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March 12, 2010 Washington, DC Rocco's heading to the Golden State. From March 13-19 he?ll touch down in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland, California. On this leg of the Art Works tour, the chairman will focus on arts in education and the creation of sustainable, livable, vibrant...
March 11, 2010 Philadelphia, PA What started in 1984 as part of an anti-graffiti campaign has now become one of Philadelphia?s signature public art programs: the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. The program uses the art of mural making to foster civic engagement, create arts education...
March 9, 2010 Baltimore, MD Guest Blogger - Jeremy Nowak, President and CEO of The Reinvestment Fund Today, Rocco Landesman and I are enjoying a pizza lunch with the developers of City Arts and the community and arts leaders driving the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. In effect this...
March 3, 2010 Washington, DC Yesterday I was on the road again, this time to Philadelphia, which I think is one of the great models for what we?ve started to talk about here at the NEA. It's a city that really gets it about the cultural economy. It's inspiring to see the commitment of Mayor Nutter...
February 26, 2010 Washington, DC What do gardens, Puerto Rican cuisine, and mask-making have in common? The Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSNP) in lower North Philadelphia tapped into all three in imaginative ways to transform their formally derelict neighborhood into a place of beauty, joy,...
January 25, 2010 Washington, DC NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman sat down this morning with guest host Susan Page on the Diane Rehm show to discuss the arts, "art works" and his vision for boosting the role of art and culture in cities and towns across the country. The complete 50-minute...
January 21, 2010 Washington, DC "...art makes communities better: prouder, more cohesive, individuated. We know and recognize cities by their special architecture and parks and sculpture gardens and neighborhood arts fairs. And there's no such thing as just music: there's hip-hop in LA...
January 8, 2010 Washington, DC On January 6, 2010, PBS Newshour featured an interview segment with NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown met with Landesman to discuss his ideas for the agency, including the Art Works theme that will inform his tenure at the Endowment. The...
November 9, 2009 Washington, DC Rocco Landesman spent Friday, November 6, with Kathy Chitwood of Eastlight Theatre and Suzette Boulais of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois as well as Peoria artists, arts administrators, civic leaders, and other citizens. It was a full day with a comprehensive...
October 30, 2009 Washington, DC I thought it might help further the conversation to reply to some of these replies to my speech at Grantmakers in the Arts. I'm not going to argue with those who think the NEA shouldn't exist, but would like - in the spirit of provocative give and take - to...

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