“The organization is prominent in its role to educate the public on the importance of the arts. The arts are essential for the enrichment and well-being of our lives. One can count on Americans for the Arts as spokesperson for the highest levels of creativity.”

Through the Americans for the Arts Annual Fund, Dorothy supports our work in advocacy, research, and leadership, to be a voice for the arts.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Transforming the Field

“To fundamentally transform the field in order to meet a fundamentally changing nation and time, we need to fundamentally change who is in the field ”

This was the prompt I was given, earlier this year, when I was asked to speak at the Americans for the Arts Convention. It so happens that I spend a lot of time thinking about transforming the arts and culture field; on the account of the fact that I work for Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit technology organization that helps artists with the business side of the creative work, where transforming the status quo of the field is part and parcel of everything that we do.

Yo-Yo Ma Spins an Emotional Tale of "Art for Life's Sake"

Tim Mikulski Tim Mikulski

As I have been sitting back at my desk at Americans for the Arts this afternoon, I've had a hard time coming up with a way to describe what I experienced last night at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Ask Yo-Yo Ma About Arts Education

Yo-Yo Ma (Photo by Todd Rosenberg) Yo-Yo Ma (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

Have you ever chatted with someone about the importance of the arts in our schools? Would you like the chance to discuss it with Yo-Yo Ma?

More Clips from Alec Baldwin: "Art is like water. It's essential."

The two clips below capture more of Alec Baldwin's Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy given as part of Arts Advocacy Day on April 16 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

During this clip, Baldwin makes the case for the the support of arts funding:

Tiffani Thiessen Talks with ARTSblog Backstage at the Nancy Hanks Lecture

First-time Arts Advocacy Day participant Tiffani Thiessen (White Collar, Beverly Hills 90210, Saved by the Bell) took the time to speak to ARTSblog about her experiences in the arts, advice to her daughter, her love of Lucy, and the Young Playwrights Festival she works with in Los Angeles:

Alec Baldwin: "When I saw 'West Side Story,' I wanted to dance like them...in a gang"

Here is another portion of the Nancy Hanks Lecture given by Alec Baldwin on April 16 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

This time he addresses the evolution of his appreciation for dance:

Thanks again to our friends at Ovation for providing us with the clip.

Clips from Alec Baldwin's Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy

Our friends at Ovation work quickly.

They just posted this video on YouTube covering the early part of Alec Baldwin's presentation of the 2012 Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy given on April 16 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC:

More to come...

Notes from the 2012 Nancy Hanks Lecture: Alec Baldwin

A painting now owned by Alec Baldwin (details/reference to come in a future post): Ross Bleckner, "Sea and Mirrors" 1996, oil on linen 84" x 72"

Celebrating Arts Advocacy Day

Advocates begin training for their visits to members of Congress.

Over 500 arts advocates are gathering at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC this morning to begin training for Arts Advocacy Day.

How NEA Funding Affects Local Communities

This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Arts Advocacy Day (AAD), the largest and most wide-ranging, one-day advocacy effort in support of the arts.

Advocates come from across the country come to Washington, DC, to meet with their members of Congress and staff members as part of the event. While the topics range from charitable giving incentives to cultural exchange, the keystone issue for many advocates remains support for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Reflecting on the Holidays, New Year, & the Arts

Tim Mikulski

It's become a tradition that ARTSblog offers up a question as part of our annual New Year's card (our 2012 question will be posted in two weeks), so I didn't want to take away from that when I started writing a "Happy Holidays" post this morning.

Honoring Nancy Hanks & Our Annual Lecture on Arts and Public Policy

Nancy Hanks

Americans for the Arts is proud to announce that 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy.

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