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Rocco Landesman

So I thought I’d work up an appetite for Thanksgiving with a pre-holiday trip to Iowa, Wisconsin, and South Dakota. We started out in Dubuque, and met up there with Bill O’Brien, our senior advisor for program innovation, who’s a native Dubuquer. He immediately provided me with...
Michelle Obama poses with Judith Anderson and Salvador Flores-Martinez, representatives from ArtLab, based in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Steve Purcell Last week, I was at the White House---which is always a treat---for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. It’s a big event...
One of the really neat things about the IFACCA conference was the number of arts performances that were scheduled throughout the conference. Jamie took this photo of a performance by the group Kundalila. I was just in Australia for the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture (IFACCA)...
When I was in Charleston Mayor Joe Riley (left) and Michael Thomas Maher of the Charleston Civic Design Center showed me the plans for transforming neglected open space in the Gaillard Center Arts Precinct. The project received one of our inaugural Our Town grants. Photo courtesy of South Carolina...
Here I am with the 2011 NEA Heritage Fellows after the September 21 awards ceremony at the Capitol Visitors Center. (back row, l-r) Me, Yuri Yunakov, Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro, Roy Hirabayashi, Ledward Kaapana, Bo Dollis, Jr. (representing his father Bo Dollis), Jim Griffith, Barry Bergey; (front...
Congressman Schock and Rocco with students at the Peoria Ballet . Photo by Jamie Bennett Last week, I was back in Peoria, Illinois, where I made my very first Art Works tour stop back in 2009. It was an intense trip---we basically only had one full day---but it was also a reunion. I was reunited...
Here I am with Louise Slaughter (and Rochester's News Channel 10) during our visit to the George Eastman House. Photo courtesy of George Eastman House. I’m just back from a fairly intense and jam packed trip to western New York. We started in Schenectady where they were having the annual...
I just gave my Chautauqua talk this morning, so no photos yet. But here's one from my talk at the League of Historic American Theaters. More on that next week... Photo by Richard Lovrich Today as part of my trip to Western New York, I was honored to speak at the Chautauqua Institution as part...
Yesterday, Rocco was in Pittsburgh where he delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2011 at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). CAPA was one of the finalists in the White House's Race to the Top Commencement Challenge (take a look at their video down...
Washington, DC NEA Heritage Fellow Richard Hagopian performs Armenian music on the oud , accompanied by his grandson, Andrew Hagopian, on the dumbeg . The performance was given at the San Joaquin River Center in honor of Rocco's visit to Fresno. Video by Jon Ching, courtesy of the Alliance for...

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