President Bush Announces Nomination of Writer and Musician James McBride to Serve on the National Council on the Arts
September 4, 2003
Washington, D.C. - President George W. Bush has nominated award-winning writer, composer and saxophonist James McBride to serve on the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts.
McBride is best known for his memoir, The Color of Water, which has been translated into more than a dozen languages, was on The New York Times bestseller list for two years and is read in colleges and high schools across the country. His newest book, Miracle at St. Anna also has received critical acclaim. McBride is a former staff writer for The News Journal in Wilmington, Del., The Boston Globe, People Magazine, and The Washington Post. Also a composer, he has won several awards for his work in musical theater, including the American Arts and Letters Richard Rodgers Award, the ASCAP Richard Rodgers Horizons Award and the American Musical Theater Festival's Stephen Sondheim Award. He has written both music and lyrics for Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr., Gary Burton, the Silver Burdett Music Textbooks and even for the PBS television character Barney. McBride attended New York City public schools and received a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He holds honorary doctorates in humane letters from Whitman College and the College of New Jersey.
McBride's nomination will be reviewed by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) is the committee chairman and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) is the ranking member. Once confirmed, council members serve six-year terms.
The National Council on the Arts advises the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts on policies, programs, and procedures for carrying out the agency's functions, duties and responsibilities. Council members are chosen for their widely recognized knowledge of the arts, their expertise or profound interest in the arts, and their established record of distinguished service or achievement in the arts.
For more information about the National Council on the Arts and its Members, visit http://www.arts.gov/about/NCA/About_NCA.html or contact the NEA Office of Communications at 202-682-5570
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