Chairman Rocco Landesman Releases the Schedule for his Visit to Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for September 15-17, 2010
Includes keynote address at launch of university's Year of the Arts
September 9, 2010
Washington, DC -- NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman will visit Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 16 and 17, 2010. Chairman Landesman is coming to Wisconsin at the invitation of University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Carolyn “Biddy” Martin and Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee President and Executive Director Christine Harris. He is traveling to the state to learn how the arts work in Wisconsin with a particular focus on the role of the arts in creating and sustaining livable, vibrant urban and rural centers.
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the chairman's alma mater, he will speak at the launch and luncheon for the university's Illuminate: Year of the Arts, a full-year's celebration of the power and purpose of the arts. From September 2010 to August 2011, the university has planned more than 300 performances, exhibitions, symposia, publications, and other activities.
In addition to giving the speech on the 16th and a panel discussion on the 17th, the chairman will meet with those involved in projects supported by the NEA's Mayors' Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary Initiative or MICD25. The inaugural grants for this program were announced on July 15, 2010. The City of Madison and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee are two of only 21organizations nationwide to receive these grants.
In Madison's MICD25-funded project, environmental artist Lorna Jacobs will be commissioned to create a work for the new Central Park. In Milwaukee, the Cultural Alliance is leading Creativity Works!, a creative economy project, and the MICD25 grant will support Phase II of its development.
The following events are open to the press only.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
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About "Art Works"
Chairman Landesman has summarized the guiding principle that will inform his work at the agency in two words - "art works" - which Chairman Landesman means in three ways:
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