As we end our 50th anniversary year here at Americans for the Arts, we want to wish each and every one of you a happy new year! Throughout the year, we met and worked with stakeholders nationwide to ensure the arts had a voice from Main Street to Capitol Hill. We launched our 50 States 50 Days campaign to bring arts advocacy to cities and towns nationwide. We hosted our 50th anniversary convention, the Half-Century Summit, where nearly 1,200 leaders in the field came together to envision a bright future. We also presented one of our most successful National Arts Marketing Project Conferences to date in San Jose. And to begin this new year, we want to hear from you.
What is your resolution this year to support the arts in your community? Think big, think small. Let’s take a moment to come together and set meaningful, actionable goals for our field and all the communities we serve.
Post your resolution below!
Here’s some of the resolutions from a few arts leaders in the field and staff members at Americans for the Arts:
- “In 2011, I resolve to continue to cast a light on how the arts are a solution to the challenges facing America’s communities. I will do this professionally by partnering with arts and non-arts organizations and educating people on how the arts are an economic driver, spiritual nourishment, difference destroyer, awareness builder, life saver, workforce stimulant, and a legitimate solvent to crime and other societal problems. I will work through the research, professional development, advocacy, and visibility efforts at Americans for the Arts to prove that this is all true. Personally, I will serve on the boards of arts organizations that share this commitment, participate in arts organizations that push the envelope by using the arts to motivate people to think differently, and I will encourage my daughter to understand how the arts will be vital in her quest to become an environmental scientist. Won’t you join me?“
-Mara Walker, Chief Operating Officer, Americans for the Arts
- “For the arts, I resolve to strike a balance between innovative, big-picture thinking and practical, nitty-gritty work on the ground. To work the hours necessary to advance the arts, without forgetting to pause and enjoy them…to let them sink in. To patronize new venues, see new exhibits, watch challenging performances. To find lawyers, business professionals and funding opportunities and new donors who will help the arts grow. To change the way people understand ‘the arts.’”
-David Seals, Program Manager, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Network Council Member
- “My resolution is to help present more cultural programming and handmade crafts for the annual Turkish Cultural Festival in Washington, DC.”
-Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs, Americans for the Arts
- “My 2011 year’s resolution is to assist local business leaders in forming a Business Committee for the Arts to enhance private sector involvement in arts and culture.”
-Mary Becht, Director, Broward County Cultural Division
- “My resolution to support the arts this year is to double the amount of financial support I personally give because of the particular challenges groups are facing in the current economy. I will remain on several arts boards but hope to expand the volunteer help I give over the next two years particularly in researching and sharing the names of new potential funders because funder list expansion is critical at this time. I will try to expand my personal participation in attending arts events of organizations that I support and encouraging others to join me.“
-Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts
- “I will continue to question how art in public space can continue to evolve. On this note, I am engaged to model new processes of how the word “community” can be supported in 2011. Has the word lost meaning? I am interested in supporting brilliant ideas and strong conceptual approaches that can create strong collaborations to one of community experimentation, agency flexibility and innovative experiences in the public realm, while still looking for new levels of engagement to be inspired.”
-Stuart Keeler, Artist, 2010 Americans for the Arts Public Art Preconference Presenter