Americans for the Arts Names 10 Vans Custom Culture Grantees

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Vans and Americans for the Arts envision a country where every child has access to—and takes part in—high quality learning experiences in the arts, both in school and in the community. As such, the two organizations partnered to create the Custom Culture Grant to promote awareness and support arts education in public schools at a time when budget cuts threaten arts education programs across the country.

The Importance and Impact of Planning for Public Art

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.

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.

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. 

Louisville Chorus
80th Season
Daniel Spurlock, Music Director
 
Joined by
Floyd Central High School A Cappella Choir
Angela Hampton, Director
 
LouisvilleChorus.org
502-968-6300

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. 

Americans for the Arts Announces Annual Business Committee for the Arts Awards to Honor Exceptional Businesses and Leaders

Awardees to Be Honored on October 2 at Gala in New York City

Monday, August 20, 2018

Americans for the Arts today announced this year’s BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America honorees. Presented every year by the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA), a division of Americans for the Arts, the BCA 10 awards recognize 10 U.S. companies, a business leader, and an arts and business partnership for their exceptional commitment to the arts. The awards will be presented by Americans for the Arts on October 2, 2018, at a black-tie gala at The Central Park Boathouse in New York City. 

The Lower Town Arts & Music Festival celebrates the cultural richness of Western Kentucky with the region’s most outstanding visual, performing and culinary arts. The free festival features vendor booths showcasing more than 50 visiting artists along with open studios and galleries of Lower Town’s resident artists, live music on three outdoor stages and a Taste of Paducah featuring local food vendors.

Gather with local Kentuckians to feast on mouthwatering hickory-smoked meats at Barbecue on the River! Event itinerary is subject to change. Visit bbqontheriver.org for updates!

Gather with local Kentuckians to feast on mouthwatering hickory-smoked meats at Barbecue on the River! Event itnerary is subject to change. Visit bbqontheriver.org for updates!

The dragons are coming back to Paducah's riverfront for the 7th Annual Dragon boat Festival in 2018. Gather your team or watch as the River Discovery Center hosts dragon boat races on the Ohio River. Family fun activity with a kids area and food vendors. Races run in heats beginning at 9am. Colorful dragon boats with 16 paddlers and a creatively dressed drummer race 3 races each. Proceeds benefit the educational programs of the River Discovery Center.

The dragons are coming back to Paducah's riverfront for the 7th Annual Dragon boat Festival in 2018. Gather your team or watch as the River Discovery Center hosts dragon boat races on the Ohio River. Family fun activity with a kids area and food vendors. Races run in heats beginning at 9am. Colorful dragon boats with 16 paddlers and a creatively dressed drummer race 3 races each. Proceeds benefit the educational programs of the River Discovery Center.

The McCracken County FFA Alumni present the annual Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show, Fall Festival and Fall on the Farm. See antique engines, tractors, cars and trucks on display, many with running engines.
 

 Paducah's Fall Fiber Festival returns September 15, 2018. Featuring fiber art workshops, demonstrations, vendors and children activities Visit the website for a full schedule of classes and more information on instructors, vendors and more.
 

For lodging information and trip planning resources, visit the AQS QuiltWeek page on our website. Paducah welcomes international and domestic quilters attend the Annual AQS QuiltWeek. In addition to the exhibits of the most exquisite quilts being created today, AQS hosts a variety of special events, a vendor mall with nearly 400 vendor booths and a series of workshops and lectures. More than 5,000 quilters participate in AQS workshops and classes conducted by world-renowned instructors each year.
 

For lodging information and trip planning resources, visit the AQS QuiltWeek page on our website. Paducah welcomes international and domestic quilters attend the Annual AQS QuiltWeek. In addition to the exhibits of the most exquisite quilts being created today, AQS hosts a variety of special events, a vendor mall with nearly 400 vendor booths and a series of workshops and lectures. More than 5,000 quilters participate in AQS workshops and classes conducted by world-renowned instructors each year.
 

Pay tribute to Paducah's African American heritage with memorial service, homecoming picnic, salute to Black Music, golf tournament and fashion show. Special events will provide a means of inspiration through reflection on a history of achievements.
The 2018 schedule of events will be posted as it is available.
 

Bring the entire family to the riverfront for a spectacular concert and fireworks display. Enjoy an evening of family fun with food, fireworks, and free entertainment on Wilson Stage on Paducah’s riverfront.
 

Children's activities, rides, talent contest and show, beauty contest and show, harness racing, car racing, horse and livestock shows, demolition derby, motorcycle races, variety show, exhibits, midway, and live entertainment. 
 

Come experience Paducah’s newest festival on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Historic Downtown Paducah on the corner of 2nd and Broadway (next to the flood wall). Your ticket to PA*BREW*CAH Beer Fest includes a commemorative beer glass, live music and the opportunity to sample unique craft beer.
 

Don't miss the thrill and excitement of live harness horse racing at Bluegrass Downs. The 5/8 mile track hosts up to 10 daily races. Race office hours are from 8 AM to noon on Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 AM to 3 PM on Thursday and Friday during live racing season. Simulcast thoroughbred racing year-round including the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup.
 

The River Tin Street Rods host the Riverfront Rod Run downtown and along the riverfront in June. The car show fesatures more than 400 street rods (1948 & older modified antique cars), activities, dining, and live tnertainment.
 

For lodging information and trip planning resources, visit the AQS QuiltWeek page on our website. Paducah welcomes international and domestic quilters attend the Annual AQS QuiltWeek. In addition to the exhibits of the most exquisite quilts being created today, AQS hosts a variety of special events, a vendor mall with nearly 400 vendor booths and a series of workshops and lectures. More than 5,000 quilters participate in AQS workshops and classes conducted by world-renowned instructors each year.
 

Louisville Chorus
Daniel Spurlock, Music Director
79th Season performance
 
Chart Toppers from the 60s+

Louisville Chorus
Daniel Spurlock, Music Director
79th Season Masterworks concert
 
With Soloists & Orchestra
Soprano Mary Redden, Alto Maggie Schwenker, Tenor Bill Coleman, Bass Alexander Redden
Louisville Philharmonia—The Musicians' Orchestra

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.

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.

MUSIC. DRINKS. ART.
Evening hours are back at the Speed! On the Third Friday of every month, the Museum will be open until 10 pm. Each After Hours event comes alive with an eclectic mix of music, performances, cash bar + food available by Wiltshire at the Speed, and of course art! Come experience the Speed after hours like you’ve never experienced it before. February’s exciting events include: 

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