Monday, September 13, 2010

Art and Education

Week of Community art at ARTS/West featuring Aquabear Live @ ARTS/West, Women Speak, and The Other House

September 13, 16 and 17, 2010 events are part of national "50 States 50 Days" arts advocacy initiative
ARTS/West will host three special arts advocacy events on 9/13, 9/16, 9/17 at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St., Athens, OH. In order to truly highlight the broad and diverse art scene in Athens, Ohio ARTS/West is pleased to present these three events to show, rather than tell, what the arts are doing for our region.

These events are part of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund's 50 States 50 Days initiative. This national initiative seeks to encourage local advocacy activities in all 50 states, and in as many congressional districts as possible, as a way to promote the arts in communities nationwide. Americans for the Arts Action Fund is the nation's only grassroots advocacy organization committed to ensure that members of Congress support arts policies that advance the arts and arts education in America.

"When we received the action alert from the Americans for the Arts, we tossed around a lot of ideas-what kind of event could we create to advocate for the arts and demonstrate the economic impact of the creative economy. Then, we looked at our calendar and decided why not highlight what our community is already doing, it all fit beautifully!" Says Emily Prince, Program Specialist for ARTS/West.

To be effective, the arts and culture elements must agree to work together and take their own cooperative responsibility for maximizing the benefits of their contributions including advocacy, economic development, social and educational influence, artistic growth and cultural heritage - ultimately, contributing directly to the leadership of a community of innovative, enlightened citizens. ARTS/West is committed to supporting our community of artists, as this week of events clearly demonstrates.

"These local arts advocacy days are great opportunities for community arts leaders to show how the arts support local economic development, workforce, and small business, as well as the importance of arts education. Now is also the time to highlight successful partnerships between artists, institutions, and local policy makers," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund.

As part of the 50 States 50 Days initiative, ARTS/West and the Arts Action Fund is urging Congress to support the following policies and legislation:

  • Increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, specifically Challenge America which reaches hundreds of communities across the U.S, and the NEA's Our Town proposal.
  • Increase funding for Arts in Education programs at U.S. Department of Education and strengthen arts education in the Elementary & Secondary Education Act.
  • Encourage co-sponsorship of the Artist-Museum Partnership Act, which allows artists a tax deduction for charitable gifts of their own work.

For more information on 50 States 50 days, or to attend a local event, visit