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NEA Chairman Dana Gioia and Representative Louise Slaughter tour the studio of world-renowned sculptor Albert Paley

NEA Chairman Dana Gioia and Representative Louise Slaughter tour the studio of world-renowned sculptor Albert Paley in Rochester, NY. Photo: Felicia Knight.

With an anecdote or historical fact at the ready for nearly every corner, bridge, and building in Rochester, New York, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter recently gave Chairman Dana Gioia an energetic tour of an artistically vibrant corner of the Empire State.

"There's a vitality and a vibrancy to the arts in Rochester," said Chairman Gioia. "The concentration of artists of international reputation in this region is exciting."

As founder and co-chair of the House Arts Caucus, Rep. Slaughter has a deep and long-standing interest in the health of the many arts and cultural organizations in her district - and the rest of the country. Rep. Slaughter enthusiastically escorted the Chairman to an editorial board meeting at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, on a tour of world-renowned sculptor Albert Paley's studio, through a discussion with directors at the Geva Theatre Center, on a journey through the Strong Museum and its famous toy collection, and to a performance at Garth Fagan Dance.

"I wish I could keep him here. Everywhere we've gone, he's had good ideas for how we can do even greater things!" said Rep. Slaughter, who capped the busy day by prevailing upon the Chairman to hold a poetry reading at Rochester's famed George Eastman House, arguably the nation's foremost museum of photography.