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National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Steps Down

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013

Rocco Landesman Announced He will Retire

The former Broadway producer, Rocco Landsman announced Tuesday, Nov. 20th that he will step down from his post as NEA Chairman at the end of this year. Mr. Landsman has served as chair since 2009 and his departure is not likely to be much regretted by the arts community. In February of 2011 Mr. Landsman publicly questioned if there was an overabundance of nonprofit arts organizations. Though he may have made a point- we may not indeed need "three administrators for every artist" (Patricia Cohen, NYT Arts Beat Blog) the sentiment was neither welcomed nor expected from a NEA Chairman.

Mr. Landesman leaves the post satisfied with his goal of serving one term and content to have "accomplish[ed] more than [he] ever thought possible;" Landesman mentined the NEA's partnership with Walter Reed National Military Medical center and a more influential agency research office as top successes of his term (Cohen). Joan Shigekawa, Senior Deputy Chairman will step up as acting lead to replace Landesman in the interrum until the nomination and confirmation process for the new chair is complete.

NYT Arts Beat Blog by Patricia Cohen with link to 2011 article covering Landesman's questioning of the size of arts administration.

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