Despite occasional gaffes and a shrinking National Endowment for the Arts budget, Broadway producer Rocco Landesman won plaudits from arts-sector leaders as he stepped down last week as head of the federal agency, The Washington Post writes.
Mr. Landesman, who helped get Tony Award-winning hits such as Angels in America and The Producers to the stage before joining the NEA in 2009, won high marks for his advocacy of the arts as an economic engine, strengthening ties with other federal agencies, and digging up more private support.
The NEA receive $146-million from Congress in 2012, compared to $155-million in the year Mr. Landesman took office. In budget-cutting times, “I had to figure out where the money was. … Money, in this case, is across other federal agencies and in private sectors,” he told the Post.