National Endowment for the Arts chairman Rocco Landesman will be in Memphis today as part of the last stop on the "Art Works" tour across America.
As well as meeting with representatives from ArtsMemphis, the Hyde Family Foundation, and Playhouse on the Square, and taking tours of Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum, and Stax, Landesman will also take part in a roundtable discussion re: music as an economic engine for cities.
In addition, he'll also be part of a discussion about the Memphis Music Magnet Project, a U of M initiative I've written about here that seeks to encourage musicians to live in the Stax neighborhood.
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment also is the largest annual national funder of the arts.