Obama Taps Longtime Boston Symphony Staffer for Arts Committee

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 04:00 PM

President Barack Obama will appoint Caroline Taylor, a trustee and former staffer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to the Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the White House announced on Monday.

Taylor, who goes by Kim, has been associated with the BSO for 30 years, holding various posts including the director of public relations and marketing. She has also performed as a singer with her husband, James Taylor, and as an actor in regional theater and television.

Obama announced several other appointments to the arts committee on Monday including the actor Kal Penn, whose screen credits include “How I Met Your Mother” and the stoner comedy “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," and Stephanie Cutter, a host on CNN’s “Crossfire."

The mandate of the arts committee is to advise the White House on cultural issues, working with other agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts. Michelle Obama heads up its main initiatives.

Meanwhile, Monday's appointments come exactly a year after NEA chairman Rocco Landesman announced he was stepping down from the agency. The NEA has yet to announce a replacement. The National Endowment for the Humanities has also been without a permanent director, after its chairman, Jim Leach, resigned in May. Arts advocates have expressed frustration with the delay in filling the posts; the White House has not commented on the vacancies.

Below: Kim Taylor performs with James Taylor at Carnegie Hall:

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