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12/31/2023

Access to art can profoundly transform a person’s life for the better!

Check out our 10 reasons to support the arts, and see how you have the power to help make that transformation happen by making a year-end gift to Americans for the Arts.

Support the arts today here: https://bit.ly/3Ry4EVO

12/30/2023

Meet Omar Columbus, a Veteran who found healing and connection through the arts. Now as an arts advocate, Omar is a powerful example of a life transformed and a testament to why we do what we do at Americans for the Arts.

Throughout 2023, we brought arts advocates to meet with over 80 key congressional leaders to share their stories and show them why the arts matter.

All year long, we advocate for arts funding so that everyone can have access to quality arts experiences. As the end of 2023 approaches, you can make a gift today to support the arts in 2024: https://bit.ly/3Ry4EVO

12/29/2023

Are you supporting the arts?

Here are five reasons WHY the arts are important.

ARTS unify communities.
ARTS improve individual well-being.
ARTS strengthen the economy.
ARTS drive tourism and revenue to local businesses.
ARTS improve academic performance.
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Give the gift this season 🔗 Visit our website for more. Donations are tax deductible. Don’t wait.


Here at Americans for the Arts we believe the arts are a national asset. 🎨 Our President & CEO, Nolen Bivens, joined the...
12/22/2023

Here at Americans for the Arts we believe the arts are a national asset. 🎨

Our President & CEO, Nolen Bivens, joined the 2023 Cultural Arts Day with Leadership Anne Arundel. The theme of this year's event was “Elevating Leadership to Shape the Future," we are honored to have been able to share how the arts bring value to our nation’s economic, cultural, educational, and social prosperity with arts and culture leaders in Maryland. 💰📚📈

Thank you to Leadership Anne Arundel for having us! See the findings from our recent Study here: https://aep6.americansforthearts.org/

Here at Americans for the Arts we believe the arts are a national asset. 🎨 Our President & CEO, Nolen Bivens, joined the...
12/22/2023

Here at Americans for the Arts we believe the arts are a national asset. 🎨

Our President & CEO, Nolen Bivens, joined the 2023 Cultural Arts Day with Leadership Anne Arundel. The theme of this year's event was “Elevating Leadership to Shape the Future," we are honored to have been able to share how the arts bring value to our nation’s economic, cultural, educational, and social prosperity with arts and culture leaders in Maryland. 💰📚📈

Thank you to Leadership Anne Arundel for having us! Learn more about findings from our recent Study here: https://aep6.americansforthearts.org/

12/20/2023

🏆 Recently, Americans for the Arts honored our 2023 Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities, G. Peter Jemison!

🎨 The Johnson Fellowship honors individual artists who demonstrate a sustained commitment to civic participation through their work, and who have made a positive and meaningful difference to communities through arts and culture.

👥 This year’s event, Artists as Community Catalysts: a conversation with G. Peter Jemison and John Haworth, explored Peter's journey as a contemporary Seneca whose work is rooted in the framework of Native American art, and how this has influenced his political and community activism.

📹 Missed the event? Check out this short recap below! A full recording is available here: https://youtu.be/rHlX8CpFT08?si=20-eyUxhk_2cgQdv

This year has been filled with remarkable achievements and milestones, and it's all thanks to individuals like you who b...
12/19/2023

This year has been filled with remarkable achievements and milestones, and it's all thanks to individuals like you who believe in Americans for the Arts' mission. Happy Holidays! ❄️🔔⛄

🎉🏆Congratulations to our very own Randy Cohen, VP of Research, for receiving the Sidney R. Yates Advocacy Award from the...
12/18/2023

🎉🏆Congratulations to our very own Randy Cohen, VP of Research, for receiving the Sidney R. Yates Advocacy Award from the APAP - Association of Performing Arts Professionals! Randy has been empowering arts advocates with the data since 1991. He also published our recent Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) study, an economic and social impact study of the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry.

For more than six decades, the APAP Honors has celebrated and recognized trailblazers and visionaries of the performing arts field. Congrats to Randy on being honored! Learn more about the award here: https://bit.ly/3RM12kt

Findings from our recent   Study, prove arts and culture serve as a vital economic catalyst. Dive deep into the findings...
12/13/2023

Findings from our recent Study, prove arts and culture serve as a vital economic catalyst. Dive deep into the findings of our AEP6 study with Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research at Americans for the Arts, Long Island Arts Alliance and other special guests as they present on the economic impact of Long Island's arts and culture activities as they relate to the greater state and nation. You’ll have three opportunities to catch Randy between December 18 & 19! Learn more and register here 🔗 ➡️ https://www.eventcreate.com/e/aep6longisland

"Art is the umbilical of connectedness." - Norman Lear at the 2015 Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy.America...
12/12/2023

"Art is the umbilical of connectedness." - Norman Lear at the 2015 Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy.

Americans for the Arts mourns the passing of Norman Lear, a fixture in American entertainment for more than half a century. Thank you for recognizing the significance of the arts and its power to connect.

Our thoughts are with his loved ones during this time.

🎉We are still celebrating  , a week dedicated to showcasing and appreciating the incredible talents that thrive within o...
12/08/2023

🎉We are still celebrating , a week dedicated to showcasing and appreciating the incredible talents that thrive within our local communities. 🎭🎨✍️

Our friends at SLC Economic Development share some ways to support local artists not just this week but everyday! ⬇️

It’s National Shop Local Artists Week! 🎨 Support our local artists this holiday season. They continue to make our city a more diverse and vibrant place.

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🎨🛍️ ‘Tis the season to support arts and artists! This National  , join the nationwide celebration promoting local artist...
12/04/2023

🎨🛍️ ‘Tis the season to support arts and artists! This National , join the nationwide celebration promoting local artists & your local creative economy—just in time for holiday season.

11/28/2023

Happy ! 💙The arts serve to inspire, while also strengthening our communities culturally, socially, educationally, and economically. Check out 10 reasons to support the arts, not just today, but every day! You can help make a difference in the arts here: https://bit.ly/3N3lQku

🏆Recently, Americans for the Arts received the Nathaniel J. Sutton Advocacy in the Arts Award from CADCA. Since 1992, CA...
11/27/2023

🏆Recently, Americans for the Arts received the Nathaniel J. Sutton Advocacy in the Arts Award from CADCA. Since 1992, CADCA has worked with youth both nationally and internationally to prevent substance use and misuse while empowering communities to create and sustain safe, healthy, and drug-free environments.

To honor this partnership and award, we spent the day with arts leaders at our D.C. headquarters. We were joined by Renee Anderson, Artistic Director & ‘Culture of Recovery’ Coordinator, Appalachian Artisan Center, Jackie Coleman, Executive Director, Maryland Hall and Jay Sun artist and Director of the Honfleur Gallery. Our staff and visitors took a trip to the Honfleur Gallery where we got to view contemporary art from D.C. artists.

At Americans for the Arts, we believe arts and culture are central to healthy and vibrant communities. We commend local arts agencies and artists who serve as community anchors, leading, serving and advancing positive change through the arts.

Thank you to our partners at CADCA for this award, we are proud to be recognized!

"Gratitude, from the Latin word “gratus” meaning “thankful”, serves as a healing force, filling every corner of our exis...
11/23/2023

"Gratitude, from the Latin word “gratus” meaning “thankful”, serves as a healing force, filling every corner of our existence. Like the arts, diverse and boundless, it enriches our lives unexpectedly, meeting unspoken needs.

As Thanksgiving approaches, Americans for the Arts is sincerely thankful for our members, partners, donors, advocates, and artists—each a vital thread weaving the arts within the tapestry of our existence.

Happy Thanksgiving!" 🦃 🍂

- Nolen V. Bivens, President & CEO, Americans for the Arts

🏆 Congratulations to Councilmember Omar Narvaez of Dallas, Texas, for receiving the second annual City Council Leadershi...
11/20/2023

🏆 Congratulations to Councilmember Omar Narvaez of Dallas, Texas, for receiving the second annual City Council Leadership Award! Presented by Americans for the Arts in partnership with National League of Cities, this award recognizes a city council member who has consistently advocated for the advancement of pro-arts legislation, funding, and promotion in their region.

From advocating for budget increases and arts education programs for the youth to driving community engagement and prioritizing equity and diversity within the arts, Councilmember Narvaez’s support for arts and culture has enhanced Dallas as a creative hub.

“I congratulate Councilmember Narvaez on this Leadership Award, but more importantly, I thank him for ensuring that the arts are a vital part of his district,” says Nolen Bivens, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts. “We all know that arts build and strengthen communities, and the success of his efforts to ensure that the arts have a place to thrive speak volumes about his commitment to ensuring that his own community can do so as well.”

Thank you for increasing visibility to the value of the arts!

🔗 📰 Read more on our website: https://bit.ly/47FGUp5

11/17/2023

Celebrating the interconnection between arts and humanities! 🤝

Thank you to the Mississippi Arts Commission for hosting our President and CEO, Nolen Bivens, for the Phillis Wheatley Poetry Festival in Jackson, MS. In this historic collaborative event, he joined the National Endowment for the Arts Chair, María Rosario Jackson, Ph.D., the National Endowment for the Humanities Chair, Shelly C. Lowe, and other arts and humanities leaders from across the nation to discover of the incredible work happening in Mississippi.

Nolen gives his thoughts on the impact of arts and humanities on the culture of Mississippi below ⬇️

“Mississippi is rich in its own culture…the arts have done tremendous things here. The work we saw…it is foundational for arts, and an example for other arts organizations throughout the country to replicate.”

🎥 Check out the recap from Mississippi Arts Commission!

11/16/2023

Tune in to Iowa Public Radio 'Talk of Iowa' tomorrow at 10am 🎤 Bravo Executive Director, Sally Dix, and Americans for the Arts Randy Cohen are sitting down with Charity Nebbe to discuss our participation in the Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 study, its impact on our region, and how supporting the arts, supports the community.

Listen LIVE here: https://www.iowapublicradio.org/podcast/talk-of-iowa

Did you know the arts benefit the health and well-being of our military? This Veteran’s Day let’s salute our nations her...
11/10/2023

Did you know the arts benefit the health and well-being of our military? This Veteran’s Day let’s salute our nations heroes and foster a community that supports their well-being. 🪖 🎖️

🎨 Organizations like Veterans Art Project, promote “mental wealth” through the arts for veterans, active-duty military members, spouses, dependents, and their caregivers. They provide free art classes that help veterans transition from military to civilian life and help those struggling with mental health issues.

🤝 Through a unique collaboration model, VETART bridges the gap between local art agencies, nonprofits, and veteran’s groups by integrating arts and culture into health and social services. This benefits not only the veterans but local communities!

Read more in a National League of Cities blog from Americans for the Arts, Senior Director, Arts Policy and National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military, Marete Wester: 🔗 https://www.nlc.org/article/2023/06/22/supporting-military-service-member-and-veteran-well-being-through-the-arts/

“Today, we honor our veterans, who have provided our nation's army of artists and cultural bearers the opportunity to al...
11/10/2023

“Today, we honor our veterans, who have provided our nation's army of artists and cultural bearers the opportunity to also contribute to the well-being of our country, and for every individual to experience the arts for a lifetime.” – Americans for the Arts, President and CEO, Nolen Bivens.

As a retired U.S. Army Brigadier General with 32 years of service as an Infantry officer, Nolen is a passionate advocate on the benefits of the arts to service members and Veterans suffering the invisible wounds of war and the role the community plays in transcending trauma.

The healing power of the arts benefit all.🪖🎖️

Read more below ⬇️

🎖️ 🎨 Connecting military communities through the arts!📣 Applications are now open for the Creative Forces Community Enga...
11/08/2023

🎖️ 🎨 Connecting military communities through the arts!

📣 Applications are now open for the Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants community arts programs for veterans, military, family, and caregivers in the U.S!

This grant is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance. It aims to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military service members and veterans exposed to trauma as well as their families and care givers through experiences of art or art making.

Applications are due January 17, 2024.

🔗 Apply and learn more at: bit.ly/3QPCnuA

11/03/2023

👏🎨 Arts win in the U.S. House! Yesterday, two attempts to eliminate federal funding in the 2024 fiscal year for the arts and humanities were defeated.

- Amendment #60 to eliminate all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was defeated by a vote of 292-129.
- Amendment #61 to eliminate all funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) was defeated by a vote of 292 to 132.

Next steps: this House bill moves to the Senate where a difference in funding levels will be resolved.

While there’s more work to be done, this victory is thanks to the hardworking arts advocates across the country! 🙌

Curious how your House member voted on these amendments? Visit the links below to find out:
NEA vote: https://lnkd.in/eWHJKZvv
NEH vote: https://lnkd.in/e8qdgMyW

Read more on our website: https://www.americansforthearts.org/news-room/americans-for-the-arts-news/victory-for-the-arts-in-the-us-house-of-representatives

On November 10, two attempts to eliminate federal funding for the arts and humanities in the Fiscal Year 2024 [CP1] Interior Appropriations were both soundly defeated! Freedom Caucus Chairman Scott Perry (R-PA-10) sponsored two floor amendments:

11/02/2023

National Arts and Humanities month is over, but advocacy for the arts is year around! Here is how you can continue to support the arts:

🖊 Get involved! Ask your local government to officially declare October as NAHM with a proclamation.

📣 Become an advocate! Sign up for the Arts Action Fund and join our mission to mobilize one million citizen activists to advance the arts and arts education at local, state, and federal levels.

🎨Reach out to your Local Arts Agency and offer your support.

🤝 Make a donation to support sustainable arts programs to make the arts and arts education available to everyone: https://bit.ly/3SnxXMM

🔗 To learn more and take action visit: https://bit.ly/3tSaLMm

“The arts should be thought of as a national asset, supported and cultivated by everyone within the country,” – Nolen Bi...
10/31/2023

“The arts should be thought of as a national asset, supported and cultivated by everyone within the country,” – Nolen Bivens, Americans for the Arts, President & CEO

✈️ On October 16 and 17, Americans for the Arts hosted 14 arts advocates from across the country for our third Congressional Fly-In event this year!

📣 On day 1, advocates engaged in training session with Americans for the Arts staff. They received guidance on effectively interacting with Congress members, focusing on arts advocacy issues, and understanding their legislative roles.

🗣️From advocacy to action! On day 2, our arts advocates made their way to Capitol Hill for a congressional briefing and share findings from our recent study with congress members.

We were honored to hear from Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Co-Chairs of Senate Cultural Caucus, and Rep. Debbie Dingell, Member of the Congressional Arts Caucus. As strong arts advocates, they shared their support for the arts and the enrichment the arts bring to Americans on the federal, state, and local level.

This year, our 3 fly-ins have brought together 33 arts advocates from 18 states—talk about collective advocacy!

At Americans for the Arts, we are grateful to those that took the time to help us champion our collective mission to show the arts and culture sector as a vital driver for the cultural, social, educational, and economic growth in America. 🎨🎭

"The data from the AEP6 study is a powerful validation that arts and culture are an economic driver at the community lev...
10/31/2023

"The data from the AEP6 study is a powerful validation that arts and culture are an economic driver at the community level," said Nolen Bivens, President of Americans for the Arts. "Yet, the study also highlights the arts' indispensable contribution to social and community development. This study underscores that when we invest in arts and culture, we build more livable communities."

Thank you for the coverage of our study, MarketWatch!

Read more here:

Groundbreaking Study Reveals Impact of the Arts on Communities Across America PR Newswire WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2023 Presented by Americans for the Arts,...

10/31/2023

Get to know the winners of our 2022 Free People X Americans for the Arts Creative Spirit Fund. 🎨🎭

Learn more about the educators who are champions of diversity and creativity in their communities here: https://bit.ly/3Qd6x9N

10/30/2023

Art has the power to heal, connect, and illuminate.

💚 Reason 10 to support the arts is: the arts support mental health! Did you know, the arts are an effective resource in reducing depression and anxiety and increasing life satisfaction?

🧠 Leslie Holt’s Neuro Blooms Project beautifully visualizes mental health conditions by transforming brain scans into captivating “maps” of complex electrical activity.

Supported by Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, the project encourages curiosity and addresses the stigmatization that can surround mental health conditions, which causes isolation, discrimination, and peoples’ reluctance to seek support for treatable conditions.

The Neuro Blooms act as an approachable conversation starter, helping to dispel damaging myths and promote better understanding of the struggles and unique offerings of neurodiverse people. 🫂

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3tURD0o

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