Los Angeles Theater Artist Mark Valdez Awarded Americans for the Arts’ 2019 Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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Americans for the Arts announces today that theater artist and cultural organizer Mark Valdez is the recipient of the 2019 Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities. The $65,000 award will support him in advancing his work in community-based theater during the fellowship year. 

Vans Custom Culture Competition Champions Youth Creativity for a Decade

Registration opens for the nationwide high school art competition to support art education and creative expression

Friday, January 4, 2019

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Vans, the action sports brand and icon of creative expression, invites public and private high school art students to participate in the tenth year of Vans Custom Culture. Vans Custom Culture was created to provide high school students a platform to showcase their creative abilities, while providing access to underfunded art programs. This year marks a decade of Vans' continued dedication to giving back to the arts through its competition where students have a chance to win a grand prize of $75,000 and $10,000 to four runner-up schools.

Americans for the Arts Welcomes New and Re-Elected Advisory Council Members

Friday, December 14, 2018

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Americans for the Arts today announced new and re-elected advisory council members for each of their four networks: Arts Education, Emerging Leaders, Private Sector, and Public Art Network. These individuals will advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on developing programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership. 

Americans for the Arts Presents 2018 Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership to California Senator Ben Allen

Friday, December 7, 2018

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In partnership with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Americans for the Arts is pleased to present California Senator Ben Allen with the Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership. The award honors state officials who effectively lead the arts advancement movement in their region. The ceremony took place this morning at the NCSL Capitol Forum in Washington, DC.

Americans for the Arts Issues Statement in Response to Nomination of Mary Anne Carter to Chair NEA

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch offered this statement in response to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Mary Anne Carter to chair the National Endowment for the Arts.

More Than 550 Arts Marketers to Convene in Seattle at Americans for the Arts’ National Arts Marketing Project Conference

November 9-12 at The Westin Seattle Hotel

Monday, November 5, 2018

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Americans for the Arts and The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture will host the annual National Arts Marketing Project Conference at The Westin Seattle in Seattle, Washington on November 9-12, 2018. The largest gathering of arts marketers in the country, the conference is a critical forum for arts marketers to discuss the newest and most important marketing tools, the rapidly shifting demographics and behaviors of consumers, as well as how arts and culture organizations can best remain relevant in a time of flux and uncertainty. 

Private Sector Shows a Steadfast Commitment to the Arts Built on Long-Term Partnerships, According to New Survey by The Conference Board and Americans for the Arts

Manufacturing companies lead total contributions with an average of $4.6 million to arts organizations

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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According to a new survey by The Conference Board and Americans for the Arts, nearly a quarter of companies expect to increase their funding for the arts in the next 12 months and only 7 percent expect a decrease. These increases will likely be driven by increased overall philanthropy budgets. The study also found that nearly all companies are engaged with the arts community, complementing the support for the sector delivered through the National Endowment of the Arts.  

Americans for the Arts Announces the National Arts Awards

Awardees to Be Honored on October 22 at Cipriani in New York City

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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Americans for the Arts will present the annual National Arts Awards on Monday, October 22, as part of National Arts & Humanities Month. The awards recognize artists and arts leaders who exhibit exemplary national leadership and whose work demonstrates extraordinary achievement.

Americans Speak Out About the Arts in New Public Opinion Poll

Americans Believe the Arts Strengthen Communities Socially, Educationally, Economically

Thursday, September 27, 2018

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Americans for the Arts today released Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018, one of the largest national public opinion surveys of American perceptions and attitudes towards the arts and arts funding. The new research demonstrates that Americans continue to be highly engaged in the arts and believe more strongly than ever that the arts promote personal well-being, help us understand other cultures, are essential to a well-rounded education, and that government has an important role in funding the arts.

Americans for the Arts Is Celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month During October

Americans Are Encouraged to Explore the Role of Arts in Their Communities

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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Americans for the Arts today announced its October celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, a coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America. During the month-long celebration, Americans are encouraged to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives. 

Americans for the Arts Reports Record Number of Celebrations Held During National Arts in Education Week September 9-15

Monday, September 24, 2018

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Americans for the Arts reported that more than 800 celebrations were held in communities across the nation for the 8th annual National Arts in Education Week, September 9-15 – a significant uptick compared with 428 in 2017. The celebrations ranged from block parties to city hall meetings to online visibility campaigns. 

Americans for the Arts Is Celebrating National Arts in Education Week September 9-15

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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Americans for the Arts today announced its celebration of National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the nation to celebrate the transformative power of the arts in education. 

Americans for the Arts Announces Annual Business Committee for the Arts Awards to Honor Exceptional Businesses and Leaders

Awardees to Be Honored on October 2 at Gala in New York City

Monday, August 20, 2018

Americans for the Arts today announced this year’s BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America honorees. Presented every year by the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of Americans for the Arts, the BCA 10 awards recognize 10 U.S. companies, a business leader, and an arts and business partnership for their exceptional commitment to the arts. The awards will be presented by Americans for the Arts on October 2, 2018, at a black-tie gala at The Central Park Boathouse in New York City. 

Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch Listed as Top 50 Executive in Nonprofit Sector by The NonProfit Times

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch was named to 2018 NPT Power & Influence Top 50, an annual list in its 21st year highlighting the nonprofit sector’s top working executives for innovation and influence on the broader sector. This is the fourth year Lynch has been recognized by the publication for his leadership for Americans for the Arts. He was previously recognized in 2012, 2013, and 2014. 

Americans for the Arts Issues Statement in Response to Rejection of Amendment to Cut Funding to NEA, NEH

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch offered a statement in response to this afternoon’s House of Representatives vote rejecting an amendment to cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities by 15 percent. 

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