The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. The arts bring us joy, help us express our values, and build bridges between cultures. The arts are also a fundamental component of a healthy community—strengthening them socially, educationally, and economically—benefits that persist even in difficult social and economic times. Arts unify communities. 72% of Americans believe “the arts unify our communities regardless of age, race, and ethnicity” and 73% agree that the arts “helps me understand other cultures better”—a perspective observed across all demographic and economic categories. Arts improve individual well-being. 81% of the population says the arts are a “positive experience in a troubled world,” 69% of the population believe the arts “lift me up beyond everyday experiences,” and 73% feel the arts give them “pure pleasure to experience and participate in.” Arts improve academic performance. Students engaged in arts learning have higher GPAs, standardized test scores, and college-going rates as well as lower drop-out rates. These academic benefits are reaped by… Read More »10 REASONS TO SUPPORT THE ARTS IN 2021

SUMMER INSTITUTE Returns in person this year

Bringing Us Back Together: Creating a Connection Culture Dates: June 22-24, 2021 3 days, safety protocols in place, making connections, having FUN learning Registration packet: https://www.dropbox.com/s/nw9tdbhxtzhy4g3/AIEA%20Institute%20Registration%20Packet%202021.doc?dl=0

The Artistic Literacy Consortium of Alabama and Creative Generation Collaborate to Increase Access to Arts Education for Alabama’s Students

October 1, 2020 The Artistic Literacy Consortium of Alabama and Creative Generation are pleased to announce their new partnership to conduct strategic planning for the statewide collective impact initiative with the goal of increasing student access to arts education across Alabama. This project will focus on team and culture building, leadership development, and visionary planning, including 3-5 year goals, strategies, measurable outcomes, SWOT analysis, and a possible revised mission. As a result of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Education Leadership Institute, Alabama embarked on a journey to establish a statewide plan for arts education. In September 2013, a task force was appointed by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the State Superintendent of Schools. Members in diverse stakeholder groups including arts, education, students, business, and community leaders worked for two years to create the Alabama Plan for Arts Education, which was unanimously endorsed by the Council Board and the State Board of Education in 2016. Work began immediately with support from a National Endowment for the Arts Collective Impact grant. In 2018, new funding… Read More »The Artistic Literacy Consortium of Alabama and Creative Generation Collaborate to Increase Access to Arts Education for Alabama’s Students

Putting Creative Workers to Work

This is Precisely the Time This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal. I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom. Like art. Toni Morrison https://www.americansforthearts.org/news-room/arts-mobilization-center/creative-workers-to-work This policy proposal is all about activating the creative economy within a comprehensive national and local recovery strategy. Creative workers are an essential component of getting communities back on their feet financially, socially, and emotionally. They now have over 700 endorsements from all across the country, and are hoping to show strong, unified support for a creative workforce program to both of the Presidential campaigns and to the current Administration and Congressional officials. The document compiles 15 different, specific… Read More »Putting Creative Workers to Work

All Things Art

Links for Art Students: Art School – Degrees and Opportunities – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/art-schools/ Degree Paths for Art School Students – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/art-schools/practical-degree-paths/ Financial Aid and Scholarships for Art School Students – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/art-schools/financial-aid-scholarships/ Career Opportunities for those with a Degree in the Arts – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/art-schools/careers/ Performing Arts Degree Options and Careers – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/art-schools/performing-arts/ Game Design: Art School Approach to a Degree in Design – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/art-schools/game-design/ Online Degrees in Art – https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/art-schools/ Guidebook to Careers in Art – www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/art-schools/careers/ Resources for Art Majors – www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/art-schools/resources/ Art History Degree Programs – https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/art-schools/art-history/ Financial Aid for Art Majors – https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/art-schools/scholarships/ Careers in Arts and Humanities – https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/arts-humanities-careers/ Teaching Careers Online Opportunities: Online Schools for Art School Students – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/art-schools/online/ Online Degree Opportunities for Art Students – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/online-degrees/art/ Online Degree in Liberal Arts – http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/online-degrees/liberal-arts/

Alabama Gives

One day. One massive opportunity to support Alabama nonprofits! February 2nd is your opportunity to join thousands of Alabamians in being part of a history making event that aims to raise millions of dollars for hundreds of Alabama nonprofits in just 24 hours. Inspired by other Gives Days in the Nation, Alabama Gives Day provides nonprofits an opportunity to showcase the impact of the incredible work they do that helps improve the quality of life for everyone in our state.