Blog Posts for advancing arts locally

Lessons Beyond the Playa: Bringing Burning Man Home

Posted by Kerry Adams Hapner, Oct 07, 2016 0 comments

Fundamentally, as we celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month in October, we celebrate creativity and what it means to be human today. We celebrate everyday creative expression in all of its forms—from the amateur to the master artist and his/her craft. Burning Man celebrates that, too.

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Columbia, South Carolina

Posted by Ruby Lopez Harper, Sep 20, 2016 0 comments

On a trip to teach and learn about cultural districts in South Carolina, I was struck by the desire of each district to develop relationships with the others and to work together to promote each other’s cultural assets and build knowledge about the state across the state.

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Arts Biz Survey: The Arts Deliver a Competitive Edge to Business in Miami

Posted by Laura Bruney, Sep 08, 2016 0 comments

The survey demonstrates that the corporate community recognizes that a strong cultural community is good for business. A majority of survey respondents agreed that employee engagement with the arts and corporate arts participation promote a culture of creativity and enhance innovation, and said the arts provide a valuable tool for creative collaborations. 

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The Case for an “Arts Bureaucrat” in the City Government

Posted by Ms. Jennifer A. Lasik, Aug 29, 2016 0 comments

When people ask what I do, I frequently describe myself as an “arts bureaucrat.” My boss hates that moniker and reminds me that there is plenty of visioning, policy-making, leading and communications in my role. He’s right, of course. But “arts bureaucracy,” boring though it sounds, is one of my most important roles.

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Public Art: Advice from a First Timer

Posted by Ms. Lisa Mariam, Aug 18, 2016 3 comments

Imagine Art Here: Tysons Tiles was an ambitious project for a public art novice. I learned some valuable lessons managing a public art project for the first time that I’d like to pass along.

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Diversity in Local Arts Agencies: Findings from the 2015 LAA Census

Posted by Graciela Kahn, May 27, 2016 0 comments

In 2015, Americans for the Arts partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct the Local Arts Agency Census, the most comprehensive survey of the local arts agency (LAA) field to date. More than 1,000 LAAs responded to the survey on topics ranging from budgets and financial outlook to specifics about their programs and services.

In order to more clearly see the work ahead of our field in terms of diversity we included questions about board and staff demographics, diversity initiatives in LAA programs, and about formal diversity policies. The answers we received paint a complex picture, but in general, the demographic composition of LAAs show that as a field, we can do better in representing all our constituents.

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