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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The chairman of Kansas City's Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts says President Obama chose wisely in selecting the center's president to lead the National Endowment for the Arts.

The White House said Wednesday that President Barack Obama intends to nominate Jane Chu, president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. Chu has been president and CEO of the Kauffman Center since 2006.

The Senate will have to confirm Chu's nomination to the NEA, an independent federal agency that supports and helps fund artistic exhibits.

Julia Irene Kauffman, chairman of the Kauffman Center, says Obama "has chosen wisely," and Chu's nomination is a validation of the important role the Kauffman Center plays in the performing arts.

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