Author(s): Americans for the Arts
Date of Publication: Mar 01, 2018

The nonprofit arts, unlike most industries, leverage significant amounts of event-related spending by their audiences. Attendance at arts events generates related commerce for hotels, restaurants, parking garages, and more.


Author(s): Cohen, Randy
Date of Publication: Jan 01, 2018

The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. The arts bring us joy, help us express our values, and build bridges between cultures. The arts are also a fundamental component of a healthy community—strengthening them socially, educationally, and economically—benefits that persist even in difficult social and economic times.

Author(s): Myatt, Alice
Date of Publication: Jul 01, 2017

This handbook outlines the process of creating GEOLOOM, a tool to foster creative placemaking through capturing the broad range of arts and culture in Baltimore, Maryland. While Baltimore is a city of approximately 600,000 residents, the process can be adapted for a community of any size, city or town, urban or rural. All communities have both formal and informal arts and cultural activities and we believe that mapping them along with other data can assist in teh decision-making necessary for making communities vibrant and sustainable.

Author(s): Stern, Mark J. and Seifert, Susan C.
Date of Publication: Mar 01, 2017

This report presents the current findings of a study of culture and social wellbeing in New York City conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP) in collaboration with Reinvestment Fund. The project began in the fall of 2014 when SIAP accepted an invitation from Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City, to conduct a study of the social value of the arts. The study builds on SIAP’s over twenty years of research and writing on the non-­‐ economic impact of the arts on urban communities. During that time, SIAP has

Author(s): Americans for the Arts
Date of Publication: Mar 01, 2017

This 2017 fact sheet gives and overview of Local Arts Agencies (LAAs) program from1965-2016. LAAs work to ensure a vital presence for the art in communities across the country. They provide services to sustain their local arts industries and endeavor to make the arts access.


Author(s): Nelson, Erika
Date of Publication: Feb 01, 2017

This essay was written as a means to provide an outlook of the current understandings of what make planning and implement public art in rural areas unique.

Author(s): Kalima Rose, Milly Hawk Daniel, and Jeremy Liu
Date of Publication: Jan 01, 2017

The community-centered arts and culture movement—made up of social justice artists, arts and culture agencies focused on racial equity, and cultural centers that serve communities of color and low-income communities— leads in securing cultural assets, building greater social cohesion, and feeding economic vibrancy. [Introduction p.4]

Author(s): Americans for the Arts
Date of Publication: Jan 01, 2017

This infographic provides an overview of what Local Arts Agencies are, how they are funded, and how they serve their communities.

Author(s): Amy Schwartzman
Date of Publication: Jan 01, 2017

"This Guide introduces a network-building approach, called “cultural placekeeping,” for both safeguarding and strengthening local arts and culture communities. Organizing a self-help emergency action network to supplement and coordinate with the existing disaster management system is a way to foster community cohesion and connectedness—important generally and invaluable when a crisis strikes" [preface]

Author(s): Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
Date of Publication: Jan 01, 2017

Youth in social circus programs across the US are making big leaps in the skills they need to lead productive lives, according to a recently completed study commissioned by the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) and conducted by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. The study found that circus arts has a positive impact on the Social and Emotional Learning outcomes of youth at risk.