There is a growing interest in public art from across the country. In the Public Art Programs Fiscal Year 2001 report, Americans for the Arts estimated 350 public art programs across the U.S. The 2017 Survey of Public Art Programs identified more than twice as many. With this growth it is important to understand the various ways public art is planned for and implemented in different communities. In this post, we provide an overview of three papers published by Americans for the Arts that speak to the diverse needs of public art programs across the country, and how local institutions are approaching the topic in innovative ways. With a focus on planning for public art from a municipal perspective, growing public art programs in small to mid-sized cities, and recognizing grassroots and folk art in rural communities, these papers show that successful public art values local context and the public art programs are as unique as each community.
As we celebrate both Thanksgiving and National Veterans and Military Families Month this year, we honor the service and sacrifice of America’s more than 18 million veterans across the country. Arts and humanities events and programs remind us of the contributions that veterans and active duty military and their families have made and the power of joining together through the shared experience of art. We recognize the growing number of state and local-level arts and military initiatives that are creating greater access and more opportunities across the country. These programs unite us, bridging the civilian/military divide in a non-partisan way that only the arts can, in communities both large and small. And these efforts aren’t just one-time events; they represent long-term commitments from artists and arts groups to serve those who have served.
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.
MAC Art presents SOHO: a new gallery space opening this summer. Located across from MAC’s Jupiter gallery, SOHO will feature cutting edge contemporary art and emerging artists working in a versatile range of media carefully curated by the MAC Art team.
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.
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.
An art show like no other. Witness art in action, meet local artists, and get your own creative juices flowing with workshops, participatory art, and a self-guided Art-Making Station. SoulMakes features both performing and visual artists showing their work and how they make their beautiful things, and they’re here to share their knowledge with you. Don’t be afraid to make your mark on the collaborative canvas—creativity is for everyone.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
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.
At today’s tour, led by Louise Buyo, Education Coordinator, explore works currently on view and get a special look at the Museum’s Education Gallery that celebrates creativity by helping learners of all ages discover the world of art. We are proud to join forces with others in the field of arts education across the country during “National Arts in Education Week,” September 9-15. Learn more at Americansforthearts.org. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College is a teaching museum that stimulates transformative encounters with works of art while integrating art learning into daily life for campus and community. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, located on the Rollins College campus, has free admission in 2018 courtesy of PNC Financial Services Group. The Museum is open year-round with works from its permanent collection also on view nearby at The Alfond Inn. No reservations or tickets are required for this event. Free parking available on campus and in the SunTrust Garage on Lyman Avenue with a Museum-validated parking stub. The Museum is closed on Mondays, during major holidays and for installation of new exhibitions. The Museum is currently closed for installation of exhibitions through September 7.
Family friendly tours of the Maitland Art Center and Historical Museum exhibits, along with related art activities for the whole family to create together!
Our Education staff will present these exhibits in a child- appropriate way:
Soldier's Home: Veterans' Art in Central Florida
J. Andre Smith and the Art of Camouflage
Cenral Florida Yellow Ribbon Project
Early in 2017, TheatreWorks Florida was interested in a new focus group for their highly successful community outreach program, TheatreCares. Through a quick internet search of “arts,” “health,” and “military,” I fell down a rabbit hole of information that led to an incredible year and a half journey of discovery to combine theatre arts with military veteran health needs. The outcome is our outstanding arts and health in the military program called Vet Voices, which provides veterans an opportunity for positive self-awareness and self-discovery in a creative “safe space” environment and allows veterans affected by war to explore the theatre arts and ultimately find healing through creativity.
Americans for the Arts and the National Association of Counties (NACo) awarded Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners of Tampa, Florida the Public Leadership in the Arts Award for County Arts Leadership at NACo’s annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The award honors an elected county board or individual leader who has significantly advanced the arts in the communities they serve.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Americans for the Arts and the National Association of Counties awarded Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners of Tampa, Florida the Public Leadership in the Arts Award for County Arts Leadership at NACo’s annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The award honors an elected county board or individual leader who has significantly advanced the arts in the communities they serve.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
In my role as an arts administrator for an organization whose focus is on community development, I have been committed to understanding and strengthening my local arts ecosystem through my work to provide direction and ensure its relevancy. It is imperative for arts leaders and administrators to not just think out of the box, but also to work outside of it in order to help the arts field evolve and stay relevant, particularly with changes in funding, patronage, and social value. Arts-integrated community development allows arts and non-arts leaders to support their arts ecosystem while creating solutions for community issues. It’s not easy work, especially when you’re new to it. In my experience, I have found that it requires 7 P’s for Power.
Join us for one of our most inspiring shows of the season and meet acclaimed artists René Romero Schuler and Sara Conca. Both women recently celebrated highly successful showings at Art Week Miami. In this intriguing exhibition these two distinctive artists capture the viewer’s spirit and evoke a sense of power, vulnerability, beauty and imperfection through their visual art.
On February 14, 2018, seventeen people, including students and adults, were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Since this tragedy, the voices of young people from the community have been lifted through their dynamic advocacy to call for reform to national, state, and local gun- and mental health-related policies. Many of the strong skills that they are using for their advocacy came from their immersion and studies in arts education. As the school re-opens and our lawmakers continue important discussions as a result of this tragedy, I hope that young people in every community across our nation continue to embrace the arts to inspire change in their communities, in states, and in Washington, DC. While nothing can lessen this tragedy, the arts are one way for people to find solace and strength.
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.
Coming off major shows at the Polk Art Museum, Art Miami, Scope, and more, Jason Myers exhibits Exactly, Who Are We? with MAC Art Galleries for a one-of-a-kind curated show. MAC Art Galleries is pleased to present Jason Myers, whose unique style and technique has solidified his standing as a highly collectible artist in the world of contemporary art.
Drawing from a wealth of personal experiences, cultural and societal issues, the artwork of Jason Myers depicts expressive figures adrift in a psychological landscapes layered with political and social undertones.
Monday, February 12, 2018
Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch released a statement following the release of the Trump Administration’s proposed FY2019 budget.
Collage Workshop by Master Artist Bruce Helander (brucehelander.com)
Saturday, February 24
9:00am to 4:00pm
$30.00 per person
Purchase Tickets HERE: (https://cceflorida.org/collage-master-class-bruce-helander/)
Seating is Limited!
Artist Hubert Phipps: a Lecture
Saturday, February 10
2:00pm to 3:00pm
A special event hosted in The Hilton Theater at CCE
Free to the Public!
RSVP to JonathonO@cceflorida.org
Special Fine Art Exhibition
Hubert Phipps “Drawings for Sculpture” Craig McPherson, Mezzotints
Bruce Helander “A Baker’s Dozen”- Fully Cooked Vitrigraph Drawings
a Special Opening Reception:
Friday, February 9
6:00pm to 8:30pm
$10 Entry – Supporting CCE’s Arts in Education charitable mission for children.
Exhibition runs February 9 to March 17 and is free to the public during regular gallery hours:
Tuesdays through Saturdays – 10am to 4pm
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.
Internationally acclaimed musician and humanitarian Pitbull received the 2017 Citizen Artist Public Leadership in the Arts Award for his years of work using music to make the world a better place. The award was presented at The United States Conference of Mayors' 85th Annual Conference in Miami, Florida.
On October 11, businesses of all types and sizes from all across the country—Vermont to Hawaii and eight states in between—will come together for the BCA 10 gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York to be recognized by Americans for the Arts for their outstanding commitment to the arts. But WHO are these honorees? Learn more about their arts partnerships below including corporate performance groups, extensive art exhibits, and some fierce board leadership.
A fun and interactive makeup workshop for student actors.
Under Magnitude is a two-story tall permanent structure suspended in the atrium of Orlando's Orange County Convention Center that carves a three-dimensional impact into an otherwise vast space. The story behind the design and construction of the project is that it further evolves my invention of “Structural Stripes”: the fundamental premise of the studio to unite surface, skin, and space into a holistic and never-before-seen system.