NABE Scholarship: Applications Being Accepted 9/9-10/18

Americans for the Arts - Fri, 09/06/2013 - 14:31

The NABE Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) is awarding its sixth annual Americans for the Arts scholarship to encourage the integration of the arts into the economic education process. We believe that good economic strategy is inherently dependent on our ability to come up with out-of-the box solutions to the challenges that we now face. Our hope is that we enable those with the gift of creative problem solving to further the profession of economics through their unique understanding of the world.

The amount of the award is $5,000.

The award recipient must come from an economically disadvantaged household, have attended a public school, participated in extracurricular programs including (and/or in addition to) programs supported by the Americans for the Arts (i.e. demonstrate a long term participation in the study of, creation of and/or performance in one or more of the following art forms: dance, music, theatre, literary, visual/media arts), excelled academically, and formally declared the intent to study and apply economics in their pursuit of higher education and a professional career. This includes the direct study of economics for policy purposes, to applications in the private and public sectors. The scholarship is open to both recent high school graduates and current college undergraduates who are majoring in economics and/or the arts. Students who have not graduated high school but matriculated into an undergraduate program, graduate students, and Ph.D. candidates are not eligible.


To be eligible, scholarship applications must be received by October 18, 2013.

Americans for the Arts Announces BCA 10 Honorees

Americans for the Arts - Thu, 09/05/2013 - 07:57
Today Americans for the Arts announced those companies selected by the Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) as The BCA 10: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America for 2013. This honor recognizes ten U.S. companies for their exceptional commitment to the arts through grants, local partnerships, volunteer programs, matching gifts, sponsorships and board membership.

The 2013 BCA 10 honorees are:

•    Aspen Skiing Company, Aspen, CO
•    Atlantic Salt, Inc., Staten Island, NY
•    Bacardi USA Inc., Coral Gables, FL
•    M & T Bank, Buffalo, NY
•    Microsoft, Redmond, WA
•    PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
•    Premier Bank, Dubuque, IA
•    Scholastic Inc., New York, NY
•    Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Atlanta, GA
•    Yum! Brands Inc., Louisville, KY

In addition, Michael B. McCallister, chairman of the Board of Humana Inc. (Louisville, KY), will receive the 2013 BCA Leadership Award, and Northwestern Mutual (Milwaukee, WI) will be inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame.

Our press release announcing this year's honorees discusses the philanthropic work these companies have done on behalf of the arts. All honorees will receive their award on October 2, 2013, at a black-tie gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York City.

National Endowment for the Arts Statement on the Death of NEA Opera Honoree Lotfi Mansouri

National Endowment for the Arts - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 16:24
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2009 NEA Opera Honoree Lotfi Mansouri. Widely known for pioneering the use of supertitles in opera, Mansouri was a prolific opera stage director, having directed productions at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, and Milan's La Scala, as well as other opera productions both nationally and internationally.

Statement from the National Endowment for the Arts on the Death of Hmong Musician Bua Xou Mua, recipient of a 1985 NEA National Heritage Fellowship

National Endowment for the Arts - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 16:23
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Bua Xou Mua, a Hmong musician and 1985 NEA National Heritage Fellow.

National Endowment for the Arts to Host Twitter Chat on Creative Placemaking

National Endowment for the Arts - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 16:23
Come tweet with us! For anyone interested in creative placemaking, and who is not afraid to ask, the National Endowment for the Arts invites you to a live Twitter chat on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 from 2:00--3:00 PM ET. Jason Schupbach, NEA's director of design programs will be on hand @NEAarts to respond to tweets about creative placemaking, the NEA's Our Town program, and the arts in community revitalization. Use the hashtag #NEAOurTown.

National Endowment for the Arts Hosts Live Webinar about How to Build Collective Impact Initiatives on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. EDT

National Endowment for the Arts - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 16:22
As the benefits of using a common agenda to solve complex social problems become better understood, the concept of using collective impact to advance arts education continues to gain traction. In a follow-up to the Spring 2013 webinar that provided an overview of the topic, the NEA will host a public webinar on how to begin and build collective impact initiatives on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. EDT.

2013 NEA National Heritage Fellows to Perform in Free Concert at Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC on Friday, September 27, 2013

National Endowment for the Arts - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 16:21
The 2013 concert will be held on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 8 p.m. EDT, and will feature art forms as diverse as Irish fiddling, traditional gypsy music, and Native American storytelling, among others.

Industrial Designers Play a Critical Role in Manufacturing, Technology, and Innovation

National Endowment for the Arts - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 16:20
For the first time, the National Endowment for the Arts takes an in-depth look at this dynamic field in the report Valuing the Art of Industrial Design: A Profile of the Sector and Its Importance to Manufacturing, Technology, and Innovation.

National Endowment for the Arts Statement on the Death of NEA Jazz Master Marian McPartland

National Endowment for the Arts - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 16:19
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2000 NEA Jazz Master Marian McPartland. As host of the renowned public radio show Piano Jazz, McPartland played a key role in helping to popularize jazz through her intricate knowledge of the art form and her prowess on the piano.

National Endowment for the Arts Statement on the Death of NEA Jazz Master Cedar Walton

National Endowment for the Arts - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 16:18
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2010 NEA Jazz Master Cedar Walton. Walton was one of the great hard bop pianists as well as a composer of jazz standards 'Bolivia,' 'Clockwise,' and 'Firm Roots.'

National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2013-2014 NEA Jazz Masters Live Grants

National Endowment for the Arts - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 16:18
Managed by Arts Midwest, the 2013-2014 NEA Jazz Masters Live program will provide $75,000 in grants to six nonprofit organizations to present NEA Jazz Masters at performance and educational activities.

National Endowment for the Arts Joins the President's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Agencies to Select Winning Teams for REBUILD BY DESIGN

National Endowment for the Arts - Tue, 09/03/2013 - 16:17
The National Endowment for the Arts applauds the ten design teams selected in the first stage of REBUILD BY DESIGN, a multi-stage, regional design competition that will develop innovative projects to protect and enhance communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Americans for the Arts Signs Letter to Senate Education Leaders

As a part of the College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness Coalition, Americans for the Arts has signed onto a letter to Senators Harkin (D-IA) and Alexander (R-TN) in support of the language in the Strengthening America’s Schools Act (S.1094), which supports a well-rounded education.

AFTA Board Member Mary McCullough-Hudson to Retire as President of ArtsWave in 2014

Americans for the Arts - Fri, 08/30/2013 - 11:40

On August 22, Mary McCullough-Hudson, Board Member at Americans for the Arts and President/CEO of ArtsWave, announced her intent to retire as CEO at the end of the current fiscal year in August 2014. Alecia Kitner, currently Chief Operating Officer (COO) of ArtsWave, is expected to be promoted as President and COO. McCullough-Hudson will continue as Chief Executive Officer. She stated that after 35 years of leadership with ArtsWave, it's time to prepare for a transition and that Kitner "represents and emerging generation of new arts leaders and will continue to help ensure that arts in our community are strong, collaborative, and community-focused."

Aspen Seminar 2013 Wrap-Up

Americans for the Arts - Wed, 08/28/2013 - 10:25

On August 8-10, Americans for the Arts partnered with the Aspen Institute Arts Program to convene the sixth annual Americans for the Arts Aspen Seminar for Leadership in the Arts.  Every year, the seminar brings together a select group of 25-30 artists, philanthropists, corporate and foundation leaders, and arts practitioners in an engaged dialogue that explores how we can create a more vibrant role for arts and culture in American society. 

The 2013 topic was The Arts and the Military: A Strategic Partnership. Participants worked to answer a key question:  How can the arts play a more active, meaningful role in addressing a vast array of critical issues across the military spectrum?

The seminar kicked off with an opening dinner, which featured a performance by students from the Aspen School of Music, followed by a day of presentations and discussion focused on issues relevant to members of the military, their families, and the medical professionals who work with returning servicemen and women suffering from traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress.  Bob Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, and Commander Moira McGuire, Program Manager of the Warrior Clinic & Director of the Creative Arts Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, began with an overview of the history of arts integration into the military as well as a debrief on Americans for the Arts’ ongoing partnership with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as co-leads of The National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military.

This presentation was followed by a panel on creative approaches to healing, which featured multiple artists and art leaders, and lastly a presentation by Ret. Brigadier General Nolen Bivens, US Army on the potential for the arts to contribute to cultural diplomacy and U.S. national security. All of the presentations yielded proactive and productive discussions amongst all participants about the role of the arts in helping our military community and their families heal from the physical and psychological wounds of war.

The final day of the seminar focused on drilling down the discussion into action steps and policy recommendations.  A report on these vital recommendations will be synthesized into the upcoming work of the National Arts Policy Roundtable at Sundance, which in turn will yield a series of policy recommendations that will be published and used to help move ideas into action. 

Congress in Recess until Early September

The U.S. Congress has recessed until September 9th, leaving the FY 2014 appropriations process unfinished. When they return, they will likely pass a Continuing Resolution as a stop short-term funding solution to give them more time to work on appropriations, as well as prepare for tax reform debate.

Four New Members Join the House Arts Caucus

Representatives Frankel (D-FL), Lynch (D-MA), O’Rourke (D-TX), and Titus (D-NV) have all recently joined the Congressional Arts Caucus, which is currently co-chaired by Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ). The caucus now has 163 members.

National Endowment for the Arts Presents Final Webinar in Series Exploring Social Impact Design

National Endowment for the Arts - Wed, 08/14/2013 - 16:47
The National Endowment for the Arts will present the third and final webinar in a series exploring social impact design on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET. The webinar's guest presenter will be William Drenttel, president of Winterhouse Institute and co-founder of Design Observer. The webinar will coincide with the third annual Symposium on Design Education and Social Change.

The National Endowment for the Arts Celebrates NEA Literature Fellows at the National Book Festival's Poetry & Prose Pavilion on September 21-22, 2013

National Endowment for the Arts - Wed, 08/14/2013 - 16:46
The theme of this year's National Book Festival is "Books that Shaped the World," and at this year's Poetry and Prose Pavilion, many of the featured writers were shaped by the NEA Literature Fellowship program, one of the nation's most prestigious competitive awards for new and established authors. The Poetry & Prose Pavilion, sponsored by the NEA, is part of the Library of Congress's thirteenth annual literary festival, which takes place on September 21-22, 2013, on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Senate Releases Draft NEA Interior Bill

The Senate Appropriations committee has released its draft version of the FY 2014 spending bill which would fund the NEA and NEH at the president’s request level of $154 million for each agency. This is a major departure from the House version, which seeks a 49 percent cut to the cultural agencies. With only a few legislative days remaining before the end of the fiscal year, it is doubtful a final bill will be negotiated, and a short-term continuing resolution is expected.
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