NEA chairman praises Macon arts scene

From The Macon Telegraph

Thanks to its rich heritage of architecture, music and culture, Macon’s arts scene is in a position to thrive despite the current economic slump.

That was the message of National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman, who spoke to nearly 300 people Tuesday at the Grand Opera House about the organization’s accomplishments during his tenure, which began in 2009.

At a news conference after the keynote speech, Landesman said a brief conversation with Mayor Robert Reichert proved to him the city is poised to continue to incorporate the arts into everyday life.

“It took me six seconds to see he gets it,” Landesman said of Reichert. “The first thing you need (for a strong arts scene) is the political structure. You also need a committed private sector and some sort of history of artistic achievement. Macon has all three. It has all the elements to be a rich, thriving arts community.”


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