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Fall Update from Americans for the Arts

This update contains important information for many of us in the arts world, including a message form President and CEO Robert Lynch, reports on various programs and funding for arts in education, information about arts-friendly legislation and politicians / political candidates, and of course National Arts in Education Week, September 13–19, 2015!

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Michelle Anderst at Contained - Kirkland Arts Center

Garcinia Stomata, painting by Michelle Anderst

Michelle Anderst to exhibit at Contained show, Kirkland Arts Center, in Seattle.

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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: Unexpected Attempt at Veto Override Unsuccessful

Yesterday, members of the Kansas House of Representatives unexpectedly attempted to override Gov. Brownback’s line item veto of funding for the Kansas Arts Commission, but the body fell short of the needed votes to do so. Here are more details from the Associated Press: “The vote in the House was 50-44. But legislators who wanted […]

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