If you haven’t checked out Americans for the Arts yet, we highly recommend looking at their website. Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America, dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Americans for the Arts serves over 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders. Among the many services offered on their website, they have a job bank, research resources, and a national events calendar.
Their latest email, which we received last night, notified subscribers about the 2012 budget agreement reached in the House of Representatives yesterday. We were happy to see that the US Department of Education’s “Arts in Education” was not completely cut, as the President’s proposed budget had suggested, but there were still cross the board cuts in all programs from the 2011 budget (you can see more legislative arts news here). If the arts and arts education is important to you, we encourage you to subscribe to Americans in the Arts, which will keep you abreast of all relevant happenings. We also encourage you to check out their page on National Arts Advocacy Day, to be held on April 16, 2012.
Of course, there are many ways for you to get involved in keeping the arts alive. Lots of these ways are enumerated on the American for the Arts website. If you are looking for something a little more grassroots and local, Washington Printmakers Gallery encourages you to donate to our sister organization, Washington Print Foundation, which funds three of our largest exhibitions–the January Invitational, Excellence in Printmaking, and National Small Works. By making WPF (or any other arts non-profit!) part of your annual holiday giving, you are helping to promote America’s rich artistic culture, sustaining it for generations to come. We thank you in advance!