ArtsGeorgia is your source for Georgia and National Arts Advocacy updates.

  • (4/25/2014)ARTIST RESOURCES

    ArtsGeorgia has added resources for Artists. Visit the ArtsGeorgia website to find resources for visual artists, performing artists, traditional and folk artists, literary artists plus a list of Georgia and national artist residency programs.

    Resources, state and local organizations (including unions, guilds and associations), Presenters, Festivals, etc. all include listings with links to websites, Facebook pages, and twitter accounts for your ease of use and fast connections.

  • (4/1/2014)Restore state art funds + Find new funds. The Time is Now!

    ArtsGeorgia advocates:

    1) an early start to restore arts funding in FY15 budget cycle.
    2) an agenda to include an income tax check off, a new version of the fractional tax to support the arts and local communities, and arts funding for a new Grassroots Arts Partnership program.
    3) an Arts Voter Guide during the 2014 election cycle.

    2013 Funding Levels

    2013 Funding Levels

    As has always been the case, public funding is a modest portion of arts spending in the United States. The NEA reports public funds, this year estimated at more than $1.14B, make up less than 7% of total nonprofit arts organization revenue when including earned income and contributions from public and private sources. Public-sector funding is likely to retain this modest but essential role in the arts ecosystem supporting tens of thousands of projects and organizations in every region of the country.

    The Time to Fight for the ARTS is NOW!

  • (3/30/2014)ArtsGeorgia = Arts Advocacy | Are You Primary Ready?

    Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2014 by Randy Cohen

    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.” [more]

  • (3/27/2014)Arts Advocacy Day 2014 | View Nancy Hanks Lecture

    Maureen Dowd

    Americans for the Arts presents the 27th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy on Monday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s lecture is delivered by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, with introductions by Alec Baldwin.


    ArtsGeorgia is a National CoSponsor of Arts Advocacy Day; ArtsGeorgia fights for the Arts every day. #ArtsVote

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  • (3/20/2014)Let’s fight for the arts together. Are you ready?

    Arts Advocacy

    Let’s fight for the arts together. Are you ready? Start here:

    Are you ready to fight for the Arts?

    1. Register to vote
    2. Volunteer to help ArtsGeorgia survey the candidates
    3. Use the advocacy tools on the ArtsGeorgia website
    4. Be an ArtsGeorgia member to support advocacy programs
    5. Share this message with friends, ask them to LIKE ArtsGeorgia

    ArtsGeorgia is a National CoSponsor of Arts Advocacy Day; ArtsGeorgia fights for the Arts in Georgia and in Washington.
    Arts Advocacy Day March 24-25 on Capitol Hill in DC #AAD #AAD14 #ArtsVote

  • (3/13/2014)Georgia Students – smARTer with the ARTS!

    Contexts of Quality:What is Quality Arts Education?

    A Context of Quality: What is Quality Arts Education?

    National Arts & Education Forum 2014 |Presented by Southeast Center for Education in the Arts and South Arts.
    May 14-16th, 2014 at the Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga

    The Forum convenes a national audience on the Univ. of Tenn at Chattanooga campus for the purpose of brainstorming ideas, disseminating research, and developing strategies that advance best practices and shape policy recommendations that improve the quality of arts education in our schools.

  • (3/6/2014)Arts Advocacy News

    ArtsGeorgia is a National CoSponsor of Arts Advocacy Day. The National CoSponsors help shape the legislative platforms and messages for Arts Advocacy Day. ArtsGeorgia cast our annual Policy Vote for the following:

    1. Federal Funding of Arts Programs in Your State and Community: We urge the President and Congress to support a budget of $155 million for the National Endowment for the Arts next year in order to maintain citizen access to the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the arts, and to advance creativity and innovation in communities across the United States.

    2. Support for Arts Education: We urge the President and Congress to retain the arts in the definition of core academic subjects and to strengthen equitable access to arts learning within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

    3. Support Charities: We urge the President and Congress to fully preserve tax deduction incentives for giving to charities. Nonprofit arts organizations rely on donations made by individual taxpayers for approximately 25 percent of their budgets.

    ArtsGeorgia supports AFTA’s “LONGTERM VISION FOR THE FUTURE”: We support setting the horizon 10-to-15 years out and our focus is on educating and supporting candidates before they are elected. We want the federal government to invest at least $1 per citizen in the nonprofit arts and for local governments to invest 5% of their education budgets in arts education.

  • (3/4/2014)Fractional Tax Legislation Passes Georgia House

    House Bill 153 amends the county special purpose local option sales tax so as to allow such taxes to be imposed at a rate of less than 1 percent; to provide for the simultaneous levy of more than one tax under such part if the combined rate of such taxes does not exceed 1 percent.

    This bill is distinguishable from a previous version intended to provide funding for the arts and community development. HB 153 is not limited to a specific purpose, but such a fractional tax splost could include funding for the arts as part of the purpose for voter approval in any of Georgia’s 159 counties. The legislation is now in the Georgia Senate for consideration.

  • (3/3/2014)Restore State Arts Funding – The Time Is Now!

    State Arts Budget Update: The FY2014 Supplemental Budget includes no additional state funding for the arts. The FY2015 Budget has an additional $25,000 included for the stated purpose of matching NEA funding. Georgia will remain ranked last in the country for state arts funding by NASAA without the restoration of significant state arts funding. Georgia has the distinction of being near last (44th-49th), or dead last (50th) for the past 14 years.

  • (2/25/2014)Georgia Students – smARTer with the ARTS!

    Gaining STEAM: Teaching Science Through ArtIt’s the math teacher going to the art teacher saying what can we do together.

    Across the country, teachers and administrators are coming to a similar conclusion: art informs science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and vice versa. Consequently, they are pioneering new methods of teaching that combine disciplines which have been isolated from one another under traditional educational models. And they are just getting started.

    Nettrice Gaskins, a media & technology expert based in Georgia, is pushing this learning approach to new heights. Gaskins targets student populations that have traditionally under-performed in STEM using a unique method that she calls “culturally situated art-based learning.” It starts by first engaging students with art that speaks to their ethnic or cultural identity and ancestry.

    With the help of digital media designer Laurie Marion, Gaskins in 2012 introduced high schools students in Albuquerque, N.M., to ancient Mimbre designs, which are indigenous to the Southwest.

    The next steps: Teach students about the math embedded in the ancient Mimbre artwork, then have them use software to design and create an interactive mural based on the mathematical concepts they identified in the Mimbre artwork.

    “Art helps engage students who are not rote learners,” Gaskins says. “We have got to give credit to all the teachers who are making this happen.” Gaskins ’ research, she says, is less about teaching a class, and more about identifying what “particular types of work engage students who have been historically marginalized.”

    Gaskins’ novel approach to interdisciplinary learning is but one component of a new movement-science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, or STEAM – that has caught on in recent years.

    Championing this new philosophy is the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), which launched the website