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Federal Departments Announce New Tourism Strategy

On May 10, U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson and the U.S. Secretary for the Interior Ken Salazar released the U.S. National Travel & Tourism Strategy as developed through the Task Force on Travel & Competitiveness. The task force had been set up through a Presidential Executive Order in January that called for a strategy […]

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Honoring Nancy Hanks - Our Annual Lecture on Arts and Public Policy

Americans for the Arts is proud to announce that 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy. The lecture itself is dedicated to an impressive and influential individual — Nancy Hanks, former president of Americans for the Arts (then known as the American Council for the Arts) and […]

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The Trickle-Down Effect of Federal Arts Education Policy

Not long into my tenure at the U.S. Department of Education during the Clinton administration, I came to understand the limits of what the federal government can do for K-12 education. At the time, the department boosted funding to support the hiring of 100,000 new teachers and the launch of a new national afterschool initiative […]

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Kansas: To the Stars Through Difficulties

The recent events in the Kansas state government were like “déjà vu all over again” for those of us in Topeka. In 2005, our city council decided that our local arts council would no longer receive funding from the general budget, or any budget for that matter. In response, the Topeka Community Foundation moved ahead […]

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