National Endowment for the Arts chairman to visit Lawrence for Art Works tour

The chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts is scheduled to visit Lawrence on Thursday as part of his nationwide Art Works tour.

Rocco Landesman ran a private investment firm and produced several Broadway shows before becoming chairman of the NEA.

He is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion on Creative Placemaking at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Miss.

He is also scheduled to meet with arts and civic leaders at the Lawrence Arts Center and the Percolator to learn about how they use the arts to create vibrant, liveable communities.

Landesman will be joined by panelists including muralist David Loewenstein; KU professor of geography Jay T. Johnson; environmental architect Bob Berkebile; scholar and author Daniel Wildcat; and Nebraska Arts Council executive director Suzanne Wise.

Spencer Museum director Saralyn Reece Hardy will moderate the discussion.