Why Science Needs Art
Art is a powerful tool for telling a scientific story. with many scientific fields dealing with the strangest of the animal kingdom-like creatures with a handful of eyes and bodies so different from our own-art can help us experience these hard-to-imagine parts of the natural world and shed light on new scientific discoveries. www.smithsonianmag.com
Patchwork-Style Animal Murals Raise Awareness of Endangered Species Around the World
The animal kingdom is filled with fascinating species of all shapes and sizes. However, many of these creatures are facing endangerment and even extinction due to the devastating effects of climate change. That is why one artist is using his creative talents to spread awareness for these vulnerable species. https://mymodernmet.com
October is National Arts & Humanities Month
October is National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)—a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. NAHM was launched by Americans for the Arts more than 30 years ago as National Arts Week in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1993, it was reestablished by Americans for the Arts and national arts partners as a month-long celebration, with goals. www.americansforthearts
Arts Vote 2020 - Arts Action Fund
Make your vote count. Learn about your state's voter information.... www.artsactionfund.org
Need a New Perspective on the Future? Looking at Abstract Art Can Change the Way You Think About Time, a New Study Says
The mind processes abstract art and figurative art very differently, and the experience of viewing one or the other can change the way you think, a new study shows. news.artnet.com
What Can Art Teach Us About the History of Plant Cultivation?
A Lot, It Turns Out-Via Something Called #Art Genetics. Art history offers a snapshot of what fruits and vegetables used to look like. news.art.com
House Proposes Budget Increase to the NEA for FY 2021
Earlier today, the U.S House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee strongly rejected President Trump's fourth consecutive annual budget request to eliminate both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by instead appropriating $170 million in funding for each for fiscal year FY 2021! This represents an increase for both agencies of $7.75 million each over the current FY 2020 funding level of $162.25 million and it is the same amount that we recommended to Congress.
Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund President and CEO Robert Lynch and ArtsVote 2020 Chair and Arts Action Fund Board Member Ben Folds testify before the U.S. House Interior Subcommittee on February 6, 2020.
As you will recall, Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund president and CEO Robert Lynch and our ArtsVote 2020 Chairman and musician Ben Folds testified in support of the $170 million budget request on February 6, 2020. (Watch Ben's testimony here.)
Additionally, we are very pleased to share that the House bill includes specific language requested by Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund to enable the NEA to waive financial matching grant requirements and to allow grantees to use the federal funds for general operating support as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These new funds would not limit eligibility to only recent NEA grantees and would apply to FY 2021 grants as well as any outstanding FY 2020 and 2019 grant funds.
Stay tuned. This bill will proceed next to the full U.S. House Appropriations Committee, then the House floor before moving to the Senate chamber for consideration over the coming weeks and months.
Artists helped lift America out of the Great Depression. Could that happen again?
As unemployment soars, the WPA's emphais on artists shows a path toward recovery. In the 1930s a part of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and its Works Progess Administration effort, the federal government hired more than 10,000 artists to...vox.com