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Philadelphia Freedom: The Arts at Work in the City of Brotherly Love

March 1, 2010

Washington, DC

Rocco's hitting the road again on Tuesday, this time heading north to visit Philadelphia at the invitation of Jeremy Nowak, president and CEO for The Reinvestment Fund, and Professor Mark Stern, co-director of the Social Impact of the Arts Project. The Chairman's visit to the "City of Brotherly Love" will explore the role of the arts in creating and sustaining livable communities. Stops will include several historic Philadelphia neighborhoods, including Chinatown, a tour of Crane Arts Galleries and artists studios, and The Please Touch Museum. Rocco expects to meet with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter as well as local artists, arts entrepreneurs, and representatives of the city's many arts organizations.

The road show will be punctuated with stops to several of Philadelphia's notable outdoor murals, including a tribute to the Philadelphia Stars Negro League baseball team. An evening panel discussion, Arts and the City, will focus on how the arts impact local and national economies with the potential to help rebuild them. Among those joining the chairman in the discussion will be musician Donald Harrision, National Council for the Traditional Arts Executive Director Julia Olin, and The Pew Charitable Trusts Director of Cultural Initiatives Greg Rowe. Stay tuned for more from Rocco's road trip.

During a residency at the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School in Philadelphia, NEA National Heritage Fellow Losang Samten uses the art of making sand mandalas to help students understand ideas such as creation and impermanence. Photo by Roko Kawai

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