“Questions from this council about AFTA’s racial equity work have been met with resistance, claims of capacity issues, and defensiveness,” says a letter signed by 14 out of 15 elected members of AFTA’s Arts Education Advisory Council.
Americans for the Arts
The Failure of Arts Organizations to Move Toward Racial Equity
As a field, we’ve waited far too long for these institutions to get on board. So now the call is for us: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color artists, leaders, and the organizations that serve us.
A Message for the Next Administration: “We Must Put Creative Workers to Work”
In a proposal sent to both presidential candidates for post-pandemic recovery, Americans for the Arts suggests deploying cultural workers in fields such as community development, public health, and infrastructure.
A Call for Creativity in the Final Weeks of the 2020 Census
Artists, designers, filmmakers, writers, and the organizations that serve them have a unique power to craft and circulate art and stories that illustrate what is at stake.
95% of US Artists Have Lost Income Due to Pandemic, Survey Says
Over 11,000 artists responded to a survey by the organizations Americans for the Arts and Artist Relief.
Survey of US Arts Organizations Points to Devastating Losses During Pandemic
Based on its findings, Americans for the Arts estimates nearly $5 billion in losses across the US’s 120,492 arts nonprofits.
New Study Says Americans Twice as Likely to Vote for Candidates Who Support Arts Funding Than Not
The wide-ranging report from the nonprofit Americans for the Arts also affirms near-universal support for arts education and illustrates that 52% of Americans do, in fact, sing in the shower.
US Arts Nonprofits Generated $166.3 Billion in Spending in 2015, Report Shows
A new report shows how the nonprofit culture sector stimulates the economy both locally and nationally.
Net Neutrality Is Crucial for Artists and Arts Organizations
When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) closed its public comment period on the issue of net neutrality earlier this week, the agency counted more than 3 million comments, the greatest volume of such input in its history.
United States Americans for the Arts: Alec Baldwin, Maureen Dowd Stand With You
On a stage in Washington last night, Alec Baldwin briefly un-retired from public life to introduce Maureen Dowd, who proceeded to deliver a lecture on “the arts” in “America.” This grim scenario wasn’t culled from an SNL bin; it was a real-live keynote commissioned by Americans for the Arts, the crowning moment of the arts advocacy group’s annual “Arts Advocacy Day.”
How Are Artists Getting Paid?
How are artists who have been systematically denied fair wages and access to basic services like healthcare and unemployment protections gaining access to those things today?
Senate Expected to Pass Improved Visa Process for Foreign Artists
Americans for the Arts, an arts advocacy nonprofit, announced last night that they have succeeded in securing the inclusion of the Arts Require Timely Service (ARTS) Act in the Obama-endorsed immigration bill now expected to pass the Senate.