Why Arts? Making the Case

November 12, 2009 by Steve
This pamphlet presents statistical, case study, and concluding material about at-risk youth arts programs in cities across the US. Citing encouraging results from more than a dozen programs, this resource shows how arts programming is being effectively used to address the problems of youth. It also reviews the issue of funding, spotlighting programs that operate as partnerships between local, state, and government agencies and arts organizations. A "how-to" section outlines specific steps to follow in planning programs, and a two-page resource list gives information on related titles. Read More...
November 12, 2009 by Steve
This book offers insight into how to establish the arts in schools and use them as a vehicle for school renewal at the same time. The author makes a convincing case for the important role of visual arts, music, dance, drama, and architecture in educating our youth. 284 pp, paperback (1990, Americans for the Arts) Read More...
November 12, 2009 by Steve
This important new study, released in June 2002, demonstrates conclusively that the nonprofit arts industry has a significant economic impact on local and national economies. And, for the first time, in addition to spending by arts organizations, information has been gathered on event-related spending by arts audiences. Americans for the Arts worked with 91 community partners from across the U.S. to collect expenditure data for this study. Read More...
November 12, 2009 by Steve
This book takes a fresh and positive approach to understanding the arts as essential for creating authentic and sustained community. While it focuses on development in rural and small communities, it is an inspiration for individuals and organizations large and small. 160pp, paperback (1997, PrairieSea Press) Read More...
November 12, 2009 by Steve
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November 12, 2009 by Steve
At a time when public support of the arts faces a range of challenges, state arts agencies could use a framework to help them better serve the arts community and engage more people in the arts -- thereby elevating these agencies' public value. Read More...
November 12, 2009 by Steve
"Learning and the Arts: Crossing Boundaries" was a meeting of 120 funding professionals in the arts, education, or children, youth and family programs of fifty foundations, that was organized by the Getty Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Together with a group of outstanding researchers, practitioners, and policymakers, they explored the value philanthropy can add to education and child development by integrating the arts into schools and non-school programs for children and youth. Read More...
April 30, 2009 by admin
Art and Upheaval: Artists on the World's Frontlines, William Cleveland, 2008, 334 pages, New Village Press, Oakland CA Read More...
April 30, 2009 by admin
Claudine Brown wants us to shore ourselves up with knowledge and examples of how much arts and culture are linked to everything we do. With this in mind, she offers us her own kit bag of reasons for sustaining arts and culture programs—and it's a big bag. Read More...
April 30, 2009 by admin
Many of the feature articles in this issue offer tools for responding to GIA Executive Director Janet Brown's call to speak up, to not sit silently in the back but to stand up and illustrate or make the case for why arts and culture matters. Read More...