The View from Another Perspective

Posted by Mr. Jay Dick, Jul 28, 2016 0 comments

Growing up in small town Iowa, I was taught to never discuss race, religion or politics in "polite society." I guess the idea behind this was that one should not talk about topics that are "sensitive" or "controversial" in nature as they can upset or make others feel uncomfortable. Alas, this is not always the best practice.

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What Are You Here For, and What Are You Going to Do About It?

Posted by Ms. Angel Baker, Jul 28, 2016 0 comments

It’s about commitment. Commitment to this place, commitment to doing some of this work. When you’re at Americans for the Arts and you’re participating in this work, it puts us in the forefront. So it’s good that we’re out there saying we’re tackling this—it’s a sore topic, but at the end of the day somebody has to do it. 

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Creative Aging Takes Hold

Posted by Mr. Robert Schultz, Jul 27, 2016 0 comments

Mesa Arts Center has just concluded its fourth year of Creative Aging programming, in partnership with several local organizations that serve seniors, people with dementia, and their caregivers. Creative Aging is a process where organizations utilize the arts to reach seniors, and employ trained teaching artists to engage them in creative activities that benefit their physical, mental, and emotional health.

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A Commitment to Moving Forward Together

Posted by Ms. Mara Walker, Jul 27, 2016 0 comments

The world is in turmoil and I want to work at a place that is invested in making positive change and where the staff is committed to growing, learning, and deeply caring about each other. I hoped our staff retreat would reaffirm these characteristics of Americans for the Arts while giving me the faith I need to keep moving forward.

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