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New Studies Show Devastating Impact on Arts Sector

Americans for the Arts President's FY20 Budget Calls for Termination of Cultural Agencies Again

We have some tough economic data to share with you about the arts sector, but with your advocacy help, we can work on recovering and rebuilding. Following up on Friday’s action alert on the HEROES Act legislation, we hope you will take five minutes to urge your members of Congress, especially your Senators, to increase support for pro-arts policies as negotiations continue on the next legislative package of COVID-19 relief.

The coronavirus continues to have a devastating impact on America’s arts sector. Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released Small Business Pulse Survey data showing three-quarters of responding “Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation” businesses saying the pandemic has had a “Large Negative Effect”—second only to “Accommodations and Food Services.” Unfortunately, by several measures, arts businesses are not getting the same level of relief as other sectors of the economy despite being more severely impacted.

U.S. Census Bureau Small Business Pulse

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Art Matters! to Communities…

Hannah West, founding editor of Art Matters!, recently wrote an article based on recent research into the positive impact of the arts on our state, local and national economies, the economic benefit from and demand for cultural tourism, and the power of the arts in education. Her piece now appears in the February issue of the Jacksonville Review; we’ll republish it here after their circulation has had a chance to see it in the paper.

Meanwhile, if you find yourself in Jacksonville this month, pick up a copy of the Review at any news stand in town. We’re looking forward to seeing if they also post it at their own website, http://jacksonvillereview.com and, now that the paper is on the street but the website hasn’t yet been updated, we are confident that they will. Once it appears we hope you will contribute your own thoughts in the comments. We’ll

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Dallas: Field Testing the Economic Impact of the Arts

Preparing for a briefing to our (Dallas) City Council’s Art, Culture, & Libraries Committee on the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study, I thought about doing a bit of random testing on the research findings. I just wanted a few talking points, really, to localize the fantastic data collected, analyzed, and interpreted by the dynamic […]

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Unveiling Our Arts & Economic Prosperity IV Study

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After two years of hard work, our research team is pleased to present the findings from our Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study on June 8 at our 2012 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Antonio. Even better, you can watch live as we roll out our new study of the economic impact […]

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The Arts: A New Business Strategy?

Once, while waiting in a really long, slow line I overheard a very proper Bostonian advising a companion in need of a restroom to just “alter your thinking, dear.” And perhaps that’s what the arts need to do regarding corporate philanthropy. Running the risk of rephrasing another Bostonian’s famous quote, ‘ask not what business can […]

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Finding the Right Words: Facts and Figures to Aid Your Fight for the Arts

It is now more important than ever to defend funding and preservation of the arts. This was the subject of “Making the Case for the Arts,” a session at this year’s Americans for the Arts convention. While many reasons for supporting the arts were addressed, Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans […]

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