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Americans for the Arts

Celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month with an Eye to a New Cast of Characters

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 10.05.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

October means something very important to the arts world and to communities throughout the United States--National Arts and Humanities Month, a month ...

Learning About The Process of Making Art

George Heymont | Posted 04.17.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Fifty years of life experience can help to put certain things into perspective. As I read reports of suburban parents being arrested for letting their...

Five Macro Trends That Arts Organizations Need to Watch

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 02.17.2017 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

2016 is off and running, and guaranteed to be a dynamic presidential election year. Along with a new administration in Washington, five broad cultural...

Arts Action Heroes to the Rescue!

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 06.23.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

While they differ vastly from one another, there is one common strength I have observed: the arts have made a profound impact on the health of each community.

Chicagoland's Arts and Culture Brings the Vibrancy -- and Money, Too!

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 06.12.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

Whether you're visiting Chicago for the first time or returning home, one thing is apparent: this is a city that values its creative sector.

Advocating for the Arts? Tell a Story

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 06.17.2015 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

As I reflect on the recent National Arts Advocacy Day and the several hundred visits to the offices of our Congressional representatives and senators that took place, I can think of hundreds of stories to tell.

Kate Davis: All About That Bass but So Much More

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 02.14.2015 | Entertainment
Roxane Assaf Lynn

Bassist/singer Kate Davis would be a multimillionaire if she had a dollar for every click on her collaboration with the online video project Postmodern Jukebox turning Meghan Trainor's megahit into a genre-bending stride-and-swing.

Arts Education Transforms Societies

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 12.26.2014 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

Do you enjoy the sleek look of your new iPhone? You can thank Steve Jobs for taking a calligraphy class at Reed College. Have you or your kids scribbled on a pair of Vans sneakers? Vans' President Kevin Bailey credits the brand's creativity with the arts education many of his employees have taken.

Arts Education: The Need for More Arts Teachers in School

Gary P. Steuer | Posted 12.24.2014 | Education
Gary P. Steuer

We try to organize class trips, and bemoan the increasing challenges of getting access to buses, to getting the OK to leave school for an arts experience when the pressures of sticking to curriculum and "teaching to the test" are ever-present.

#ShowYourArt in October

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

To be honest, every month is an arts and humanities month, with 100,000 nonprofit arts organizations alone serving all of America. It's just that October is a month to boast a bit about our American arts and humanities treasures.

Public Art: More Than a Background for Selfies

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 11.16.2014 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

Public art is more than just an attractive decoration -- it is a conversation with the public, revealing a place's or a people's history, values and stories.

Open Letter to Media: Change How Mass Killers and Violent Perpetrators Are Covered

Kimann Schultz | Posted 07.27.2014 | Media
Kimann Schultz

Our media-saturated society can no longer differentiate between validly earned fame and cheap or destructive notoriety, and it is well-known that susceptible individuals are inspired by the notoriety given mass killers via mass media.

'I Really Decided What I Could Be, And That Was An Artist'

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.22.2013 | Arts

Joel Shapiro has been constructing artworks both massive and minuscule since the 1960s. His signature rectangular shapes adorn the interior halls of g...

Remaking America Through the Arts

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 08.10.2013 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

The arts can serve as both a model and catalyst for change for a number of the pressing societal challenges which face our nation. But it will require new ways of thinking and engaging with the opportunities and challenges of a more diverse, technologically-driven and entrepreneurial world.

Public Support of the Arts at the State and Local Level

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

As we enter into budget season, let us applaud the great elected officials who invest in the power of the arts, and hope that our elected officials realize that they are not "giving" money to the arts, or even just "appropriating."

The Arts Are Patriotic, Too

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 04.06.2013 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

The arts and culture, often without us actually even understanding or acknowledging it, are how we celebrate the great moments of our lives and how we inspire our nation's greatest deeds

The Arts: Making a Difference at the DNC

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 11.06.2012 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

Here at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, the role of the arts is alive and well.

#NP12: The Power of Pooling Nonprofit News

Robert Egger | Posted 08.20.2012 | DC
Robert Egger

Let's unite the 10 million people who work in nonprofits and countless millions who volunteer to push for an recovery agenda that utilizes the full array of our country's economic resources. Together, we can help each other.

Lucas Kavner

How Much Do The Arts Really Inject Into Local Economies? | Lucas Kavner | Posted 06.12.2012 | Home

The nonprofit arts and culture industry injects billions of dollars into local economies, according to a new report from Americans for the Arts, thoug...

'Arts & Economic Prosperity IV' Proves That the Arts Industry Is Resilient, Even in a Down Economy

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 08.12.2012 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

The point of the arts is obviously not to create jobs; the point is to help us communicate in new ways about what it is like to be human. But isn't it great to know that the arts are also a robust industry hat helps fuel America's economy?

The 99 Percent Arts

Robert Bettmann | Posted 07.14.2012 | Arts
Robert Bettmann

The arts are positively integrated into the Occupy Movement in several ways, but they are also a front on which activists are attacking the economic system.

Helping Artists Become Artists

Agnes Gund | Posted 02.18.2012 | New York
Agnes Gund

One of the mysteries of the arts is how an artist becomes an artist. We know that very few trained and talented visual artists actually make careers in the arts. Seeing all of this for so long I am encouraged by some positive trends.

Art Prevails Where Our Government Fails

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 01.12.2012 | Arts
Raymond J. Learsy

Christo and Jean Claude, two immigrant Americans, are showing the nation the vitality of its arts and the creative process in not only enhancing our lives, but also as a tool for economic development and well being.

Lucas Kavner

More Artists, Less Money: Can They Adapt To The Recession? | Lucas Kavner | Posted 01.07.2012 | Home

This is the first in an occasional series examining the recession's impact on culture: The Recessionary Arts. Find out more about it here. Despite...

Americans for the Arts Talks Creativity

John M. Eger | Posted 08.20.2011 | Education
John M. Eger

Paraphrasing the last line of the Declaration of Independence, Shriver said all of us need to "pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor" that the cuts to art education cannot be tolerated.