Community Arts

December 7, 2016 by Monica
Kresge Foundation President and CEO Rip Rapson delivered the keynote address, "Why Comprehensive Community Development is Essential Now, and Why the Arts Must be at the Table," at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 6, 2016. The talk was part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), at a conference on Creative Placemaking and Community Development sponsored by the NEA, The Kresge Foundation, ArtPlace America, Art Works and Partners for Livable Communities. The conference drew artists, community development experts, and policymakers to examine the role of the arts in shaping neighborhoods, towns and cities. Read More...
October 8, 2016 by admin
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 field ever conducted. Its purpose was to illuminate the ever-adapting role these organizations play in ensuring the arts have a vital presence in every community. What Is a Local Arts Agency? Read More...
October 8, 2016 by admin
On May 25, 2016, Grantmakers in the Arts gathered a cross-section of twenty-eight funders from the arts and environmental sectors for the Arts and Environmental Sustainability Thought Leader Forum at the New York Community Trust. Most foundations in attendance were represented by two people: a person from the arts and a person from the environment, each of whom were interested in collaborative work at this intersection. Helicon Collaborative organized and facilitated the session. Read More...
October 8, 2016 by admin
The woman on the phone was friendly but insistent. “Look,” she said, “more and more artists and arts organizations are taking on cross-sector community-based work. But this is a complex gig, and, unfortunately, many of them are in over their heads.” It was a blunt assessment, but I knew she was right. “Yeah, I’m seeing the same thing out in the field. So, what do you think is needed?” Her response? … One word: “Training!” Read More...
July 5, 2016 by admin
Robert E. Gard, with additional contributions by Maryo Gard Ewell, Robert L. Lynch, and Michael Winslaw. Edited by Maryo Gard Ewell with Clayton Lord and Elizabeth Sweeney. 2016, 128 pages, Americans for the Arts, Washington, D.C. Read More...
July 5, 2016 by admin
On March 2, 2016, Grantmakers in the Arts held the invitational Thought Leader Forum on Artists in Community Settings at the Regional Arts Commission, Saint Louis, Missouri. The gathering involved nineteen funders, seven presenters from the field, and GIA staff and board observers. Eric Booth of Everyday Arts, Inc., facilitated and presented at the forum. Read More...
July 5, 2016 by admin
Creative expression is a basic human right. It is, in fact, the trait that makes us human. This philosophy motivated everything Professor Robert E. Gard did. The concept is so profound and innately logical that when I came to work with him in 1963 I adopted it without question. Read More...
July 5, 2016 by admin
The 1960s was a time of ferment and creation on so many fronts. In the arts, we note explosive growth in the number of significant professional arts institutions as well as countless locally based arts organizations, from chamber orchestras to theater companies; the birth and growth of culturally specific arts groups and arts centers; the creation of arts groups in support of, and arising from, the civil rights movement; the rapid increase in the number of community arts councils, especially in small cities; the birth of Community Arts Councils, Inc. Read More...
July 1, 2016 by admin
In 1980, when I was living in New York City, I had a conversation with a man who at one time was general manager of Lincoln Center. We debated, rather heatedly, his premise that the National Endowment for the Arts should give money only to states that produce “good” art — in other words, New York. (He wasn’t sure other states should get any funding at all.) He believed the federal government should give funds to South Dakota, my home state, for what it does well — grow corn and beef. Read More...
January 14, 2016 by admin
January 2016, 32 pages. Partners for Sacred Places, 1700 Sansom Street, 10th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103. (215) 567-3234. sacredplaces.org. Read More...