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Arts Advocacy: It’s Worth More Than Dollars & Cents

Why advocate for public funding of the arts? It’s a question I’ve never really asked myself, because it’s always been valuable to me. I grew up in North Carolina during the height of the “Culture Wars.” The summer after my junior year of college I interned in the budget office of the National Endowment for […]

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Open the Door & Come In: Celebrating Penny Balkin Bach

“Open the Door and Come In,” a sweet phrase invented as a fortune cookie prediction by her granddaughter, fully expresses the life and work of Penny Balkin Bach, Public Art Dialogue’s (PAD) 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Penny is the longtime executive director of the Association for Public Art (APA; formerly the Fairmount Park Art […]

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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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Fighting for a Well-Rounded Education

Pennsylvania is quickly becoming a hotbed for arts education advocacy. Just a little over a week ago, I found this video from York, showing how students protested the loss of art and music in a proposed budget. Today, I became aware of a movement in Upper Darby (just outside of Philadelphia) under the banner Save Upper […]

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Saving Arts Education: “It builds a sense of community. I think it just makes well-rounded students”

Upon hearing that the York City School District School Board in Pennsylvania was considering eliminating art, music, guidance counselors, and some sports to help balance the budget, arts education supporters rallied for the cause. They even had band members play outside of the meeting deciding their fate. This is exactly the type of simple advocacy […]

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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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Random Acts of Culture™

Throughout the country, many performing groups have taken to public forums to display Random Acts of Culture™ (supported generously by the Knight Foundation) covering all art forms including music, dance, and theater. Just a few weeks ago, the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte captured this dance performance from their local airport: But there are […]

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Can’t Stop Creative Conversations

As we enter the third week of National Arts and Humanities Month, I would just like to thank all the local community leaders who have participated in our Creative Conversations! Already, Creative Conversations have sparked local dialogue that is helping to unify groups of individuals engaged in arts and culture. These events help spur advocacy […]

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Announcing the Winners of the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge

October 10, 2011 Today the NEA and the Knight Foundation announced the five finalist projects for the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge. Watch the video to find out who they are. (You can also read the challenge winner press release in the NEA News Room.) Interested in reading more about new models for arts journalism? […]

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