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February 6, 2019

Alaska: ARTShops

Ancient Alutiiq Cell Phones, Old Harbor, Kodiak, Alaska. Photo courtesy of Lena Snow Amason-Berns ARTShops is a collaborative effort of the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and The CIRI Foundation—with support from the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation—to catalyze Alaska Native artists’ creative leadership and related community development throughout…

February 6, 2019

Tennessee: Music & Memory Tennessee

With a $1 million Civil Monetary Penalty grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Tennessee Department of Health, the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) is implementing Music & Memory Tennessee, a model therapeutic-music program that will serve at least 2,200 patients in 147 nursing homes over the next three years. Music &…

February 6, 2019

Kansas: Indigenous Arts Initiative

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) and the University of Kansas’s Spencer Museum of Art, Lied Center of Kansas, and Department of Film and Media Studies have launched their Indigenous Arts Initiative. The effort will support collaborative, mentorship-based programming at the University of Kansas that is designed to foster the creative and professional growth…

January 7, 2019

Florida: Arts & Wellbeing Indicators and Toolkits

One of the ways the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has realized the vision of its 2015-2020 strategic plan to foster vibrant, thriving and healthy communities is to partner with the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine in support of its Florida Arts & Wellbeing Indicators initiative. DCA funded the three-year effort to develop…

December 5, 2018

Nevada: Shaken & Stirred: An Arts & Humanities Mixer

Shaken & Stirred: An Arts & Humanities Mixer is a new event series that the Nevada Arts Council (NAC) and Nevada Humanities developed in effort to commingle creative ideas and people and to enable chance encounters between them. At the events, launched in October in celebration of National Arts & Humanities Month, arts and humanities…

December 5, 2018

Maryland: Public Art across Maryland

Proposed artwork for Idlewild Park basketball court. Courtesy of Shelton Hawkins Public art—which celebrates the uniqueness of place, creates memorable experiences and cultivates community pride—is the focus of a special year-long initiative the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) launched in honor of its 50th anniversary. Through its Public Art across Maryland…

December 5, 2018

Texas: Young Masters Program

Young Masters class of 2018-2019 gathers at the Texas Capitol for orientation. Photo courtesy of Josiane Amezcua The Young Masters Program is a joint effort of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) and the Texas Cultural Trust designed to advance the state’s creative economy by investing directly in the education…

October 10, 2018

South Carolina, Michigan: Capacity Building through Cohort Learning

One way state arts agencies can foster the capacity of arts leaders and arts organizations is by harnessing the power of cohort learning. This approach—based on the active and interactive dynamics of group learning—fosters community, creativity and leadership skills as a pedagogical strategy. In this way, cohort learning facilitates ongoing supportive relationships that both reinforce…

October 10, 2018

Maine: Dynamic Apprenticeship Programs

Master blacksmith Douglas E. Wilson with Craft Apprentice James Crawford in Wilson’s forge in Little Deer Isle, Maine. Photo by Michael Wilson Many state arts agencies support cultural traditions and the artists who propagate them through an apprenticeship program. Such programs, as the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) demonstrates, can be adapted…

September 11, 2018

Alabama, Delaware, Montana, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island: Arts Shine at Governors' Inaugurations

Governors’ inaugurations are not only celebrations of the democratic process and affirmations of policy visions, but also opportunities for states to showcase their greatest assets, such as prominent artists and cultural traditions. State arts agencies are poised to contribute to inauguration ceremonies and festivities in ways that harness the arts in honor of public service,…

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