Rocco’s Road Trip: NEA Chief To Visit Peoria

“Rocco Landesman, who was confirmed this month as the new chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, has accepted an invitation to visit Peoria, Ill., an offer proffered in response to public comments he made about the city.” His main inflammatory remark: “I don’t know if there’s a theater in Peoria, but I would bet that it’s not as good as Steppenwolf or the Goodman.” Unsurprisingly, that didn’t go over well with the locals.

Source: The New York Times 08/18/09