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National Endowment for the Arts wants LA arts official to lead education initiatives

Ayanna Hudson, director of Arts for All, speaks at a Huntington Library event earlier this year.

The National Endowment for the Arts has hired a Los Angeles County arts official to lead its education initiatives. 

For more than a decade, Ayanna Hudson has led the L.A. County Arts Commission’s "Arts For All" campaign. When she started, she said, only one school district in the county had a policy and plan to improve arts education.

"We now have 50 districts in the county that are committed to implementing arts education," said Hudson. "We've worked with them to develop a policy. [...] That's about 62 percent of school districts across the county."

Hudson’s been selected to lead the NEA’s arts education branch.

She’ll be the federal agency’s most visible face on arts education and she’ll lead a grants department that awarded $13 million in grants last year to arts organizations that reach K-12 students.

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