Americans for the Arts News - 2011
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On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the final budget agreement for FY 2012, which includes $146.255 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). On Saturday morning, the same bill passed the U.S. Senate and moves to the desk of President Obama for his signature.
YoungArts, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, has announced that Americans for the Arts' President and CEO Robert L. Lynch is the recipient of their Leadership Award. YoungArts will also honor actor Robert Redford with the Arison Award and visual artist Doug Aitken with the Alumni Award. Lynch will receive his award on Saturday, January 14, 2012, at An Affair of the Arts Performance and Gala in Miami.
Join our first ever Local Arts Agency Blog Salon December 5-9 on ARTSblog as leaders in the field tackle questions about emerging trends, surviving the economic downturn, local collaboration, model programs, and more.
The following guest bloggers are generating and leading the discussion:
Emmy Award®-winning TV, film and stage actor and arts advocate Alec Baldwin will deliver the 25th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy. This leading national forum for arts policy serves as an opportunity for public discourse at the highest levels on the importance of the arts and culture to our nations well-being. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 16 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
This past Tuesday was Election Day across the nation, and the Americans for the Arts Action Fund has compiled a Post-Election Impact on the Arts Report of this week's state and local elections, and what impact they may have on the arts. With Election Day 2012 now less than one year away, the Arts Action Fund is officially kicking off ArtsVote2012.
The Arts Action Fund wants to educate all presidential and congressional candidates that an investment in the arts is:
The broad theme for our first ever Animating Democracy Blog Salon is the current and future role of the arts, culture, and design in cultivating civic engagement and creating a sense of place on a local level. What principles should we hold onto and what are the shifts that need to occur? Join the Animating Democracy Blog Salon November 7-11.
Kerry Washington, the star of the ABC drama Scandalwill be greeting and serving fans from 3:00-5:00 pm at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Georgetown to raise funds for Americans for the Arts. All the proceeds from Sprinkles Red Velvet cupcakes purchased from October 29 to November 6 will go towards Americans for the Arts. Sprinkles Cupcakes is located at 3015 M Street, NW.
The U.S. Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee has proposed level funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities at $155 million for Fiscal Year 2012. Americans for the Arts provided testimony to the subcommittee earlier this year calling for NEA funding at $167.5 million.
On October 17, Americans for the Arts presented the 2011 National Arts Awards in New York City.
This year's honorees were:
One of America's fastest growing Italian wines, KRIS, is teaming with Americans for the Arts as part of its second annual "Art of Education" program. KRIS will award 16 schools in the United States a total of $25,000 to improve academic achievement through quality arts education.