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Americans for the Arts

In just two weeks, we’ve raised over one-quarter of our year-end goal of $20,000. You can view real-time results of the campaign by clicking the thermometer to the right of the page. Please help us reach our goal by contributing now.

In the midst of this holiday giving season and during “fiscal cliff” negotiations, Congress and the White House are actually considering future limits to the charitable deduction in order to help close the revenue gap. Because we know how devastating this could be to nonprofit arts organizations across the country, we are advocating with a broad coalition of charities to prevent this from happening by lobbying Congress daily, placing whole-page ads in newspapers, and engaging the media to help tell our story.

Please know that your support matters. The Arts Action Fund is the only national bipartisan voice that helps advance the arts in both the electoral and legislative

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Indie Art: Writer/Musician Dao Strom Opens Her Circle to a New Audience

Dao Strom at Shore Acres State Park, Oregon, by Lincoln Meeker

“We Were Meant to Be a Gentle People” is a musical and literary project that combines an EP with illustrated chapbook to explore the history and culture of Vietnam. After her agent said her manuscript was “too literary” to market, writer and musician Dao Strom took the project to the Oregon Arts Commission and earned a Career Opportunity Grant. Now she seeks a new audience with an internet campaign at

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Corporate Giving is an Investment in the Community (from The pARTnership Movement)

The new pARTnership Movement has really resonated with the Cultural Alliance of York County (PA). Though we solicit individuals now, we started, and mostly still are, a corporate campaign for the arts. Annually we raise $1.2 million dollars. More than 300 companies make that happen by contributing to a campaign for arts, history, and culture. […]

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Creative Financial Approaches Support the Creative Economy

Government budget deficits and budget limits of charitable foundations have made alternatives for financing arts projects more important. Five programs in Los Angeles this February showed that many other approaches to funding the arts can work well—and help arts organizations boost participation at the same time. Each program has taken a different approach to raising […]

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Stop the Patchwork (from Arts Watch)

Our patchwork approach to providing arts education has gotta stop! I recently read an article about a school that won a $25,000 contest by HGTV to redesign their arts room, and it actually left me upset. Why, you ask? The short answer? I’m tired of the band-aid approach. The stop gap measures. It’s the same […]

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Are You Worried About Your Arts Education Program’s Future?

Anyone with their eyes open today can’t help but wonder if those “gloom and doomers” might at least be partly right — should we be worried for our organizations’ survival? And if so, with many arts organizations closing their doors, what we do to keep ours open? CREATIVE PRAGMATISM For decades now, arts programs have […]

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Things Remembered from NAMPC

I felt my head nearly exploding from all the information I was dutifully scribbling down as fast as arm could push my pen. Armed with page after page of notes and new, exciting ideas to share with my co-workers, I left NAMP feeling inspired and empowered. The messages that resonated the loudest for me were:

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The Power to Give

My colleagues and I at the Arts & Science Council (ASC) have been closely following the national and regional trends that affect the health of the arts industry. In particular, several trends have caught our attention: 1) arts giving in America continues to lose market share to other charities; 2) recent analysis showed that 85 […]

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Stop Blogging. Start Engaging. (Welcome to the Arts Marketing Blog Salon)

As the 2011 National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference: Winning Audiences quickly approaches, we are taking a cue from our keynote speaker, Scott Stratten and his best-selling book, UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging. What better way to kick off a meeting about audience engagement, communications, and revenue generation than with an online discussion with you […]

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