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Oct 24, 2014

Americans for the Arts was pleased to honor exemplary individuals and organizations for their contributions to the arts and arts education. More than 300 attendees joined us at our event on Monday, October 20 in New York City to celebrate and applaud the power of the arts.

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Oct 17, 2014

October is National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)! Throughout the month, several members of Congress have taken to social media to join in Americans for the Arts’ trending Instagram campaign to #ShowYourArt and encourage all Americans to partake in the vibrant and varied art happening locally and across the country, including Arts Caucus co-Chair Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Humanities Caucus co-Chair Rep.

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Oct 17, 2014

On Oct. 1, the Wallace Foundation announced they are launching a new six-year $40 million initiative focused on audience building for performing arts. The initiative will provide four-year grants to a select cohort of organizations around the country. Wallace will be inviting 80 organizations to submit proposals and will fund approximately 25 of them.

Wallace President Will Miller just shared the news in a webinar featuring guest panelists:

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Oct 16, 2014

Americans for the Arts is pleased to share an article that was published in National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)’s Fall 2014 issue of "State Legislatures.” In collaboration with Americans for the Arts staff, NSCL featured an article on Arts in Education with a special call-out box for Americans for the Arts. Please click here to read the full article, “Art Smart,” by Sarah Shelton.

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Oct 15, 2014

Our National Patrons Council salon at Hunt Slonem’s studio last month featured a conversation on creative placemaking and preservation.  In this colorful setting, we discussed how artists can transform a place into a vibrant but still vulnerable ecosystem.

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Oct 14, 2014

"Forty-four disasters worldwide caused at least $1-billion in damage last year," said Bob Ottenhoff, Chief Executive of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. He was speaking at a recent conference about developing guidelines for effective disaster philanthropy. The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is working with state regulators to develop guidelines for disaster philanthropy.

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Oct 10, 2014

This fall, the South Dakota Board of Education announced that they are seeking to change state standards for fine arts – as well as science and technology – to keep their students on par with other states and help them succeed. 

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Oct 10, 2014

Way back in 2011, The Kennedy Center selected Tulsa, Oklahoma to participate in their “Any Given Child” program; an initiative dedicated to ensuring unique arts education for students throughout every grade level in K-8 schools.  Through a partnership between Tulsa Public Schools and the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, local students just r

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Oct 10, 2014

This August, the US Department of Education revealed the Obama administration’s Preschool Development Grant Program, which – for the first time – now includes the arts as a required activity for early childhood education programs.  This great addition of the arts into preschool curricula is in large thanks to the Grantmakers in the Arts’ Arts Education Funders Coalition (AEFC) &nda

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Oct 10, 2014

Recent studies over the past year all point to one key finding: music education is insanely beneficial; to children and adults alike.  Through studies by the Northwestern University Auditory Neuroscience Lab, the Boston Children’s Hospital, the University of Toronto and many others, researchers have accumulated tactile evidence that music training – learning to play an instrument or to sing – for children has large and wide-reaching impact.  Specifically, neuroscie

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