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American Express and cause-related website TakePart.com have chosen to feature Americans for the Arts as one of only 10 Arts & Culture organizations in their new social media Members Project campaign.

ARTcast: President Obama's 2011 Budget and What it Means for the Arts

In this ARTcast, Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts, discusses President Obama's proposed 2011 budget, the effects it could have on arts funding, and how arts advocates can help fight for increased funding for the arts. For more information on the president's budget, click

ArtCast: Say Yes to President Obama’s National Volunteer Campaign

Bob Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, discusses “United We Serve,” this summer’s national volunteer campaign organized by the Obama Administration. He proposes that the arts community can demonstrate the huge impact it makes in communities across the country through its myriad of arts and volunteer programs.

Joyce Foundation renews support

Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce that Chicago-based Joyce Foundation has renewed its support for Americans for the Arts' Professional Development Fund for Emerging Arts Leaders of Color. A total of five Joyce Fellows from the Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin) will be selected to participate in this program.

Yes, We Can! Victory for the Arts in the Economic Recovery Bill

Just moments ago, the U.S. House of Representatives approved their final version of the Economic Recovery bill.  We can now confirm that the package DOES include $50 million in direct support for arts jobs through National Endowment for the Arts grants.  We are also happy to report that the exclusionary Coburn Amendment language banning certain arts groups from receiving any other economic recovery funds has also been successfully removed.  Tonight the Senate is scheduled to have their final vote, and President Obama plans to sign the bill on Monday - President's Day.

The Arts and Economic Recovery Policy Recommendations Announced

Americans for the Arts today released its policy recommendations to President-elect Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress, as they begin consideration of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. The nine recommendations detail how existing federal programs, as well as new proposals, can provide critical support to the country’s arts, as well as economic infrastructure.

Artcast Episode 15: The Arts as a Solution for the Challenges the Obama Administration will Face

Bob Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, discusses his hopes for the incoming Obama administration with respect to arts support and the use of the arts throughout different facets of the national government.  He specifically addresses the National Endowment for the Arts, international cultural exchanges, and the need for an Artist-Museum Partnership Act.

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Artcast Episode 13: Seasons Greetings to the Arts Community

Bob Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, wishes a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year to all the people who have worked this year to create, enjoy, and support the arts in our country and around the globe.

Artcast Episode 9: ArtsVote and the Upcoming Election

Bob Lynch, President & CEO of Americans for the Arts, discusses the upcoming election and how the ArtsVote initiative can help you make an informed decision when you place your vote on November 4th.

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On the Top Shelf of My Bookcase

Summer is all about finding that delicious summer book to read. The other night, I was at Kramerbooks, one of the best bookstores in DC. Their selection makes you feel erudite and ignorant at the same time. I thought I would send along some of my favorite books. I confess I am a divergent reader as this list demonstrates. And it is in no particular order. So if you are looking to pick up something new and interesting, noodle around in some of these ditties.

Calling all convention session proposals!

We are really excited to be heading to Seattle for the 2009 Annual Convention. Although Americans for the Arts hosts the convention, it is really YOUR convention. You are the presenters, participants, and consumers of this event. You are the ones who make it successful. We just set the stage for you to connect, listen, and learn from one another. 

We are currently accepting proposals to present. DEADLINE: AUGUST 1.

With a deep bow, I walk off stage…

As creative professionals, we are especially attuned to the nuances of “well coming” and “well going.” Put another way, we know how to walk on stage and walk off stage really well. We understand the importance of first impressions and we know how to make a lasting impression within those fleeting moments. Most professionals overlook these vital socio-cultural clues. Not us. Never underestimate the asset of this skill. We also know how to honor the power of closure—for ourselves and for our audience.

Convention Graduation

There are moments where you sense things so intensely they have a texture and vibration all their own. One experiences joy and humility in the same breath and it brings a lump to your throat even though you are smiling broadly. I had many grateful moments like these over the course of Convention. To me, our Convention is a graduation experience of sorts (true confessions from a former high school teacher). It happens in June. It’s a culmination of a year’s worth of work. And, when it happens, you forget all the hard times in between and fall back in love with your work all over again.

Getting Unstuck

Through the joys of technology, I have been stuck in a virtual world unable to post my entries—so on the final day, here is my first post.

I started getting unstuck with the Animating Democracy Workshop looking at best practices of civic engagement—and we moved. We re-framed ideas, asked creative questions, and literally spoke from our positions in the room. We brainstormed projects and examined how to bring dialogue, action, and participation through artistic and civic engagement into the same space, and what we can do once we are in that space.  

It's an arts EMERGENCY - call 911!

This morning, one of the worst things that could happen at an Annual Convention happened.

The fire alarm went off ~ 8:15am and we all had to evacuate the building. Seriously.

I have the privilege of working with one of the most professional staff in the business, to say nothing of our meeting and events team who are running the behind the scenes business of this convention. We all kicked into high gear. Even several of our attendees.

The Art Agenda podcast

Lex Leifheit is the Vice Chair of the Emerging Leader Council and she runs a weekly radio show on 88.1FM, WESU Radio in Middletown, CT, called “The Art Agenda.” Since Lex is going to be in Philadelphia, she pre-recorded her show to air this weekend.

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Guest Bloggers at Convention

Convention is right around the corner and I can taste the anticipation in the air! I am hearing from so many people about how excited they are to see each other, to attend sessions and just be in the same room together. Yes, I oversee two program tracks (Leadership and Career360) and I will be working throughout the three+ days. But my convention experience is more than my job. It reconnects me with why I do the work that I do. Sometimes I attend other national convenings and it takes energy away from me. The people at our convention fill me with energy; they feed my soul.

Career 360 Clinics

Career 360 is a new, innovative dimension of our Annual Convention. So far,
the feedback we have been receiving confirms that lots of people are really
excited about participating in a full menu of discussions, appointments
and sessions.

Career 360 - Talk Turkey (or Tofu) About Career Development

Career 360 is a new dimension of convention this year. It is happening on Saturday afternoon, June 21 and runs concurrently to ArtVenures and Walk&Talks. Looking for some career advice or ways to lead a sustainable career in the arts? This program is for you!

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Philadelphia Story – movie style

We are one month out to Annual Convention and, like I did for Vegas last year, I thought it would be fun to collect a list of “must see Philadelphia movies.” Below are some suggestions. Which one are you going to watch first? Did I miss any good ones (or bad)?

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Facilitative Leadership in a Networked World

Leaders throughout the world are grappling with the implications of moving from the post-industrial era to the information age…an age where design, innovation, and creativity are essential to our ability to lead effectively. This period of radically accelerated change is demanding each of us to make a profound internal shift in our behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs.  And – perhaps most daunting of all – to acquire the new skills, tools, and frameworks that we need to lead in a networked world.

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Knowledge + Creativity= Competitive Edge

Engaging the Arts for a Creative Workforce
Graduation season is now upon us and soon the job market will be replete with fresh eyed graduates, eager to apply the skills they learned in school to their first jobs.  After listening to speeches that troll the smorgasbord of opportunities available to them after they leave their alma mater, they will depart their schools convinced that they have been adequately prepared for success. 

County Arts Commission Considers the Future of Arts Funding

"In his impassioned and witty keynote address, Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert Lynch assessed the seemingly grim situation with optimism, pointing out that the arts are a growth economy." Read more from the Santa Barbara Independent.

April Membership Benefit of the Month

Get networked in. Americans for the Arts Networks, Peer Groups, and Councils connect members who have like interests. Peer groups are centered on interest and/or profession, such as Rural and Small Communities. Groups meet face to face during the annual convention and communicate year-round through members-only listservs. Formal networks have been created to respond to the needs of:

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