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Art Advocacy Has Never Been More Crucial

Supporting the arts has always been a key objective for NAMTA members but never has Art Advocacy been more crucial than it is today. Study after study has shown that including art-related activities in a child’s education will produce a smarter, more creative and successful student.

Advocating for the arts enhances communities and makes good business sense.

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Fact of the Week #274

"Art Therapy is one program that hold some surprising benefits for seniors. This doesn't have to be an organzied program....." https://minnehahaseniorliving.com/5-benefits-of-arts-crafts-for-seniors/

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Fact of the Week #273

The arts can play a powerful role in treating the physical and psychological impact of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Art therapies address effects of TBI, yielding a 66 percent improvement with depression, 50 percent improvement with anxiety, and 83% percent decrease of stress...www.americansforthearts.org

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Fact of the Week #273

Arts + Military Social Impact Explorer reports an 83% decrease in reported stress levels for military personnel in  treating the physical and psychological impact of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) . www.americansforthe arts.org

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Why We Love Visiting Art Galleries (and You Should Too!)

"Art galleries are a place that everyone should visit a least once in their life.Visiting an art gallery is not just for those who have a passion for the arts, it can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone." https://themarshall gallery.com

Public Art Facts for Kids

Public Art Fact for Kids is not just for Kids - it is an introduction to Public Art and its' history... kids.kiddle.co

What techniques are used in art therapy for children?

Art Therapy has proven to be an effective tool for children to express themselves in times of trauma. Read this article to see the benefits and how parents can embrace with their children the rewards. www.springfwd.com.au

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NEA Funding once again Saved!


Earlier this month, the House of Representatives brought to the floor the FY’24 Interior appropriations bill with two floor amendments introduced by Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Scott Perry (PA-10) that would have eliminated all future funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Both amendments were soundly defeated in a bipartisan fashion with 100% support of Democrats and nearly 40% of Republicans voting against the amendments.

This victory is due, in no small part, to the hard work of arts advocates, like you, across the country. While more work needs to be done for the House to match the Senate's higher appropriations amount of $207 million each for the NEA and NEH for FY'24, this vote demonstrates the influence arts advocates have when united to support important federal arts and humanities programs.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, it is important to take a moment to thank the House Members who voted against these egregious amendments. These 292 House Members worked in a bipartisan fashion to protect arts funding and puts Congress on a path to match last year’s funding levels of $207 million each.

Please thank Members of Congress today who voted down these amendments on the House floor that would have eliminated NEA and NEH funding.

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Let Congress Know You Support Full Funding NEA

Be Informed - Know Your Facts - Speak Out to Support the Arts - Read the House & Senate Action on FY24 Appropriations - www.artsactionfund.org

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Namta's First Creativation Alliance for the Arts & Crafts

This year at Creativation by Namta 2023 in Columbus, OH , Namta created an alliance with a local organization called Directions for Youth and Families (DFYF).  Directions improves lives of individuals, families, and communities through counseling, education and support. What better way to do this than through the creative channel. Because of the generosity of several of Namta members, during Creativation by Namta in Columbus, OH a mural which expressed Directions mission was created by participants from the program. This mural will be displayed in Directions new facility.  This was just the first endeavor for Namta to leave its' mark on the community where we came together to celebrate creativity. The collaborative project between Directions and Namta was the first of an on-going initiative for Namta to develop community partnerships in all future Creativation by Namta host cities.


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NAMTA's Partners in Art