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Sequester Cuts Cultural Agencies

As you have no doubt been following in the headlines, specific parts of the federal budget, including that of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), have been impacted by a budgetary control called “sequestration” beginning last Friday. This sequester, totaling $85 billion, will reduce funding to almost all areas of domestic social programs by […]

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“I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist.”

National Arts Advocacy Day is significant because it grants us an opportunity to gather as a community to reflect on the role of contemporary artists in the 21st century. No matter what the chosen art form, the passion to do art and to be art is born out of an insatiable yearning to make beauty, […]

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Alec Baldwin and Nigel Lythgoe Discuss the Arts, Arts Education in America

Just outside the Arts Advocacy Day Congressional Arts Kick-Off event on April 17 in Washington, DC, Alec Baldwin and Nigel Lythgoe (executive producer/judge on So You Think You Can Dance and executive producer of American Idol) braved the wind to talk about their greatest arts experiences, arts education, and whether or not Alec could be […]

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Hill Harper: Arts Advocacy is Something I Live Everyday

2012 Arts Advocacy Day Co-chair Hill Harper took a few minutes out of his busy schedule during the two-day summit to talk to ARTSblog about arts advocacy, his own arts education experiences, and how he fights to help future generations receive it.

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Celebrating Arts Advocacy Day

Over 500 arts advocates are gathering at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC this morning to begin training for Arts Advocacy Day. This annual two-day event brings together representatives from nearly every state to meet with their members of Congress to advocate for a number of issues near and dear to those who love […]

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We received this in an email from the Arts Action Fund earlier this month and as it contains information about how we can affect US policy concerning the arts and what the Fund is doing for Arts Advocacy Day, coming up April 17, we thought it advisable to share it with our readers.

 

Last month, Arts Action Fund members voted overwhelmingly to adopt the policy position to support a budget of $155 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and to strengthen arts education opportunities within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. I want you to know that we heard you and because of your vote, we will bring national attention to these policy platforms during National Arts Advocacy Day on April 17, 2012. We will train hundreds of grassroots arts advocates before they go up to Capitol Hill on these very two positions. We have enlisted the

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The Hunger Games Surprised Stanley Tucci

In this minute-long clip, Stanley Tucci talks about what surprised him most about his new film The Hunger Games, which opens today across the country. This video is the conclusion to his short interview before providing testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior regarding 2013 appropriations for the National Endowment for the Arts, […]

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It’s Time for a New Database… (An EALS Post)

I work for a nonprofit organization where my title is the incredibly glamorous “Administrative Assistant and Database Coordinator.” Sometimes when talking myself up I like to say I’m the “Database Manager” as it sounds slightly more important. A couple months ago, my management was questioned when on a development call with the board chair the […]

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