Weekly Web Roundup: April 30, 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021

This week: Funding news from the NEA, chambers of commerce ask Congress to support creative economy recovery, creating arts spaces for queer BIPOC during COVID, a webinar on creative placemaking, our latest Member Spotlight, ways to build long-term organizational stability, and a new program providing support for our ArtsU digital programming.

Over 110 Chambers of Commerce Deliver Letter to Congress Supporting $18 Billion in Recovery Support for Creative Economy

Friday, April 30, 2021

A chart showing the 59% economic contraction in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector between December 2019 and June 2020, and the 19% return from July to December 2020.

Building on two previous letters of support for relief and recovery efforts to help the arts, culture, and the creative sector, a coalition of 113 chambers of commerce in 46 states delivered a letter to U.S. House and Senate leadership asking that $18 billion be allocated within the forthcoming infrastructure recovery bills specifically to support creative economic recovery. Signatories come from chambers in communities of all sizes and geographies and collectively serve over 33 million Americans.

Weekly Web Roundup: April 23, 2021

Friday, April 23, 2021

A bronze sculpture of two figures sitting side by side leaning on each other and holding hands.

Enjoy this week’s blogs, news, and webinar replays on topics ranging from fundraising, cultural equity and access, and the inclusive creative economy to arts and business partnerships, public art, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts—plus, learn how to make our Local Arts Agency Dashboard work for you.

Learn How to Partner with Your Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, April 22, 2021

A sign that reads "Chamber of Commerce" hanging outside a building.

Just as local arts agencies act as voices and conveners for their arts and culture communities, so do local chambers of commerce for their business communities. Partnerships between the two are essential to community and economic development. But where to start? Register for our new 101-level, on-demand webinar series that aims to flip the conversation away from “business support for the arts” to “how and why the arts are an essential part of business and community development strategies.”  

Americans for the Arts Publishes Inclusive Creative Economy Glossary and Website

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

A photo of small wood letter tiles spelling out the word "glossary."

Americans for the Arts is pleased to introduce our new online glossary of terms and definitions related to the inclusive creative economy, and a full website of resources, information, and action related to developing an inclusive creative economy. 

ArtsU Support Now Available!

The ArtsU Support Program creates access to any public ArtsU digital activity

Monday, April 26, 2021

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The ArtsU Support Program is a new initiative designed to increase equitable access to live and on-demand ArtsU digital activities. The program is open for anyone to participate in any public ArtsU webinar and other events. 

Weekly Web Roundup: April 16, 2021

Friday, April 16, 2021

A bright orange text graphic that reads "2021 Annual Convention June 8-11, Reimagining the Future of the Arts, register today."

This week: we launched registration and opened scholarships to the 2021 Annual Convention, dove into arts policy and issues at the state and local levels, explored the importance of intersectionality in anti-racism work, reminded ourselves why creative employees make the best employees, and shined the spotlight on one of our dedicated members.

Weekly Web Roundup: April 2, 2021

Friday, April 2, 2021

A data graphic that reads: 12,000 arts organizations don’t know if they’ll survive the pandemic. Support Creative Workers Now! #ArtsAdvocacy

This week: updating the economic power of the arts; advocacy reading and opportunities, including next week’s National Arts Action Summit and 10 reasons to support the arts in 2021; exploring the impact of COVID-19 on intentionally marginalized creative workers; how to bring a creative workforce recovery program to your community; and introducing the 2021 Diversity in Arts Leadership interns. 

National Cohort for the Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) Internship Program Selected for 2021

Monday, March 29, 2021

A graphic that reads "Diversity in Arts Leadership Interns 2021" and shows photos of the 25 interns and sponsor and partner logos.

Americans for the Arts and its partners, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Metro Arts: Nashville Office of Arts and Culture, are excited to announce the 25 interns selected to participate in the 2021 DIAL program, which matches undergraduate students from backgrounds underrepresented in arts leadership with dynamic communities, energetic host arts organizations, and committed mentors during a 10-week summer internship.

Weekly Web Roundup: March 19, 2021

Friday, March 19, 2021

A detail of the artwork shows an upside down bridge tower and the purple dot-matrix pattern of the artwork.

It’s been a difficult and painful week for the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and an important one for struggling artists and arts organizations seeking help from the newly established American Rescue Plan. Plus: tips and trends for arts advocacy in 2021, preserving arts spaces during COVID, exploring boundaries through public art, and defining the “inclusive creative economy.”

Resources to Combat Anti-Asian Racism

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

A photo of a sign in a window that reads "Racism is a pandemic"

In the wake of the shooting in Atlanta that has left eight individuals dead, six of whom were Asian, we are re-sharing an excerpt from a recent issue of our Cultural Equity Weekly News Digest focusing on resources specific to combatting anti-Asian racism. 

Americans for the Arts celebrates International Sculpture Day—will you join too?

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

A nighttime photo of a public art sculpture in the shape of a small house covered in decorative cut-out shapes. A light from inside casts shadows of the shapes around the sculpture.

On Saturday, April 24, Americans for the Arts will celebrate International Sculpture Day, a worldwide event created by the International Sculpture Center (ISC) for anyone with an appreciation or commitment to the field of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. We encourage all our members and followers to take part!

Weekly Web Roundup: March 12, 2021

Friday, March 12, 2021

A dancer dressed in white waves a large red cloth in the air in front of a concrete wall adorned with spray painted graffiti written in Japanese characters.

This week: what the newly-signed American Rescue Plan means for the arts and culture sector, a hopeful dance project bearing witness to nuclear disaster, the contributions craft can bring to a community, and research on the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women—especially in the arts field.


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