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“What is art if it’s not history, somehow—whether it’s personal history, history about your love life, or your family hi...
02/17/2021
THE MAKING OF THE PIANO: For August Wilson's Play, "The Piano Lesson"

“What is art if it’s not history, somehow—whether it’s personal history, history about your love life, or your family history, or your documented or undocumented history? What is art if it’s not representation, if it’s not teaching, if it’s not showing someone a piece of your soul?” —Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Watch how art and history intertwined in a special piano created by artist Vinnie Bagwell for a Signature Theatre Company production of August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson.” #BlackHistoryMonth

In 2012, Ruben Santiago-Hudson chose artist Vinnie Bagwell to create the bas-relief artwork for the piano, which is the centerpiece for August Wilson's Puliz...

“Almost a year into the pandemic, creative workers continue to hurt, creative businesses stay closed, and communities co...
02/16/2021
Creativity drove the inauguration. It should drive the recovery too - Roll Call

“Almost a year into the pandemic, creative workers continue to hurt, creative businesses stay closed, and communities continue to suffer. It doesn’t have to be that way. Put creative workers to work. Let us lead that march. Invest in us.”

Capitol Hill is waking up this morning to a powerful call for restarting the creative economy in Roll Call by our Board member Brian Stokes Mitchell. Thank you, Stokes.

OPINION — The Biden administration and Congress should remember that arts, culture and the creative economy can shape our nation’s coronavirus recovery.

Looking for an inspirational lift to start your week? Get to know these everyday heroes—including artists, activists, an...
02/15/2021
YBCA 100 - YBCA

Looking for an inspirational lift to start your week? Get to know these everyday heroes—including artists, activists, and community leaders—with an extraordinary commitment to building sustainable, equitable, and regenerative communities. #MotivationMonday

  An annual list that celebrates the everyday heroes—artists, activists, and community leaders—for their extraordinary commitment to building sustainable, equitable, and regenerative communities. These recipients are the provocateurs and innovators who are boldly making a difference in the heal...

Wishing a happy Valentine’s Day to all our followers! Arts lovers like you are a vital force for spreading creativity an...
02/14/2021

Wishing a happy Valentine’s Day to all our followers! Arts lovers like you are a vital force for spreading creativity and inspiration. ❤️ to all our members, donors, and friends today! #ValentinesDay

Art: “Ground Cover” by lead artist Ann Morton, 2013 Public Art Network Year in Review. Photo by Todd Photographic.

“Let America be America again.Let it be the dream it used to be.Let it be the pioneer on the plainSeeking a home where h...
02/12/2021
12 Poems to Read for Black History Month | Academy of American Poets

“Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)”

Read Langston Hughes’ “Let America Be America Again” and 11 other poems for #BlackHistoryMonth (via The Academy of American Poets)

12 Poems to Read for Black History Month - February is Black History Month, and to celebrate the contributions black poets have made, and continue to...

Is your Valentine an arts lover? Brighten their day with an ecard featuring a project from our Public Art Network Year i...
02/12/2021

Is your Valentine an arts lover? Brighten their day with an ecard featuring a project from our Public Art Network Year in Review! Eco-friendly and guaranteed to arrive on time, ecards are a sweet way to honor a loved one—and your donation in their honor is a unique gift that goes directly to advancing the arts and arts education nationwide.

Schedule one today to arrive on February 14: https://bit.ly/3757v24

Activism in Philadelphia is getting a creative boost from Mural Arts Philadelphia and 10 local artists who created poste...
02/11/2021
First 100 Days: Artist-created Posters Demanding Action from Biden/Harris

Activism in Philadelphia is getting a creative boost from Mural Arts Philadelphia and 10 local artists who created posters demanding action from the Biden/Harris administration on a range of issues from economic equity and climate justice to COVID relief and a living minimum wage.

So excited to launch First 100 Days today​, a new art project designed to engage the public around policy issues that could be addressed in the new presidential administration! I’ve created/c…

As monuments come down around the country and other public artworks replace them, we must grapple with what histories or...
02/10/2021

As monuments come down around the country and other public artworks replace them, we must grapple with what histories or values are being expressed through public art. Join us Thursday, March 4 on #ArtsU for a 3-hour intensive workshop exploring how public art practitioners can work with communities to ensure that public artworks contribute to creating spaces of belonging.

Americans for the Arts members can sign up at a discounted rate! Register now: http://bit.ly/39U38rk

[Photo by James Eades on Unsplash.]

It’s been almost a year since the coronavirus put the U.S. arts and culture sector in lockdown. We've spent the last yea...
02/09/2021
The Financial Impact of COVID-19 on Intentionally Marginalized Artists and Creative Workers

It’s been almost a year since the coronavirus put the U.S. arts and culture sector in lockdown. We've spent the last year surveying artists and arts organizations across the country, and the results are clear: artists are hurting financially, and those who are intentionally marginalized have been hit harder, likely because of inequities that have long existed prior to the pandemic.

Artists in the United States are hurting, and those who are intentionally marginalized have been hit harder, likely because of inequities that have long existed prior to the pandemic.

Did anyone get out and see this history-breaking artwork in DC this weekend?
02/08/2021
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Did anyone get out and see this history-breaking artwork in DC this weekend?

The exhibit celebrates Kamala Harris' glass ceiling-shattering moments and is on display at the Reflecting Pool through tomorrow.

Partnerships can make or break the effectiveness of a community development project—and local arts agencies are uniquely...
02/05/2021

Partnerships can make or break the effectiveness of a community development project—and local arts agencies are uniquely positioned to promote the role of the arts in addressing community goals! Join us Thursday, Feb. 25 on #ArtsU for a webinar exploring successful partnerships between a local municipal planning agency, an environmental conservancy group, and the indigenous community native to Mariposa County, CA.

Register now: http://bit.ly/367lUue

Elevating Black artists in the classroom isn't just about teaching art; it's a way for teachers to teach history through...
02/04/2021
Celebrating Black Artists in the Classroom | Advancement Courses

Elevating Black artists in the classroom isn't just about teaching art; it's a way for teachers to teach history through the arts—and to show how the arts have the power to change the course of history. #BlackHistoryMonth

Black artists belong in your pedagogy. Discover how to celebrate black artists in the classroom and how you can use their work for teaching history.

As community leaders seek to maintain the wellness and mental health of their residents amidst a global pandemic, new re...
02/03/2021
Strengthening Mental Health through The Arts (Including Mine!)

As community leaders seek to maintain the wellness and mental health of their residents amidst a global pandemic, new research shows the arts are an effective resource in reducing depression and anxiety and increasing life satisfaction.

The arts are a proven contributor in keeping us mentally healthy, helping us heal when we are not well, and reducing healthcare costs.

“The public narrative a nation creates about what is important is reflected in memorials and monuments. Who is honored, ...
02/02/2021
Why Bryan Stevenson Believes Art Can Help Us Confront the Traumas of Racism

“The public narrative a nation creates about what is important is reflected in memorials and monuments. Who is honored, remembered, and memorialized tells a story about a society that can’t be reflected in other ways.”

As the founder of the nonprofit, the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson sees art as a fundamental cornerstone in building racial equity.

Applications are now open for the 2021 Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design! Arts administrators w...
02/01/2021
Apply for the 2021 Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design

Applications are now open for the 2021 Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design! Arts administrators with a track record of advancing community, civic, and social good through public art can apply to receive a grant package upwards of $50,000 plus professional development opportunities. Join a free virtual information session on Feb. 3 to learn more about the Prize and the application process! Application deadline is March 15, 2021.

The prize will recognize an arts administrator with a track record of exemplary work in producing with intention to advance community, civic, or social good by implementing art-based processes and/or projects.

Have a great project that you’re looking for funding to support? Missed out on our first webinar on National Endowment f...
01/29/2021

Have a great project that you’re looking for funding to support? Missed out on our first webinar on National Endowment for the Arts grant programs? We're doing it again! Join us Tuesday, Feb. 2 on #ArtsU to learn about the application process, pitch your idea, and get guidance directly from NEA staff.

Register now: https://bit.ly/3qKfZTK

“Recognizing local corporate leaders on a national stage helps to reinforce their understanding of why the arts matter, ...
01/28/2021

“Recognizing local corporate leaders on a national stage helps to reinforce their understanding of why the arts matter, and why giving to the arts matters. These awards make our entire community proud.” —Alecia Kintner, CEO, ArtsWave

Arts orgs: Have your business partners continued to support your organization during these uncertain times? Show your gratitude and recognize their remarkable commitment to the arts with a nomination for our national Arts + Business Partnership Awards by Feb. 12, 2021.

Learn more and nominate a company here: https://bit.ly/2LOKskO

We're THRILLED to recognize Rosten Woo, Laurie Woolery, and Eddy Kwon as the 2021 Johnson Fellows for Artists Transformi...
01/27/2021

We're THRILLED to recognize Rosten Woo, Laurie Woolery, and Eddy Kwon as the 2021 Johnson Fellows for Artists Transforming Communities! This year's Fellows were the top finalists nominated for the 2018 (public art), 2019 (theater), and 2020 (music) Johnson Fellowship. Each artist impressed with their transformative work in communities, and each is recognized with a $20,000 award. Visit AmericansForTheArts.org/JohnsonFellow to learn more about the Fellowship and the work of these three extraordinary artists!

Rosten Woo (he/him) is a designer, writer, and educator living in Los Angeles. He produces civic-scale artworks that emerge from long-term collaborations between grassroots organizations, cultural and community nonprofits, and local governments. Since 2010, Rosten has worked significantly in Los Angeles producing temporary and permanent installations and projects that help people orient themselves to places, understand complex systems and complicated histories, and illuminate present-day issues.

Laurie Woolery (she/her) is a director, playwright, and citizen artist who works in theaters across the country, and is the Director of Public Works at The Public Theater, a program that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. In her long trajectory of community-engaged theater, Laurie has developed new work with diverse communities ranging from incarcerated women to residents of a Kansas town devastated by a tornado. She creates site-specific work that has ranged from a working sawmill in Eureka, CA to the banks of the Los Angeles River.

Eddy Kwon (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and fundraiser based in Brooklyn and formerly in Cincinnati. Until 2020, Eddy served as Artistic Director of Price Hill Will, a nonprofit comprehensive community development corporation serving the diverse neighborhood of Price Hill, Cincinnati. Their programs at the intersection of creative youth development, community engagement, and equitable neighborhood development present an impactful model for how community development organizations can use the arts as a means and end for advancing equity.

Even as the arts are called to center stage in moments like last week's Inauguration celebration, we cannot ignore that ...
01/26/2021
Creativity Drove the Inauguration—It Should Drive the Recovery, Too

Even as the arts are called to center stage in moments like last week's Inauguration celebration, we cannot ignore that creative workers are in desperate need of support right now:

- 15% do not have access to clean water.
- 1 in 10 has experienced homelessness.
- Over 50% have experienced food insecurity.
- Over 40% have been unable to get needed medical help.

63% of creative workers were unemployed as of the end of 2020 and earned, on average, less than half of what they anticipated earning last year. And the impact is disproportionate: Artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) have higher rates of unemployment than white artists (69% vs. 60%) and lost a larger percentage of their 2020 income (61% vs. 56%).

Now is the time to invest in the creative economy and the 5.1 million creative workers who make it up. It is an $878 billion industry that the country cannot recover without.

There can be no national recovery, no American Rescue, without the creative economy, and the 5.1 million creative workers who make it up.

Registration is NOW OPEN for the National Arts Action Summit, happening virtually April 5-9! Join us and national partne...
01/25/2021
Request a Scholarship to the 2021 National Arts Action Summit

Registration is NOW OPEN for the National Arts Action Summit, happening virtually April 5-9! Join us and national partners for a week of #ArtsAdvocacy training and learn how to make the case for the arts to your elected officials. New this year: Scholarships are available for leaders of color, leaders with disabilities, and/or individuals at rural-based organizations. Request a scholarship by Friday, Feb. 26.

Join Americans for the Arts, organizational partners, and hundreds of advocates April 5-9, 2021 for the National Arts Action Summit. For the first time, Americans for the Arts is pleased to offer a number of scholarship opportunities!

The leadership shown these past few years by National Endowment for the Arts Chair Mary Anne Carter, during a time when ...
01/22/2021
Trump’s NEA chief steps down ahead of schedule as Biden team comes in

The leadership shown these past few years by National Endowment for the Arts Chair Mary Anne Carter, during a time when we saw annual calls from the White House to terminate the organization, has been vitally important. Join us in thanking her for her work to #SAVEtheNEA!

Mary Anne Carter submits her resignation after four years at the arts agency.

Take a deep dive into the impacts of #COVID19 on arts & culture in a white paper produced by National Endowment for the ...
01/21/2021

Take a deep dive into the impacts of #COVID19 on arts & culture in a white paper produced by National Endowment for the Arts, FEMA, and Argonne National Laboratory. The report explores some of the adaptations and resources that are helping arts organizations and artists to survive financially during the pandemic.

Read it here (PDF download): https://bit.ly/3sh1gRE

In case you missed it: the arts on full and powerful display at #Inauguration2021  courtesy of the incredible National Y...
01/20/2021
WATCH: Amanda Gorman reads inauguration poem, 'The Hill We Climb'

In case you missed it: the arts on full and powerful display at #Inauguration2021 courtesy of the incredible National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman.

Amanda Gorman, a 22-year-old poet, read an original work at President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.After Biden was sworn in as the nation’s 46th presi...

"As President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. prepares to take office, and begins to flesh out his proposals to help the natio...
01/20/2021
The Arts Are in Crisis. Here’s How Biden Can Help.

"As President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. prepares to take office, and begins to flesh out his proposals to help the nation recover, he and his cabinet have the chance — the responsibility — to offer a new settlement for American culture. The country he will now lead, as the pandemic wanes and as the economy recovers, is going to require major social catharsis — and he needs to ensure that the arts are still there to provide it."

The pandemic has decimated the livelihoods of those who work in the arts. How can the new administration intervene and make sure it doesn’t happen again? A critic offers an ambitious plan.

"When Donald Trump became the first president to make a formal proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts...
01/19/2021
Trump Tried to End Federal Arts Funding. Instead, It Grew.

"When Donald Trump became the first president to make a formal proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the future looked grim to the many artists and cultural organizations that have long worried about conservative efforts to close the federal arts-funding agency. But the nightmare they feared never came to pass. The agency survived, its budget even grew a bit, not because President Trump ever wavered in his view of it as a waste of federal dollars, but because a bipartisan Congress voted to keep it alive."

Each year, President Trump’s proposed federal budget eliminated funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. But the agency survived, largely by relying on bipartisan support in Congress.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”Today, the nation honors Martin Luther ...
01/18/2021

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Today, the nation honors Martin Luther King Jr. with a national Day of Service. Learn more & find volunteer opportunities at www.mlkday.gov. #MLKDay #DayOfService

Pictured: MLK Memorial by sculptor Lei Yixin. Photo by Sonder Quest on Unsplash.

Rochester, NY, is working to create “a bold new era of public art” in the city by establishing a new fund that would pay...
01/15/2021
Mayor Warren pledges funding for 'bold new era of public art'

Rochester, NY, is working to create “a bold new era of public art” in the city by establishing a new fund that would pay for arts projects that “inspire us to work together to achieve equity,” including public sculptures, performance art, murals, and the written word.

In her State of the City literature, Mayor Lovely Warren outlined the creation of an "arts equity fund" and a city arts commission.

Cultural and creative industries provide nearly 30 million jobs worldwide and employ more people aged 15−29 than any oth...
01/14/2021
International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, 2021 | UNCTAD

Cultural and creative industries provide nearly 30 million jobs worldwide and employ more people aged 15−29 than any other sector. We’re excited to see the United Nations recognize 2021 as the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development.

In 2019 at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, 2021 was declared the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. Indonesia was the main sponsor of the proposal, which was presented by a global grouping of countries, including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Mongo...

Last week, the Small Business Administration announced the reopening of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and new ru...
01/13/2021

Last week, the Small Business Administration announced the reopening of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and new rules guiding the loans. The rules are complex, and we're here to help! Join us and our Arts Action Fund for a FREE two-part webinar series breaking down these and other COVID-19 Economic Relief Opportunities this Friday and next Friday on #ArtsU.

Register here: https://bit.ly/2XvJdt2

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For more than 55 years, Americans for the Arts has been bringing people and organizations together through the arts, and remains dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. From offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, we serve more than 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders nationwide. Learn how an Americans for the Arts membership can benefit you and/or your organization at americansforthearts.org/membership.

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bit.ly/BetweenActs a new immersive audio theatre #podcast. Here, we set the stage for your imagination to freely venture through the works of newfound #playwrights. We’re always on the lookout for new works. Before submitting, please listen to a few episodes to appreciate the type of stories we are looking for. If you’ve written a play you think would shine on Between Acts, share it with us! bit.ly/Submit_Your_Script #theatre #theatrepodcast #audiotheatre #audiodrama
Dear Americans for the Arts, We are running a study exploring the effects of artistic creativity in helping people cope with life adversity in the context of healthy aging. The study is approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Arkansas. Since the research parameter is set within the aging population, getting people (age 40+) to take part in the survey is challenging. Might you be able to help distribute the research invitation? Here is the URL to enter the study: https://iramc.org/artsforhealth You can also enter the survey directly through this URL: https://uark.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dg4tMUzdLIeU0p7 Thank you. The Arts for Health Research Team
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A gorgeous new book captures Philadelphia's public art in the most unexpected and beautiful ways.
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Critical Approaches to Arts Administration in the New Millennium Edited by Winter Phong, Ph.D. and Alicia Jay, Ph.D. Beginning with the Great Recession, a series of economic, natural, and social catastrophes continue to affect the United States. During the past fifteen years, events and movements such as Occupy Wall Street, LGBTQIA+ rights, #MeToo, mass shootings, Black Lives Matter, and the COVID-19 pandemic, among others, have caused the arts industry to question, examine, and respond to these happenings. Specifically, the arts administration and management field is at a critical juncture. With a national push for social justice and reform, a global pandemic, and economic recession, and universal challenge to access, the arts administration and management field has the potential to change its trajectory or maintain the status quo. At a time where social life has been altered, industry and academic practitioners have had time to question existing practices as well as the opportunity to adapt to new challenges. A narrative centered on the fallacy of ‘before’ clouds critical assessment of current and ongoing practices within arts administration. The regular panic set off by events of the past decade and a half has created a need for the field to consider the now and next and how to make the arts industry better–financially and socially–for all. The editors of this volume seek original essays about the status and practices in the arts administration and management field as they pertain to industry challenges and changes pertinent to 2020 and beyond. We seek essays of around 6,000-9,000 words that explore various aspects of current theory and practice. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: - Case studies about divergent arts management/leadership practices - Recent challenges to the status quo of arts administration - Decolonizing practices within arts administration - Internal/external drivers for change in arts administration - Acknowledging and responding to privilege, white and/or otherwise, within arts administration - Addressing equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice initiatives in arts administration - Reflections of past arts administration theories/practices for the purposes of shaping the future of the field - Response to and speculative recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic crisis - Online/virtual theatre challenges from the administrative point of view - Perspectives from the field: topics that bridge industry experience with academic theory/examination These are only a few possible topics; the editors welcome other ideas. Please send a 200-300 word abstract to [email protected] by November 15, 2020. Please note: We plan to submit this volume for peer review after it is completed.
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