Apr 27, 2015

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.

Apr 27, 2015

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.

Apr 27, 2015

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.

Apr 24, 2015

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.

Apr 21, 2015

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.

Apr 20, 2015

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.”

Apr 18, 2015

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.

Apr 18, 2015

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.

Apr 13, 2015

Last week, ArtsWave hosted the 2nd annual CincySings, a Cincinnati region-wide choral event that pits corporate choirs against one another in a friendly competition. For the second year in a row, Drew Lachey, a celebrity Cincinnati native and arts supporter, hosted the event.

Apr 09, 2015

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.