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NEA Chair Landesman to Step Down

By Tom McClimon
December 3, 2012

Rocco Landesman has confirmed his plans to step down as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts at the end of this year.

“My intention has always been to serve one term, and we have been able to accomplish more than I had ever thought possible; sparking a national movement around creative placemaking, forging significant relationships with other federal agencies, creating an unprecedented healing arts partnership with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and increasing both the scope and impact of our research office,” stated Landesman.

“Rocco stepping down as the NEA Chair is a loss to the nation’s cities and mayors. He touched every agency in the US government like no other. He will be sorely missed,” stated Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran.

Landesman has been a major proponent of the Mayors Institute of City Design, a partnership of The U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Endowment for the Arts, and American Architectural Foundation. The Chairman has attended a number of design institutes during his tenure and has always made sure that NEA funds were available to support the 25-year program. He has also worked across federal agency lines to ensure that arts and design are incorporated into the work of all federal departments and agencies.