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 participatting 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.
Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) is a national skills-based management consulting program operated by a network of organizations across the country under the leadership and coordination of Americans for the Arts. It pairs nonprofit arts groups with specially trained business executives who volunteer their time and skills to assist with distinct management projects. The program provides unique leadership development opportunities for these volunteers - allowing them to apply and expand their professional skills and gain new perspectives by working outside their field.
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 (up to 5 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 achieve more together.
The Private Sector Network is a group that includes Arts & Business Councils, Business Committees for the Arts, United Arts Funds, Local Arts Agencies, and other organizations around the country that work together with Americans for the Arts to build private sector support for the arts in their local communities. Partnerships between the arts and business strengthen the vitality of our communities across the nation, and Americans for the Arts convenes this network both in-person and virtually to share best practices, resources, and training.
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 arts advocacy and arts service institutions that serve 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 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.