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Lady Gaga to lead Joe Biden’s cultural committee

By | Published on Friday 14 April 2023

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US President Joe Biden has appointed Lady Gaga and producer Bruce Cohen as co-Chairs of his Committee On The Arts And Humanities. The panel, which will advise Biden on cultural issues, includes “prominent artists, scholars, and philanthropists who have demonstrated a serious commitment to the arts and humanities”.

Executive Director of the committee Tsione Wolde-Michael said in a statement that it is “positioned to do meaningful work that will positively impact the arts, libraries, museums, and public humanities work in communities across the country”.

Originally convened by Ronald Reagan in 1982, the Committee returns after a five year hiatus – the last group having disbanded in protest at then president Donald Trump’s response to the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump said that there had been “very fine people on both sides” of clashes that left one person dead.

Biden announced plans to revive the group when he signed a new executive order in September last year. Among those joining Gaga and Cohen on the new panel are musician Joe Walsh and actor George Clooney. See the full list of members here.