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Arts and Rural Prosperity: Capitol Hill Briefing

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) convened a briefing for policymakers on Capitol Hill on May 2, 2019, on Arts and Rural Prosperity. Endorsed by the Congressional Arts Caucus, the event shared new research and vivid examples demonstrating the power of creativity and culture to help rural communities thrive.

Rep. Chellie Pingree

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), cochair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, stated that arts and culture is the third-largest sector in Maine, bringing about enhanced quality of life, improved education outcomes and revitalized local economies.

Karen McCarthy

Karen McCarthy, senior legislative assistant to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), talked about how native and other artists generate prosperity in Alaska, making the arts a source of empowerment and resilience.

Mary Anne Carter

Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, shared research on the value of the arts to rural communities and noted the strategic investments being made to drive population growth, innovation and economic health via the arts.

Cyndy Andrus

Cyndy Andrus, mayor of Bozeman, Montana, highlighted Montana Arts Council programs that contribute to artists’ livelihoods and her state’s prosperity.

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), cochair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, said investment in arts education and in the arts—from the local to the federal levels—helps rural communities thrive.

Chuck Fluharty

Chuck Fluharty, founder and president emeritus of the Rural Policy Research Institute, discussed his organization’s focus on the arts as a rural wealth driver and community bonding agent.

Tyler Hughes

Tyler Hughes, performer and educator from Big Stone Gap, Virginia, shared the importance of the arts in Appalachian Virginia, then entertained attendees with tunes on his banjo.

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NASAA'S Arts and Rural Prosperity: Capitol Hill Briefing

LIVE FROM CAPITOL HILL: NASAA's briefing on Arts and Rural Prosperity, emphasizing the power of the arts and culture to expand economic opportunities for the 60 million Americans who live in rural areas. This briefing showcases these effects by sharing rigorous research and highlighting examples of creative entrepreneurs and rural communities that are flourishing through the arts. #ruralarts

Posted by National Assembly of State Arts Agencies: NASAA on Thursday, May 2, 2019