The Artist at the Center

Posted by Jennifer Oliver, Sep 02, 2015 0 comments

This year’s Americans for the Arts (AFTA) conference, held in Chicago, proved to be a great success with almost 1,500 people in attendance.  For me, the conference began when Theaster Gates took the stage and spoke about empowering the voices inside communities through art.  I have so many thoughts from this lecture, but what stays with me now is the role of Theaster as a mentor, as a leader.  I was awe-struck by his dedication to serving his community and his presence and availability to us, his audience. 

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Top Ten Moments from the ABC/NY Summer 2015 Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship

Posted by Caleb Way, Sep 02, 2015 0 comments

The Arts & Business Council of New York recently graduated its most recent class of Diversity in Arts Leadership interns. The program brings college students of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to New York City for the summer where they are placed in local arts organizations and paired with mentors from the business community. Take a look at some of the top moments of the summer as the group participated in site visits to local arts organizations, cultural outings, arts and volunteer projects, and professional development workshops!

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On Vacation? Rise and Shine -- Explore the Arts All Around You!

Posted by Robert L. Lynch, Sep 02, 2015 0 comments

It's almost Labor Day and in my family, growing up, that meant vacation. It was always the time for travel and discovering new places, which of course is now an activity we call tourism. It is still the time I choose for getting away and as I write this, I am on my way to Morocco. I'm looking forward to many new arts, music, culture, craft, architecture and people discoveries.

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Public Art Spurs Economic Development

Posted by Joe Ritchey, Sep 01, 2015 0 comments

From a purely business perspective, the arts in general and public art in particular are demonstrated spurs of economic development. This happy reality has proven true in my work as the Principal and sole employee of Prospective Inc., which is the exclusive leasing agent for the 4-million-square-foot office component of Reston Town Center, an internationally-recognized urban mixed-use development located in Reston, Virginia.

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The Hills (and Country) are Alive with Arts Education!

Posted by Lauren Hess, Aug 28, 2015 0 comments

I returned home from the Americans for the Arts 2015 Annual Convention in June with information and ideas swimming in my head, and hope rising in my heart for the optimistic future of arts education. There are numerous areas of the country where great things are happening to provide access to quality arts education for all children in a district, city, or county, depending on the location and size of the program.

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Drab Tunnel Transformed into Bikeable Kaleidoscope in King County, Washington

Posted by Jordan Howland, Aug 27, 2015 0 comments

On an October afternoon in King County, Washington, a crowd of about fifty threw on their roller skates and attended a roller disco party, complete with bright lights and psychedelic colors. The party wasn’t at a skating rink, however—they had all joined together in a tunnel on one of King County’s biking trails, and were celebrating Ebb & Flow, the new public mural by local artist Kristen Ramirez that covered the tunnel walls and enveloped the disco-goers.

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