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The 2014 Americans for the Arts' National Arts Policy Roundtable convened on September 18-20, 2014 at the Sundance Resort and Preserve in partnership with Sundance Instiute. Its participants, who came from a variety of sectors, gathered to discuss ways in which the arts can assist individuals and communities - working in partnership with foundations, businesses, and goverment entities - to develop locally based solutions.

The 2014 topic, At the Edge of the Future: The Arts and Technology in the 21st Century, explored the relationships that already exist between the arts and technology and how best to harness them collaboratively to further ideas, innovations, and a creative future. Through presentations and discussions, participants examined best practices, heard from those engaged in the work, and brainstormed how to better further opportunities for the exchange of ideas between practitioners in the arts, sciences, and technology fields.

Our goal was to generate specific, actionable policy recommendations- and to extend them to the appropriate leaders in both the public and private sectors.

The following recommendations are the result, and action toward change has already begun:

Brand and market the change:

1. Create a “Creativity Quotient” (or “CQ”) campaign to effect potent messaging, awareness, and education of the arts
• Devise new language
• Create a Twitter hashtag
• Disseminate using video and other tech platforms

2. Design a graphic symbol of “a Creativity Pyramid” for the arts
• Incorporate a tag line
• Inspire research studies
• Develop a dedicated team of real-time “game runners”

Establish community-building strategies through technology in the public sector:

3. Build a network of libraries as community labs: AFTA and The Institute of Museum and Library Services can collaborate

4. Source tech groups to build an app that will find communities and compile the resources they need

Connect with funding opportunities leading private investment:

5. Create a fund for artists to support entrepreneurial ideas within one year.
• Yield a dozen projects that offer access to a dynamic community, whose world-changing ideas need reach and scale to be realized
• Applicants should make slide presentations and demonstrations in lieu of grant applications.

6. Create a team to flesh out the criteria for the fund and provide support for mentorship and resources.

 

We are pleased to share with you the full results of our efforts at the 2013 Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable. It is our hope that through ongoing conversations and commitment to making a difference, the work of artists who strive to improve the fabric of society will continue to be better understood, nurtured, and advanced:

Final Report
Participant List
 

Americans for the Arts gratefully acknowledges the NAMM Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts for support of the 2014 National Arts Policy Roundtable.