Art in the News - 2017
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Nationwide, VA medical facilities use the creative arts as one form of rehabilitative treatment to help Veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. Across the country each year, Veterans enrolled at VA health care facilities compete in a local creative arts competition that began in January.
The latest report showed that arts funding increased from the corporate community between 2014 and 2016. The results align with Americans for the Arts and the Conference Board’s survey of Business Contributions to the Arts released in June. Both corporate giving surveys demonstrate that businesses are recognizing the role the arts play in advancing corporate goals, including increasing employee engagement and creativity.
Americans for the Arts is excited to collaborate with Cuseum on Ink For The Arts, a new initiative to unite people in the fight against the elimination of federal arts programs. The campaign comes in reaction to the ongoing threats to cut funding for the arts, which would put the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and other programs at risk.
In August 2017, the Tennessee Shakespeare Company began working with Veterans at the Memphis VA Medical Association. This program brings together service Veterans with theatre practitioners to use the plays of Shakespeare in addressing combat-related traumatic and re-integration issues.
The OBX Veterans Week is a collaborative event on the Outer Banks of North Carolina that celebrates Veterans, active-duty military and their families through the arts. Founded in 2013, the event is in its fifth year and is scheduled to take place November 3-12, 2017. OBX Veterans Week is organized by Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced plans to award $1 million in emergency grants to libraries, museums, colleges, universities, and other cultural and historical hit by Hurricane Harvey, which has devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana with record-breaking rainfall and flooding.
Dr. Catterall built his career on the inquiry of creativity and produced pervasive works that fueled the advancement of arts and arts education friendly policies in the United States and around the world. Americans for the Arts wishes to dedicate the upcoming National Arts in Education Week celebration in his honor.
In the city of Huntsville, Alabama and the surrounding Madison County, the nonprofit arts and culture industry plays a vital role in the economy. Arts and Economic Prosperity 5, a new economic impact study by Americans for the Arts, measured the economic impact of arts nonprofits in Huntsville/Madison County, which was one of 341 study regions across the country.
The nonprofit arts and culture industry in Door County, Wisconsin generates $24.7 million in economic activity per year, according to a new study by Americans for the Arts. $15 million of this total comes from event-related spending by audience members on items such as meals, parking, and hotel rooms.
A new study from Americans for the Arts measured the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Lynchburg, Virginia at $10.8 million per year. In 2015, these organizations spent $6,648,618 on salaries, contracts, supplies, and other expenses. In addition, audience members generated $4,207,822 in event related spending—such as meals, souvenirs, and transportation.