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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 12/ 9/2010

President nominates Dworkin to National Council on the Arts

By Jacqueline Trescott

In his first appointment to the National Council on the Arts, President Obama nominated violinist Aaron P. Dworkin, the founder and president of the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization.

Violinist Aaron Dworkin. (AP)

The council is the advisory body to the National Endowment for the Arts approves grants and agency policies. Dworkin's nomination has to be confirmed by the Senate.

Dworkin, a 2005 MacArthur Fellow, has been an outspoken advocate for youth and minority participation and career development in classical music. The Sphinx group, which he founded in 1996, sponsors summer training programs for string players and music programs in the Detroit public schools.

An electric and acoustic violinist, Dworkin received his Bachelors and Masters of music in violin performance at the University of Michigan School of Music. In 2003 he was chosen MIchiganian of the Year by the Detroit News.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | December 9, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott  | Tags:  Aaron P.Dworkin, National Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, President Obama  
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