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Rocco Landesman to Step Down as NEA Chair

November 29, 2012 – Last week, Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), announced that he will retire from the agency at the end of the year.  NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa will serve as the acting head of the agency until a permanent successor is confirmed.

The Chairman said in a press release, “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 place making, 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.”

"We have continued to support and strengthen the entire spectrum of arts in this country, and we have been able to expand the national conversation through convenings, traditional media, and new technology. I am proud and honored to have served alongside such an amazing group of dedicated public servants.”

"The time has come for me to become a cliché: I turned 65, am going to retire, and cannot wait to spend more time in Miami Beach."

Additional information is available on the NEA website.

Jim Leach’s statement on Rocco Landesman’s retirement is available on the NEH website.

[Posted by: Erin Mosley]  

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