Pia Mileaf-Patel, age 11. Courtesy of Children's Museum of the Arts - from Artsy.net

Explore the World’s Largest Collection of Children’s Art

The Children's Museum of the Arts today bills its collection of children’s art as the largest in the world, composed of more than 2,000 paintings and drawings that date as far back as the 1930s. And that’s not counting the 4,000 children’s films created by CMA-goers over the last five years, which are currently archived online.
From Artsy.net - Theresa Chromati, Tea Time, with audio accompaniment by Pangelica, at MoCADA. Photo by @elliott.jerome, via Instagram

New Study Links Art Access to Better Health, Safety, and Education in Lower-Income Neighborhoods

Arts advocates have long extolled the benefits of culture to personal and neighborhood welfare. While the contention is broadly accepted within the field, the existence of the link has largely been argued without an abundance of data and taken a backseat to economic justifications for arts funding.

But a two-year study released this month by researchers from the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania has revealed a quantitative relationship between the presence of cultural resources in a neighborhood and key aspects of social wellbeing, particularly in less advantaged neighborhoods. The research was part of the school’s ongoing Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP).
Photo by Jay Espy - Courtesy of CCCADI - Artsy

Eliminating the NEA Will Disproportionately Hurt Communities of Color

Public funds like those provided by the NEA have been essential in fulfilling CCCADI’s mission to highlight the vibrant contributions of the African Diaspora to our nation and the world, and to fight for cultural equity and inclusion.

Last week, President Trump’s budget plan recommended eliminating the NEA completely. Such a measure would mainly cripple mid-size and small organizations like ours. The cuts are likely to have an outsized impact on artists and cultural organizations of color, which already struggle to stay afloat in an art world that favors European aesthetics and art forms.
Preserving Our Appalachian Music - Kela Simpson - PBS

Why small and rural arts groups may hurt the most under Trump’s plan to gut the NEA

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, which was released Thursday, eliminates funding for 19 agencies, including for cultural groups like the National Endowment for the Arts. Congress has final approval of the president’s request.

The NEA supports arts groups across the country, including major institutions in big cities, like Carnegie Hall or the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. But it would also mean the end of grants for dance, opera, writing, film, theater and other arts organizations in every state in the country — many of them smaller groups in rural communities.

The New Yorker - Bronx Dreams

Bronx Dreams: A community project to change the world with art

The DreamYard Project has a patriotic attachment to the Bronx. Two young actors, Jason Duchin and Tim Lord, founded it, twenty-one years ago, to teach public-school kids in grades K through twelve by using the arts. The idea was to recruit teachers from among working artists of Duchin’s and Lord’s acquaintance in New York and match them with schools whose funding for arts education had been cut. Through a few changes, that has been DreamYard’s basic mission from the start. For some years, the teaching program was in several boroughs, but today it’s only in the Bronx, where DreamYard-sponsored artists in forty-five schools teach about ten thousand students.
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VANS Custom Culture Grants Deadline Extended

VANS Custom Culture Grants are available to public high schools (including charter schools) serving students in grades 9-12. The grants are intended to encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education, and to support activities that are consistent with local and national learning standards for arts education. Ten (10) schools across the country will each receive a $2,000 grant to support their work in providing high-quality music and/or visual arts instruction for students. Deadline extended to December 16, 2016.