NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman Greets the Nation
August 14, 2009
Rocco Landesman began his tenure as Chairman of the National Endowment
for the Arts on August 11. Here, he offers a video greeting to the American public.
Statement in Full
Hello, I am Rocco Landesman. I am honored to serve the country in my new role as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Arts Endowment is dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.
We’re at an exciting time in our nation’s history. Now, more than ever, the arts matter in America. The arts are central to our nation’s civic, economic, and cultural vitality. The arts reflect who we are and what we stand for – freedom of expression, imagination, and vision.
Arts education is indispensible to raising America’s next generation of creative, innovative thinkers. We will continue to work with our partners to help bring quality arts programs to neighborhoods and communities across the country.
I look forward to a new conversation on the arts in America.
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