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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5 Ways You Benefit from Writing Poetry! (from The pARTnership Movement)

April is National Poetry Month, inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets to celebrate poetry and its vital role in American culture. The academy sponsors events such as the star-studded Poetry & the Creative Mind Gala (April 17 at Lincoln Center in New York City) and mass-appeal activities like Poem in Your Pocket Day (April […]

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Design Thinking Needed in Collaborative Workplace (from The pARTnership Movement)

Fostering and managing innovation is a continuous challenge for businesses. To meet this challenge it is critical to build a workplace culture that supports failure as an inevitability on the path to innovation. Artists and designers are taught that their best work is a result of these failures and progress can be made by revisiting […]

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STEM to STEAM: Finding a Seat at the ‘Cool Kids’ Table

STEM is like the most popular kid in school these days. Everyone wants to sit at the same lunch table and share Doritos. Fortunately for the arts community, we have a powerful resource as the national conversation transforms from STEM to STEAM: Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) announced the formation of […]

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Arts & Business Partnerships Beyond Mere Aesthetics (from The pARTnership Movement)

When I was asked—strike that—begged, to sit on our in-house committee to renovate our offices, it was explained that someone was needed to bring my department’s voice to the designing table. And knowing to play to my vanity, I was told, “Your artistic eye is sorely needed.” Yet even so, I reluctantly agreed. “Besides,” it […]

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Do Business Executives Believe Artistic Pursuits Add Value to Their Work? (from The pARTnership Movement)

Richard Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class is now 11 years old, and the notion that left-brained corporate types can benefit from right-brained creative types is acknowledged as gospel. Although Florida’s work has resulted in blue-chip value for “creative thinkers,” there is no empirical evidence to show whether business executives claim any workplace value […]

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Mentoring & the Multicultural Arts Management Internship Program (from The pARTnership Movement)

Throughout my life there have been people I admired and looked up to. I realized the value and impact of having mentors in my life when I spent a summer working for a charitable group as a camp counselor for challenged teens. I learned as much from them as they did me and what I […]

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Presenting Our Vans Custom Culture Grant Winning Schools

Learning in the arts enables every individual to develop the critical thinking, collaborative, and creative skills necessary to succeed in today’s ever-changing world. Vans and its national charity partner Americans for the Arts envision a country where every child has access to—and takes part in–high quality learning experiences in the arts, both in school and […]

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KRIS Wine ‘Art of Education’ Contest Winners Unveiled

As you saw in a previous ARTSblog post, Brunswick Acres Elementary School in Kendall Park, NJ was very dedicated to winning the third annual “Art of Education” contest sponsored by KRIS Wine and Americans for the Arts. Not only did this video help them jump out to an early lead, but it helped them score […]

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