Chairman Rocco Landesman Releases the Schedule for His Visit to Hamilton, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland, Ohio, September 16-20, 2011

Washington, DC -- NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman will visit Hamilton, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland, Ohio, September 16-20, 2011. In each city, Chairman Landesman will learn about the efforts to use the arts to create vibrant, livable communities. In Hamilton and Cincinnati, his hosts will include Artspace Projects, Inc. and ArtWorks; in Columbus, his host is National Council on the Arts member Charlotte Kessler; and in Cleveland his hosts are the George Gund Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Friday, September 16: Hamilton/Cincinnati
9:00 am – 10:00 am "" Tour and Meeting with Artspace Projects, Inc. about plans to create the Artspace Hamilton Lofts. This project is the recipient of an NEA Our Town grant.         Participants: NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, Hamilton Mayor Pat MoellerHamilton Vice Mayor Rob Wile,Executive Director of the Fitton Center for Creative Arts Rick Jones, Artspace Project Manager Andrew Commers, civic leaders, and project leaders. Location: Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Avenue, 3rd floor ballroom, Hamilton, Ohio  
11:00 am - 12:00 pm   Meeting with ArtWorks about SpringBoard, its new business planning and development program for artists, artisans, and creative entrepreneurs targeting sustainability in small business.         Participants: NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, Director of ArtWorks Tamara Harkavy, and project leaders Location: 20 E. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm   Remarks at Walnut Hills High School's Performing Arts Fund Dedication Event.         Location: 3250 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio  
Monday, September 19: Columbus
11:30 am –  1:30 pm "" Briefing and Tour of Greater Columbus Arts Council's Public Art 2012 project. This project is the recipient of an NEA Our Town grant.         Participants: Congressman Pat Tiberi (Congressman Tiberi has been a member of the National Council on the Arts since 2005), NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, National Council on the Arts member Charlotte KesslerGreater Columbus Arts Council President Milt Baughman, arts and civic leaders, and project leaders. Location: 100 E. Broad St., Suite 2250, Columbus, Ohio  
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm   Panel discussion -- "A Way Forward: Arts and Economic Development." Free and open to the public.         Panel members: NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, Mayor Michael B. ColemanChairman & CEO of Limited Brands Leslie H. WexnerPresident & CEO of The Columbus Foundation Douglas F. Kridler. Location: Mershon Auditorium, Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 North High Street  
Tuesday, September 20: Cleveland
8:30 am - 9:45 am "" Breakfast in Gordon Square Arts District         Participants: NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, George Gund Foundation Executive Director Dave AbbottCuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzgeraldCuyahoga Arts & Culture Executive Director Karen Gahl-Mills, Creative Workforce Fellows, Gordon Square Arts District Director Joy Roller, and arts and civic leaders. Location: 6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio  
10:05 am - 11:05 am   Tour of Playhouse Square  Participants: Executive Director of Playhouse Square Art Falco, Cleveland PlayHouse Managing Director Kevin Moore, Cleveland State University Executive-in-Residence Steve Minter, and COO and CEO of ideastream Kit Jensen and Jerry Wareham.         Location: State Theatre, 1519 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio  
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm   Speech at City Club of Cleveland -- "Creative Placemaking: Using the Arts to Drive Community Revitalization." Open to the public. Click here to register.         Location: Metropolitan Club, 925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio  
2:20 pm -  3:20 pm   Tour of Collinwood neighborhood         Participants: NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, President of Community Partnership for Arts and Culture Tom SchorglCouncilman Michael PolensekCommunity Partnership for Arts and Culture Strategic Initiatives Director Seth BeattieDirector Of Northeast Shores Community Development Corporation Brian Friedman, community residents, artists, business representatives, and community development staff.  Location: Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo, Cleveland, Ohio   
3:40 pm - 4:15 pm   Tour of Rainey Institute Participants: NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman and Executive Director of the Rainey Institute Lee Lazar.         Location: 1705 E. 55th Street, Cleveland, Ohio  
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm   Reception with members of local arts community at University Circle.         Location: Cleveland Institute of Art, McCullough Center in University Circle, 11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio  
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm   Tour of The Fine Arts Association Participants: NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman and CEO of Lake Fine Arts Association Linda Wise.         Location: 38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, Ohio


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