Chairman Rocco Landesman Releases the Schedule for His Visit to Charlotte, North Carolina For March 9, 2011

Washington, DC -- NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman will visit Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, for a day of site visits and a panel discussion. Chairman Landesman is coming to North Carolina at the invitation of the Knight Foundation and the Arts & Science Council.

The chairman is traveling to the city to learn how the arts work in Charlotte to create and sustain a livable, vibrant urban center. A morning panel will explore how the arts encourage creativity and innovation to flourish in individuals and communities. After three site visits, Chairman Landesman will participate in a conversation entitled "Charlotte: Cultural Capital of the South."

9:15 a.m.   Site Visit: North Carolina Wolf Trap Teaching artist classroom demonstration 
Location: Tryon Hills Pre-Kindergarten Center at 2600 Grimes Street 
10:15 a.m.   Panel discussion on Creativity 
Location: North Carolina Dance Theatre, 701 North Tryon St., black box theater
Moderator: Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation, Vice President for Arts


Lawrence Baxter, McColl Center Innovation Institute alumnus
Rebecca Carmazzi, North Carolina Dance Theatre principle dancer 
Shaun Cassidy, McColl Center Innovation Institute teaching artist 
Marcia Jones, McColl Center artist-in-residence
Dwight Rhoden, North Carolina Dance Theatre choreographer

Those invited to attend include artists and staff members of local arts and cultural organizations 

1:30 p.m.   Site Visit:  Harvey B. Gantt Center for Afro-American Arts + Culture Location: 551 South Tryon St. 
2:00 p.m.   Site Visit:  Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Location: 420 South Tryon St.
2:30 p.m.   Site Visit:  Mint Museum Location: 2730 South Randolph Rd.
3:30 p.m.          Conversation: "Charlotte:  The Cultural Capital of the South"
Location: Mint Museum Auditorium
Moderator: Moira Quinn, Senior Vice President of Communications 
    and Chief Operating Officer for Charlotte Center City Partners 


NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman
Mary Regan, North Carolina Arts Council Director 
Scott Provancher, Arts & Science Council President


Those invited to attend include artists and staff members of local arts and cultural organizations

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.  For more information on the National Endowment for the Arts, please go to


Robert Bush
Arts & Science Council
704-575-3379 (cell)

Victoria Hutter