Rocco Landesman Announced He will Retire
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.
FullNYT Arts Beat Blog by Patricia Cohen
with link to 2011 article covering Landesman's questioning of the size of arts administration.