Celebrate National Shop Local Artists Week 2018

Be part of the nationwide celebration December 2-8, 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018

From December 2 to 8, 2018, the initiative encourages the creative field to join together in communities across the country to promote the sales of the work of local artists, and to promote to all consumers that art—including tickets to events and organization memberships—makes great holiday gifts.

The professional company returns to where it all began with a winter performance Saturday evening and a matinee on Sunday afternoon for all-ages. Eric Hampton’s “Unravel”will open the program. BMDC’s Choreographer in Residence, Ilana Goldman will share a new piece titled "Facile Manipulations". The evening will also explore the intersection of dance and engineering with a premiere piece, “Lissajous,” commissioned by Drexel University and choreographed by Lucy Bowen McCauley.

Challenging Teaching Norms: A New Art History Curriculum

In the rise of a socially-conscious zeitgeist, a spectrum of practices across the vast catalog of art institutions and programming have come into question, specifically around the issues of representation and equity. From hiring policies to curation, art audiences are demanding more inclusive narratives. Often our digital platforms provide the unfortunate circumstance of sustaining a highly contentious environment around these conversations. A common response across many institutions has been to remain steadfast and inflexible in questionable practice, as opposed to considering the validity of such cultural objections. But some institutions have found a way to respond to the current state of cultural criticism in more productive ways. 

Join Silent Dance Society in the most unique and memorable dance parties in town. Hit the dance floor as you choose from among three live Music Channels playing everything from electro dance beats to throwback tunes to Deep House and Top 40 on your wireless headphones. Your selection lights up your headphones in a corresponding color, so you can synch up with others moving to the same music. Each ticket includes admission for one and headset rental.
 
Every Saturday! Event is 21+

Americans for the Arts Introduces the Arts + Social Impact Explorer

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Today, Americans for the Arts unveiled the Arts + Social Impact Explorer, an interactive online tool that draws together more than 1,000 data points on how the arts impact and integrate into 26 different sectors ranging from education and innovation, to health and wellness, immigration, faith and environment. The tool provides quick top-line research, example projects, core research papers, and lists service and partner organizations doing this work, as well as provides printable PDF fact sheets to share with decisionmakers.

Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018: An In-Depth Look at Perceptions and Attitudes About the Arts in America

In a society struggling to find equity and social justice, Americans believe the arts improve the quality of our communities. How do we know? We asked. Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018 is the second in a series of national public opinion surveys conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Americans for the Arts. One of the largest ever conducted, it gauges the public perspective on (1) personal engagement in the arts as audience and creator, (2) support for arts education and government arts funding, (3) opinions on the personal and well-being benefits that come from engaging in the arts, and (4) how those personal benefits extend to the community. Here are some findings of the survey. 

This fall at ARTECHOUSE, step into a colorful digital menagerie of nature-inspired creatures and plant life that will react in real-time to your gestures and actions. New Nature is the first solo exhibition for Polish born, San-Francisco based digital artist Marpi. The highly interactive exhibit inspired by early gaming platforms explores our organic world through immersive audio-visual experience, incorporating responsive technology, computer learning (A.I.), and music.
 

Americans for the Arts presented the 31st Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Eisenhower Theater of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The U.S. Department of Education along with the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers will open the exhibits of 2018 winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. One of the 2017 National Student Poets will read from her works. 

Americans for the Arts Is Celebrating National Arts in Education Week September 9-15

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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Americans for the Arts today announced its celebration of National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the nation to celebrate the transformative power of the arts in education. 

Anacostia Unmapped 2.0 Exhibition + CAH Gallery celebrate 202Creates Month and National Arts In Education Week with a special weekend opening, Sunday, September 9 from 11 am - 3:30 pm.  This FREE Event offers families and the community at large time to experience and engage with this exhibition, alongside interactive [hands-on] art workshops during this special opening! Anacostia Unmapped 2.0 Exhibition closes September 14, 2018. Visit the website for more details at 

Explore the mind-bending sci-fi worlds and infinite 3D geometric patterns of Fractal Worlds, new immersive and virtual art experience at ARTECHOUSE. Comprised of three installations and eight virtual reality stations, Fractal Worlds by Julius Horsthuis blends the real and virtual world together in this summer exhibition. Get ready for a visual journey of discovery as you uncover immensely unique fractal realities powered by math and infinite geometric patterns.
 
On View July 7 - September 3 at ARTECHOUSE / Washington, DC
 

YoungArts Exhibition at the U.S. Department of Education Promotes Tolerance

Monday, June 4, 2018

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Student Art Exhibit Program, which has been in operation since 2004, regularly features a rotating collection of visual art created by both American and international students. On May 4, the program debuted an exhibit called “Total Tolerance.” The exhibit includes various photos, paintings, and poetry by winners of the 2018 YoungArts’ National Arts Competition, a yearly competition for young artists ages 15-18.

Americans for the Arts to Present American Express Emerging Leaders Award to Quanice G. Floyd

Floyd to Receive Award on June 16 at Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Denver, CO

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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Americans for the Arts announced today that Quanice G. Floyd, educator and founder/director of Arts Administrators of Color Network, will be awarded the 2018 American Express Emerging Leaders Award. The annual award recognizes an exceptional new and/or young arts professional for their exemplary leadership, deep engagement with community, and strong commitment to advancing the arts. 

From Shy to Fly—How the Arts Developed My Self Worth

I first realized I had the power to create change through the arts in a small camp in my hometown, Rockford, IL. I was just a little girl trying to muster up the courage to get on stage and perform when I attended the Rockford Area Arts Council Camp for Young Creatives. Waiting backstage with knots in my stomach, fingernails digging into my fingertips to distract from my nerves, I reassured myself I knew all the moves. “I got this,” I thought to myself, “...but wait! What’s step one again!?” The music starts and my body takes over, making all the right decisions on time. All that was required of me was trusting my capacity to pull it off. It was before I knew what it meant to be a woman of color and the importance of representation in leadership roles, and before I could speak intelligibly about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts. 

Questioning the value of change from inside the Archives of American Art

In response to the prompt for this writing: yes, I have been at the forefront of critical changes, and I can identify the factors empowering me to do so. Those changes, centered on an inclusive understanding of what constitutes “American art,” will certainly continue to motivate my work. As I settle into my new role, however, I realize that my power to create change in the arts is rooted in a desire to encourage students and my peers to take a beat, and ask ourselves if and when we are seeking change for change’s sake. Is forward always the best direction? In my hours of conversation and archival dives, it is apparent to me every day that many of today’s issues are not unique.

Would you like to go on an adventure? It’s called SoulCollage®. Its purpose? To nurture, explore, discover, and direct our life energies…to enjoy community and creativity and to see messages from our inner selves…our hearts and souls.

Creative expression has often been used in the healing process and it is at the core of Smith Center’s philosophy, but fear of judgment and “not being an artist” can often prevent us from tapping into its healing power. Join us for Outside the Lines, where a facilitator will help you reclaim art-making as a healing tool through guided creative projects. Participants who feel comfortable working on their own projects are also welcome to do so. Our extensive collection of supplies is available for all to use.

While most of us don’t think of ourselves as poets, in a safe space and with the guidance of a gifted facilitator, we can unleash the poetry that resides within us. The benefits of creative expression as a path to healing are well known. Join us to experience the powerful, mysterious and often surprising gifts that emerge as you listen to poetry, participate in simple exercises to get the juices flowing, and then begin to write.

Blurring the lines between the real and virtual, Naked Eyes, the latest immersive exhibition at ARTECHOUSE by a world-renowned artist studio NONOTAK, is the ultimate celebration of light. Comprised of four unique installations, with each piece very site specific, the exhibit is a completely immersive and other-worldly experience of sound and vision. Visitors are encouraged to focus on their emotional connection with the artwork, seeking unique viewpoints and in every sense of the word, experience the created dreamlike environments.
 

Our DC

On Friday, March 9, 2018, twelve 4th-8th graders from four Turnaround Arts: Milwaukee schools boarded a plane for Washington, DC—a city largely defined to them by what is depicted on television, on the internet, or in a textbook. Their purpose: to perform in the Turnaround Arts National Talent Show at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Many of these twelve had never performed before on a national stage—let alone a stage at all, for those whose schools don’t employ arts educators and have only what we refer to as a gym-a-cafe-torium. Some of them have discovered their passion and love for the arts as a means to motivate them to higher academic and social levels, while others had been selected knowing this would be their first time ever performing! Regardless of experience, we held all the students to high expectations—not only to practice, prepare, and perform, but to represent their school, district, city, and state. 

Incubating Art for Social Impact: An Interview with Halcyon Arts Lab in Washington, DC

This spring break season has seen an increase in the numbers of students, teachers, and arts advocates choosing civic engagement over a hedonistic week at the beach. As engagement in the arts for positive impact towards civic engagement and social justice continues to trend up, community building around organizations and practitioners working in social practice becomes increasingly important. So I reached out to Nicole Dowd, Program Manager of Halcyon Arts Lab—a newly launched residency and incubator program for artists working in social justice in Washington, DC—to learn insights gained from the first full year of the program. With local influences and resources ranging from Capitol Hill to an actively engaged tri-state area with interests in arts, policy, civic engagement, and everything in between, visiting artists to the Halcyon Arts Lab are welcomed into a profoundly energetic creative environment.

I know you’ll agree that the arts help communities heal, learn, and grow. All year long, I work to advance and lead the organizations that are important to me, like YoungArts, American Ballet Theatre, Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, New World Symphony and so many others. And that’s why I support Americans for the Arts: because they help make it possible for arts organizations and artists in communities all over the country to do what they do better.

The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation is hosting its 9th annual conference in partnership with the Georgetown Art Law Association on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. 
Regsiter at http://culturalheritagelaw.org/2018-Conference

March 15 - May 6
 
Celebrate spring and the cherry blossom season with SAKURA YUME // Cherry Blossom Dream, a large-scale seasonal installation at ARTECHOUSE. Inviting visitors of all ages, this immersive installation encompasses five unique activations where elements of Japanese culture and tradition become experiences at the intersection of art and technology.
 

Preparing Your Organization and Your Donors for Shifts in the Charitable Tax Deduction

On January 1, the 2018 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act went into effect, a substantial change to the U.S. tax code which has the potential to negatively impact arts and culture nonprofit organizations in a variety of ways. One of the most significant impacts will come in changes related to the thresholds and amounts associated with the charitable tax deduction. This 100-year-old provision was designed to stimulate giving to charities and other organizations serving the public good by providing an opportunity to claim a deduction as a reduction in an individual’s tax burden. While the repercussions of the federal tax code changes are still emerging, and corresponding shifts in state-by-state tax policy may impact your situation, the notes that follow are an introductory primer. If you have questions about state-level implications, we recommend you reach out to your state comptroller or state association of nonprofits.

Strength in Numbers

In advocacy, there’s enormous value in the large numbers of voices coming together, unified around an issue. Arts Advocacy Day brings together more than 500 individuals who are passionate about the policies that support artists and audiences in their communities. Those who visit Washington, DC each spring roam the halls of Congress, meet with Congressional members or their staff, and follow up with thank you letters and stories. We bombard lawmakers with a lot of information, facts, and anecdotes, bringing a wave of enthusiasm for pro-arts policy-making. But what happens throughout the rest of the year in DC?

Arts Advocacy Day Is Coming

Although years may really just be a number, in its 31 years, Arts Advocacy Day has seen six different U.S. presidents spanning both political parties. It’s witnessed sixteen different congressional sessions and eight different Speakers of the U.S. House. Through it all, every year, attendees hear that “the arts are bipARTtisan.” Because, no matter who’s in office, arts advocacy matters. Funding decisions are made every year. Who’s deciding this year may not be deciding next year. Who’s to remember what happened before? Who’s to know why it matters? Who’s to learn from each other? The answer is us. All of us. All of us together.

Americans for the Arts Joins Federal Amicus Brief in Support of Free Speech Rights of Congressional Art Competition Student Artist

Americans for the Arts joined 17 national, state, and local arts service organizations urging reversal of a ruling that permitted Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers to remove a painting by St. Louis high school student David Pulphus from a Congressional Art Competition exhibit at the U.S. Capitol. His allegorical post-Ferguson painting depicts a civil rights demonstration and includes two police officers with boar heads; one is pointing his gun at a protester with the head of wolf. The painting was removed under pressure from a small group of Congressmen, with the contention that the exhibition was “government speech” which the government could censor at will. 

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