Street art and graffiti have often been seen as two sides of the same coin when it comes to legal interpretation and ramifications, but the simple step of an artist asking and being granted permission has resulted in an explosion of murals on privately-owned buildings all over the world. San Jose has slowly but surely begun to acknowledge the contributions artists make towards a vibrant city that attracts and retains the creative class with much of the work being accomplished by a mix of inspired individuals, artists, grass roots collectives and civic-minded nonprofits.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a state budget that includes a $10.8 million funding increase for programs of the California Arts Council. This investment will extend the capacity of the California Arts Council to meet the needs and demand for arts programs benefiting diverse communities across the state.
The budget includes a $6.8 million one-time increase for the Arts Council and an additional $4 million ongoing allocation for the state's Arts in Corrections program.
The funding increase for the Arts Council will expand the reach of the agency's competitive grant programs. These programs serve California communities by funding nonprofit arts activities with a focus on arts learning and engagement; equity and access; cultural and community development; and technical support and resources for the arts field.
For a federal agency such as the NEA, questions of equity and access are paramount. But so is this question: what is the cultural good that we seek to distribute equitably? The National Endowment for the Arts’ founding legislation of 1965 supplies a key.
"Americans should receive, in school, background and preparation in the arts...to enable them to recognize and appreciate the aesthetic dimensions of our lives, the diversity of excellence [emphasis mine] that comprises our cultural heritage, and artistic...expression."
There are over 3 million people of Filipino heritage living in the U.S., and many say they relate better to Latino Americans than other Asian American groups. In part, that can be traced to the history of the Philippines, which was ruled by Spain for more than 300 years. That colonial relationship created a cultural bond that persists to this day.
In his book The Latinos of Asia, Anthony Christian Ocampo explores how Filipino-Americans challenge traditional ideas about race and national identity.
You might not be familiar with the term “creative placemaking,” but you’ve probably seen a lot of it. Think “art in public places” with very specific goals.
For the past decade, creative placemaking has come to describe projects in which “art plays an intentional and integrated role in place-based community planning and development.” That definition is from Jamie Bennett, executive director of ArtPlace America (APA), a consortium of federal agencies, banks and philanthropic foundations who believe that artists and arts organizations can shape the social, physical and economic characters of their communities.
As the only funder in the country that supports the arts in all 50 states and five U.S. jurisdictions, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will award $82,357,050 in grants to fund 1,148 projects in the second major grant announcement of its 50th anniversary year.
Grants will be awarded in 13 artistic disciplines or fields plus arts research, along with partnership agreements to U.S. states, jurisdictions, and regions. Grants will support a wide range of activities from an arts education project led by the Regional Arts & Culture Council of Portland Oregon to support The Right Brain Initiative: Systemic Change Through the Arts, to a visual arts project led by STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise in Star, North Carolina to support an arts exhibition down the town’s main street. All of these recommended grants represent a federal investment in the quality and quantity of and public access to art works and activities, furthering learning, creativity, and engagement for people nationwide. - See more at: https://www.arts.gov/news/2016/823-million-grants-will-support-art-projects-nationwide#sthash.qrBXFeIO.dpuf
At a public meeting on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Lankershim Arts Center in North Hollywood, members of the California Arts Council unanimously elected Nashormeh Lindo as Vice-Chair of the Council. An Oakland-based artist and educator, Lindo was appointed to the California Arts Council by Governor Jerry Brown in September of 2014. Lindo succeeds Susan Steinhauser as Vice-Chair of the Council. Steinhauser's term on the Council expires April 30, 2016.
"I am thrilled to have Nashormeh Lindo elected as the Council Vice-Chair," Arts Council Chairman Donn K. Harris stated. "She brings a wealth of real-world experience to the Council as a working visual artist and she always ensures the artist's viewpoint is represented in our deliberations. With her friends and connections worldwide, in her new role she will also bring a great cohort of people into our tent and expand our ever-increasing circle of friends and supporters."
This week is National Volunteer Week, started by Points of Light in 1974 to inspire, recognize, and encourage people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. Seeking out imaginative ways to engage business employees through volunteerism has a natural link with the arts, as we’ve seen from over 40 years of experience with the Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) Network. Since its founding in 1975 by the Arts & Business Council Inc., the BVA program has grown and adapted to serve the changing needs of both the arts and business communities. Over its 40-year history, the BVA program has proven to be a dynamic and effective model for diverse sizes and types of communities. Since the program’s inception, nearly 25,000 business volunteers have served more than 26,000 arts groups across the United States.
It’s undeniable—the arts transform people and communities every day. But how do United States citizens feel about the arts? Do they value artistic activities and arts education? Do our country’s citizens feel the arts are an important part of their lives and do they support government funding for the arts?
There’s no need to guess at the answers for these questions. New research by Americans for the Arts provides an in-depth look at the perceptions and attitudes about the arts in the United States. An Americans for the Arts and Public Affairs survey of more than 3,000 American adults over the age of 18 in December 2015, provides current insight on topics including support for arts education and government arts funding, personal engagement in the arts, the personal benefits and well-being that come from engaging in the arts, and if/how those benefits extend more broadly to the community.
Creative Placemaking is at the heart of our practice. Creative placemaking uses arts, culture and creativity to engage residents locally, enhance public space and contribute to healthy sustainable communities. Find out what creative placemaking means, various approaches to creative placemaking, and how important collaboration and partnership is to cultural facility development and city-building through the arts.
The 21st century has been a time of rapid change across nearly every dimension, from science and healthcare to technology and communication. Art, of course, is no exception. With massive changes in how we consume art to how we create it, from how artists make a living to how we even categorize art in the first place, we are left to contend with issues that at one time did not exist, or at least existed differently.
In this issue, we attempt to look at a few issues facing various artistic disciplines. For instance, how do conservators preserve art that’s increasingly made from unconventional materials? What does it mean to be a Native-American artist in a country still plagued by old stereotypes? How do television critics do their job in an age of streaming media? How do we measure the value of art in an increasingly data-driven world, and how do teaching artists make a living within the old confines of academia?
Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, announced the recipients of the 2016 Americans for the Arts Annual Leadership Awards. These awards recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations committed to enriching their communities through the arts.
In the years since Investing in Creativity, the Urban Institute’s 2003 report on the support structure for U.S. artists, a lot of things of have changed, many of them for the better. More than ever before, through nonprofits (including the one where I work, Springboard for the Arts) and education institutions, artists have access to …
A new four-volume collection has captured the efforts of 320 artists who advance the art culture in the Golden State.
Maurine St. Gaudens, editor of “Emerging from the Shadows,” chose to recognize artists who dedicated much of their life to art, but we're never publicly acknowledged. Artwork ranging from realism to modern illustrations can be found in every volume.
Why have these women received little to no prior recognition? Have you been inspired by any of the artists mentioned by St. Gaudens?
Fifty years ago in 1965 Filipino and Mexican American farmworkers went to strike in Delano, California. The strike lasted more than five years. It was a painful experience for the participating farmworkers who received little financial support. But in their effort to get a decent wage and better working conditions, the participating families felt they had no choice but to leave the fields and decline to pick grapes.
The epicenter of the workers movement was Delano, but throughout the United States, the mood among children, youth, and adult farmworkers changed. Through this movement we saw ourselves united to work for better working conditions.
For the first time, the U.S. Government will support artistic cultural exchanges between U.S. and Cuban artists, thanks to a commitment by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) made while in Cuba this week. Following three days of artistic events and meetings in Havana, NEA Chairman Jane Chu announced two artist exchange opportunities totaling $100,000. These are among the first awards made by the U.S. government to support artistic and cultural activities with Cuba and Cuban artists and represent a milestone in the journey towards deeper cooperation between the two countries through the common bonds of arts and culture. - See more at: https://www.arts.gov/news/2016/nea-commits-100000-uscuban-artist-exchange-programs#sthash.t169jq08.dpufption
Welcome to the Arts and Economic Prosperity IV Report
Every day, more than 100,000 nonprofit arts and culture organizations act as economic drivers - creating an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of our tourism industry. This study documents the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry, and their audiences, in strengthening our nation’s economy.
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