Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, the 13and President of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will deliver the keynote address at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music 2022 Launch Celebration, to be held at Dixon Court North on Friday, June 10 at 4:00 p.m. PT.
Born and raised in South Los Angeles, Dr. Jackson is the first African-American and Mexican-American woman to be named president of the NEA, an independent federal agency that is the largest funder of arts and education. arts in communities nationwide and a catalyst for public and private support for the arts. By promoting equitable opportunities for the participation and practice of the arts, the NEA fosters and sustains an environment in which the arts benefit everyone in the United States.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson participate in the celebration of the launch of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in 2022,” said Eileen Strempel, the school’s first dean. “Dr. Jackson understands that the arts are a transformative force in our communities. His tireless commitment to bringing national attention to the value of the arts and expanding accessibility to the arts is inspiring, as is his desire to share words of encouragement with our students and provide guiding light as they reach this critical milestone.
A seasoned educator, policy researcher, and practitioner in the arts and beyond, Dr. Jackson has been instrumental in supporting equity in the arts and culture for all Americans, bolstered by her expertise in in whole community revitalization and system change. She also has a unique perspective on the dynamics of race and ethnicity and the roles of arts and culture in communities.
“I am thrilled to address the class of 2022,” Dr. Jackson said. “I am inspired to see graduates take this step and affirm their commitment to the power of music and its many benefits in our society. »
For nearly 20 years, Dr. Jackson worked at the Urban Institute, a public policy research organization based in Washington, DC. She was the founding director of the Urban Institute’s Culture, Creativity and Communities program, and was a senior research associate at the Metropolitan Center for Housing and Communities Policy. At the Urban Institute, Dr. Jackson conducted pioneering research in many areas: indicators of arts and culture, measurement of cultural vitality, role of arts and culture in community revitalization, development of artistic spaces and artist support systems.
Having obtained a doctorate. With a doctorate in urban planning from UCLA and a master’s degree in public administration from USC, Dr. Jackson has dedicated his life to bringing arts-based strategies to urban and community planning to restructure and improve inequitable systems. She has led and advised philanthropic, governmental and non-profit organizations at the local, state and federal levels. In recognition of Dr. Jackson’s extraordinary career and impact, President Obama appointed her to the National Arts Council in 2013 and was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden to lead the NEA in 2021.
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s Class of 2022 includes graduates from the departments of Ethnomusicology, World Jazz Studies, Music, Music Industry, and Musicology.