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Postcard from California and Arizona, Part One

March 8, 2012 by Rocco Landesman Can you find me in this photo with the Watts Village Theater Co. and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission staff at the Rosa Parks metro station? Photo by Linda Chiavaroli, L.A. County Arts Commission I’ve been California—and Arizona—dreaming for the last couple of weeks. This was probably my […]

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New Year’s Resolutions: Checklists versus Commitments

New Year’s Resolutions for the Arts Administrator: • Participate in one arts and culture activity or lecture per week (okay, realistically – maybe two per month) • Finally read the pile of field related books and articles that I’ve been collecting on my desk • Volunteer for another arts organization and/or join a board • […]

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Public Art and Transportation Enhancements: Congressional Action Update (from Arts Watch)

As Americans are well aware, Congress is going through some significant policy discussions regarding the proper role of government and federal funding. One particular program that funds numerous arts projects nationwide is the Transportation Enhancements program (TE) funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation, and administered by state transportation agencies often in partnership with local […]

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Lining up for the bus?

November 15, 2011 Text by Paulette Beete; images courtesy of Madison Arts Commission “I want to write and thank you for the Bus Lines Poetry program. I ride the bus regularly and read the poems. They are quite stunning, especially when we consider that they are written by school children. The Bus Lines poems remind […]

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No More Starving Artists!

November 14, 2011 By Rebecca Gross Support Starving artists via flickr user Wrote On September 17, the Iowa Arts Council hosted the third iteration of its No More Starving Artists conference. With workshops that included self-marketing, pricing your work, and creating business plans, the event focused on the know-how required to make a living as […]

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The Power to Give

October 17, 2011 by Scott Provancher, President, Arts & Science Council Scott Provancher. Photo courtesy of Arts & Science Council 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 […]

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How the Arts Helped Us Through the September 11 Tragedy

In late July 2001, Americans for the Arts held its annual conference in New York City. It was the biggest gathering we had ever had, some 1,600 leaders from the local arts agency and state arts agency worlds, including not only members of Americans for the Arts but also the National Assembly of State Arts […]

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Perserverance and Imagination

Perseverance and imagination. These are two words that successfully describe what rural and small arts organizations continually do. I was once again reminded of this first-hand as I listened to the rural and small arts organization peer group discussion at our Annual Convention in San Diego last week. It’s been a few years since Americans […]

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Art Talk with Marna Stalcup, The Right Brain Initiative

June 20, 2011 Washington, DC By Victoria Hutter   Video courtesy of The Right Brain Initiative Go to the web site of the Right Brain Initiative and you know immediately you’re in for some serious fun. Arrows fly across the screen as a dog descends from above. A smiling, puffing smokestack encourages you to join the […]

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