If you have ever been to any big city like New York, Paris or London, you will know what it means to be surrounded by art and culture every hour of the day. These cities pride themselves on being hubs for creativity and cultural exchange, filled with art venues both historic and modern. It is no surprise then that these cities have also become centers for global tourism, forever attracting new generations looking for opportunities to participate.
It’s also not surprising that investment in the arts has become a strategy employed by local governments as part of a broader economic recovery agenda. But rather than supporting only large institutions such as ballets and symphonies, some are now turning to genres that historically haven’t received much government support.
Post authored by Communications Intern Olivia Brown.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is currently without permanent leadership. Former Chairman Rocco Landesman — an accomplished Broadway producer and country-western enthusiast — resigned from his position this past November, wrapping up a successful four-year stint. As President Obama is expected to appoint a new chairman in the coming weeks, now is a opportune time to reflect on what qualities we’d like to see in Landesman’s replacement.