About the NEA

NEA Artistic Field Directors

Barry Bergey

Folk & Traditional Arts Director, Multidisciplinary Arts Team Leader

Barry Bergey became director of Folk and Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts in January 2001. In addition to managing NEA grants on folk and traditional arts, Bergey directs the NEA National Heritage Fellowships, the premiere American lifetime honors for individual accomplishments in folk and traditional arts. Bergey provides guidance and support for folk arts infrastructure and statewide apprenticeship programs, as well as technical assistance in the field. Bergey also provides ongoing counsel to the U.S. Department...
Beth Bienvenu

Accessibility Director

Beth Bienvenu is the director of the Office of Accessibility at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she manages the NEA's technical assistance and advocacy work devoted to making the arts accessible for people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, and people in institutional settings. She provides guidance and support to state arts agency staff and professionals working the fields of arts access, creativity and aging, arts and health, universal design, and arts in corrections. Prior to coming to the...
Wendy Clark

Director of Museums, Visual Arts, and Indemnity

Wendy Clark was appointed director of Museums, Visual Arts, and Indemnity at the National Endowment for the Arts in July 2014, having served as acting director since November 2012. In this position, she manages the NEA's grantmaking for museums and visual arts, and the program's special initiatives, such as the Blue Star Museums program. Clark has more than 20 years of experience managing various federal grant programs and special initiatives at the NEA in Museums, Visual Arts, and Design. Most...
Ayanna Hudson

Arts Education Director

Ayanna N. Hudson is the director of Arts Education for the National Endowment for the Arts., where she presides over the grant portfolio devoted to arts education, works with national service organizations on policy initiatives, and serves as the spokesperson for arts education at the federal level. The NEA's arts education program provides direct learning grants for projects that provide pre-K through 12th-grade students with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills in the arts both in and outside the classroom;...
Sunil Iyengar

Research & Analysis Director

Sunil Iyengar directs the Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. Since his arrival at the NEA in June 2006, the office has produced more than 25 research publications, hosted several research events and webinars, twice updated the NEA's five-year strategic plan, and overseen a new and expanded survey about arts participation. In that time, the office also has created an arts system map and long-term research agenda, and has launched a research grants program...
Michael Killoren

Local Arts Agencies & Challenge America Director

Michael Killoren serves as the director for Local Arts Agencies and Challenge America at the National Endowment for the Arts. He is responsible for the grantmaking processes for Local Arts Agencies (LAA's), developing partnerships to advance the LAA field as a whole, and the Challenge America program. Most recently, Killoren served as director of Seattle's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, a cabinet-level position, from 2002 through 2010, where he led the city department's funding and public art programs, developed...
Michael Orlove

Artist Communities, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works Director, International Activities Coordinator

Michael Orlove currently serves as the director of Artist Communities and Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works for the National Endowment for the Arts and has responsibility over the NEA's international programs. Orlove provides oversight on grants for presenting and artist communities projects and manages international partnership programs. A native of Chicago, Orlove spent 19 years as senior program director for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. His tenure with the department led to nearly two decades of innovation, creativity, and passion...
Laura Scanlan

State & Regional Director, Partnership Team Leader

Laura Scanlan serves as the director of State and Regional Partnerships. In that capacity, Scanlan provides direction concerning NEA funding and other assistance to the 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies and the six regional arts agencies. Previously, Scanlan founded the consulting practice Creative Cultural Strategies in 2007, providing professional advisory services for nonprofit organizations in the cultural sector. She was senior vice president for fund development and marketing at the Delaware Community Foundation, comprised of 970 charitable funds, $165...
Jason Schupbach

Director of Design Programs, Visual Arts Division Team Leader

Jason Schupbach became director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts in May 2010. In this position, he manages the NEA's grantmaking for design and the NEA's design initiatives, such as the Mayors' Institute on City Design as well Our Town, which provides funding in recognition of the role that the arts can play in economic revitalization and in creating livable, sustainable communities. Prior to coming to the NEA, Schupbach held the first-in-the-nation position of creative economy industry...
Douglas Sonntag

Director of Dance, Interim Director of Performing Arts (Dance, Music, Opera, Theater and Musical Theater)

Douglas C. Sonntag serves as the director of Dance for the National Endowment for the Arts, a position he has held since 1997, and was recently appointed the Interim Director of Performing Arts. From 2004 to 2008 he was also the director of the Office of National Initiatives where he supervised work on several signature Arts Endowment programs, including Shakespeare in American Communities, Save America’s Treasures, American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius, and the NEA Arts Journalism Institutes. Previously,...
Amy Stolls

Literature Director

Amy Stolls is the director of Literature at the National Endowment for the Arts. She oversees the NEA's grantmaking in literature, which include grants to organizations for publishing and audience and professional development projects, as well as fellowships to individual poets, prose writers, and translators. Stolls has more than 15 years of experience in the NEA's Literature program managing various grant programs and special initiatives. As a literature specialist and literature program officer, she has advised on and reviewed more...