The National Endowment for the Arts and the Kennedy Center have invited artist Barbara Ernst Prey, a longtime seasonal resident of Port Clyde, to participate in the National Endowment for the Arts’ invitational national gathering Friday, Nov. 18.

In Pursuit of the Creative Life: The Future of Arts and Creativity in America will close out the NEA’s 50th anniversary as a select group of 200 artists, industry leaders, educators, scientists, civic leaders and more will come together with differing ideas, backgrounds, experiences and definitions of creativity.

“I am honored to be part of this conversation and I am looking forward to sharing my perspective on the role of the arts in my life and the life of the nation, as it is unique and important for people to hear,” Prey said.

Prey is a presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board to The National Endowment for the Arts; and she has been chosen to participate since 2004 in the United States Art in Embassies Program. For more information about the artist, visit

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