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A Good Day, from the Cultural Advocacy Coalition

The Cultural Advocacy Coalition is grassroots and ground-up. We lobby on behalf of arts and culture, primarily in Salem, to pass an agenda that is shaped by our members and adopted by our Board. We educate legislators, provide research and analysis for policymakers, communicate with affected groups and advocate for a thriving future for arts and culture in Oregon. We need individuals and organizations willing to support this important work with donations and real-time advocacy for culture. We are most effective when we represent the full range of our diverse statewide cultural community. If you care about Oregon Culture: we need you. Please join today and help us defend the Oregon Cultural Trust; advocate for arts education and robust state funding of arts, heritage and the humanities.

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In Philanthropists’ Shoes: Three Perspectives on Being Genuine From Luxury Brands and High Net Worth Individuals (from the pARTnership Movement)

While corporate philanthropy has long ago shifted from community charity to strategic, carefully designed programs, a fundamental question of authenticity can undermine the soundest strategies. If the association between a company and a cause, or the social impact of the company’s action does not resonate with consumers and other stakeholders, what is the point of […]

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The Value of the Arts in Education & Life

As a university administrator and associate professor, I frequently interact with parents who visit our campus with respective students. The one question that is always interesting to field is, “What will my child be able to do with a degree in (fill in your respective arts area here)?” From a financial standpoint the question is […]

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Studying the Arts in Higher Education Creates Artists & Alchemists

Arts education in our society sometimes gets a bad rap. When I’m speaking with potential students and their families I’m frequently asked questions such as: What do people actually do with a degree from the College of Fine Arts? What kind of jobs do they get? How much money do they make? These are all […]

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Yesterday’s Tragedy in Boston

The tragedy in Boston yesterday was horrific and inexplicable and all of us at Americans for the Arts send our deepest sympathy and thoughts to those injured and to their families. As we saw and heard things unfold from our offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, the Americans for the Arts staff began […]

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The Arts: A Promising Solution to Meeting the Challenges of Today’s Military

On November 15, 2012, a group of concerned and dedicated military, government, private sector, and nonprofit leaders gathered at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC for the Arts & Health in the Military National Roundtable. The Roundtable represented the second step in the ongoing development of the multi-year National […]

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Yo-Yo Ma Spins an Emotional Tale of “Art for Life’s Sake”

As I have been sitting back at my desk at Americans for the Arts this afternoon, I’ve had a hard time coming up with a way to describe what I experienced last night at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It could be the lack of sleep, the lack of coffee, or […]

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Arts Advocacy: It’s Worth More Than Dollars & Cents

Why advocate for public funding of the arts? It’s a question I’ve never really asked myself, because it’s always been valuable to me. I grew up in North Carolina during the height of the “Culture Wars.” The summer after my junior year of college I interned in the budget office of the National Endowment for […]

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Join Arts Advocacy Day from Your Desk (or Couch)

As Congress returns to work in Washington, DC, this week they will face more than just angry tourists who came to see the not-quite-in-bloom cherry blossoms. Today, advocates are receiving training from experts and tomorrow 500 arts advocates from across the country (and even Japan!) will take to the Hill on behalf of their local […]

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10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2013

There is an old quote attributed to John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich: “If any man will draw up his case, and put his name at the foot of the first page, I will give him an immediate reply. Where he compels me to turn over the sheet, he must wait my leisure…With the 2013 arts advocacy season once again upon us, the following is my updated Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts:

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