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This public event releases the Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region. This year’s program, "The Power of Art and Artists, includes a presentation by Dr. Nancy D. Sidhu of the LAEDC, presentations by Rocco Landesman of the NEA, Ann Markusen of Univ. of Minn., and a discussion moderated by James Canales of the Irvine Foundation.


  • Landesman

    Rocco Landesman was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 7, 2009 as the tenth chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Prior to joining the NEA, he was a Broadway theater producer. Read More

    Mr. Landesman was born (July 20, 1947) and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He pursued his undergraduate education at Colby College and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and earned a doctorate in Dramatic Literature at the Yale School of Drama. At the completion of his course work, Mr. Landesman stayed at the school for four years, working as an assistant professor.

    Mr. Landesman's ensuing career has been a hybrid of commercial and artistic enterprises. In 1977, he left Yale to start a private investment fund which he ran until his appointment in 1987 as President of Jujamcyn, a company that owns and operates five Broadway theaters: St. James, Al Hirschfeld, August Wilson, Eugene O'Neill, and Walter Kerr theaters.
    Before and after joining Jujamcyn, Mr. Landesman produced Broadway shows, the most notable of which are Big River (1985 Tony Award for Best Musical), Angels in America: Millenium Approaches (1993 Tony Award for Best Play), Angels in America: Perestroika (1994 Tony Award for Best Play), and The Producers (2001 Tony Award for Best Musical). In 2005, he purchased Jujamcyn and operated it until President Obama announced his intention to nominate him to the NEA chairmanship.

    Mr. Landesman has been active on numerous boards, including the Municipal Arts Society; the Times Square Alliance; The Actor's Fund; and the Educational Foundation of America. Mr. Landesman has also vigorously engaged the ongoing debate about arts policy, speaking at forums and writing numerous articles, focusing mainly on the relationship between the commercial and not-for-profit sectors of the American theater. Over the years, he returned to the Yale School of Drama and Yale Rep to teach.

    Mr. Landesman is married to Debby Landesman. Mrs. Landesman is an independent consultant and the former executive director of the Levi Strauss Foundation; she advises corporations and foundations on their philanthropic strategies. He has three sons: North, Nash, and Dodge.

    Mr. Landesman's biggest passions are theater, baseball, horse racing, and country music. On any given day he will insist that one of these is the perfect expression of American culture. At one time or another, he owned three minor league baseball teams, various racehorses, and a collection of Roger Miller long-playing records.

  • Canales

    Jim Canales was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of The James Irvine Foundation in 2003. Prior to that appointment, he served as Vice Prtesident and Corporate Secretary for the Foundation from 1999 to 2003... Read More

    Providing oversight for Irvine's grantmaking, communications and evaluation activities. Jim's service at Irvine began in 1993 and has included roles as Special Assistant to the President, Program Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. During his tenure as President, the Foundation has taken a more targeted approach in its grantmaking programs, focusing its resources on three areas — Arts, California Democracy and Youth — of critical significance to California’s future.

    A graduate of Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in English and a graduate degree in education, Jim is actively engaged with a variety of organizations. He serves on the Boards of Trustees of Stanford University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the College Access Foundation of California, a private foundation dedicated to assisting California students who have financial need attend college. Jim’s previous board memberships include KQED Public Broadcasting, where he served on the board from 1999 to 2005, including two years as Chair in 2003 and 2004; the Stanford Alumni Association, where he served on the board from 1997 to 2005, including two years as Chair from 2003 to 2005; and BoardSource in Washington, D.C. Jim is also a former Chair and board member for Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco.

    Jim has also been active with various professional associations in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, including Independent Sector and Southern California Grantmakers in Los Angeles. He is a cofounder and past Board Chair for Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), a philanthropic affinity group committed to building strong and effective nonprofit organizations. His writing on topics related to California and the philanthropic sector has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy, among other publications.

  • Markusen

    Ann Markusen is Professor and Director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Under the auspices of PRIE’s Arts Economy Initiative... Read More

    Markusen’s recent arts-related work includes Native Artists: Careers, Resources, Space, Gifts (2009), San Jose Artists’ Resource and Space Study (2008), Leveraging Investments in Creativity Artist Data User Guide (2008), Crossover: How Artists Build Careers across Commercial, Non-profit and Community Work (2006), Artists’ Centers (2006), and The Artistic Dividend (2003). She is also the author of a dozen books, including Reining in the Competition for Capital (2007) and The Distinctive City (forthcoming 2010) as well as dozens of academic journal articles.

    Markusen earned a Bachelor's Degree in Foreign Service at Georgetown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at Michigan State University, and has taught at the Universities of Colorado, California Berkeley, Northwestern and Rutgers. Winner of the 2006 Alonso Prize in Regional Science, she has served as North American Regional Science Association President, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow, and AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy Chair. She has consulted widely for federal, state and local governments, and in Japan, Korea and Brazil, and for foundations and non-profit groups. In 2007 and 2008, she served as the Harvey Perloff Chair in UCLA’s Public Affairs School. Currently, she is an A. D. White Professor-at-large at Cornell University, 2007-14, and a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow, UK, 2010-11.


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