEA allies in congress and the endowment actually got a modest $3 million funding boost under the budget signed into law by Trump in March. Who the President will tap to lead the agency remains anyone’s guess (Sylvester Stallone has already turned down the post).