• Yo-Yo Ma Spins an Emotional Tale of “Art for Life’s Sake”
    As I have been sitting back at my desk at Americans for the Arts this afternoon, I’ve had a hard time coming up with a way to describe what I experienced last night at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It could be the lack of sleep, the lack of coffee, or […]
  • Don’t Discount the Back-Up Singers
    This week, hundreds of advocates are gathering in and around Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, to communicate to our national elected officials the value and impact of the arts on local communities, on families, on individual lives. This is an important day, not just for the arts community, not just for our Senators and Representatives, but for the […]
  • Arts Advocacy: It’s Worth More Than Dollars & Cents
    Why advocate for public funding of the arts? It’s a question I’ve never really asked myself, because it’s always been valuable to me. I grew up in North Carolina during the height of the “Culture Wars.” The summer after my junior year of college I interned in the budget office of the National Endowment for […]
  • Join Arts Advocacy Day from Your Desk (or Couch)
    As Congress returns to work in Washington, DC, this week they will face more than just angry tourists who came to see the not-quite-in-bloom cherry blossoms. Today, advocates are receiving training from experts and tomorrow 500 arts advocates from across the country (and even Japan!) will take to the Hill on behalf of their local […]
  • 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2013
    There is an old quote attributed to John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich: “If any man will draw up his case, and put his name at the foot of the first page, I will give him an immediate reply. Where he compels me to turn over the sheet, he must wait my leisure.” This was […]

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