As an arts leader in your community, you know how impactful the arts are on community development. Other leaders like you have helped us create formalized programs to address their needs as community leaders. Together, we have developed several targeted networks that are represented by national councils to address specific issues for their constituent groups, provide insight and direction for programs and tools, and offer an opportunity for leaders from across the country to become directly involved on a national level.
Learning and participation in music, dance, theater, and the visual arts are vital to the development of our children and our communities. Our Arts Education Network lends their expertise and commitment to help grow our work in advocacy, research, partnership development, and professional development that seeks to provide and secure more resources and support for arts education.
Volunteerism is a cornerstone to nonprofit organizations - they rely and depend on their volunteer workforce. Whether as a museum docent or a board member, volunteers serve as an extension of staff to help organizations reach their full potential. It is out of this tradition that Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) was born to join business professionals with nonprofit organizations to experience mutually beneficial partnerships. Among the program's goals are: to help nonprofit arts organizations improve business practices, to provide opportunities for business professionals to contribute to their communities, to increase business leadership for the arts, and to introduce business leaders to art's ability to fuel innovation through creative workforce programs.
Working with today's most promising emerging leaders in the arts field, we provide opportunities for the next generation of arts leaders in America to share their interests with others as they continue to develop their skills and their commitment to the arts. The Emerging Leader Network targets professionals who are either new to the field, with up to five years of experience, and/or are 35 years of age or younger.
Providing a forum for members to discuss the successes and challenges that local arts agencies face across the nation, the Local Arts Network includes an active listserv and other opportunities that create a platform for questions to and from the field about tools, resources, and professional development that will help local arts agencies build upon the success of their work and push to greater horizons.
Business partnerships with arts organizations are a key factor in enhancing the vitality of our communities nationwide. Americans for the Arts supports a network of Arts & Business Council affiliates (A&BC), Business Committee for the Arts affiliates (BCA), United Arts Fund affiliates (UAF) and Local Arts Agencies that work to build private-sector support for the arts.
The Public Art Network (PAN) develops professional services for the broad array of individuals and organizations engaged in the diverse field of public art. PAN is the only professional network in the United States dedicated to advancing public art programs and projects through advocacy, policy, and information resources to further art and design in our built environment.
Answering the call for active and present advocacy and service institutions that serve the arts at a state level in every state across the country, the State Arts Action Network (SAAN) began its work. The SAAN now serves as a meeting place for statewide multidiscipline arts service or advocacy organizations to gather to discuss common issues. Their work continues to be indispensable in pushing arts policy and growth at the state level.
The United States Urban Arts Federation (USUAF) is an Americans for the Arts alliance of the chief executives of local arts agencies in the nation's 60 largest cities. These leaders advocate, network, and meet to discuss the social, educational, and economic impact of the arts in their regions.