Counties Poised to Pursue Solutions Through the Arts

Six Counties Selected to Receive Specialized Resources

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

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The National Association of Counties (NACo) and Americans for the Arts today announced six winners of the 2022 Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. In the coming months, Americans for the Arts will provide virtual training and expertise as the teams explore arts-based strategies to meet policy objectives.

Nominations Open for the 2022 Annual Leadership Awards

Monday, March 14, 2022

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Americans for the Arts is now accepting nominations of arts leaders from your community for the 2022 Annual Leadership Awards. The deadline to nominate an arts leader for the Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award, the American Express Emerging Leader Award, and the Selina Roberts Ottum Award is Friday, April 8.

Registration Now Open for Annual Convention 2022 in Washington, D.C. and Online

Emerge, Converge, and Progress Through Arts, Culture, and Creativity

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

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Registration is now open for the 2022 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention! A live, in-person event will be held May 18-20 in Washington, D.C., and recorded content from the live event will be made available for a fee in a limited time digital on-demand format in June 2022. To maintain health and safety protocols, there is a firm registration deadline of May 2, 2022, to attend the in-person event. 

Americans for the Arts Announces Two Transformational Leaders

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

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Americans for the Arts has begun work to redefine its role as a national service organization and support of the field. To that end, we are pleased to announce two recent hires to fill pivotal roles for the organization. Adrianne R. Troilo joined as vice president of People and Culture in December 2021, and Daniel Fitzmaurice will begin as the chief of staff on April 4. Both positions are newly created to provide leadership in areas vitally needed to successfully accomplish our mission and achieve a people-first culture.

Mid Atlantic Arts Launches Accessibility Resource Committee

Friday, March 4, 2022

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Mid Atlantic Arts and Americans for the Arts are continuing to develop a series of educational and professional development resources for the state, county, and local arts agencies in the mid-Atlantic region. Artists, administrators, and other arts and culture professionals with disabilities or who are active members of the disability community and who currently reside in the Mid-Atlantic Region are invited to apply by March 31, 2022.

Americans for the Arts Offers Testimony for First Congressional Small Business Hearing on Creative Economy

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

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The first ever hearing dedicated to the creative economy explored both the impact of COVID-19 on the creative economy, and the various points of connection to federal assistance to small businesses for recovery and long-term support for growth. At the invitation of the committee, Americans for the Arts provided additional testimony alongside other national arts service organizations. 

The Conference Board and Americans for the Arts Release ‘Business Support for the Arts 2021: Art for Everyone’s Sake’

Friday, February 18, 2022

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A new report by The Conference Board and Americans for the Arts finds that companies that are continuing to fund the arts are increasingly partnering with arts organizations to address social challenges, including racism and other forms of inequality.

Registration Open for the 2022 National Arts Action Summit

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

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Arts advocates from across the United States will gather virtually March 28-30, 2022, for the National Arts Action Summit, now in its 35th consecutive year. This year, for the first time, there will be no registration fee to attend the National Arts Action Summit for both individuals and partner organizations.

Americans for the Arts Now Accepting Nominations for Public Leadership in the Arts Awards

Nominating Your Elected Official Advances and Supports the Arts in Your Community

Monday, February 14, 2022

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Americans for the Arts is now accepting nominations for the Public Leadership in the Arts Awards. These annual awards honor elected officials for their consistent and outstanding support and promotion of the arts as key to advancing equity, uniting communities, preserving culture, and boosting the economy.

Applications Open for the 2022 Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design

Monday, February 7, 2022

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The goal of the prize is to celebrate one unique civic design professional at the mid-career level for their locally implemented contributions that support community development through the integration of art and artists into the built environment. The selected individual will receive $30,000 to further their work plus professional development and engagement opportunities throughout the year.

New Set of Federal Funding Resource Guides Now Available

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

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The free digital guides provide details on arts-related funding in grant topic areas covering community development, economic development, rural development, environment, national service, and congressional earmarks.

Increasing Access and Opening the Submission Process for Annual Convention

Thursday, January 27, 2022

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Americans for the Arts’ 2022 Annual Convention will take place May 18-20, 2022, in Washington, D.C. The event will be simplified, shorter, and more accessible, and the public may participate in a more open and equitable session submission process through Feb. 15, 2022.

Americans for the Arts Launches 2022 Arts & Cultural Equity Studio

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

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A new collection of webinar sessions designed for mid-career arts and culture professionals will dive deep into equitable leadership and power sharing structures and support arts administrators from backgrounds underrepresented in arts leadership to help advance their leadership journeys.

Americans for the Arts Welcomes Consultants to Strategic Realignment Process

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

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After six months of hearing candid feedback from the field and internal planning, Americans for the Arts is set to begin the next phase of the Strategic Realignment Process toward redefining its unique role as a service organization to the arts and culture field and the public good. The organization has engaged the services of three consulting organizations to support the process: Arts Consulting Group, The Hewlin Group, and Hope Nation.


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