Extraordinary Artists, Philanthropic & Corporate Leaders Make National Arts Awards a Success

I won’t bury the lead: Josh Groban was the recipient of the Bell Family Foundation Young Artist Award at our 2012 National Arts Awards and he was tickled pink at the honor. Here's the video profile that was shown before he received the award:

The Early Bird Finds Opportunities in the Current Arts Landscape

The plug first—Today is the early bird registration deadline for the 2012 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention.

Register today to save up to $175 and join us in San Antonio from June 8-10.

As if the video wasn't enough, here are some more reasons why you should attend:

Convention = Learning + Colleague Inspiration

Graham Dunstan

This is my 13th Americans for the Arts Annual Convention—that’s if you count me crashing the closing reception at the World of Coca Cola Museum in Atlanta in 1999 even though I wasn’t a registered attendee. (That took effort, so I count it).

White House Hosts Live Chat with the President's Committee on the Arts & Humanities

Tuesday, October 19th at 2:15 p.m. EDT

In celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, visual artist Chuck Close, ballet dancer Damian Woetzel, and committee co-chairs Margo Lion and George Stevens, Jr. discuss arts and humanities education and the arts.

Have You Taken Part in Emerging Leader Creative Conversations?

Creative Conversations are continuing to sweep the country this month. To date, there are still 27 events on the calendar in 20 states. Emerging leaders are using this moment within a national movement to develop local networks in their communities and to cultivate the unique leadership potential of young arts professionals. Remember it’s not too late to sign up to host an event. You have until October 29th.

When it Comes to the Future, What Does Arts in Healthcare Have in Common with String Instruction? (Part 2)

Here's the second half of an interview between Alie Wickham and Mike Gagliardo, the ambassadors for the two green paper topics: Arts in Healthcare and Strings. Alie and Mike discuss how the green papers have approached a vision of the future.

The first half of their interview can be found here.

When it Comes to the Future, What Does Arts in Healthcare Have in Common with String Instruction?

Check out this first part of an interview between Alie Wickham and Mike Gagliardo, the ambassadors for the two green paper topics: Arts in Healthcare and Strings. Alie and Mike discuss arts advocacy as it relates to the arts and also touch on the state of the economy and healthcare reform.  In next week’s conclusion of the interview, they will discuss how the green papers have approached a vision of the future.

The Arts are our Quarterback in Ensuring Liberty…

These title words are spoken by Rebecca Hoffberger, Founder & Director of the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), the location of the blowout opening reception for this summer’s Half-Century Summit. In this short video, Rebecca welcomes Annual Convention attendees to Baltimore and talks about what makes the city so special. Take a peek at the video and get some insider knowledge on both Baltimore and AVAM.


More Videos Uploaded from NAMP including Rich Mintz from Blue State Digital

Rich Mintz, online fundraising guru from Blue State Digital, discusses the NAMP Conference in his video interview from yesterday.

Videos from the National Arts Marketing Preconference

The National Arts Marketing Project Conference is in full swing in Providence, Rhode Island. We've just posted two video interviews from preconference presenters Tim Baker and Steven Roth of The Pricing Institue.

NEH Webinar: Picturing America

Picturing America is a free initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that helps teach American history and culture by bringing some of the country's great art directly to classrooms and libraries. The upcoming webinar on October 27 will demonstrate how the visual arts are an effective tool in teaching history and how educators and arts professionals can extend and expand upon the initiative in their own communities.

Art and Football, Hand-in-Hand

The Philadelphia Inquirer just featured a great article about how five starting football players from a Pennsylvania high school are all heavily involved in the school's upper-level art classes. Of these five students at Downingtown West High School, two are level-1 art majors, two are art advanced-placement studio majors, and another is preparing for the commercial art field.

Arts Education Salon Wrap-Up

Each September, thousands of parents, teachers, artists, and arts education advocates visit the Americans for the Arts site and PSA site, taking the start of the school year as an opportunity to ask questions about their children’s arts education. To address the questions and concerns of these arts education stakeholders, Americans for the Arts hosted an Arts Education Salon on ARTSblog from September 21 – 25, 2009.

Making Music with Tallahassee Girl Scout Troup 49

Girl Scout and VolunteerAt each level of Girl Scouts, the girls can earn their Music Badge, which includes requirements of learning how music is composed and created, and creating vocal and instrumental music of their own.

Honoring Corporate Support of the Arts (from ArtsWatch)

The coming months do not just bring cooler temperatures, scarves, and cocoa, they’ll also bring us a boost in stirring arts events. Here at Americans for the Arts, we’ve been working hard to create proper arts celebrations for National Arts and Humanities Month which starts in a few short days, rounding out in the end of October.

Emerging Arts Leaders Respond in Droves to 20UNDER40 Submission Call

Edward Clapp, Project Director of 20UNDER40, has just reported that the project received 304 chapter proposals from 343 prospective authors on five continents—all under the age of forty.

The Transformation of Ben Wheeler, Texas

With so much in the news about the faltering economy, it's sometimes hard to find stories about positive change still happening in communities around us. There's a really wonderful story about the rebirth of the town of Ben Wheeler, Texas on Art&Seek--a website of KERA public media in North Texas. A local man named Brooks Gremmels has started to transform a town that was dying into a vibrant artist colony.

Wynton Marsalis Dedicates Time to Jazz Education

excerpt from serve.artsusa.org site

Every year, Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis dedicates countless hours to keeping the spirit of jazz alive through Jazz at Lincoln Center's education initiatives. At the forefront of the organization's mission is educating younger generations about jazz, America’s unique art form, which is imperative not only to continuing the music's legacy but also understanding the values it represents.

ArtCast: Supporting Comprehensive Healthcare Reform

In this podcast Bob Lynch, President & CEO of Americans for the Arts, discusses the need for comprehensive healthcare reform as it specifically relates to artists and arts organizations. He also addresses the strength of the arts as a therapeutic tool for health and recovery.

Help us Create a Wish List for the Blog

In the next few months, we hope to launch a new and improved ArtsBlog. We want this blog to be an easy-to-use tool for the field with a more dynamic look and even more new daily content. As we look toward making these changes, we'd love your feedback.  Please comment below!

What are some of the blogs you read regularly and what appeals to you about these blogs? What content do you want to see and read?

More Discussion on the Argument for Funding the Arts and Arts Organzations

Last week in ARTSBLOG our own Tim Mikulski--State and Local Government Affairs Coordinator at Americans for the Arts--discussed the need for strong arguments for the funding of the arts in today's harsh economic climate.

MSNBC Host Rachel Maddow Discusses the Neccessity of Dance (and the Arts) to Society

The Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts recently hosted a live discussion with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow addressing the role the arts play in our society.

Maddow was unflagging in her support of dance and of the arts. Among her remarks, she said:  "...when you cut education to the bone, you do not cut arts and music education, because arts and music education IS bone, it is structural, it is essential."


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