Chairman Rocco Landesman Releases the Schedule for His Visit to Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, January 19, 2012

Washington, DC—NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman will visit Evanston and Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday, January 19, 2012. In each city, Chairman Landesman will learn about the efforts to use the arts to create vibrant, livable communities by visiting the recipients of Our Town and ArtPlace grants.

In Evanston, Chairman Landesman will participate in a roundtable discussion about the city’s efforts to create a performing arts district in downtown Evanston. The NEA has supported this project through an Our Town grant for an architectural study and financial plan. In Chicago, the Chairman will visit Dorchester Projects and Rebuild Foundation on Chicago’s South Side to learn more about their projects and current work in the community in which they serve. Rebuild Foundation, a not-for-profit organization under artist and urban planner Theaster Gates, Jr.’s leadership, will use their ArtPlace grant to convert an abandoned building on the 6900 block of Dorchester Avenue into the Black Cinema House Live/Work Space. Black Cinema House will serve as a small firm-screening center and will include a Film Artist Residency program.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Walking tour of downtown Evanston and discussion with City of Evanston Our Town project leaders  

Dennis Marino, Manager Planning & Zoning, City of Evanston
Carolyn Dellutri, Director, Downtown Evanston
Craig Sklenar, General Planner, City of Evanston
Rocco Landesman, NEA Chairman 
Carol Coletta, President, ArtPlace
Terry Scrogum, Executive Director, Illinois Arts Council

Location: Downtown Evanston, 820 Davis St., Suite 151, Evanston, IL 60201

4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Walking tour of Dorchester Projects and Rebuild Foundation, including stops at:  

  • Black Cinema House -- 6901 S. Dorchester Avenue
  • Library Building where 14,000 architecture and design books are being housed -- 6916 S. Dorchester Avenue
  • Dr. Wax Listening Room (Dr. Wax Record Collection) -- 6918 S. Dorchester Avenue (building under construction)
  • Dorchester Artist Housing (new project, will view outside only)

Mejay Gula, Rebuild Foundation 
Kate Hadley-Williams, Rebuild Foundation
Marlease Bushnell, Rebuild Foundation
Rocco Landesman, NEA Chairman
Carol Coletta, President, ArtPlace
Terry Scrogum, Executive Director, Illinois Arts Council
Greg Cameron, Executive Committee, Arts Alliance Illinois’ Board of Directors

Location: To join this walking tour, meet at 6918 S. Dorchester Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637




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