NEA chair Rocco Landesman visits the Museum

He couldn’t stay long, but Rocco Landesman, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), managed to swing into the Museum for a quick tour and photo op with our curator, Megan Johnston (left), and our director, Colleen Sheehy, during a visit to Fargo today. Landesman’s official business? To check in on the City of Fargo’s progress with The Fargo Project, a design program under the direction of artist Jackie Brookner looking to transform a neighborhood drainage basin into a vibrant community space. Fargo received $100,000 for the project from the NEA through its Our Town program, which seeks to encourage the expansion of the arts in community cultural life. That sum will be matched by the City of Fargo.

While here, Landesman toured our exhibition You Like This: A Democratic Approach to the Museum Collection and chatted with a small group of folks in our atrium. If he’d stayed longer, we no doubt would have had to discuss the future of Albert Pujols, as we understand he’s a big baseball fan. Next time.