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Arts Education Campaign Yields Results in Portland

On November 6, Portland voters passed ballot measure 26-146 to restore arts and music programs in Portland schools and fund arts access citywide. Needless to say, we are thrilled with the results—the measure passed with 62% approval! Measure 26-126 creates a new income tax of $35 per income-earning resident (above the federal poverty level), which […]

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BCA10 Awards Showcase pARTnerships (from The pARTnership Movement)

When business supports the arts, everyone profits. I had the honor of serving as a judge for The BCA 10 awards this year and found tangible evidence that this is true. The annual awards recognize 10 U.S. companies for their exceptional commitment to the arts. We evaluated nominees from across America—from small mom and pop […]

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Giving Voice to the Arts - eNews Update from Americans for the Arts

Giving Voice to the Arts - Americans for the Arts

In this issue: ArtsVote2012 Programs Featured at the Political Conventions Sport Your Action Fund Wares Research from Americans for the Arts Shaping Federal Arts Policy Supporting Arts Advocacy in States and Cities PAC Update Message from the President – Elections are not just about the candidates you vote for, but the policies they support and the impact they will have on the arts in your community.

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The State of the Arts: The Arts are in a State

The findings in the recent 2012 National Arts Index describing the state of the arts are profoundly disturbing. The Index reported a long list of measures that trend down for arts, music, and cultural organizations, among them: waning program budgets, attendance, funding, expenditures, and a decrease in the overall number of arts organizations themselves. As […]

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Funding Restored for South Carolina Arts Commission!

State legislators met over the past two days to consider overrides of Gov. Nikki Haley’s vetoes to the state budget. Two of these vetoes impacted funding for the South Carolina Arts Commission. Veto #1 completely eliminated funding for the South Carolina Arts Commission, resulting in the agency closing its doors on June 9. Veto #21 […]

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SC: Arts Advocates Protest Arts Veto on Eve of Legislative Sessions

As the South Carolina House currently debates which of Gov. Nikki Haley’s vetoes to override (the Senate will do the same tomorrow), I couldn’t help but post the following video of arts advocates outside the State House last night: Although the weather didn’t cooperate, hundreds of artists and arts supporters came out to protest Gov. […]

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Bringing Poetry to Prisons

It’s rare, if not completely unheard of, to hear a recent college graduate speak about the social responsibility that compels him to reach the community at-large as well as the individual spirit. And quite possibly, it’s even more unique to hear this from a young poet, one who holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from […]

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Are We Actually Underestimating the True Value of the Arts?

Mr. Swanson is trained to look at such studies with a healthy skepticism, and to point out problems in the methodology. But rather than overstating our case, this leading regional economist is saying that, if anything, we are underestimating the true value of the arts to the community and to area economic vitality. Whoa! That’s criticism we can all live with. $135 billion in economic expenditures nationwide is only a glimpse of what art adds to our nation as a whole. I knew that we were unable to get information from a large percentage of eligible organizations, and I also was well aware that the for-profit sector—private art galleries, production companies, professional artists—were not part of this study, both of which would add to the final report on economic impact. But I did not expect a top-level economist to make an argument that sounded like one we might make, essentially preaching to the choir.

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The Supreme Court’s Healthcare Decision & The Arts

In 2007, the Americans for the Arts Action Fund put together a policy agenda for the 15 presidential candidates to consider as they built their policy platforms. Among arts policy items was a call to “encourage initiatives that provide healthcare coverage to arts organizations and individual artists.” By early 2008, after meeting with campaign staff […]

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Why Am I and What Difference Does It Make?: Questions from a Young Artist

TweetMy name is Victoria Ford. I’m Southern, I’m black, and I’m an artist. Perhaps you’re wondering—and appropriately so—why I would begin this way. My introduction is inspired by exciting news. With her recent honor as the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Tretheway is the first Southern writer to hold this prestigious title since Robert Penn […]

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