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Postcard from Indiana and Illinois, Part One

July 25, 2012 by Rocco Landesman Here I am during our hard hat tour of the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture with (l-r) renowned master printer Joe Segura, Gil Cardenas, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. (And that’s Angela Butiste from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and my wife Debby just […]

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Postcard from Maine and Minnesota

June 21, 2012 by Rocco Landesman Here I am at Portland’s City Hall with Marty Pottenger and some of the Department of Public Services workers engaged in the Art at Work project. (from l-r) Dwayne Cote, Brian Cogill, Dave Melendez, Gordie Greenlaw, Marty Pottenger. Photo by Tonee Harbert My last trip was fairly alliterative—with stops […]

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Father’s Day

June 15, 2012 by Rocco Landesman Goodbye Lola, Goodbye by Alfred Landesman. Photo courtesy of Rocco Landesman My father, Fred Landesman, was the most original and affecting painter who ever lived. I know that’s a sweeping statement and there are probably some who would disagree. What about—you can add your own candidate here—Rembrandt, Van Gogh, […]

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Postcard from New York and Charleston

June 1, 2012 By Rocco Landesman At the Blue Star Museums launch event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. From l-r: Brad Cooper, executive director of Joining Forces; Gunnery Sergeant Mark Butler, USMC Public Affairs, NYC; Emily Rafferty, president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman; Blue Star […]

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Welcome Back, Blue Star Museums!

May 25, 2012 By Rebecca Gross From Charleston to New York City, Rocco was up and down the east coast this week celebrating the launch of Blue Star Museums. Now in its third year, the program honors active duty service members and their families by offering free admission to over 1,600 participating museums between Memorial […]

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Postcard from North Carolina, Mississippi, and Georgia (Part One)

May 17, 2012 by Rocco Landesman Here I am in Greensboro with Linda Carlisle, Jim Gallucci of Jim Gallucci Sculptor Ltd. who designed the gates for the project, Scott Richardson of Light Designs Form who was the lighting designer for the project, and Chuck Cornelio President of Retirement Services for Lincoln Financial Group. You can […]

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Postcard from Arkansas and Kansas, Part Two

March 26, 2012 by Rocco Landesman Here I am with Saralyn Reece Hardy, who directed the NEA’s museums and visual arts programs from 1999-2002. Saralyn’s now the director of the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Photo courtesy of the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas As I […]

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Postcard from Arkansas and Kansas, Part One

March 23, 2012 by Rocco Landesman Here I am with my fellow panelists from the creative placemaking discussion at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock. From l-r: Joy Pennington, Arkansas Arts Council; Beth Weidower, Arkansas Delta Rural Heritage Development Initiative; Bob Hupp, Arkansas Repertory Theatre; Warwick Sabin, Oxford American This month the Art Works […]

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Postcard from California and Arizona, Part Two

Rocco Landesman and crew

March 9, 2012 by Rocco Landesman Here I am in Ajo with the International Sonoran Desert Alliance staff who are working to restore Ajo’s town plaza. And now, here’s the scoop on the second part of my California and Arizona trip. After Los Angeles, it was on to Phoenix. There, of course, our host was […]

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Postcard from California and Arizona, Part One

March 8, 2012 by Rocco Landesman Can you find me in this photo with the Watts Village Theater Co. and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission staff at the Rosa Parks metro station? Photo by Linda Chiavaroli, L.A. County Arts Commission I’ve been California—and Arizona—dreaming for the last couple of weeks. This was probably my […]

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