May 25, 2016

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, announced the recipients of the 2016 Americans for the Arts Annual Leadership Awards. These awards recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations committed to enriching their communities through the arts. 

May 25, 2016

Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, announced today that it is presenting the 2016 American Express Emerging Leaders Award to Octavia Yearwood, Arts Educator and CEO/Director of Team Ohhh. Given annually since 2006 and sponsored by American Express since 2011, the award recognizes an exceptional new and/or young arts professional for their exemplary leadership, deep engagement with community, and strong commitment to advancing the arts. 

May 23, 2016

Americans for the Arts today announces the release of a new statement on cultural equity. The effort was driven by the board of Americans for the Arts, compelled to re-commit the action, time, and resources toward cultural equity after field-wide engagement with changing demographics and changing habits of participation and consumption of the arts. 

May 18, 2016
Americans for the Arts will hold its annual convention in Boston from June 17–19, 2016. It is the largest national gathering of arts leaders and their partners in creative business, education, and government, and is expected to draw upwards of 1,000 attendees. A series of prominent speakers and arts innovators will explore the deep and diverse economic, civic, and social impacts that the arts generate for our nation’s neighborhoods and cities, as well as the role of the arts in creating and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities. More than 120 speakers in 32 sessions will cover a wide range of topics including arts education, public art, arts funding, cultural equity, employee engagement, research, and advocacy. Three pre-conferences will focus on arts leadership, community transformation, and public art. 
Apr 20, 2016

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, today announces that David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, will deliver the David Rockefeller Lecture on arts and business. Held on Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at The TimesCenter in New York City, the evening will also feature an introduction by acclaimed singer Renée Fleming, and a performance by Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra Blakey Ensemble. 

Apr 11, 2016

In light of recently passed and proposed laws across the United States aimed at prohibiting local governments from enacting anti-discrimination measures, Americans for the Arts releases a statement affirming that everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant creative life—essential to a healthy and democratic society. 

Mar 31, 2016

Last week, U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) launched an investigation into how federal agencies acquire and preserve art in their buildings, under the theory that these programs may be a waste of money. Americans for the Arts president & CEO, Robert L. Lynch, responds to this. 

Mar 09, 2016
The NABE Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), and Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, jointly announced today that Mary Anne Phan has won the eighth annual NABE Foundation/Americans for the Arts Scholarship Award. Phan was presented with the scholarship yesterday at the 2016 NABE Economic Policy Conference in Washington, DC. 
Mar 05, 2016
An in-depth study released today of American perceptions and attitudes towards the arts can serve as encouragement for candidates up for election to invest in the arts and arts education. Americans for the Arts’ survey reveals that Americans support arts education and favor government funding for the arts. The survey was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs in December 2015, polling 3,020 adults online on topics such as support for arts education and government arts funding, personal engagement in the arts, the personal benefits and well-being that comes from engaging in the arts, and if/how those benefits extend more broadly to the community. This study is being released in phases with another section coming in the spring.
Mar 01, 2016

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, today announces a schedule of events for the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy and Arts Advocacy Day, as part of the National Arts Action Summit held March 7-8, 2016. Now in their 29th year, the events are presented by Americans for the Arts with more than 85 national organizational partners representing arts, culture, business, civic, and education institutions and individuals nationwide. 

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