Nomination of Martha Graham To Be a Member of the National Council on the Arts

March 21, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Martha Graham to be a member of the National Council on the Arts, National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, for the remainder of the term expiring September 3, 1986. She would succeed Erich Leinsdorf.

She is founder and director of the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York, NY. She is the recipient of many awards for her contributions to the arts, including the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1970, the New York State Council on the Arts Award in 1973, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1976, and the Kennedy Center Achievement Honor in 1979.

She was born May 11, 1894, in Pittsburgh, PA, and now resides in New York, NY.