Arts & Business Partnerships
Stimulating collaborations between the arts and business on a local level promotes growth of healthy arts communities and stronger businesses. Learn more Americans for the Arts' efforts to build private-sector support for the arts.
Arts and Civic Engagement
Animating Democracy, launched in the fall of 1999, is a programmatic initiative of Americans for the Arts made possible with support from The Ford Foundation. Its purpose is to foster artistic activity that encourages civic dialogue on important contemporary issues.
Arts Education in Your Community
Americans for the Arts has partnered with the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to provide local education decision-makers with the necessary tools to effect positive change for arts education in their schools. Learn more about NSBA, arts education, and what you can do to support arts education. In addition to this resource, Americans for the Arts provides arts education information to the constituencies of both NSBA and the National PTA.
Local Arts Rapid Response Toolkit
When you face a funding cut, you need to be able to take swift and efficient action to mitigate the situation—mobilize your advocates, create your message, and implement your strategy. To simplify this process for you, we have developed this ever-expanding online tool to provide you with current information and key messaging, communications and advocacy strategies, and the research you need to make the case.
Arts Services Directory
The Arts Services Directory is an online search tool that contains arts resources in communities across the United States such as state arts agencies, public art programs, and performing arts centers. Search by location, service needs, or type of organization.
Note: This is only a list of organizations who have worked with or are members of Americans for the Arts.
Arts Watch Policy E-News
Subscribe to our Cultural Policy Listserv and receive concise and convenient update on developments in the field. The listserv provides weekly news, events, announcements and jobs in Access & Equity; Community; Creativity & the Law; Education & the Creative Workforce; International Relations; Heritage & Preservation; and National Investment.
Despite the economic headwinds that our country faced in 2010 when the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study was conducted, the arts and culture industry continued to serve as an economic engine, generating $135.2 billion dollars of economic activity-$61.1 billion in spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations, plus an additional $74.1 billion in spending by their audiences. This economic activity had a significant impact on the nation's economy, supporting 4.2 million full-time jobs, and generating $23 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments every year-a yield well beyond their collective $4 billion in arts allocations. All this and more is documented in our Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study, which was released on June 8, 2012.
Marketing for the Arts
ArtsMarketing.org, the official website of the National Arts Marketing Project, is a comprehensive web portal that organizes practical marketing information in a format that is easily accessible to novice, intermediate and expert marketers alike. Through ArtsMarketing.org, artistic peers and marketing professionals address daily marketing needs and longer-term marketing issues.
National Arts Policy Database
The National Arts Policy Database is a tool that enables users to access current information on a multitude of topics related to arts policy. Records in the database are classified into four types: research abstracts, news articles, program profiles, and sample documents. The database is updated weekly and contains over 8,000 records—providing arts policy researchers, advocates, and administrators with comprehensive information on arts policy and practice.
Have a question or two about the best way to launch an arts/arts education initiative, produce effective arts programming, secure funding, and advocate effectively? Are you trying to serve the diverse art forms of your community? Annually, more than 5,000 of your peers tap into our up-to-date reports, surveys, online databases, and one-on-one communications. Visit this section of our website to learn more about the Research Department and its many services.