March 21 is Arts Advocacy Day. Sponsored by Americans for the Arts, the annual conveining brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 500 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.
Here, we feature some of our recent work funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Sheri Parks, associate professor of American studies and associate dean for research, interdisciplinary scholarship and programming at ARHU, provides some context by reflecting on the cost of funding arts and humanities programs and if that cost is worth it when belts are being tightened locally and nationally.
What's your story about the impact and transformative power of the arts in your community? You can support arts advocacy by sharing that story congressional representative on Arts Advocacy Day, and by joining the conversation on social media by following the hashtag #ArtsAdvocacy.
THE COST OF CUTTING THE ARTS
Sheri Parks weighs in on arts education and the cost of funding arts programs.
ARTS ENDOWMENT AWARDS GRANTS TO RESEARCH IMPACT OF THE ARTS ON SOCIETY FOR THE 1ST TIME
School of Music professor Kenneth Elpus among the winners of the first ever NEA research grants.
UMD AWARDED THREE GRANTS FROM NEA
The Driskell Center, CSPAC, and MITH receive funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.