Dec 10, 2021
Two photos of people wearing a red floral scarf and a blue and black mandala scarf.

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.

Dec 09, 2021
Cover of a report titled "Arts Data in the Public Sector: Strategies for Local Arts Agencies" by Bloomberg Associates.

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.

Nov 23, 2021
Person at a drawing board looking over their shoulder at camera.

“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.

Nov 18, 2021
A headshot of Tanya Aguiñiga, which shows a person with close-shaved hair, wearing glasses, a large hooped necklace, and a cloudy-blue shirt.

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.

Nov 18, 2021
A headshot of a Mark Valdez, who appears with short gray and black hair, wearing a blue shirt with a white collar and a gray undershirt.

Los Angeles-based director, writer, and cultural organizer Mark Valdez is this year’s recipient of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s annual Zelda Fichandler Award, which recognizes directors and choreographers who have demonstrated great accomplishment with singular creativity and deep investment in a particular community or region. Valdez also was the recipient of the 2019 Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities from Americans for the Arts.

Nov 16, 2021
A black and white logo that reads: World Design Capital, San Diego - Tijuana 2024

The World Design Organization recognized the cities of San Diego in the United States and Tijuana in Mexico as a result of their commitment to human-centered design and legacy of cross-border collaboration to transform the region’s natural and built environments.

Nov 08, 2021
Screenshot of a Zoom call from the first At the Table event.

At The Table is a new group of African-American arts leaders responsible for organizing dynamic discussions that showcase and leverage our collective cultural and philanthropic power. The group aims to offer opportunities for connection, a platform for financial growth, infrastructure for community building, and encouragement to engage in wellness.

Oct 27, 2021
An image of a hand being projected upon a five-story building.

Certain Party or Parties Unknown (CPPU) is a temporary multi-media public art exhibition focusing on three African American men who fell victim to racial terror lynchings in Montgomery County, Maryland in the 1880s—Mr. John Diggs-Dorsey, Mr. George Peck, and Mr. Sidney Randolph—to further community dialogue about racial justice and increase awareness of local history.

Oct 20, 2021
Photo of a person wearing purple gloves and cleaning a blue and white ceramic vase, with overlaid text that reads #AskAConservator

Arts professionals who oversee municipal or public art collections, or local arts agencies that work directly with artists, will find information and ways to engage with conservation and preservation professionals on social media.

Oct 18, 2021
Text that reads "Measure for Measure"

Local arts agencies are all about fostering community ties. October, being National Arts and Humanities Month, is a good time to mark the indelible role played by local arts agencies in their towns, cities, and neighborhoods—and how the NEA’s administration of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) will reinforce these local networks.