A Busy Summer for the Arts Action Fund

The Americans for the Arts Action Fund, in partnership with NAMM: National Association of Music Merchants, The Recording Academy (GRAMMYs), and The United States Conference of Mayors partnered together to sponsor programs at both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention with the help of the respective local arts agencies in Tampa and Charlotte (Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the

Final Days to Enter Student Poster Design Contest

The Art Institutes and Americans for the Arts are accepting entries for our 2012 Poster Design Competition through February 3. Winners will earn up to a full tuition scholarship to study at one of the more than 45 Art Institutes across the country.

This year's competition challenges high school seniors and graduates from the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico to design a poster that best expresses the competition's new theme, "You Can Create Tomorrow." Contestants will compete in two different categories: high school senior or high school graduate/adult.

Reader Content Survey for Americans for the Arts

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Jamie Foxx Invites You to Experience 'Thunder Soul'

Jamie Foxx here, writing you to share the good news about Thunder Soul – a very special film that is close to my heart. This film is a rare gem – more than just a “must-see” it’s a “must-experience” for all ages.

South Carolina Governor Vetoes Arts Funding

Editors Note: Click here for an update on this story.

In response to South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s decision to veto funding for the South Carolina Arts Commission, Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, issued the following statement:

Arts Advocacy Day 2011: Capitol Hill Flash Mob

During the Arts Advocacy Day Congressional Arts Kick Off, a flash mob broke out into song singing "America the Beautiful". It's safe to say that this was the first chorus flash mob that Capitol Hill has ever seen!

National Arts Index Drops to Lowest Point in Twelve Years, but Signals that Arts Creation and Volunteerism is Up

Americans for the Arts released its second annual National Arts Index scores this week and the findings won't surprise you: the 2009 Index score of 97.7 is the lowest Index score in the twelve years it measures.

Mayors Respond to the Arts En Masse in Mass.

The arts are a huge part of communities everywhere, bringing culture, vibrancy, and economic well-being to cities around the country.  But arts supporters often wonder if their civic leaders are aware of the impact the arts have, lobbying their local councils and state legislatures with stories and statistics on the importance of supp

Creative Conversations are Happening Now!

Due to the incredible dedication in putting together thoughtful and relevant Creative Conversations for emerging arts leaders, young/new arts professionals in communities across the country now have the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialo

Are the Arts the Best Hope for America?

Derrick Ashong thinks so.  Ashong spent his formative years living in several countries abroad, as well as a number of U.S. cities before attending Harvard. Fully prepared to continue his education by getting a PhD, Derrick found himself drawn toward advocacy instead.

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Join the Discussion about Arts, Technology, and Creative Rights

Last week, ArtsJournal hosted a series of conversational blog posts about the nature of artists rights in a hi-tech, networked world.  To read more on this blog series, co-hosted by ArtsJournal, NAMAC, Future of Music Coalition and Fractured Atlas, visit http://www.artsjournal.com/artists/.

Creativity in Business

Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, interviewed Redford at an event on June 24 at the Philadelphia Theater Company presented by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (an affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce) and professional services company Towers Watson.

Huffington summons the better angels of our nature

Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post, addresses how the arts and culture fit into our society, communications, and information sharing. In a world where technology can bridge the gap between cultures, online tools that pull together different voices and communities are increasingly vital. The Huffington Post is a prime example.

No Flash? Watch here on iPhone or iPad - http://vimeo.com/12876851.

Well-Rounded Curriculum in the Spotlight as ESEA Re-Write Gains Momentum

By Heather Noonan, Vice President for Advocacy for the League of American Orchestras and Co-Chair of the ad-hoc National Arts Education Policy Working Group

GREEN PAPER: The Future of Jazz

Welcome to the Green Paper discussion on the future of Jazz. We encourage you to read the full Green Paper available in the tab above and make general comments at this time. We are currently looking for an emerging leader ambassador to help lead the conversation about the future of jazz.

The FAQs of an Emerging Arts Leader

by Anna Sebourn

As a second year graduate student in Arts Management getting ready to move from academia to a career, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the difficulty of the transition. Sure, I’ve taken a graduate level Arts Marketing class and had a marketing internship . . .but what kind of marketing jobs should I apply for? Am I considered entry-level or mid-level? And sure, I know how to market an arts event fairly well, but how well can I market MYSELF to employers?

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