Preparing Your Organization and Your Donors for Shifts in the Charitable Tax Deduction

On January 1, the 2018 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act went into effect, a substantial change to the U.S. tax code which has the potential to negatively impact arts and culture nonprofit organizations in a variety of ways. One of the most significant impacts will come in changes related to the thresholds and amounts associated with the charitable tax deduction. This 100-year-old provision was designed to stimulate giving to charities and other organizations serving the public good by providing an opportunity to claim a deduction as a reduction in an individual’s tax burden. While the repercussions of the federal tax code changes are still emerging, and corresponding shifts in state-by-state tax policy may impact your situation, the notes that follow are an introductory primer. If you have questions about state-level implications, we recommend you reach out to your state comptroller or state association of nonprofits.

Strength in Numbers

In advocacy, there’s enormous value in the large numbers of voices coming together, unified around an issue. Arts Advocacy Day brings together more than 500 individuals who are passionate about the policies that support artists and audiences in their communities. Those who visit Washington, DC each spring roam the halls of Congress, meet with Congressional members or their staff, and follow up with thank you letters and stories. We bombard lawmakers with a lot of information, facts, and anecdotes, bringing a wave of enthusiasm for pro-arts policy-making. But what happens throughout the rest of the year in DC?

Arts Advocacy Day Is Coming

Although years may really just be a number, in its 31 years, Arts Advocacy Day has seen six different U.S. presidents spanning both political parties. It’s witnessed sixteen different congressional sessions and eight different Speakers of the U.S. House. Through it all, every year, attendees hear that “the arts are bipARTtisan.” Because, no matter who’s in office, arts advocacy matters. Funding decisions are made every year. Who’s deciding this year may not be deciding next year. Who’s to remember what happened before? Who’s to know why it matters? Who’s to learn from each other? The answer is us. All of us. All of us together.

Americans for the Arts Joins Federal Amicus Brief in Support of Free Speech Rights of Congressional Art Competition Student Artist

Americans for the Arts joined 17 national, state, and local arts service organizations urging reversal of a ruling that permitted Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers to remove a painting by St. Louis high school student David Pulphus from a Congressional Art Competition exhibit at the U.S. Capitol. His allegorical post-Ferguson painting depicts a civil rights demonstration and includes two police officers with boar heads; one is pointing his gun at a protester with the head of wolf. The painting was removed under pressure from a small group of Congressmen, with the contention that the exhibition was “government speech” which the government could censor at will. 

Visually and aurally mesmerizing, this exhibition in the first solo retrospective exhibit for internationally acclaimed Turkish art studio Ouchhh.

What would the holidays be without a generous helping of whipped cream? Nothing delivers creamy aural delights better than Strauss, Lèhar, Friml, and Herbert's lilting music. Enticed by songs from The Merry Widow, The Vagabond King and more, lose yourself in a glamorous world of romance, where even broken hearts beat in waltz time. Directed by Nick Olcott and Frank Conlon with an all-star cast at GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington D.C. Plus, you can join the cast for a toast after every performance.

Dec 7 - Jan 7

 

November 1 - November 26
 

Storytellers is an annual program that showcases the exemplary talents and ideas of some of our country’s brightest and most groundbreaking veterans. Each year around Veterans Day, the country comes together to celebrate the accomplishments of our veteran Storytellers and become #VetInspired by their stories of leadership.

Advocate with Grace

I had the honor of creating the Kennedy Center Youth Council (KCYC) in Spring 2016 with a specific mission of investigating how the Kennedy Center can positively impact and be positively impacted by youth. The KCYC founding was inspired by the Kennedy Center’s yearlong celebration of the centennial of John F. Kennedy’s birth, which included the exploration of citizen artistry, defined as using the arts for positive social impact. One of our most extraordinary KCYC members, an embodiment of the citizen artist ideology, is Grace Dolan-Sandrino. Grace, a 16-year old senior at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, has accomplished more than seasoned professionals twice her age.

Through the Artist’s Lens: A Conversation with a Young Actor, Writer and Illustrator

Arts education means so much to so many people, it seems counterintuitive that its continuation in school communities and beyond is constantly under threat. I know that I would not be the person I am today, a successful and happy museum professional employed by the Smithsonian Institution, had I not had the opportunities in my youth to explore the vast world of visual art provided by my schools and local youth orgs. For the future of all our children, we must defend arts education every opportunity we get. With that in mind, I was extra delighted for the opportunity to get to know my colleague’s spirited and quite profound daughter better through this interview.

TBD Immersive treats Washington, DC to a fully-immersive theatre experience that begins as soon as the audience arrives. Set in the 2020s, the popular, anti-establishment Cabaret in the heart of DC has become a thorn in the side of the government. On one end, you can simply sit and watch the mainstage cabaret (the show within a show); on the other, you can race around the venue solving puzzles, connecting storylines and accomplishing tasks given by performers.

In this two-day healing workshop, we will explore stress relief techniques, practice qigong, yoga and meditation, work with grief and loss in small groups, and use ritual to process. We will use art, writing, and movement as tools to find our voice and purpose through creativity. We will connect with and draw from the healing power of nature. The format of this group work is based on Healing Circles principles to build companionship, support, and trust in the inherent wisdom and compassion of each individual and of the group. Women ages 20-55 at any stage are welcome.

New Resources Summarize IMLS Support for Museums and Libraries in Each State

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released reports with detailed views of IMLS funding for the past six years (FY 2011 through FY 2016) for every state across the nation and the District of Columbia, including total dollars and counts of IMLS grants and awards, as well as amounts of grantee matches or state government maintenance of effort levels.

NEA funding cuts mean more than starving artists in American countryside

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Natalia D. Macker contributed this op-ed to The Hill. Ms. Macker is a Teton County Commissioner, a member of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network, and the artistic director of the Off Square Theatre Company in Jackson, Wyo.

A charming classic comes to life through dance. This children’s introduction to music and instruments tells the tale of Peter as he ventures into the meadow. A special guest narrator to be announced.
Choreography  Brian Reeder
Music              Sergei Prokofiev

This performance can be included in a Family Subscription package or purchased as a single ticket add-on to a subscription.
 
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An introduction to classical masterworks featuring brief introductions to each work that will guide the audience. A performance that will please both those new to ballet performance and balletomanes.
Les Sylphides (Excerpts)
A one-act romantic reverie that is in the repertory of nearly every company in the world.
Choreography Michel Fokine
Music              Frédéric Chopin
Le Corsaire Pas de Deux

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