Executive Order & Appointment of Presidential Task Force on the Arts & Humanities, June 5, 1981

Executive Order 12308 -- Presidential Task Force on the Arts and Humanities

June 5, 1981

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution of the United States of America, and to establish in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. I), an advisory committee on arts and humanities of the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Establishment. (a) There is hereby established the Presidential Task Force on the Arts and Humanities. The Task Force shall be composed of no more than 36 members appointed by the President. No more than one member shall be a full-time Federal officer or employee. The remaining members shall not represent Executive agencies.

(b) The President shall designate three Cochairmen and one Vice Chairman from among the members of the Task Force.

Sec. 2. Functions. (a) The Task Force shall advise the President with respect to:

(1) methods to increase private support for the arts and humanities;

(2) ways in which Federal decisions regarding arts and humanities projects can rely more on the judgments of nongovernmental professionals, private sector groups, and individuals; and

(3) potential improvements in the management, organization and structure of (i) the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities (including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities) and (ii) other Federal arts and humanities programs.

(b) The Task Force shall report its findings and recommendations to the President, the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Sec. 3. Administration. (a) The heads of Executive agencies shall, to the extent permitted by law, provide the Task Force with such information with respect to arts and humanities issues as may be necessary for the effective performance of its functions.

(b) Members of the Task Force shall receive no compensation for their work on the Task Force. However, while engaged in the work of the Task Force, members may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law for persons serving intermittently in the government service (5 U.S.C. 5701 - 5707).

(c) The National Endowment for the Humanities shall, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of funds, provide the Task Force with such administrative services, funds, facilities, staff and other support services as may be necessary for the effective performance of its functions.

Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other Executive order, the responsibilities of the President under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, except that of reporting annually to the Congress, which are applicable to the advisory committee established by this Order, shall be performed by the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in accordance with the guidelines and procedures established by the Administrator of General Services.

(b) The Task Force shall terminate on September 30, 1981, unless sooner extended.

Ronald Reagan

The White House,

June 5, 1981.

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 4:56 p.m., June 5, 1981]

Appointment of the Membership of the Presidential Task Force on the Arts and Humanities

June 5, 1981

The President today announced the membership of the Presidential Task Force on the Arts and Humanities. The members will serve with Cochairmen Hanna H. Gray, Charlton Heston, and Daniel J. Terra, and Vice Chairman W. Barnabas McHenry. The Task Force will recommend to the President ways in which private support for the arts and humanities might be enhanced.

The members of the Task Force are:

Margo Albert, actress, member, National Council on the Arts

Dr. Edward C. Banfield, author, professor of government, Harvard University

Anne Bass, trustee, Fort Worth Art Museum

Dr. Daniel J. Boorstin, Librarian of Congress

Dr. William G. Bowen, president, Princeton University

Joseph Coors, president, Adolph Coors Co.

Armand Deutsch, member, board of directors, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Music Center

Virginia B. Duncan, Bechtel Corp.

Robert Fryer, artistic director, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles Music Center

Henry Geldzahler, commissioner of cultural affairs, New York City

Gordon Hanes, chairman of the board, Hanes Corp.

Nancy Hanks, former Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Dr. Paul R. Hanna, Hoover Institution

Ernest J. Kump, architect

June Noble Larkin, trustee, Edward John Noble Foundation

Dr. Robert M. Lumiansky, president, American Council of Learned Societies

Angus MacDonald, president, Angus MacDonald & Co., founder, cochairman, MIT Council on the Arts

Nancy Mehta, former vice president, Four Hundred Group, Los Angeles Music Center

Arthur Mitchell, choreographer, Dance Theater of Harlem

Dr. Franklin D. Murphy, chairman of the board, Times Mirror Corp.

David Packard, chairman of the board, Hewlett-Packard Co.

Edmund Pillsbury, director, Kimbell Art Museum

Dr. George C. Roche, president, Hillsdale College

Richard Mellon Scaife, chairman of the board, Tribune Review Publishing Co.

Franklin Schaffner, film producer and director, member, National Council on the Arts

Beverly Sills, general director, New York City Opera

Leonard Silverstein, chairman of the executive committee, National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D.C.

Robert I. Smith, president, Glen Meade Trust

Roger Stevens, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

John Swearingen, chairman of the board, Standard Oil Co.

Lucien Wulsin, chief executive officer, Baldwin United Corp.

Rawleigh Warner, Jr., chairman of the board, Mobil Oil Corp.