Infrastructure is the connective tissue of most places. How we get from here to there, whether that journey is five miles or five hundred miles. Today, we are witnessing a trend in transportation departments that places the user’s experience critical to the planning process, a movement to not just build, but build more livable communities with a focus on improved quality of life.
In 2005, Public Art Saint Paul, a private non-profit collaborated with the City to launch the City Artist in Residence Program (CAIR). Artists in Residence are employees of Public Art Saint Paul and work across City agencies. City Ordinance states that artists shall be involved in the design, implementation and integration of art in public projects including preparation of plans by private consultants. The CAIRs presence at the earliest stages of new thinking ensures a systemic impact on the city’s infrastructure, water, forest, daily function and use of public spaces.
The arts are under threat once again! Funding for two of our most critical national institutions, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Public Broadcasting, may be severely diminished or eliminated.
Artists have entered a new realm...they have taken on the onerous task of exposing the many ways our personal worlds are no longer personal, no longer private. Artists have wed technology with their art forms to visually provoke and shock us with this not so secret revelation.
Something wonderful is happening across our country. Veterans are using theatre to share their experiences.
It is part of the Telling Project, a national initiative to help civilians understand the human toll of military service — something often lost on a society where less than 1 percent of the population has served in the armed forces during recent conflicts. The Telling Project, a nonprofit based in Austin, Texas, is providing a venue for healing, understanding, and acceptance. The Telling Project is part of the National Initiative for Arts and Health in the military and is led by Americans for the Arts.
NAHM is a month long national recognition when arts organizations, municipalities and states recognize the arts and their contribution in creating vibrant communities. NAHM encourages all Americans to explore the arts and the role they play in our daily lives.
Over 90% of business leaders claim they cannot find the creative talent they are seeking to hire. A 2010 IBM survey of 1,500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide revealed that creativity — more than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision — is the most essential leadership skill in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.
Let’s begin a conversation on why the arts matter.
As proud chair and founder of the Roswell Arts Fund, I spend a good deal of time with my colleagues advocating for the arts, building strategic bridges between the arts and public and private city organizations. This conversation intends to build a bridge to you, all readers, wherever you reside. Let’s begin.
There’s no need to guess at the answers for these questions. An Americans for the Arts and Ipsos Public Affairs survey of more than 3,000 American adults over the age of 18 in December 2015, confirms that it is undeniable—the arts transform people and communities every day.