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Chairman Rocco Landesman Releases the Schedule for His October 10, 2012 Visit to Newark & Rahway, New Jersey

Chairman Landesman to also participate in Harlem School of the Arts event in honor of Herb Alpert

Washington, DC -- NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman will visit Newark and Rahway, New Jersey, on October 10 as part of his Art Works tour. His visit is hosted by the NJ Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The evening of the 10th, Landesman will speak at the Harlem School of the Arts Fall 2012 Benefit in honor of Herb Alpert at Lincoln Center's Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse in New York.

Landesman will begin his day in Newark, where he will provide opening remarks at a panel discussion on arts education at 12:00 p.m. at NJPAC. The panel will focus on the importance of arts education and touch on key points including a national perspective on education reform; New Jersey's historical commitment to the arts in schools; a statewide view of the status of arts education; and a first-hand account of how the arts help build critical life skills. Dr. Clement Price, Rutgers University Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History and director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, will moderate the panel, which will also include the NEA's Director of Arts Education, Ayanna Hudson; Bob Morrison, chair of the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership; Donna Serio, retired director of Franklin Township's Fine and Performing Arts; and 2008 New Jersey Poetry Out Loud Champion Allison Trujillo Strong.

Following this event, Landesman will travel to Rahway to meet with project leaders for RAHWAY ARTsPART. In July 2012, the UCPAC received an NEA Our Town grant in support of this project, which is designed to harness the opening of Hamilton Stage by supporting a series of creative performances and community engagement activities. UCPAC will collaborate with a wide array of artistic and community partners on this project, including the City of Rahway's Redevelopment Agency, Arts Guild New Jersey, LuceGroup, and Rahway Arts District.

At 3:30 p.m., Landesman will participate in a panel discussion on creative placemaking at Hamilton Stage. Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno will provide opening remarks and the panel will be moderated by Dr. Carol Cronheim, Assistant Secretary of State. In addition to Landesman, the panel will include Jean Holtz, vice president of the New Brunswick Development Corporation; Jim Kennedy, former Mayor of Rahway and vice president of the Board of UCPAC; and Leo Vazquez, director of Arts Build Communities.

That evening, Landesman will speak at the Fall 2012 Benefit reception in honoring musician, artist, and philanthropist Herb Alpert for his support of the Harlem School of the Arts. Harlem School of the Arts is a community-based cultural and educational institution serving children and families of all backgrounds for more than 50 years.

Please see below for the full schedule:

12:00–1:15 p.m. Panel discussion on arts education with opening remarks by NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman  

Location: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Moderator
Dr. Clement Price, Rutgers University Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History, and Director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience

Panelists:
Ayanna Hudson, Arts Education Director, National Endowment for the Arts
Bob Morrison, Chair, New Jersey Arts Education Partnership and Founder, Quadrant Arts Education Research 
Donna Serio, Retired Director, Fine and Performing Arts, Franklin Township
Allison Trujillo Strong, 2008 New Jersey Poetry Out Loud 
Champion 

* This event is open to the public but space is limited. RSVP to rsvp@njpac.org

3:30–4:30 p.m. Panel discussion on creative placemaking with opening remarks by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno  

Location: Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts, 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway, NJ 07065

Moderator
Dr. Carol Cronheim, Assistant Secretary of State

Panelists
NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman
Jim Kennedy, former Mayor of Rahway and vice president of the Board of Union County Arts Center
Jean Holtz, Vice President, New Brunswick Development Corporation
Leo Vazquez, Director, Arts Build Communities

* This event is open to the public but space is limited. RSVP to Danni@ucpac.org

6:00–7:00 p.m. Remarks by Chairman Landesman at reception in honor of Herb Alpert at Harlem School of the Arts Fall 2012 Benefit. Formal program to follow reception.  

Location: 165 West 65th (between Amsterdam & Broadway), 10th Floor, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center, New York, New York 10023

*For ticket information, visit Harlem School of the Arts' website. Press who wish to attend should contact helen@finnpartners.com.

 

Contact

Liz Auclair
202-682-5744
auclaire@arts.gov