Art in the News - 2013
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Gary Sinise and his Foundation were honored Wednesday, October 23 at a small lunch at the Park Hyatt Hotel hosted by Capitol File magazine, which was also the 30th anniversary of the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut.
During National Arts and Humanities Month, a nonprofit organization in Venice, California used art to help survivors of domestic abuse express painful feelings and heal from their truamatic experiences.
After the 16 day shutdown, Congress voted late last night to reopen federal agencies, raise the $16.7 trillion debt limit, and call hundreds of thousands of civil servants back to work. An agreement struck by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ended a stalemate created last month when conservative GOP members used the threat of a shutdown in an attempt to block Obamacare.
Americans for the Arts' CEO and President, Robert Lynch, was selected to be on the 2013-2014 Advisory Committee for the Commitee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), along with 13 other members from the coporate, government, nonprofit, consulting, media, and academic fields.
It's the 16th of October, and also Day 16 of the government shutdown.
The House discharge petition (the Miller/Van Hollen effort mentioned in our last update) that would provide a “clean Continuing Resolution” now has 196 signatures, short of the 218 needed to move to a vote on the House floor. No Republicans have signed.
In September 2013, Governor Martin O’Malley’s P-20 Leadership Council unanimously voted to establish a statewide task force on arts education in Maryland schools. The task force is in place to ensure that all students in Maryland have access to a quality education, which includes the arts.
On October 3rd, top White House economic advisors expressed the seriousness of getting a short term Congressional appropriations resolution passed to re-open the federal government immediately. They also confirmed that October 17th remains the deadline for when the executive branch of the government will have exhausted all of the “extraordinary measures” available to them to secure credit, borrow from various accounts to pay interest on the government&r
The congressional debate has officially led to a government shutdown as of 12:01 a.m. this morning, after the House and the Senate were unable to come to an agreement over legislation for the 2014 Fiscal Year Budget over the weekend.
Yesterday, the National Endowment for the Arts released this year's Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. From 2009 to 2012, musicals faced a 9% participation drop, and straight plays did even worse with a 12% drop.
The Right Brain initiative is a sustainable partnership between public schools, local government, foundations, businesses and the cultural community to teach to children using the arts, creativity innovation, and whole-brain thinking.