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Longtime arts advocate Anthony Turney passed away July 4, 2014. Turney had a varied career, spanning several cities, starting in New York as an event producer. He would eventually become Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC; Executive Director of the Dance Theater of Harlem; Administrative Director of the San Francisco Opera; and CEO of the NAMES Project Foundation.
What role do the arts play in the founding of our country and the winning of our independence? Americans for the Arts' CEO and President, Robert Lynch, answers this question today in the Huffington Post, in honor of Independence Day.
Jay Dick, Americans for the Arts' Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs, was sworn in as a Comissioner for the Virginia Commission on the Arts last month and will serve a 5 year term with them starting July 1, 2014.
Americans for the Arts mourns the loss of Rebecca Blunk, who passed away on June 22, 2014, along with New England Foundation for the Arts and the greater arts community.
Americans for the Arts held a leadership roundtable in Sun Valley, ID on June 26th - 28th. The Arts Leadership Roundtable brought together 30 artists, philanthropists, and corporate leaders in a proactive dialogue to explore how the arts can be utilized as a positive force for change. The focus of the roundtable was to explore the growing connection between the arts and technology.
On Wednesday, June 18, Bob Lynch and other members of Americans for the Arts' staff joined The Art Institutes for their Congressional Arts Reception honoring this year's Annual Poster Design Competition winners.
On Wednesday, May 28th, our President and CEO Bob Lynch keynoted the ArtsFund Annual Celebration of the Arts Luncheon in Seattle, Washington. He spoke about the state of the arts in the United States and their value to the country and to the Puget Sound region.
Americans for the Arts needs YOU to help us test the Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review Database. The database allows you to search and find details about past works recognized by the PAN Year in Review from 2006-2013. Information about awardees from 2000-2005 will be added by the fall of 2014.
Ben Folds, musician and arts education activist, will speak Friday, June 13 at 11:30 a.m. with Americans for the Arts' CEO and President, Bob Lynch, at our 2014 Annual Convention. He will share with attendees his personal history and transformation into an artist-acitvist, which has allowed him to witness the power of arts education in transforming the lives of young students.
Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce the 2014 BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America, which recognizes 10 businesses of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts.