Facts & Figures
Hearing on Arts Workforce
conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts shows that unemployment in
the arts has risen at a faster rate than any other sector. The House
Education and Labor Committee convened on March 26 to look at how the current
state of the economy is affecting jobs in the arts and music industries.
Congress members and arts leaders provided testimonies concerning the issue.
For information, www.edlabor.house.gov.
Corporations Fear Repercussions in Arts Giving
Financial institutions are reconsidering art support due to the
scrutiny of sponsorship spending. Consumers are questioning the necessity of
corporate sponsorships as their credit rates soar. Prior to the downturn in
the market, partnering with arts groups was regarded as one of the best steps
in retaining a positive image in the community. For information, www.americanbanker.com.
Arts Organizations in Survival Mode
Arts organizations across the country are taking steps to
overcome the challenges of the economic crisis. Theaters have shortened their
seasons and begun to put on plays with fewer actors. Museums have added fees
to previously free exhibitions, cut staff, and set in hiring freezes.
According to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, 69 percent of Americans are
cutting back on entertainment. For information, www.usatoday.com.
Arts Funding Cut from Chrysler Budget
major contributions to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Music Hall
Center for the
Performing Arts, and the Michigan Opera have been cut by the Chrysler
Foundation. The Chrysler Foundation relies heavily on funding from the
automaker which has decreased significantly since 2008, the amount has not
been disclosed. Arts organizations were already pressed for funding as the GM
Foundation canceled its major arts support in January. For information, www.detnews.com.
Americans for the Arts Events
Forum for New Ideas
Registration is now open for the Forum for New Ideas on Tuesday,
May 5, 2009 from 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. at Microsoft, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY.
The Forum for New Ideas is designed to bring about ideas that transcend
traditional boundaries when thinking about the connection between business
and the arts. To register, www.AmericansForTheArts.org.
Americans for the Arts Annual Convention
registration prices are available through April 13, 2009 for the Americans
for the Arts Annual Convention, Renewable
Resources: Arts in Sustainable Communities. The convention will
take place from June 18–June 20, 2009. Come a day early on Wednesday, June 17, to participate in
one of seven Advance Workshops focused on specific topics including
Leveraging Private-Sector Support. In this half-day workshop, experts in
strategic philanthropy and sponsorship will share their insights about the
future of private sector support for the arts with regard to the current
economic climate. To register, www.AmericansForTheArts.org.
LG Mobile Phones Partners with VH1 Save the Music
LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A, Inc. renewed their partnership
with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation for another year. LG has signed on for
a year-long national advertising campaign and check presentations at public
schools across the country. The partnership aims to raise awareness on
the positive effect music education has on children’s lives. For
Exploring the Prado from Home
lovers now have the opportunity to view fourteen of the Prado’s
masterpieces online with the help of Google Earth. The program allows web
users to inspect large scale pieces even more closely than can be done in
person. For information, www.guardian.co.uk.
Art Featured During Amtrak’s National Train Day
On May 9,
2009, Amtrak will hold events across the country to commemorate the
first day of construction of the rails in May of 1869. As part of the
celebration Amtrak is presenting the J. Craig Thorpe Exhibition which honors
the connection between trains and the American landscape. A new piece by
Thorpe commissioned by Amtrak will also be on display. For information, www.nationaltrainday.com.
believe the arts are fundamental to an educated, engaged and diverse
community. As a result, we are committed to supporting the vitality of art
and helping to make art accessible in every Tennessee community we serve." -
Bryan Jordan, CEO, First Horizon National Corp.