Minnesota Commissioner Toni Carter to Receive Public Leadership in the Arts Award for County Arts Leadership

Friday, July 22, 2022

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Americans for the Arts and the National Association of Counties (NACo) award Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter of Minnesota the Public Leadership in the Arts Award for County Arts Leadership. The award recognizes an elected official who has advanced the arts within their community and whose vision and leadership provide heightened visibility to the value of the arts.

Alaska Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer Receives Award for State Arts Leadership

Thursday, July 21, 2022

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Americans for the Arts and the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) today announced Alaska Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer as the recipient of the 2022 Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership. The annual award honors a public official who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts at the state/territory level.

Americans for the Arts Awards Urban Designer Paola Aguirre Serrano with the 2022 Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design

Thursday, May 19, 2022

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Americans for the Arts today announced that urban designer Paola Aguirre Serrano has been awarded the 2022 Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design. A first-of-its-kind national recognition program established by the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation, the prize includes a cash stipend of $30,000 plus opportunities for Aguirre Serrano to participate in discussions about her work with national leaders in the arts and other allied fields.

Americans for the Arts Honors Three Arts Leaders For Enriching Communities Through the Arts

Thursday, May 19, 2022

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Americans for the Arts announced today the recipients of the 2022 Americans for the Arts Leadership Awards at Americans for the Arts’ Annual Convention. Given annually, the awards recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations committed to enriching their communities through the arts.

Adriane Jefferson Awarded American Express Emerging Leader Award for Community Impact

Thursday, May 19, 2022

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Americans for the Arts announced today that Adriane Jefferson, director of the Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs for the City of New Haven and the executive director of New Haven Festival Inc, has been awarded the 2022 American Express Emerging Leader Award at Americans for the Arts’ Annual Convention. The award recognizes an exceptional new and/or young arts professional for their exemplary leadership, deep engagement with community, and strong commitment to advancing the arts.

Americans for the Arts Announces In-Person Annual Convention

May 18-20, 2022, at Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

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Americans for the Arts today announced its May 18–20 Annual Convention, bringing the creative field together in person for the first time since 2019. Through 22 sessions held in D.C.’s historic Omni Shoreham Hotel, participants will celebrate the transformative, collective strength of creative workers and cultural organizations across the United States; listen to and learn from creative leaders offering wisdom on the way forward; and better understand how the nonprofit arts field can build an equitable arts, culture, and creative economy together as we reemerge and rebuild from the pandemic.

Americans for the Arts Action Fund Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

Thursday, April 28, 2022

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Americans for the Arts Action Fund is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to its board of directors: Nolen V. Bivens, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts; Patrick Brien, executive director of the Riverside Arts Council; Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, vice president for cultural affairs for Arizona State University and executive director of ASU Gammage; and Felix Sanchez, chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts.

Centering Equity and Inclusion, Americans for the Arts Launches ‘Arts & Economic Prosperity 6’ Study

Data Collection for Sixth National Study of Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry Set to Begin May 1

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

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Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce the launch of Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), the sixth national study of the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry. Building on its 25-year legacy, AEP6 will examine the economic power that the arts and culture wield in 387 participating communities representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each community will receive a customized economic impact report about the number of jobs supported, government revenue generated, and economic activity of its nonprofit arts and culture sector.

Americans for the Arts Welcomes New Members as Board of Directors

Monday, April 25, 2022

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Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce the addition of five new members to its board of directors: Torrie Allen, president and CEO of Arts Midwest; Christopher Cutler, CFA, founder and president of Manager Analysis Services, LLC; Marc D. Folk, president and CEO of The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo; Kristina Newman-Scott, executive director of The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at New York Public Radio; and Ravi S. Rajan, president of the California Institute of the Arts. These new members will start June 1 and join at a critical time to help further the transformative and mission-focused work of the board and organization in support of the arts and culture sector and field. 

Americans for the Arts and the Americans for the Arts Action Fund Issue a Statement in Response to Biden Administration’s Proposed FY 2023 Budget

Thursday, March 31, 2022

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Nolen Bivens, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, and Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, released a statement in response to the Biden administration’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget. 

500+ Arts Advocates from 48 States Convene for National Arts Action Summit March 28–30

Consolidating Pro-Arts Legislative Gains for Artists, Virtual Summit Will Focus on Annual Appropriations Process, Creative Workforce Bills Currently Under Consideration by Congress

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

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Americans for the Arts will convene more than 500 grassroots advocates from across the country for the annual National Arts Action Summit, held March 28–30. In 2022, the arts sector faces new advocacy and legislative challenges. Over the last 12 months, more pro-arts bills have been introduced in Congress than ever before in U.S. history. Through shared leadership and by presenting a thoughtful, unified message, advocates can ensure their voice is heard by decisionmakers when Congress considers issues like the budget, creative economy, and job creation throughout the year.

Americans for the Arts Welcomes National Endowment for the Humanities Chair Shelly C. Lowe

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

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Americans for the Arts’ President and CEO Nolen V. Bivens issued a statement on the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of President Joseph R. Biden’s nomination of Shelly C. Lowe as the next chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors Honor Elected Officials for Exceptional Commitment to Arts

Governor Bill Anaotubby, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Mayor Gavin Buckley Understand Important Role That Arts and Culture Play in Society

Friday, January 21, 2022

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Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors today presented the 2022 Public Leadership in the Arts Awards to three elected officials at The U.S. Conference of Mayors 90th Winter Meeting. The honorees include Bill Anaotubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation; Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston, Texas; and Gavin Buckley, Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland.

Americans for the Arts Honors Dance Artists Charya Burt and Christopher ‘Mad Dog’ Thomas with Annual Johnson Fellowship

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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Americans for the Arts today announced two extraordinary dance artists as recipients of the 2022 Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities: Charya Burt of Windsor, California, and Christopher “Mad Dog” Thomas of Chicago. The Johnson Fellowship honors an individual artist who demonstrates a sustained commitment to civic participation through their work, and who has made a positive and meaningful difference to inspire, inform, engage, challenge, animate, and celebrate communities through arts and culture. Each is recognized with a $35,000 award. 

Americans for the Arts Welcomes New National Endowment for the Arts Chair Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson

Senate Confirmation Marks Moment of Great Opportunity for Nation’s Cultural Agency

Sunday, December 19, 2021

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Americans for the Arts’ President and CEO Nolen V. Bivens issued a statement following Saturday’s U.S. Senate confirmation of President Joseph R. Biden’s nomination of Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson as the next chair of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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