Biden appoints Lady Gaga as cochair for the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
President Joe Biden announced Thursday that he was appointing Lady Gaga to serve as cochair for the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
The committee, which was founded in 1982 under former president Ronald Reagan, advises the president and other top officials on cultural policy.
Per the White House, the committee is composed of members that include “prominent artists, scholars, and philanthropists who have demonstrated a serious commitment to the arts and humanities.”
The committee had been dormant since all previous members resigned in 2017 in protest against former president Donald Trump’s reaction to the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Biden signed an executive order in September to relaunch the committee, which is part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Gaga sang the national anthem at Biden’s 2021 inauguration and previously worked with him when he was vice president to advocate against college campus sexual assault.
Gaga wasn’t the only big name appointed as a member to the commission by Biden — George Clooney, Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Garner, Troy Kotsur, and Jon Batiste were also picked.
Gaga will serve as cochair with Bruce Cohen, an Oscar-winning producer behind films like American Beauty, Milk, and Silver Linings Playbook.
As is tradition, first lady Jill Biden will serve as the honorary chair.
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