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Business and the Arts: Why They Need Each Other

The pARTnership Movement
Posted:  March 20, 2014
Written by:  Karin Copeland

The goals of the arts, culture and creative sectors are often viewed as separate from or counter to those of the business community. The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia is working hard to change this perception and build a wide, two-way bridge between these communities by creating awareness around the impact of creativity in the workplace and the contributions of arts and culture to a thriving economy.

The creative sector fuels exciting, vibrant lifestyles for citizens in the Philadelphia region; and the colorful, intriguing cultural life of Philadelphia drives people to move into the city, building a stronger hiring pool. Likewise, the business communities feed critical experience and resources into the lives of artists and art-making institutions. This is why the Arts & Business Council envisions a vibrant creative sector with strong leadership — in terms of professional staff and volunteer board leaders — and a cultural scene that continues to be one of our region’s greatest assets. Through our capacity-building services, we work every day to strengthen a creative sector that is already valued for how it enriches the quality of life in our region, the jobs it creates, the visitors it attracts, and the impact is has on our children. And we champion the cause of a creative sector that has the support of audiences, businesses, donors, volunteers and government agencies.

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An Unforgettable Performance – Arts Integration and Advocacy Take Center Stage

Alliance for Student Activities
Posted: April 4, 2014
Written by: Kathleen Shryock

As a nation, we value the arts. Creative expression allows us to discover what it takes to thrive in school, career, and life. In a recent Harris Poll, 93 percent of Americans surveyed said that the arts are vital to a well-rounded education.1 At the state and federal level, legislators seem to agree. Forty-nine states have established standards for one or more art forms, and 43 states require schools to provide arts instruction.2 Even the federal No Child Left Behind Act defines the arts as a discipline that improves student outcomes. So why are the arts on the chopping block in so many of our schools?

Despite the overwhelmingly positive perception of the arts, mandates to teach to the test are undermining the importance of the arts in education. Two-thirds of teachers say that the arts are getting crowded out of the school day.3 Budget cuts, shifting priorities, and requirements to meet federal standards are leading to fewer opportunities to practice the arts in schools.

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Houston’s Arts Community

Houston Chronicle
Posted:  April 4, 2014

According to the first lady of Houston’s arts and culture, Houston got off to a great start.

“Houston was lucky,” Ima Hogg once mused. “The first people who got rich here, in the days long before oil, were nice people.” She went on to note that early residents gave their money to many good causes including the arts. “They set the pattern. This is what Houstonians do once they get a little money.”

We read Miss Ima’s comment in the Arts & Cultural Heritage Community Indicator Report just released by the Center for Houston’s Future. The study confirms that, in many respects, our arts community continues to thrive and Houstonians continue to give.

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Notes from the Violin Olympics

The Alcalde
Written by:  Andrew Roush

Every two years, some of the world’s greatest violin virtuosos meet and compete in a different city around the world. This year, UT’s Butler School of Music hosted the event, and it’s the first time the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition has been held on American soil. Though the participants hail from different backgrounds, they have one thing in common—they’re all under the age of 22.

Here’s what we saw (and heard) through nine days of concerts, events, and of course, competition.

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Arts Payoff Keeps Coming for Midtown

Houston Chronicle
Posted:  March 25, 2014
Written by:  Flori Meeks

Cynthia Alvarado knew the State of Texas Cultural Arts and Entertainment District designation that the Midtown Management District received in 2012 would mean good things.

But it has been impressive to see how quickly the designation started to have an impact, said Alvarado, the management district’s managing director.

“When we applied for the designation, there were about 23 to 25 venues in Midtown that were specifically art-related,” she said. “We’re up to 38 now. If you include entertainment, there are approximately 55 venues, probably more.

“It really has a life of its own.”

Alvarado doesn’t expect that momentum to slow. By the end of 2014, Midtown will have at least seven new restaurants.

“They’re either here now or on their way,” she said.

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Cutting Arts Education is a Form of Identity Theft

Posted:  March 21, 2014
Written by:  Matt D’Arrigo

The arts are powerful because they provide us with, and help us to create, our identities – who we truly are. The two ultimate questions we have in life are: who am I and why am I here? If you find the answer to the first, it will help lead you to the answer to the second. Identity provides us with a sense of meaning and purpose.

It was in art that I found my own identity. I was in sixth grade and had always really struggled in school. I was lost and confused and thought I was a failure; my self-esteem and confidence were extremely low. Back then there weren’t a lot of diagnosis like ADD, ADHD, or learning disabilities. I was diagnosed as being lazy and a troublemaker…and they probably had a pretty good case against me. Then my 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Ferguson, said four words that changed my life. We were doing an art lesson and she came up behind me, looked at my picture and said “Wow, that’s really great”! The other students gathered around and shared her enthusiasm. All of a sudden I wasn’t a failure anymore…I was an artist. I had an identity! I’ve carried that identity and confidence with me to this very day, it’s made me who I am.

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10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2014

Posted:  March 19, 2014
Written by:  Randy Cohen

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 the charge given to me by a business leader who needed to make a compelling case for government and corporate arts funding:

“Keep it to one page, please,” was his request. “I can get anyone to read one page.”

With the 2014 arts advocacy season upon us, the following is my updated “Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts.”

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Bottom Line: The Arts Could Be Your Company’s Greatest Asset

The Conference Board
Written by:  Emily Peck

In light of the recent Giving Thoughts Q&A with Peter Singer, which suggested that “resources we put into museums and symphony orchestras could do more good if used to help the global poor,” I wanted to look at corporate funding trends for the arts. At Americans for the Arts, we have been tracking trends in business support for the arts through our Business Committee for the Arts since 1968.

In our most recent BCA National Survey of Business Support for the Arts, we surveyed 600 small, midsize and large businesses to learn how and why they support the arts. Between 2009 and 2012, business giving to the arts increased 18 percent, bringing it back to almost 2006 levels. This is not surprising, since giving to the arts usually tracks with the economy.

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Creative Age Cities

The Huffington Post
Posted: March 9, 2014
Written by:  John M. Eger

According to the New Cities Foundation, a new independent non-profit with offices in Geneva and Paris:

” Over the next decade, some $ 250 billion will be invested in the creation of new cultural districts around the globe” … “success is not just getting an arts building or series of buildings out of the ground, it is about ensuring that they are viable and play a central role in their communities.”

The reasons why such districts are popping up in cities around the world vary but in most cases they are designed to nurture, retain and attract the talented 21st-century workforce so vital to success and survival in the global knowledge economy.

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Who Knew? Arts Education Fuels the Economy

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Posted:  March 11, 2014
By Sunil Iyengar and Ayanna Hudson

In public-policy battles over arts education, you might hear that it is closely linked to greater academic achievement, social and civic engagement, and even job success later in life. But what about the economic value of an arts education? Here even the field’s most eloquent champions have been at a loss for words, or rather numbers.  Until now.

In December, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released preliminary estimates from the nation’s first Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account. The account is meant to trace the relationship of arts and cultural industries, goods, and services to the nation’s ultimate measure of economic growth, its gross domestic product.

The numbers are still a work in progress. In this context, “arts education” refers only to postsecondary fine-arts schools, departments of fine arts and performing arts, and academic performing-arts centers. Yet even for this limited cohort, the findings are impressive:

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