For Arts Professionals in the Know
There has been a lot of talk about the creative economy coming out of Washington, DC, lately—from the NEA’s recent panel discussion last week on Creative Placemaking, to the Center for American Progress’ panel which discussed The Creative Economy: How to Keep the Fuel of Creation and Innovation Burning (If you have an hour and a half, I highly recommend watching the video of this panel). Also last week, Partners for Livable Communities hosted a forum on Building Livable Communities: Creating a Common Agenda.
I was lucky to have snagged a seat at the sold-out and standing-room-only Center for American Progress Creative Economy panel, which took place on September 21. There were some key takeaways and important points that are worth repeating and sharing.
It’s also interesting that within the span of less than two weeks, three separate organizations (a federal government agency, a progressive think tank, and a national nonprofit) felt it important to invest the time and energy into the topics of creative economy and livability. I believe this is a reflection of the years of hard work and advocacy put in by many artists, arts administrators, advocates, journalists, and citizens who have pushed to get arts and culture to the center of the discussion around how we can begin to solve the economic and social challenges that are plaguing our country. It’s uplifting to note that in some corners of our world (and U.S. government) that there are those who “get it.”Read More
Today marks the 45th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts as on September 29, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the law that created the cultural agency.
Here is a list of facts regarding the Endowment that they provided in honor of the event. For more information, visit http://www.nea.gov/news/news10/NEA-45.html.
A compendium of statistics on the National Endowment for the Arts on the occasion of its 45th Birthday
September 29, 2010
Total dollar amount of NEA grants awarded to nonprofit organizations
in 45-year history: $4 billion (>130,000 grants)i
Economic activity generated by the nonprofit arts sector Ueach yearU: $166 billionii
Number of cities participating in NEA's Mayor's Institutes on City Design since 1986: 600iii
Average ratio of matching funds to NEA awards: 7:1iv
Rate at which arts participants volunteer compared to non-participants: 2:1v
Languages translated into English through NEA Literature Translation Fellowships: 61viRead More
Each year when we announce the opportunity to nominate yourself or a colleague to serve on an Americans for the Arts advisory council, the staff liaisons to those councils tend to get a wide variety of great questions from the field. Questions such as:
A question we rarely get, and would love to answer, is: Why should I nominate myself or someone else for an advisory council? Here are a few thoughts to consider if you’re contemplating this opportunity:
Being on a national council is a great way to be able to provide resources and in depth knowledge to your community. Americans for the Arts council members work on issues that affect the field as a whole. This work can help spark ideas for solutions that you can bring back to your own organizations and communities.Read More
I wonder what makes a product, a store, an experience, an artwork a HIT. I am particularly curious about how certain products make it big when they aren’t playing by the rules.
Why is Target a beloved low-price big box store when most big box retailers are demonized for displacing the business of mom-and-pop shops?
Why is In-N-Out Burger a revered fast-food chain when fast food is unhealthy?
How is Blue Man Group still selling out performances with anonymous performers who don’t talk? Without a celebrity to anchor the show (such as Tony winners Scarlett Johansson and Denzel Washington), why should anyone pay attention?
While I am no branding expert, here are a few possible answers.Read More