Last summer, in an interview published shortly after his confirmation as National Endowment for the Arts chair, Rocco Landesman told the New York Times, “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.” The comment ruffled feathers and raised questions about whether Landesman, a veteran Broadway producer, was truly committed to the NEA’s mission of “bringing the arts to all Americans [in] all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.” Now, according to a press release from the NEA, Landesman plans to hit the road to promote his message that “art works”—and his first stop, on Friday, November 6, will be Peoria.