Wednesday (3/24) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, Karen Wada writes, “National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman was in L.A. this month as part of a six-month Art Works tour in which he is trying to see how art works in communities across the country. Now, Landesman is back in Washington, D.C., and if you want to find out what he thought of his trip, log on Friday and watch a live webcast of the next meeting of the NEA’s advisory body, the National Council on the Arts. … The council’s sessions are open to the public, but this will be the first one that is viewable online. … During the meeting, scheduled to last just under two hours, Landesman will swear in the council’s newest member, Irvin Mayfield, the New Orleans jazz musician and composer. A brief update on the agency’s budget will follow. Then the NEA will pay tribute to the late Bess Lomax Hawes, who as its director of folk and traditional arts launched the National Heritage Fellowships program, which honors master artists. ” To watch the sessions, which begin at 9 a.m. EST, go to

Posted March 25, 2010