Jane Chu will step down as chair of the National Endowment for Arts when her four-year term expires on June 4, 2018.
In a statement, Chu praised the work of the NEA. “The National Endowment for the Arts is doing 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,” she said.
The association has been a frequent target of criticism by many Republicans and was threatened with elimination n early Trump budget proposals both this and last year. In the end, however, the NEA and the National Endowment for the Humanities received a small increase in funding to about $150 million each.
President Trump will pick Chu’s successor.