NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman and Deputy Secretary of HUD Ron Sims to Discuss Role Arts Play in Economic Development in Chicago Region

Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will discuss the role the arts play in the development of a thriving Chicago region. They will share news of their recent collaboration through the Sustainable Communities Partnership, a national effort to build economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality schools, a thriving creative sector, and transportation. A panel of Chicago-based experts in business, community development, and the arts will discuss the role and value of integrating artistic and cultural activities into their work in region. The program is supported by the MacArthur Foundation, in partnership with Arts Alliance Illinois.


Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts 
Ron Sims, HUD Deputy Secretary
Jeanne Gang, Principal and Founder, Studio Gang 
Theaster Gates, artist, urban planner, Director of Arts Program Development at the University of Chicago and Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design 
Lindsay Gaskins, Founder and CEO, Marbles: The Brain Store 
Jaime de Leon, Director, New Communities Program, ENLACE Chicago
Steve Edwards, Chicago Public Media


Discussion on The Arts and Culture in Action


Goodman Theatre, 170 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois


Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 1 p.m.



Victoria Hutter (NEA)

Laura Feldman (HUD)