Trending Articles

Friends of SOAR

For great posts about the business of art, check out The Artsy Shark HERE!
ArtistsBillofRights.org reviews competitions and appeals seeking creative content, listing those that respect your copyrights and highlighting those that don't. Art Matters! publishes calls to artists, and not all of them may be compliant with ABoR's standards. Visit their site to learn more.
We support the Embedded Metadata Manifesto.  Metadata is information such as copyright notice and contact info you can embed in your images to protect your intellectual property, save time when uploading to social sites and promote your art. Click to visit the site and learn more.

Happy Thanksgiving from Americans for the Arts!

Our offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday so our dedicated staff can enjoy the holiday. We’ll be back to work on Monday! Have a safe and happy holiday!

Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving from Americans for the Arts!

TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives

On Friday, June 8, I’ll be presenting my award-winning documentary TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives during the 2012 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in a session titled, Documenting the Importance of Arts Education. The film follows Marlin, an 18-year-old Hondureña, who shares a hidden history about her childhood with a theater company in […]

Continue reading TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives

Public Art & Community Attachment

Working in the field of public art automatically puts us in touch with the public, art, and its social context. In fact, public art may be one of a community’s most overlooked and underappreciated cultural assets; it’s accessible “on the street”, any time, free to all, without a ticket, and diverse in content. It can […]

Continue reading Public Art & Community Attachment

The 99% and the Arts

The arts are positively integrated into the Occupy Movement in several ways, but they are also a front on which activists are attacking the economic system. While the arts field wrestles internally with issues of diversity and aging, attacks by Occupy activists are actually an affirmation of the relevance of the arts in civic life. […]

Continue reading The 99% and the Arts

Thinking About the Impact of Public Art

I was impressed that so many posts during the Blog Salon have tackled the challenge of assessing the impact of public art—a particularly challenging area for building indicators of impact. Several years ago I heard Richard Florida describe public art in terms of community image when making a point about vital cities, i.e. those that […]

Continue reading Thinking About the Impact of Public Art

10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2012 (from Arts Watch)

Almost one year ago, I posted The Top Ten Reasons to Support the Arts in response to a business leader who wanted to make a compelling case for government and corporate contributions to the arts. Being a busy guy, he didn’t want a lot to read: “Keep it to one page, please.” With the arts […]

Continue reading 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2012 (from Arts Watch)

Happy New Year from Americans for the Arts!

In 2012, Americans for the Arts resolves to invigorate political discourse and the nation by continuing to spotlight the importance of the arts in America. Artists, teachers, arts managers and professionals, lawmakers, administrators, and advocates are integral to this mission. This election year, the urgency is growing to have political candidates and office holders understand […]

Continue reading Happy New Year from Americans for the Arts!