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50 States 50 Days

Posted on: Jun 24, 2010

Starting on Saturday, July 31 and continuing until Saturday, September 18, Americans for the Arts Action Fund will coordinate a “50 States 50 Days” initiative that supports local advocacy activities in all 50 states and in as many congressional districts as possible.

Film Showcases the Power of Arts Education

Posted on: Jun 23, 2010

Can you imagine a teacher so powerful that they inspired you to pick up your instrument and return to your old band thirty years later? Students of Conrad O. Johnson (aka Prof) can – they made the journey mentally and physically to rejoin the Kashmere Stage Band more than three decades later.

Why the Arts Matter Video Contest

Posted on: Jun 15, 2010

It's time to vote!

The winning video will be shown on the MTV screen in Times Square, letting you share your story with thousands of people. You’ll even be able to capture the big moment with your new Flip UltraHD.

Arts Organizations Win With Bingo

Posted on: Jun 10, 2010

B-I-N-G-O not only is it the refrain from a popular children's song, some arts organizations are finding it's a good way to raise money in tough times.

Puppets Entertain on LA Freeways

Posted on: Jun 2, 2010

Ever wish you had something to distract you while you are stuck in traffic? A new, LA based venture began presenting puppet shows to drivers sitting on highways today providing a new distraction for commuters.

Google Homepage Showcases Student Artwork

Posted on: May 27, 2010

Did you check Google’s homepage today? If so you might have noticed its iconic logo looks like a living jungle today thanks to nine year-old Makenzie Melton of El Dorado Springs, Missouri.

Major Paintings Stolen in Parisian Heist

Posted on: May 22, 2010

In a dramatic fashion that seems made for the movies and has left police with few clues, five famous artworks disappeared from Paris’ Museum of Modern Art last night. Paintings by Picasso, Matisse and others were removed from their frames and whisked off into the night without triggering alarms or rousing security guards.

Glee Makes the Case for Arts Education

Posted on: May 20, 2010

Although I am still shocked by the way that Glee has been accepted by mainstream America, it is comforting to know that creator Ryan Murphy's depiction of the struggles of outsiders trying to fit into traditional high school stereotypes has become a television and iTunes hit.

Opera Stages Surprise Five-Minute Performances

Posted on: May 17, 2010

Imagine having a quiet afternoon lunch with friends or shopping for your groceries at the end of a long day when suddenly you are surrounded by opera singers who break into song. It’s happened to a few hundred people in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD.

Florida’s Library Guy

Posted on: May 11, 2010

Can one regular person really make a difference when it comes to state politics? Meet Paul Clark, otherwise known as The Library Guy around the halls of the Florida Legislature. When Clark, a librarian for the Wilderness Coast Library System in Florida learned that the Florida Legislature was planning to cut the entire budget for state libraries, he quickly became a mainstay of the Capitol building.

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