Tag Archives: Arts

Where Are America’s Real Arts Capitals?

Arts and culture are key components of quality of life, and important contributors to urban economies as well. My own research finds that arts and cultural employment is one of three key drivers of urban economies—alongside science/technology and business/management occupations. Two recent studies provide a fresh look and new data on how the contribution of the arts to state and local economies. Read more... Read more

Role of the Arts in Rural Economic Development & Cultural Heritage Tourism

The arts – and artists – offer distinctive opportunities to enhance the personality of place. In this webinar from the Conservation Fund, learn how communities and individuals are using the arts in rural communities to customize destination planning, enhance gateways and infrastructure, create authentic attractions, develop and market festivals, and provide unique retail experiences. Register now... Read more

Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization: Meet the Funders: Parks, Community Health, and the Arts

Brownfield grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can support redevelopment of contaminated sites. This EPA webinar will highlight a number of redevelopment resources available from the National Park Service (NPS), The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to leverage your brownfield dollars. The webinar will also feature a presentation from a community that has successfully used grants, loans and other support from these agencies for its revitalization efforts. Register... Read more

NEA Challenge America Grant Program

The National Endowment for the Arts’ Challenge America grant offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Applications due April 13, 2017. Learn more and apply... Read more

Art Works: Creativity Connects

This National Endowment for the Arts initiative shows how the arts contribute to the nation’s creative ecosystem, investigates how support systems for the arts are changing, explores how the arts can connect with other sectors that want and utilize creativity, and invests in innovative projects to spark new, collaborative ideas. A key component of Creativity Connects is a grant opportunity in the Art Works category that supports collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships between the arts and non-arts sectors, specifically: Agriculture, Business... Read more

How to Do Creative Placemaking

This free ebook from the National Endowment for the Arts is an action-oriented guide for making places better. This book includes instructional and thought-provoking case studies and essays from today’s leading thinkers in creative placemaking. It describes the diverse ways that arts organizations and artists can play an essential role in the success of communities across America. Read free ebook... Read more

Denver Arts Scene Packs an Economic Punch

The next time someone asks how you’re going to make a living in the arts, you can point them to Colorado, where Denver is banking on the arts just fine. According to a recent study, Denver metro arts, cultural and scientific organizations generated $1.8 billion in economic activity in 2015, $512.8 million of which represented new money injected into Denver’s economy. The total includes $894 million in audience spending, $860 million in operating expenditures and $55 million in capital expenditures.... Read more

National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with arts at their core. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place. Applications due September 12. Learn more and apply... Read more
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