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Arts Advocacy

Hollywood on the Hill

Yvonna Russell | Posted 05.06.2016 | Impact
Yvonna Russell

On April 29th the Creative Coalition's Arts Team took to Capitol Hill to lobby national leaders for arts funding.

Putt Putt, Prada and Paintings: On Par or Not?

Kimann Schultz | Posted 05.02.2016 | Arts
Kimann Schultz

So, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (oft posted on) is now graced with a new bit of national publicity that leans to ranking it with pre-existing, dumb...

The Passion of Arts Advocates Driving Change: Kennedy, U.S. Lawmakers, and You

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 03.30.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

Earlier this month I was in Cambridge, Massachusetts, giving a lecture on arts and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Policy. ...

Where Does Corporate Giving to the Arts Go?

Lane Harwell | Posted 02.10.2015 | Arts
Lane Harwell

Recent studies by Americans for the Arts, Giving USA, and others have drawn welcome public attention to the role of corporate giving in the creative ecology -- some sounding alarms and others offering rays of hope.

Artists as Global Citizens

Lane Harwell | Posted 01.19.2015 | Arts
Lane Harwell

An opportunity for our artists and arts institutions to lead, globally, is to approach their identity and creation of art holistically and with intention--to be global citizens

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.

A Case for Community in Cultural Planning for New York

Lane Harwell | Posted 12.01.2014 | New York
Lane Harwell

Today I add new learning about the importance of "community" to discussions underway about including a comprehensive cultural plan requirement in the New York City Charter.

#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.

Resilience and the Arts

Lane Harwell | Posted 11.16.2014 | New York
Lane Harwell

This National Preparedness Month, New York's arts and cultural communities continue responding to superstorm Sandy, which hit the state nearly two yea...

Winning Our Independence Required Vision and Muscle -- With a Hearty Helping of Art

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 09.02.2014 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

I like to think Washington and Franklin would be proud as we celebrate our great country this weekend with music, with art, with community. It's a very American thing to do.

Steps Toward Diversity: Youth America Grand Prix

Phil Chan | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Phil Chan

Low-income families and geographically underserved students (disproportionately students of color) who have little access to local resources receive few opportunities to explore the important benefits of the arts. This sends a very strong message: Classical ballet is not for you.

Making Art for Life's Sake

Jesse Rosen | Posted 06.12.2013 | Arts
Jesse Rosen

Yo-Yo Ma expanded the discussion from "Art for Art's Sake" to "Art for Life's Sake," addressing both the critical argument for the role of the arts in society, and the responsibility of artists to see themselves as world citizens who are as concerned about our greatest global challenges.

Sacrificing Baby Ducks for the Arts

Howard Sherman | Posted 07.17.2012 | Home
Howard Sherman

News directors, please leave the animal stories and pictures to the Internet, which was apparently built specifically to disseminate such "aw"-inspiring material. And with the time you free up, maybe you can spare a minute for the arts now and then.

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.

Create the State -- The Multi-faceted Role of the Arts in Education Reform

Kristen Paglia | Posted 01.16.2012 | Arts
Kristen Paglia

At Create the State, we were reminded that a healthy, economically and otherwise robust society is supported by a profile of positive traits associated with engagement in the arts, including empathy and self-efficacy as well as creativity.

Arts Advocates Come Knocking on the Doors of Congress

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 06.19.2011 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

There are stories that all of us in the arts have: of the arts changing a child's life; humanizing a hospital; and revitalizing a rural or urban downtown. The arts are not part of the problem but part of the solution to America's problems.

Arts Education = Safer Schools and More Prosperous Communities

Kristen Paglia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Kristen Paglia

This week my kids' public elementary school, a high performing school in a "good" neighborhood, was in lockdown (again) for violent intruders on campu...