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WEB EXTRA: NEA Chair Rocco Landesman

photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR
Rocco Landesman, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts, keynote speaker of the Downtown Council's annual luncheon, December 10, 2010

Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, was the keynote speaker for the Downtown Council's annual luncheon on December 10, 2010. Landesman's talk focused on the impact of the arts on revitalization and urban development.

By Laura Spencer


Kansas City, MO – A Broadway producer, Rocco Landesman praised the level of arts activity during his tour of Kansas City. He also proposed the city as a candidate for his new $5 million grant program, "Our Town." It will provide support for the arts in 35 communities.

William Dietrich, President and CEO, Downtown Council of Kansas City, provided the introductory remarks. The event took place in the Grand Ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center.

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