May 23, 2016

Americans for the Arts today announces the release of a new statement on cultural equity. The effort was driven by the board of Americans for the Arts, compelled to re-commit the action, time, and resources toward cultural equity after field-wide engagement with changing demographics and changing habits of participation and consumption of the arts. 

May 18, 2016
Americans for the Arts will hold its annual convention in Boston from June 17–19, 2016. It is the largest national gathering of arts leaders and their partners in creative business, education, and government, and is expected to draw upwards of 1,000 attendees. A series of prominent speakers and arts innovators will explore the deep and diverse economic, civic, and social impacts that the arts generate for our nation’s neighborhoods and cities, as well as the role of the arts in creating and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities. More than 120 speakers in 32 sessions will cover a wide range of topics including arts education, public art, arts funding, cultural equity, employee engagement, research, and advocacy. Three pre-conferences will focus on arts leadership, community transformation, and public art. 
Apr 20, 2016

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, today announces that David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, will deliver the David Rockefeller Lecture on arts and business. Held on Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at The TimesCenter in New York City, the evening will also feature an introduction by acclaimed singer Renée Fleming, and a performance by Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra Blakey Ensemble. 

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.