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Koch Quits!

Two days ago, in a big win for cultural institutions everywhere, it was announced that David H. Koch has resigned in his role on the board of the American Museum of Natural History. You may be familiar with Koch, the ‘the fourth richest person in America’ the billionaire who has given millions in ‘philanthropy’ to […]

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In Philanthropists’ Shoes: Three Perspectives on Being Genuine From Luxury Brands and High Net Worth Individuals (from the pARTnership Movement)

While corporate philanthropy has long ago shifted from community charity to strategic, carefully designed programs, a fundamental question of authenticity can undermine the soundest strategies. If the association between a company and a cause, or the social impact of the company’s action does not resonate with consumers and other stakeholders, what is the point of […]

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Enter the Vans Custom Culture Contest to Support Art Education at Your School

As a Vans Custom Culture national charity partner in 2013, Americans for the Arts is proud to work closely with Vans to reinforce the importance of arts education in schools across the country. With the launch of the Vans Custom Culture art competition on January 2, budding artists and designers are racing to have their […]

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KRIS Wine ‘Art of Education’ Contest Winners Unveiled

As you saw in a previous ARTSblog post, Brunswick Acres Elementary School in Kendall Park, NJ was very dedicated to winning the third annual “Art of Education” contest sponsored by KRIS Wine and Americans for the Arts. Not only did this video help them jump out to an early lead, but it helped them score […]

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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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Keeping the Arts in Public Schools

It’s a favorite time of year for students, teachers, and parents as the weather finally cools, leaves begin changing, and pumpkins pop up on every corner. Oh, and students across the country make the daily trek back to school. For 16 lucky schools, those students and arts teachers can add a little more bounce to […]

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Keeping the Arts in Public Schools

It’s a favorite time of year for students, teachers, and parents as the weather finally cools, leaves begin changing, and pumpkins pop up on every corner. Oh, and students across the country make the daily trek back to school. For 16 lucky schools, those students and arts teachers can add a little more bounce to […]

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Partners in Preservation (from The pARTnership Movement)

Historic Preservation may not be the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of the arts or corporate philanthropy, but the preservation, restoration, and reuse of cultural assets like historic buildings, monuments, and parks can revitalize neighborhoods, stimulate tourism and local economies, and preserve our natural resources by conserving energy and reducing […]

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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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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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