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NEA Welcomes Jennie Terman as Artist Communities and Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works Specialist

We are excited to relay news that Jennie Terman has been named the Artist Communities and Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Jennie transitions into this role after four years with the NEA as Assistant Grants Management Specialist for Multidisciplinary Arts with a focus in the Folk & Traditional Arts discipline.

Prior to joining the NEA, Jennie held various positions where she facilitated cross-cultural understanding through the arts. At the University of Maryland in College Park, she taught lectures and led discussion sessions for undergraduate ethnomusicology courses as well as founded the UMD World Music Ensemble outreach program for local youth. Jennie lived in Japan for three years, two of which she spent teaching English through music and dance on a remote island in Japan’s Inland Sea. While there, she studied many traditional forms of Japanese art including shamisen (three-stringed lute), ceramics, brush painting, and tea ceremony. Jennie is originally from West Virginia and grew up playing classical violin and traditional Appalachian fiddle. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Teaching English as a Second Language from West Virginia University and her Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology with a graduate certificate in Museum Scholarship and Material Culture from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Jennie decided to write a haiku for the Friday haiku group about her new job and as a tribute to Pepper Smith who held the role for nearly twelve years:

Big Shoes

Conscious of small feet
Genuine soul to guide me
おかげさま

The last line is “okagesama” in Japanese, which means “because of you” or “thanks to you.”

The Alliance of Artists Communities is excited to welcome Jennie as she begins her new chapter at the NEA helping to manage the Artist Communities and Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works portfolios!