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The year is winding down, but the work of artists and arts organizations keeps going! Check out a robust slate of online learning happening in December on ArtsU, and take a look back at recent blogs and news you might have missed.
Renowned contemporary artist and Americans for the Arts Artists Committee member Shepard Fairey has designed two natural fiber scarves, ‘Floral Takeover’ (red) and ‘Lotus Diamond’ (blue), with proceeds benefitting Americans for the Arts. Shepard and his wife Amanda collaborated with their friend Julie Gardner of Obscura Designs to produce these natural fiber scarves that can be either hung as art or worn.
Arts Data in the Public Sector: Strategies for Local Arts Agencies summarizes findings from extensive sector research and an in-depth analysis of data practices of 15 local arts agencies across the country. Through best practices and case studies, the guide aims to help city arts leaders use data to show measurable impact, identify priority policy areas, and promote access to the arts across communities.
In partnership with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Americans for the Arts is pleased to present Representative Leslie Herod (D-CO) with the Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership. The award recognizes a state legislator who has consistently advocated for the advancement of pro-arts legislation, funding, and promotion in their region. The ceremony took place this morning at the NCSL Jobs Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Americans for the Arts and its national partners are excited to announce that applications for the Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) internship program are now open! Summer 2022 will mark the 30th year of the DIAL program, and host sites have expanded once again to six national locations: New York City, New Jersey, Nashville, Boston, Sarasota (FL), and Raleigh/Wake County (NC). The deadline for applications is January 14, 2022.
Americans for the Arts today announced its annual National Arts Marketing Project Conference, held virtually December 7–8, 2021. As the nation continues to react and respond to the changing landscape created by the pandemic, uncertainty is the only constant. The conference will prepare the arts and culture field with tools, tactics, strategies, and inspiration to go forth into 2022 and beyond. The National Arts Marketing Project Conference is the largest gathering of arts marketers in the country.
“First Lady Presents” is a collaboration between The Nevada State Museum and Nevada First Lady Katherine Sisolak that elevates contemporary Nevada artists through a curatorial lens of equity and a dedication towards cultural awareness. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, November’s featured artist is comic book artist Theo Tso from the Las Vegas Paiute Indian Colony.
This week: How local arts agencies can better connect to Native culture, $20 million in NEA grants funded by the American Rescue Plan, the first ever binational World Design Capital along the U.S.-Mexico border, a new platform of power for African-American arts leaders, the launch of the Arts & Cultural Equity Studio, transformative public art in New Jersey, and more!
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced American Rescue Plan (ARP) grants totaling $20,200,000 to 66 local arts agencies for subgranting to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic.
The Heinz Family Foundation announced their 26th Heinz Awards recipients, including Tanya Aguiñiga, a visual artist recognized for blending contemporary craft, sculpture and performance to address issues of migration, gender and identity. Aguiñiga also was the inaugural recipient in 2018 of the Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities from Americans for the Arts.