Blog Posts for culture and communities

Americans Speak Out About the Arts: An In-Depth Look at Perceptions and Attitudes about the Arts in America

Posted by Randy I. Cohen, Jul 13, 2016 0 comments

How does the American public feel about the arts? Do they value artistic activities and arts education? We asked these and other questions in one of the largest public opinion studies about the arts ever conducted.

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Building Creative Communities Through the Arts and…

Posted by Ms. Caryn Cooper, Jun 23, 2016 0 comments

In 2015, Americans for the Arts launched a two-year program to explore the role the arts can play in partnership with other sectors to create healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities. The New Community Visions Initiative seeks to work with our institutional systems to find points of intersection to address arts impact in our communities. 

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Acknowledge This History + Then Go to Work

Posted by Margy Waller, Mar 29, 2016 0 comments

Sometimes the most exciting and memorable speakers at the New Community Visions Initiative regional meetings are—like many magical things in the rest of life—serendipitous and unplanned.

One of those inspiring moments occurred at the meeting in Macon when Reverend James Lawrence Wofford gave us words we needed to hear about equity.

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Where We Love to Live—Tales from the Community Visions Tour

Posted by Margy Waller, Jan 08, 2016 0 comments

What kind of community is the place where we all want to live, work, and visit? 

That’s one of the questions Americans for the Arts is asking on a national tour, talking with people about their vision for healthy, equitable, vibrant communities of the future. The answers—and the discussion—are compelling.

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We Are From the Arts and We’re Here to Help

Posted by Margy Waller, Jan 06, 2016 0 comments

When people who work in the arts talk about the value of our contribution in communities, we risk seeming privileged and paternalistic.

Our motivation is just fine, but we don’t realize how we sound sometimes. In the midst of many local and national conversations about the role of the arts in community planning efforts, we should listen carefully to see if we can hear ourselves the way others might.

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3 of My Top 5 Americans for the Arts Lists

Posted by Ari Albright, Nov 13, 2015 0 comments

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The 5 best questions I heard at the meeting last month...

1.      Can a vibrant community respond to contemporary issues without losing their history? 

2.      Can one “codify” artist’s generosity?

3.      Does all access in a community mean a removal of barriers as well as providing opportunities for advancement?

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