Celebrate National Shop Local Artists Week 2018

Be part of the nationwide celebration December 2-8, 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018

From December 2 to 8, 2018, the initiative encourages the creative field to join together in communities across the country to promote the sales of the work of local artists, and to promote to all consumers that art—including tickets to events and organization memberships—makes great holiday gifts.

Americans for the Arts Introduces the Arts + Social Impact Explorer

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Today, Americans for the Arts unveiled the Arts + Social Impact Explorer, an interactive online tool that draws together more than 1,000 data points on how the arts impact and integrate into 26 different sectors ranging from education and innovation, to health and wellness, immigration, faith and environment. The tool provides quick top-line research, example projects, core research papers, and lists service and partner organizations doing this work, as well as provides printable PDF fact sheets to share with decisionmakers.

Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018: An In-Depth Look at Perceptions and Attitudes About the Arts in America

In a society struggling to find equity and social justice, Americans believe the arts improve the quality of our communities. How do we know? We asked. Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018 is the second in a series of national public opinion surveys conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Americans for the Arts. One of the largest ever conducted, it gauges the public perspective on (1) personal engagement in the arts as audience and creator, (2) support for arts education and government arts funding, (3) opinions on the personal and well-being benefits that come from engaging in the arts, and (4) how those personal benefits extend to the community. Here are some findings of the survey. 

Americans for the Arts Is Celebrating National Arts in Education Week September 9-15

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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Americans for the Arts today announced its celebration of National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the nation to celebrate the transformative power of the arts in education. 

Saturday, September 15th, Embracing Differences to Make a Difference at UM Payne Native American Center, 8:30am-2:30pm: SPARK! and Arts Missoula’s Global and Cultural Affairs have partnered to present a professional development workshop with hands-on art oppurtunities led by artists to learn about various cultures. Click here for Details! Click here for Facebook event!

Monday, September 17th, SPARK! Community Night at Thomas Meagher Bar, 6-10pm: Enjoy dinner and 20% of sales will go to SPARK! at the Meagher Bar. Click here for Facebook event!
SPARK! is a community wide partnership working to expand arts programming in  Missoula County Public Schools. We facilitate and foster connections between district schools, local arts organizations, and teaching artists helping to ensure access to the arts for all MCPS students.

 

Friday, September 14th, Missoula Monster Project at Zootown Arts Community Center, 3:30-8pm: Come to ZACC’s Monster Project opening to see local artists’ interpretations of kindergarten monster art at the ZACC. Click here for Facebook event!

Friday, September 14th, School stARTS pARTy at Missoula Children’s Theatre, 4:30-6pm: Join artists at the School stARTS pARTy to discover local oppurtunities, and then stay for Androcles and the Lion Production at 6pm.
 
SPARK! is a community wide partnership working to expand arts programming in  Missoula County Public Schools. We facilitate and foster connections between district schools, local arts organizations, and teaching artists helping to ensure access to the arts for all MCPS students.

Sunday, September 9th, SPARK! at Sunday Streets; Downtown Missoula, 12pm-4pm: Come make some art with SPARK! at Sunday Streets. We will have a booth set up so be sure to come visit!
 
SPARK! is a community wide partnership working to expand arts programming in  Missoula County Public Schools. We facilitate and foster connections between district schools, local arts organizations, and teaching artists helping to ensure access to the arts for all MCPS students.

Tuesday, September 4th, SPARK! at Missoula Osprey Game, 7:05pm: Support SPARK! Arts Ignite Learning in Missoula, Montana and buy a 50/50 ticket at the Missoula Opsrey Baseball Game! Click here for Facebook event!
SPARK! is a community wide partnership working to expand arts programming in  Missoula County Public Schools. We facilitate and foster connections between district schools, local arts organizations, and teaching artists helping to ensure access to the arts for all MCPS students.

Tuesday, September 11th, SPARK! Community Night at Caffe Dolce, 5-9pm: Take a night off from cooking and enjoy dinner at Caffe Dolce. 10% of the proceeds will go to SPARK! at Caffe Dolce. Click here for Facebook event!

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.

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.

Missoula’s arts and culture nonprofits are a $54 million industry

Thursday, August 3, 2017

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Missoula, also known as the Garden City, serves as a hub of arts and culture in the state of Montana. A new study called Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 reveals that arts and culture nonprofits in Missoula generated $54 million in economic activity in 2015.

Better off with NEA

Thursday, May 25, 2017

This opinion is signed by Tom Bensen, executive director, Arts Missoula; Laura Millin, executive director, Missoula Art Museum; John Driscoll, executive director, Missoula Symphony Association; Michael McGill, executive director, MCT, Inc.; Barbara Koostra, director, Montana Museum of Art & Culture; Greg Johnson, artistic director, Montana Repertory Theatre; Kia Liszac, executive director, Zootown Arts Community Center; Caroline Patterson, executive director, Missoula Writing Collaborative; Anne Marie Brinkman, executive director, International Choral Festival; Rachel Gregg, executive d

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