“we’ve all been quite content to demean government, drop civics and in general conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry“
Ivey was appointed chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, by then-President Bill Clinton, serving from 1998 to 2001. His “Challenge America” small-grant initiative is credited with restoring congressional confidence in the sometimes-embattled NEA.
He returned to Washington in 2007 as Team Leader in Arts and Humanities for the Barack Obama presidential transition. Ivey has written and lectured extensively about the importance of cultural policy and the value of cultural engagement in the pursuit of a high quality of life.