Aaron Dworkin, an Interlochen alumnus (IAA 86-88) and the founder of the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council of Arts. Led by the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, the council is responsible for making recommendations regarding grants, funding guidelines and arts leadership initiatives.
The council membership includes fourteen voting members and six non-voting members and is often drawn from the ranks of leading American artists. Past members have included Leonard Bernstein, Agnes de Mille, Richard Diebenkorn, Duke Ellington, Helen Hayes, Charlton Heston, Harper Lee, Gregory Peck, Sidney Poitier, Richard Rodgers, Rosalind Russell, David Smith, John Steinbeck, and Isaac Stern, among many others.
Already a recognized national leader in the arts, Dworkin is a violinist, arts educator, and president of the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization, which he founded in 1996. The Sphinx Organization works to increase the number of minority students pursuing careers in classical music around the country through summer training programs for string players and music education outreach programs in Detroit public schools. A frequent speaker on youth and minority involvement and career development in classical music, Mr. Dworkin was also a 2005 MacArthur Fellow.