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Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts, in conjunction with The United States Conference of Mayors, today presented the 2010 National Award for Congressional Arts Leadership to U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). The award, which recognizes distinguished public service on behalf of the arts, was presented at the Congressional Arts Kick Off during Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.
Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit for advancing the arts, is celebrating Arts Advocacy Day today along with the Congressional Arts Caucus and 86 national co-sponsors. A highlight of the day is a Congressional hearing entitled “Arts Build Communities” hosted by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and its newly appointed chairman, Rep. James P. Moran (D-VA). Americans for the Arts witnesses at the hearing include acclaimed actors Jeff Daniels and Kyle MacLachlan, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and U.S. Army Brigadier General Nolen V. Bivens (ret.). Witnesses are asking Congress to support a budget of $180 million for the National Endowment for the Arts in the FY 2011 Interior Appropriations bill.
Americans for the Arts submitted the following testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior supporting FY 2011 funding for the National Endowment for the Arts at a level of $180 million.
Americans for the Arts, in conjunction with the Congressional Arts Caucus and 86 national co-sponsors, celebrates Arts Advocacy Day 2010 in which more than 400 grassroots arts supporters from across the Unites States take to Capitol Hill to advocate for pro-arts legislation.
Americans for the Arts, in conjunction with the Congressional Arts Caucus and 86 national co-sponsors, celebrates Arts Advocacy Day 2010 in which more than 400 grassroots arts supporters from across the United States take to Capitol Hill to advocate for pro-arts legislation. The day begins with the Congressional Arts Kick Off where acclaimed film and TV actor Kyle MacLachlan will be among the featured speakers.
Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit for advancing the arts, commends Congress on passing comprehensive health care reform legislation. This bill ensures that the nation’s artists and arts workers will now receive increased access to the health coverage they deserve. The final legislation included major reform policies supported by Americans for the Arts and its national health care coalition of 20 other arts organizations.
Americans for the Arts announced today the recipients of ten full scholarships, including travel and lodging, to the 2010 Americans for the Arts Half-Century Summit and Annual Convention in Baltimore, MD, from June 25–27. These scholarships provide an opportunity for emerging leaders and those working in underserved communities to network with peers, gain professional development at workshops, and bring new ideas and skills back to the communities they serve.
Americans for the Arts announces that the Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Jr. will deliver the 23rd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy, a leading national forum for arts policy, intended to stimulate discussion of policy and social issues affecting the arts. The lecture provides an opportunity for public discourse at the highest levels on the importance of the arts and culture to our nation’s well-being.
In an effort to promote the need for more music and arts education opportunities for children the Ad Council has teamed up with Americans for the Arts and the NAMM Foundation to announce the launch of new newspaper and magazine public service advertisements (PSAs) from The Arts. Ask for More. campaign. The PSAs are an extension of an ongoing national PSA campaign launched in 2001 and designed to increase parental involvement in championing music and arts education both in and out of school, including through community programs. The national multimedia public service advertising campaign targets parents and caregivers of children pre-K to 8th grade.
Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch gave the following statement on the release of the Obama Administration budget for FY 2011: