$10.5 Million Suite of Programs Set to Generate National Dialogue and Engage Key Stakeholders Over the Next Three Years

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, today announced Transforming America’s Communities Through the Arts, a comprehensive, three-year initiative to increase understanding of the value of the arts and investment in the arts. The initiative will help leaders and the general public better understand arts and culture as central to creating and sustaining healthier, more vibrant communities in the United States.
Over the course of 2015–2017, this $10.5 million initiative will activate a diverse set of programming spanning public, private, and non-profit sectors. The framework of Transforming America’s Communities for the Arts closely follows the strategic goals of Americans for the Arts and will employ five major strategies:
  1. convening local, state, and national leaders in more than 100 locations nationwide; 
  2. expanding partnerships between the for-profit, nonprofit, and government sectors;
  3. creating positive cultural policy change at the federal, state and local levels; 
  4. mobilizing decision-makers and stakeholders with facts, compelling research and models of dynamic community problem solving utilizing the power of the arts; and
  5. integrating artists and arts professionals as thought leaders into key decision-making efforts.
“Ensuring Americans understand that the arts help build healthy communities has been at the core of Americans for the Arts work for its 55-year history,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Our Transforming America’s Communities Through the Arts initiative expands on this commitment, with an aim to support and spotlight the great work of our local, state, and national partners. It is critical that Americans and particularly our decision-makers understand how the arts are a powerful partner toward the solution for a wide variety of challenges facing our communities ranging from quality education and building a creative workforce to health and crime prevention.” 
Through work with public and private sector partners, Americans for the Arts has identified a number of opportunities for the arts to play or continue to play an important role in issues that communities will address over the next few years, including diversity, education, infrastructure, healing and military, the economy, and many others. Americans for the Arts’ work through some dozen upcoming action projects such as the New Community Visions Initiative, the State Policy Pilot Program, and the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military will help address these issues directly. 
Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.