VSA Texas Distinguished Artist Veterans: A State of Arts & Military Outreach

VSA Texas works with people with disabilities as they access the arts. This can be as a patron of the arts or as an artist. Through our Artworks: Creative Industries program, we meet artists where they are in their hobby or career and act as a resource to move them to where they want to be in that hobby or career. My challenge is to find out what the barriers are for our artists and find ways for each of them to work through those barriers to reach their personal goals. In 2009, we noticed a barrier for Veteran artists within our own services. Veterans in our community were not identifying as artists with disabilities, so they were not entering our art exhibitions or attending our workshops and events. Rather than trying to change their viewpoints, we adapted ours and started programming specifically for Veterans.

Mayor Mike Rawlings (D - Dallas, TX)

Dallas is a city with a dynamic and growing cultural ecosystem. The Dallas Arts District—with its iconic visual and performing arts venues which mayors experienced firsthand at the 2014 United States Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting—draws significant tourism downtown, spurs development, boosts property values and generates $395 million a year in economic impact. A major reason this ecosystem remains so vibrant is Mayor Mike Rawlings. From the start of his first term, he wanted to be known as the “Arts Mayor.”

The Falling and The Rising

US Army Field Band Connects Civilians and Soldiers Through Opera

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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"The Falling and the Rising" is a new American opera based on the true stories of dozens of active duty soldiers and veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, The Old Guard at Fort Myer, and Fort Meade, Maryland. The opera chronicles the imagined journey inside the mind of a soldier following traumatic brain injuries suffered during a roadside attack, and was first proposed by a tenor in the Soldiers’ Chorus, Staff Sgt. Ben Hilgert.

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.

Americans for the Arts Honors Exceptional Leaders in the Arts at The United States Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting

Friday, January 26, 2018

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Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors today presented the 2018 Public Leadership in the Arts Awards to three elected officials and one artist at The U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting. The honorees have supported and promoted arts and culture in their communities, and include Larry Hogan, governor of Maryland; Mike Rawlings, mayor of Dallas, Texas; Javier M. Gonzalez, mayor of Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Michael Cerveris, two-time Tony Award-winning stage and screen actor and musician. 

Dallas Mayor Michael S. Rawlings Honored for Leadership in the Arts

Mayor Rawlings Receives Award for Cities with a Population of 100,000 or More; Civic Leaders Receive 2018 Public Leadership in the Arts Awards at The United Conference of Mayors’ Winter Meeting

Friday, January 26, 2018

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Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors today awarded Dallas Mayor Michael S. Rawlings the 2018 National Award for Local Arts Leadership for cities with a population of 100,000 or more.

“Are The Arts For Everyone?"
Thursday, October 19th, 7-9ish pm
5 & J Gallery, CASP
BYOB.
 
As a group of vested, interesting people, we’ll discuss:
 
 
·      In the United States in the 21st century, are the arts for everyone?
·      How do you define “the arts?”
·      How can we create a pipeline into the arts that is accessible to everyone?
·      Who accesses the arts in your community and in what ways?
·      Does “art” or “arts” include everyone? Is the term too loaded or divisive to be useful?

Join Austin Emerging Arts Leaders for a panel discussion on how to maintain balance in your life in the arts when you are "wearing a lot of hats" by playing different roles in an organization, juggling freelance with full-time jobs, and working around the clock. 
Moderated by EAL Board Member and co-founder of Story Bar, Erin Hallagan

Behind the Business: Learning about the 2017 BCA 10 Honorees, Best Businesses Partnering with Arts in America

On October 11, businesses of all types and sizes from all across the country—Vermont to Hawaii and eight states in between—will come together for the BCA 10 gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York to be recognized by Americans for the Arts for their outstanding commitment to the arts. But WHO are these honorees? Learn more about their arts partnerships below including corporate performance groups, extensive art exhibits, and some fierce board leadership. 

Game Designer at 17: How SAY Sí Changed My Life

In the short amount of time I’ve been at SAY Sí, they have made a great impact in my life. As a video game developer, I’ve gained so many connections and branched out as an artistic individual. SAY Sí has made me aware of my environment and my ability to influence as an activist for my community. The arts can mold and change perspectives only to be interpreted differently and we need to embrace the idea that art is capable of influencing the world. I think all youth deserve a creative outlet to express and evolve a future that is woke and powerful. 

Americans for the Arts' State Arts Action Network Council Elects New Leadership

Sarah Gonzales Triplett and Ann S. Graham Named Chair and Vice Chair of Council

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Americans for the Arts today announced the election of Sarah Gonzales Triplett, director of public policy for Creative Many Michigan, and Ann S. Graham, executive director of Texans for the Arts, as chair and vice chair respectively of the State Arts Action Network (SAAN) Council. Each will serve a one-year term from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Midden Mound Wickiups

Two sets of wickiups—simple domed structures associated with Native Americans of the Southwest—perched at the top of a manmade mound of a repurposed landfill site—now Pearsall Park—invite you to take in an interesting 360-degree view of San Antonio. The wickiup structures suggest an overlay to the history of this site: a large decommissioned city landfill repurposed into a contemporary City Park. The landfill is our cultural midden; the artwork appropriates the site as a social and ecological comment on consumption.

The Making of Trumpet Flower

Trumpet Flower was a labor of love, and at times it felt Sisyphean. In this case, the proverbial boulder was a horn-shaped monstrosity crafted from wood and steel, and the corresponding mountain was a six-story building which would support this towering artwork as it twisted up from the downtown Houston main street. Not only a feat of engineering and a marvel of craftsmanship, Trumpet Flower was also a great opportunity for community engagement. Taking Renner’s popular “painting party” activity to the next level, Flying Carpet invited the public to come make their mark on the sculpture, and Houstonians turned out en masse.

Come join us in Boerne as we celebrate Arts and Humanities Month with the first annual Boerne Books and Arts Fest.  Located on the beautiful grounds of the Patrick Heath Public Library, we will have performances, artists, authors, demos, and panels for a variety of disciplines.  The fest is a one-day event on Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 10a - 5p.  Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BoerneBookFestival/

The Story of Firmament

Yes, Firmament is an experience. It’s not something you come up to look at and say, “oh, how clever” (as the case with many LED pieces). It’s a place where you go, and sometimes stay. It’s an environment that draws you in and gives you a comfy spot to be. This was my biggest lesson from creating Firmament—that being clever and pretty is great, but it doesn’t work nearly as well as a place and space for people to really enjoy the moment.

North Texas’ arts and culture industry shows dramatic growth

Monday, July 24, 2017

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Arts and Economic Prosperity 5, the latest economic impact study by Americans for the Arts, shows that the nonprofit arts and culture industry in North Texas had an economic impact of over $1 billion in 2015. The region also took part in the 2010 study Arts and Economic Prosperity IV, and the growth over five years has been staggering.

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5: How the Nonprofit Arts & Culture Industry Impacts the Economy in Your Community

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.

Americans for the Arts Unveils Findings from Fifth National Economic Impact Study of Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations and Their Audiences

Study Demonstrates That Nonprofit Arts Are An Economic, Employment Powerhouse

Saturday, June 17, 2017

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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. 

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