May 10, 2021
A smiling man with white hair wearing a black suit coat.

Americans for the Arts mourns the loss of ballet dancer Jacques d’Amboise, who passed away Sunday, May 2 at the age of 86. He was a prolific dancer, an arts education advocate, and a member of Americans for the Arts’ Artists Committee since 2004.

May 07, 2021
Luzene Hill, an Indigenous woman with silver hair wearing black top and pants, hangs red knotted strings on a white wall.

This week: Explore with us the work of Indigenous artist Luzene Hill, consider with us the opportunities in using technology to bring public art to people during a pandemic, and join us in saying goodbye to philanthropist Eli Broad.

Apr 30, 2021

This week: Funding news from the NEA, chambers of commerce ask Congress to support creative economy recovery, creating arts spaces for queer BIPOC during COVID, a webinar on creative placemaking, our latest Member Spotlight, ways to build long-term organizational stability, and a new program providing support for our ArtsU digital programming.

Apr 30, 2021
A chart showing the 59% economic contraction in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector between December 2019 and June 2020, and the 19% return from July to December 2020.

Building on two previous letters of support for relief and recovery efforts to help the arts, culture, and the creative sector, a coalition of 113 chambers of commerce in 46 states delivered a letter to U.S. House and Senate leadership asking that $18 billion be allocated within the forthcoming infrastructure recovery bills specifically to support creative economic recovery. Signatories come from chambers in communities of all sizes and geographies and collectively serve over 33 million Americans.

Apr 26, 2021
The ArtsU logo

The ArtsU Support Program is a new initiative designed to increase equitable access to live and on-demand ArtsU digital activities. The program is open for anyone to participate in any public ArtsU webinar and other events. 

Apr 23, 2021
A bronze sculpture of two figures sitting side by side leaning on each other and holding hands.

Enjoy this week’s blogs, news, and webinar replays on topics ranging from fundraising, cultural equity and access, and the inclusive creative economy to arts and business partnerships, public art, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts—plus, learn how to make our Local Arts Agency Dashboard work for you.

Apr 22, 2021
A sign that reads "Chamber of Commerce" hanging outside a building.

Just as local arts agencies act as voices and conveners for their arts and culture communities, so do local chambers of commerce for their business communities. Partnerships between the two are essential to community and economic development. But where to start? Register for our new 101-level, on-demand webinar series that aims to flip the conversation away from “business support for the arts” to “how and why the arts are an essential part of business and community development strategies.”  

Apr 20, 2021
A photo of small wood letter tiles spelling out the word "glossary."

Americans for the Arts is pleased to introduce our new online glossary of terms and definitions related to the inclusive creative economy, and a full website of resources, information, and action related to developing an inclusive creative economy. 

Apr 16, 2021
A bright orange text graphic that reads "2021 Annual Convention June 8-11, Reimagining the Future of the Arts, register today."

This week: we launched registration and opened scholarships to the 2021 Annual Convention, dove into arts policy and issues at the state and local levels, explored the importance of intersectionality in anti-racism work, reminded ourselves why creative employees make the best employees, and shined the spotlight on one of our dedicated members.

Apr 12, 2021
The Americans for the Arts logo in an orange circle, on a background of blue, yellow, and orange textures.

The 2021 Annual Convention is our opportunity to gather and reimagine our creative field and communities. Registration is now open to attend the virtual conference happening June 8-11, 2021.