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The Tennessee Arts Commission is offering grants to Tennessee-based arts organizations and individuals for Americans for the Arts' Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee this June 12 - 15. Winning organizations and individuals must pay for their registration upfront, and then will be reimbursed upon submission and approval of invoices.
The Fund for the Arts, Louisville’s united arts fund, has announced that Christen Boone will replace Barbara Sexton Smith as President & CEO upon her retirement in August 2014. Boone currently serves as Director of the Greater Louisville Project, and has previously worked for Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Fund for the Arts.
ArtsWave, one of the nation’s oldest united arts funds based in Cincinnati, announced that their recently completed 2014 campaign has been the most successful to date. The campaign saw community contributions of more than $12 million, surpassing the organization’s goal for the year. This campaign marks the final year with CEO and Americans for the Arts' board member Mary McCullough-Hudson at the helm, as she plans to retire in August.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites you to join us online for a gala national event featuring Walter Isaacson, the biographer of Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein, speaking on The Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences.
“Good ideas can come from anywhere…if you ask us, convicts are pretty interesting people” comments Ben Pfutzenreuter, one of the founders of Concepting with Convicts, a project that partners with convicted felons to create powerful ads through the prison pen pal system. The partnership consists of the felon serving as art director or writer for an ad that is completed with help from the four directors of the project.
Since the onset of the euro crisis, Portugal’s government has shrunk in size and sold various assets amounting to about $11 billion. However, the plan to sell off a collection of works by Catalan artist Joan Miró faced much opposition and intense conversation. The debate about how much the state should be allowed to sell led to the question of whether a nation’s cultural heritage is out of bounds.
The new cultural affairs commissioner for New York City is Tom Finkelpearl, the president and executive director of the Queens Museum. Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Mr. Finkelpearl, who will act as the representative for the arts in a city known to many as the cultural capital of the world. Mr. Finkelpearl will be responsible for a $156 million budget.
With less than 30 days left to reach its $1.70 million Campaign for the Arts goal, United Arts of Central Florida announced that it has attained 77 percent or $1.31 million. This places them ahead of last year’s campaign by 9.7 percent. Additionally, United Arts is expanding its United ArtsCard donor benefit, a buy-one-ticket-get-one-free and discount card, to include Broadway Across America.
A group of community leaders in Grand Forks, North Dakota are creating a public art program using the development of 42nd Street as a catalyst.
The Arts & Science Council (ASC) in Charlotte, NC has selected Robert E. Bush Jr. as their next president. Bush, a nationally known and highly regarded leader in the arts, joined ASC in 2000. Bush served on the founding governing and national policy boards of Americans for the Arts, which merged the former American Council for the Arts and the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies in the 1990s.