Apr 11, 2016

In light of recently passed and proposed laws across the United States aimed at prohibiting local governments from enacting anti-discrimination measures, Americans for the Arts releases a statement affirming that everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant creative life—essential to a healthy and democratic society. 

Mar 31, 2016

Last week, U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) launched an investigation into how federal agencies acquire and preserve art in their buildings, under the theory that these programs may be a waste of money. Americans for the Arts president & CEO, Robert L. Lynch, responds to this. 

Mar 09, 2016
The NABE Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), and Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, jointly announced today that Mary Anne Phan has won the eighth annual NABE Foundation/Americans for the Arts Scholarship Award. Phan was presented with the scholarship yesterday at the 2016 NABE Economic Policy Conference in Washington, DC. 
Mar 01, 2016

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, today announces a schedule of events for the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy and Arts Advocacy Day, as part of the National Arts Action Summit held March 7-8, 2016. Now in their 29th year, the events are presented by Americans for the Arts with more than 85 national organizational partners representing arts, culture, business, civic, and education institutions and individuals nationwide. 

Feb 16, 2016
Vans has announced that its Vans Custom Culture design competition has been named a finalist in the education category for the 2016 Cause Marketing Halo Awards. The Vans Custom Culture design competition was founded in 2010 with the goal of raising awareness of diminishing arts education budgets across the country and to help students express their #RightToArt. In 2012, Vans Custom Culture partnered with Americans for the Arts, and aims to show high school students how creativity can be their strongest asset as they grow and that artistic careers are viable.
Feb 09, 2016

Today, the Obama Administration released its FY 2017 budget request to Congress—the last of his Administration. The request includes a proposed $2 million increase, to $150 million, for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This proposed increase continues a welcomed funding climb, but falls short of the needs of the 95,000 nonprofit arts organizations and state and local arts agencies across the country.

Jan 28, 2016

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, announced today that more than 300 U.S. communities will be part of Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5 (AEP5), making it the largest national study measuring the economic impact of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences ever conducted. Surveys will be collected throughout calendar year 2016; results will be released in June of 2017.

Jan 22, 2016

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, and The United States Conference of Mayors today presented the 2016 Public Leadership in the Arts Awards to three elected officials and one artist at The United States Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting. The honorees have supported and promoted arts and culture in their communities. 

Jan 12, 2016
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced a year-long series of performances, discussions, and other events to celebrate the 35th anniversary of its iconic MacArthur Fellows Program in 2016.  The Foundation will collaborate with a diverse set of partners for the programming, including Americans for the Arts, Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival, Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and New York City’s 92nd Street Y. Most of the events will be open to the public for free or at low cost. 
Jan 05, 2016
Vans kicks off the seventh annual Vans Custom Culture competition, a national contest designed to give high school students a platform to embrace creative expression while joining a movement to support arts education. Starting today, high school art teachers can register their school to compete against thousands of other students, creating custom designs using blank Vans shoes as their canvas. The winning submission will receive a $50,000 donation from Vans to help foster the school’s #RightToArt movement, along with the potential that the school will see one of its designs produced for sale at select Vans retail locations and Vans.com.