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.
Monday, February 12, 2018
Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch released a statement following the release of the Trump Administration’s proposed FY2019 budget.
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.
Celebrating 50 years of the SC Arts Commission and 30 years of the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project!
Join us on February 6 in Columbia for our annual Statehouse Rally and Legislative Luncheon as a part of our newly expanded SC Arts Advocacy Week!
Registration is now open and available at the link below. Registration pa
Performance @ the Statehouse | 11am (Free to Attend)
We're kicking this year off with a special performance by over 350 choral students from Richland District Two schools right on the front Statehouse steps!
Crafty Feast – Columbia, S.C.’s one-stop indie shopping market – is back on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Stroll the market-style setup to find unique handmade and repurposed gifts from a juried selection of nearly 100 Southeastern artisans and makers. Enjoy snacks and sip on local craft beer, wine and mimosas. Admission is $3; free for kids 10 and younger. Preview vendors online at http://www.craftyfeast.com.
GRAMMY nominee Elle King, the singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist and banjoist famous for her hit single “Ex’s and Oh’s,” will perform a free, full-length concert at Famously Hot New Year — S.C.’s largest NYE celebration — in downtown Columbia, S.C. on Dec. 31, 2017. American alternative Southern rap quartet Nappy Roots is set to perform as well, along with local hip-hop artist FatRat Da Czar.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Americans for the Arts recently published the report Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5), and in South Carolina, the results are worth bragging about.
When recently asked how best to advocate for the arts in the current environment, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (NM)—co-chair of the Senate Cultural Caucus and chief sponsor of the CREATE Act—was unequivocal: “Start by telling every one of your Senators about the economic benefits of the arts.” This familiar refrain is one we have heard for decades from city council chambers to governor mansions to the halls of Congress—and it works. Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 does just that. It changes the conversation about the arts from that of a “charity” to one about an “industry” that provides both cultural and economic benefits to the community.
Study Demonstrates That Nonprofit Arts Are An Economic, Employment Powerhouse
Saturday, June 17, 2017
A new national study by Americans for the Arts finds that the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion in economic activity in 2015—$63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related spending by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in government revenue.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will share her thoughts on the role of the arts in today's political climate
Monday, May 8, 2017
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will share her thoughts on the role of the arts in today's political climate in the June 17 keynote plenary session at Americans for the Arts' Annual Convention.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Americans for the Arts president and CEO Robert L. Lynch issued a statement following the signing of the bipartisan agreement.
Fifth National Arts and Culture Economic Impact Study to be Released June 17
Friday, May 5, 2017
Now is the time to preorder study publications detailing results of the fifth national Arts Economic & Prosperity study, with data from 341 partners across the country to share with stakeholders in your community, including mayors, board members, business and community leaders and other elected officials.
The NEA is the only arts funder in America, public or private, that supports the arts in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. The NEA also has an exemplary partnership with the states, with 40 percent of program funds distributed through state arts agencies. This federal-state partnership supports tens of thousands of grants in communities all throughout the U.S.
For more info, years of NEA’s grants are also fully searchable online.
Arts and cultural economic activity accounted for 4.2 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product—$729.6 billion—in 2014
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Sure, Broadway and Hollywood employ lots of creative people. But when it comes to artistic and cultural work, not all the action is on the coasts. New data show arts and culture account for a larger share of jobs in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado than they do nationally. For the first time, the Bureau of Economic Analysis has produced statistics spotlighting the economic impact of arts and cultural activities in each state and the District of Columbia.
The 2016 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in the Arts is Released by the National Assessment Governing Board
Monday, April 24, 2017
On Tuesday, April 25, the National Assessment Governing Board and the National Center for Education Statistics releases results of The Nation's Report Card: 2016 Arts. This report will demonstrate national Grade 8 results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, including findings by demographic subgroups and region. The release event will explore what the data show about student skills and how the availability of resources and opportunities in arts education may shape these skills.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
To kick off National Arts Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 21, Americans for the Arts sent a message in three frequently read newspapers to legislators and staffers on Capitol Hill about the importance of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Americans for the Arts today announces a schedule of events for its Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy and Arts Advocacy Day, as part of the National Arts Action Summit held March 20-21, 2017. Now in their 30th year, the events are presented by Americans for the Arts with 88 national organizational partners representing arts, culture, business, civic, and education institutions and individuals nationwide. This annual series of events is particularly important with recent news that the Trump Administration’s proposed FY2018 budget shows eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and other federal cultural agencies.