National Endowment for the Arts Chair Rocco Landesman has been busy!
Saturday’s article in the Washington Post shares highlights from Landesman’s ongoing “Art Works Tour” of cities across the country. He’s looking for the impact of arts on communities, figuring out what the best impact of NEA funds could be, and is encountering empowering stats and stories:
“Last week, I was in California, and I learned that nonprofit arts organizations there have annual revenues of $2.4 billion, which is roughly equivalent to the revenues of California’s convenience stores. That is significant,” said a smiling Landesman. “But arts workers make more than Slurpees, they make places.” The arts, Landesman said, help “change the ethos of a town or community. They enliven it, they activate the public life.”