August Arts Advocacy Challenge!

Posted by Lauren Cohen, Jul 31, 2019

So far, 2019 has been a banner year in the world of federal arts advocacy. Throughout the spring, we saw promising bipartisan benchmarks for support of an increased budget for the NEA in FY 2020. However, our work advocating for pro-arts policies doesn’t stop with funding for the NEA. Americans for the Arts, along with national coalition partners, has pursued more federal legislative priorities this year than ever before. From tax policy to transit, healthcare to education, we’re working to ensure expanded arts access and opportunity throughout the country. You can get more information and send a message to your congressional delegation about any of these bills through our Action Center.

The U.S. Congress will take its traditional month-long recess in August. Members of Congress will be in their home states and districts holding town halls, making visits to local organizations and businesses, and taking meetings in their local offices. Wondering how to continue your arts advocacy momentum during the long recess? Participate in the August Arts Advocacy Challenge to stay involved and make an impact.

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As part of the Murder, Mayhem & Macbeth fest, Opera Western Reserve is collaborating with Dr. Timothy Francisco, Professor of English and Director of Working Class Studies at Youngstown State University, to lecture on the historical Macbeth and Shakespeare's play.  Dr.

As part of the Murder, Mayhem & Macbeth fest, Opera Western Reserve is collaborating with Rust Belt Theater to produce a unique immersive, interactive improvisation on the theme of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  Rust Belt’s Director, Robert Dennick Joki, is a locally-known and talented adaptor and writer of whacky theater.  Red Masquerade is set in a former train station now adapted to a brew pub.  Costumes encouraged.

Young Artists of Opera Western Reserve will perform and contrast selections from Verdi's opera and Shakespeare's play, Macbeth.  The evening will feature appetizers and craft beer from a local brewer in an art gallery setting.  Costumes encouraged.

As part of the Murder, Mayhem & Macbeth fest, David Vosburgh lectures on the challenges for a small regional opera company in producing Verdi's Macbeth.  Vosburgh will use a set model for illustration.  Vosburgh began his theatrical career when he was 16.  He has performed on Broadway and around the world in opera and musical theater.  He has served as the Production Director for Opera Western Reserve since its founding in 2004.   He brings decades of experience and a sense of humor to his presentation. 

Americans for the Arts Unveils Documentary to Show Benefit of Arts to Service Members, Veterans, Families

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Americans for the Arts' new documentary, CAMMO: Healing Through Song, profiles participating members of the Center for American Military Music Opportunities (CAMMO); shows how the arts can strengthen the well-being of service members, veterans, and their families; and features members of Voices of Service, one of many community-based music programs that CAMMO offers.

The U.S. Census and the Arts

Posted by Mr. Clayton W. Lord, Jul 11, 2019

At the Americans for the Arts’ Annual Convention this past June, quite a few members voiced concern about the upcoming U.S. Census. In many communities, there is worry that an inaccurate count could negatively impact towns, cities, regions, and even states, and disproportionately affect people who are already marginalized. This blog is meant to give information on the Census, its impact, and what arts and culture agencies across the United States are doing to ensure a comprehensive and equitable count. The U.S. Census is a consequential tool for distributing time, attention, and money in all sorts of ways—including ways that are deeply impactful on the arts. It is also an increasingly politicized tool, and as we round the corner into the 2020 U.S. Census, it is important to understand what the U.S. Census is, what it influences, what the implication of certain proposed changes could be both generally and for the arts, and how arts and culture agencies and organizations are mobilizing to ensure a fair, full, and unthreatening U.S. Census count.

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Mindful Music Moments: Using Classical Music in Schools to Promote Calmness

Tuesday, May 28, 2019


Mindful Music Moments, a relaxation program based in Ohio, collaborated with the Cleveland Orchestra to provide students in the Greater Cleveland area classical listening segments to decompress and relax before the school day starts.

Inaugural Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Fellows Announced

The inaugural cohort includes 12 fellows from Chicago, Cleveland, and Indianapolis

Friday, May 17, 2019

The new ACLC Fellowship is a one-year professional development program for emerging and mid-career arts leaders of color that is advancing approaches to arts & culture management towards greater racial and cultural equity around the Great Lakes. 

Ten years after Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) made its first grant, the public agency based in Cleveland, Ohio has invested $158 million in 350 arts and culture nonprofits and funded more than 160 individual artists in Northeast Ohio, making CAC the largest funder of arts and culture in the region.

I’ve always felt it was my responsibility to provide an environment in which an artist can encounter a public or an audience in the most favorable way. I work to make sure I can present things that reflect the desire and integrity of the artist in a way that is understood by the public, that isn’t alien. In that sense, I am a bridge between an artist and a community.

Americans for the Arts Statement on Confirmation of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Americans for the Arts president and CEO Robert L. Lynch issued a statement in response to Elisabeth P. “Betsy” DeVos’s confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Education. 

Americans for the Arts Statement on Proposed Elimination of Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Americans for the Arts president and CEO Robert L. Lynch issued a statement in response to the Trump Administration’s proposed elimination of FY2018 funding to the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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.


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