Americans for the Arts Announces New Community Visions Initiative
Ambitious, Two-Year Effort Will Explore Future of Local Arts and Role of Community-Based Arts
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Americans for the Arts has announced the New Community Visions Initiative, part of the large-scale Transforming America’s Communities Through the Arts, a $10.5 million suite of programs set to generate national dialogue and engage key stakeholders over the next three years.
The New Community Visions Initiative will explore the future of local arts in America and the role of community-based arts that enable organizations, funders, cultural institutions, and artists to shape healthier communities over time. The project engages a wide swath of more than 30 partners across the arts and non-arts sectors and is centered on the role of arts and culture in impacting ten sectors central to the healthy communities of the future: tourism, the creative workforce, prisons and rehabilitation, education, health and wellness, intra-community strength, inter-community dialogue, political activation, environment and sustainability, and transportation and infrastructure. The initiative incorporates four key elements: ten commissioned monographs—short white papers authored by field leaders—regional and national convenings, three books, and a DIY toolkit.
Read our press release to find out more about these key elements, as well as comments from president and CEO Robert L. Lynch.
To find out more about Transforming America’s Communities Through the Arts, see the full press release here.
Americans for the Arts serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.