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Americans for the Arts

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

Kimann Schultz | Posted 05.27.2014 | 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.

Why Is Yo-Yo Ma Teaming Up With The Drummer Of Guns N' Roses?

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 06.09.2013 | Arts

WASHINGTON — Former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum joined cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to increase funding fo...

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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

LOOK: Baldwin, Other Celebrities Head To Capitol Hill To Press Arts Funding Cause

AP | STACY A. ANDERSON | Posted 04.18.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Celebrities including Alec Baldwin visited Capitol Hill Tuesday to shine their spotlight on federal funding for the arts. Baldwin and o...

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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

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.

Hyundai 'Cures' Cramps, For A Cause

Alyssa Jung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alyssa Jung

Have you ever groaned as you exit a car? You know, grunted as you swing one stiff leg onto the asphalt and utter a hefty "ughh" as the rest of your bo...

The President's Address and the National Endowment for the Arts

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Raymond J. Learsy

The National Endowment for the Arts is as important to this nation -- its spirit, its sense of self -- as any other of our Government departments and agencies. It is long past time that this be recognized.

The Arts as an International Force for Change

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

World governments are increasingly excited about the economic power of the arts and the value of cultural exchange in a changing world.

Taking Action for Arts Education: Charles Segars

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

Charles Segars, Chair of the Campaign to Save Arts Education for LAUSD, spoke with ForYourArt about arts advocacy after his testimony in support of the measure to appropriate $180 million for the NEA.

This Week In Art: Can You Measure the Value of Art?

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

Perhaps MOCA's decision to think "out of the box" and hire someone from the commercial art world addresses the real financial perils faced by many nonprofits today.

Obama, the Arts, and Soft Power

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Raymond J. Learsy

I have always been struck by the paucity of interest and support our government gives to the arts. In Obama's opinion it appears the arts have become essential to reengage our standing in the world.

Part II - Why Arts Education is a Matter of Social Justice and Why it will Save the World

Lucia Brawley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lucia Brawley

Culture has always been among America's greatest exports. And, "The arts can be life-saving and life-affirming for young people who have been discarded by the culture."

Arts Community to Obama: Here's What We're Fighting For

Randall Bourscheidt | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Randall Bourscheidt

We are fighting now to recover our prosperity but also our sense of purpose and pride as a nation. Like all other nations in history, our culture stands at the center of our identity.