NEA chairman visits Rockland
Rockland — The chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts spent some time in the city June 13, accompanied by Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-North Haven, and visiting with local artists, community members and representatives of arts organizations.
Rocco Landesman and Pingree took a rainy walking tour of downtown Rockland, then held an Our Town Forum at the Farnsworth Art Museum's Wyeth Center. On hand were many artists; local citizens and community leaders; and, giving short presentations, representatives of the Farnsworth, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Maine Media Workshops, Bay Chamber Concerts, Everyman Repertory Theatre Company and Camden International Film Festival.
After the Rockland visit, Landesman and Pingree traveled to Portland for a similar event. He was in the state to see how Maine's creative economy is benefiting local communities. Landesman is a strong proponent of the economic development benefits of the arts; while in Maine, he explored the benefits of creative economies, particularly in Waterville, Biddeford, Portland and Rockland.
The NEA is the nation’s largest arts organization and is an independent government agency chartered by Congress. The NEA gives out millions of dollars in grants to support art nationwide; its budget for this year is more than $150 million.
Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.