Feb 09, 2016

Today, the Obama Administration released its FY 2017 budget request to Congress—the last of his Administration. The request includes a proposed $2 million increase, to $150 million, for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This proposed increase continues a welcomed funding climb, but falls short of the needs of the 95,000 nonprofit arts organizations and state and local arts agencies across the country.

Jan 28, 2016

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, announced today that more than 300 U.S. communities will be part of Arts & Economic Prosperity® 5 (AEP5), making it the largest national study measuring the economic impact of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences ever conducted. Surveys will be collected throughout calendar year 2016; results will be released in June of 2017.

Jan 22, 2016

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, and The United States Conference of Mayors today presented the 2016 Public Leadership in the Arts Awards to three elected officials and one artist at The United States Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting. The honorees have supported and promoted arts and culture in their communities. 

Jan 12, 2016
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced a year-long series of performances, discussions, and other events to celebrate the 35th anniversary of its iconic MacArthur Fellows Program in 2016.  The Foundation will collaborate with a diverse set of partners for the programming, including Americans for the Arts, Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival, Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and New York City’s 92nd Street Y. Most of the events will be open to the public for free or at low cost. 
Jan 05, 2016
Vans kicks off the seventh annual Vans Custom Culture competition, a national contest designed to give high school students a platform to embrace creative expression while joining a movement to support arts education. Starting today, high school art teachers can register their school to compete against thousands of other students, creating custom designs using blank Vans shoes as their canvas. The winning submission will receive a $50,000 donation from Vans to help foster the school’s #RightToArt movement, along with the potential that the school will see one of its designs produced for sale at select Vans retail locations and Vans.com.