Pushing the Possibilities for Diversity in Arts Leadership

In 2018 the Arts & Business Council of New York (ABC/NY) is expanding on the success of its 25-year-old Diversity in Arts Leadership internship by approaching a new challenge area in the career continuum where we can grow and share our expertise. DIAL Labs is a summer 2018 pilot series that will engage professionals 5 to 10 years into their arts careers to include senior-level mentor pairing, interactive expert panels, and culturally-relevant programming. This program is not just about earning promotion into senior leadership; it is an intentional investment and exploration into the longevity, inclusion, and retention of an increasingly diverse arts leadership. Together, as an arts field in NYC and beyond, we will expand the network of executive opportunities for arts professionals traditionally untapped for senior leadership.

Americans for the Arts Congratulates Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), New Congressional Arts Caucus Co-Chair

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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At a special Capitol Hill reception on April 18 to honor and remember former Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY), hosted by Americans for the Arts in conjunction with the Congressional Arts Caucus, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) as the next co-chair of the Arts Caucus.

Remembering Louise (1929 – 2018)

On March 16, 2018, a dear friend, tireless advocate, and arts leader passed away, U.S. Representative Louise M. Slaughter. I have known Louise for 32 years. We’ve partnered in nearly that many Arts Advocacy Days. It has always been my honor to stand with Louise. I’ve stood with her on over 100 occasions in the last 23 years while she co-chaired the Congressional Arts Caucus. Americans for the Arts and the nation’s arts community owe a debt of gratitude to Louise Slaughter. There has never been an arts advocate with more tenacity, fight, humor, and spirit of generosity. May she rest in peace knowing that she made the world a better place through the arts, and may her trailblazing pave the way to more arts leaders recognizing the transformational power of the arts on our lives, communities, economy, and nation.

Business Builds Up Brand and Artists in the Bronx

Founded in 2016, Bronx Native is a brand that highlights the Bronx through apparel, art, and media. It was founded by two multi-faceted individuals, siblings Amaurys and Roselyn Grullón. Bronx Native is not only a brand that represents the Bronx as a borough, but also their words and actions provide a platform for the Bronx’s artistic community, entrepreneurs, and its residents. In this interview with co-founder Amaurys Grullón, we discuss how Bronx Native marries their art with business, and the ways they have impacted the Bronx’s cultural community through creative collaborations, live events, and a commitment to showcasing the borough's history and culture through visually appealing design creations.

Professor Anna Pegler-Gordan discusses the role of photography in shaping immigration policy ahead of a panel discussion with Carl Takei, senior staff attorney at ACLU’s Trone Center for Justice and Equality; Muzzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute’s office at NYU School of Law; and Bitta Mostofi, an immigrant rights advocate and human rights organizer. 
 
More information can be found on the event page. 

How does artistic production shape our understanding of America’s carceral state and render its crisis visible? Join us for a conversation with Ruby Tapia, Nicole Fleetwood, and Moliere Dimanche on issues of aesthetics, visibility, and photography vis-a-vis American prisons.
More information can be found at https://www.icp.org/events/carceral-aesthetics-vision-and-imprisonment

Pulitzer Prize– and Bancroft Prize–winning historian Heather Ann Thompson discusses civil liberties in our heavily surveilled and incarcerated society.
 
This is a free event, but please register in advance. ICP Members have access to the best seats at ICP public programs in the reserved members’ section.
The ICP Museum–public program combination ticket grants $10 entry starting at 4:30 PM to those attending the program. Tickets are only available online when you register for the program.

Thriving arts communities need for-profit support

Almost exactly four years ago now, we at Golden Artist Colors embarked on a collaborative process to develop a new Vision Statement for our business. What emerged through this process was a collective vision that was much greater and much more audacious than anything we could have imagined for ourselves. Our vision wasn’t to beat any other manufacturer or supplier in our industry, but to ask our peer companies to join forces and, together, help us create more abundance in the arts for every one of us to grow. The art materials industry is an enormously powerful, committed, and connected community of the arts. It is important to share some thoughts of what I think this can mean for all of us to raise the value of the arts and, in doing so, clearly benefit the future and well-being of our industry—not only ours but across the private sector. 

Americans for the Arts Remembers the Powerful Advocacy and Tireless Work of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Friday, March 16, 2018

Americans for the Arts mourns the loss of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of New York, who died March 16, 2018 in Washington, D.C. at the age of 88. Louise has been a champion of the arts for decades and our organization and its members are profoundly saddened, but still spirited in her honor and grateful for all she has given in service to her constituents at home and nationwide through her passionate support for the value of the arts and arts education.

Performer Gio Mielle and theater director Debora Balardini are back for a new season of Bother Line, an original one-woman show produced by Nettles Artists Collective and presented by The Tank.

Increasing Arts Education Through a Service Year

At Lighthouse Elementary in Queens, NY, the kids love to dance. They just never expected it to be tap dance. That’s where ArtistYear AmeriCorps Fellow Crystal Simon comes in. “When I told them no hip-hop dancing—they fought me tooth and nail. But once we actually put our shoes on and we actually started to make noise the kids’ face lit up! They were enjoying it. And they would even come to me in the halls and be like, ‘Ms. Simon! I’ve been practicing! I’ve been practicing!’” ArtistYear is the first national service program dedicated to partnering with school districts to provide every underserved student in America with access to arts education through a year of national service. ArtistYear trains and supports AmeriCorps members to serve as full-time teaching artists alongside established arts educators or classroom teachers in federally-designated Title I schools.

I know you’ll agree that the arts help communities heal, learn, and grow. All year long, I work to advance and lead the organizations that are important to me, like YoungArts, American Ballet Theatre, Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, New World Symphony and so many others. And that’s why I support Americans for the Arts: because they help make it possible for arts organizations and artists in communities all over the country to do what they do better.

The music of Grammy Award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has been performed throughout the world by amateur and professional musicians alike, while his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from over 110 different countries. Mr. Whitacre and the Distinguished Concerts Singers International perform a variety of the composer’s original works, conducted by the composer himself.
 
PERFORMERS:
Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Eric Whitacre, Conductor
 
PROGRAM:
All-Eric Whitacre Program
 

This evening celebrates the 50th anniversary of The King’s Singers with a reunion concert featuring past and present members of the noted British a cappella ensemble and the Distinguished Concerts Singers International. The program features works by Eric Whitacre, Billy Joel, and an anniversary commission by Nico Muhly conducted by King’s Singers alumni Simon Carrington and Bob Chilcott.
 
PERFORMERS:
The King's Singers
Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Bob Chilcott and Simon Carrington, Conductors
 
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Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo’s soaring Dreamweaver and inspirational Song of the Universal is performed and conducted by James M. Meaders, DCINY conductor. Meaders also leads the choir and orchestra in composer Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo. Croatian conductor Miran Vaupotić leads the Distinguished Concerts Orchestrain a variety of pieces including Danube Rhapsody.
 
PERFORMERS:
Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
James M. Meaders and Miran Vaupotić, Conductors

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and Yale School of Music (2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient), Warren Lee has performed in four continents, on stages of all sizes and in collaboration with international artists and orchestras. The acclaimed Steinway Artist’s discography includes From Bach to Gershwin, Ebony and Ivory, and most recently, a solo album, Touches and Traces. 
 
PERFORMERS:
Warren Lee, Piano
 
PROGRAM:
Bernstein: Anniversaries (Selection with reading of letters)

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.

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