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In December 2014, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed SB 84 into law, which created the post of Ohio Poet Laureate. Ohio joined forty-four other states, including the District of Columbia, that already have an official poet laureate.
In Missouri, Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau) is championing House Bill 803 (HB 803) to breathe new life into the state’s film tax credit program, which ended in 2013.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed to raise the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs budget from $9.8 million to $11 million—an increase of 12.2%. This will mark the largest funding increase Cultural Affairs has received since the Recession. With the proposed funding increase, the department’s staff will rise from 41 to 49. Some of the positions include two new regional managers, 3 new arts instructors, and three new employees for the public art division.
In an article about Kevin Spacey's real-life presence in Washington D.C., which predates his role on the television show "House of Cards," Robert Lynch was quoted speaking about Spacey's role in advocating for arts funding at the 2012 Arts Advocacy Day.
Recently, the hit TV show, GLEE, aired its season finale. After six seasons of entertaining audiences through the teenage lives of young performers, the show came to a close with a touching tribute to the impact that the arts in public schools can have on students.
In this month’s Smithsonian.com magazine you will find their top picks for amazing small towns across the United States. These towns all have populations under 20,000, and were selected because of their number of cultural and historic attractions, food and drink destinations, and nature opportunities. The article states: “Think of this list not as a ranking but as a menu, with something for every taste—whether it’s country bluegrass, Florida’s white beaches, or Alaska’s blue mountains.”
At the start of 2015, singer-songwriter Jason Mraz became part of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities’ signature Turnaround Arts program as an ambassador. He recently spoke on The Today Show about the experience.
Creatubbles has announced the launch of a new platform, focused on connecting children around the world and nurturing their creativity.
It is the first purpose-built safe online space where children can share, discover, and interact with each others artwork in a meaningful way.
Americans for the Arts isn’t the only organization working to transform STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) into STEAM (science, technology, arts, engineering, mathematics). Some top tech companies have been hiring artists-in-residence to assist engineers in design and open the box of ideas and creativity.