By Kenneth Jones
21 Oct 2009
National Endowment for the Arts chairman Rocco Landesman delivered a keynote address Oct. 21 to close the 2009 national “Grantmakers in the Arts Conference: Navigating the Art of Change” in Brooklyn.
Landesman, a commercial producer new to the public job since his summer appointment, announced that he will spend the next six months “learning and highlighting the ways that art works in neighborhoods and towns across America.” His national tour will begin on Nov. 6 with a visit to Peoria, IL, at the invitation of Kathy Chitwood, executive director of the Eastlight Theatre, and Suzette Boulais, executive director of Arts Partners of Central Illinois.
Landesman said in an earlier public remark that he didn’t know if Peoria had a live theatre, a statement that drew criticism — and an invitation from artists in Illinois.