April 2017                                  

Supporting the Arts is a key objective for NAMTA members who know that advocating for the arts enhances every community and makes good business sense.

For several years NAMTA has worked hard to provide you with information and tools on its Art Advocacy Website - NAMTAArtAdvocacy.org - and Art Advocacy Social Media sites. NAMTA's Art Advocacy eNewsletters are sent out to NAMTA members, industry people, companies and organizations, artists, and art educators.

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In the News

Americans for the Arts is committed to providing information on top issues affecting the arts today.

Take a look at their Arts Mobilization Center page, where you will find tools, resources, and information to help make your case for the arts and arts education as well as ways you can take action today.

See more Art Advocacy Resources on NAMTA's Art Advocacy Website for the USA and Canada.


Arts Advocacy Day 2017 recently took place in March in Washington DC. Here are some interesting highlights:

• Arts Advocacy Day attendees had over 400 face-to-face meetings with Congressional leaders and their staff on Capitol Hill.

• One of the key items asked of Members of Congress is to sign the annual letter in support of federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. Because of art advocacy advocates, the U.S. House of Representatives letter led by the Congressional Arts Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) has garnered a record number of 154 signatures - more bipartisan support than ever on this important letter. 

• A similar letter in the U.S. Senate was led by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM). This year, 40 Senators signed in support.

• At the Congressional Arts Kick Off, Senator Tom Udall and Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) announced their introduction of the CREATE Act in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

Mark Golden participates in Panel Discussion regarding the CREATE Act for Art Advocacy Day


As part of Art Advocacy Day, Americans for the Arts provided a day of education for the 700 assembled attendees who were going to be visiting their representatives on the Hill the next day. Mark Golden (pictured), CEO and co-founder of Golden Artist Colors, was asked to participate in a session with Narric Rome, the Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education at Americans for the Arts for a discussion of the CREATE Act, a bill sponsored by Senator Tom Udall from Utah. This bill provides a mechanism which is budget neutral to provide artists and non-profit art groups some of the same opportunities that other entrepreneurs enjoy in the small business community. The act has several, really three major areas of emphasis and provisions that work through already established government agencies.

The first emphasis is to offer opportunities for artists that are already offered to small businesses. It asks for expanded opportunities for loans for artists through the SBA. To request the Economic Development Agency and the U.S Department of Agriculture through its Rural Development Administration in order to offer tools such as incubators and grant programs to support the growing creative economy. Additionally, the act requires FEMA to provide disaster relief assistance for artists who have been impacted by natural disasters. In this regard, one of the most interesting parts of the act is to develop an Artist Corps, similar to that provided in the Serve America Act.

The second emphasis of the CREATE Act is to adjust Federal tax policy that currently disadvantages artists in providing donations of their work to non-profits. Additionally the Act seeks to lower capital gains tax on art to levels of sales of other investments and support to museums allowing donors to provide fractional gifts.

The third proposal of the CREATE Act is to strengthen the opportunities to develop models for communities that plan to use the arts and culture to improve local economic opportunities including arts district planning: http://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/reports-and-data/legislation-policy/legislative-issue-center/the-create-act.

Golden shared the value of the arts to so many of the artists and art organizations around the nation that are creating positive change in their communities yet are unable to access critical funds for growth. That “we have encouraged artists to help grow and strengthen the economic base of our communities but have not allowed them to share in the gains often going to developers and other businesses”.

Golden also shared the need to provide artists an equal opportunity for receiving benefits from their donations. “Every art organization and non-profit group has called on artists to donate works for sale for raising funds. Although anyone other than the artist can donate to these organizations and deduct the full value of their donation, artists can only deduct the actual cost of the materials used to produce the work, as if their creativity, and contribution of time and skill had absolutely no value.”


The Arts Action Fund is at the forefront of advancing the arts in America.

As the nation’s leader in arts advocacy they stand up for every child’s right to a comprehensive, high quality arts education, promote public policies that provide individuals and families affordable access to all forms of the arts, rally national support against attacks to the arts, and build political influence to ensure bipartisan support for the arts and deliver unified messages to Congress. Since their founding in 2004, an extra $200 million has been appropriated to arts related funding.


Encouraging Youth in Zimbabwe

The Royal Talens Foundation, founded in 2015 by the Dutch company Royal Talens, believes that creative expression is essential for the development of every human being, and because of this it will contribute towards a better world, developing and supporting projects and initiatives worldwide that encourage people to never stop drawing and painting.

In April 2017, in a partnership with IMBS Zimbabwe, the Royal Talens Foundation will bring Art Up Zimbabwe, an art week with emphasis on encouraging Zimbabwean youth to explore and follow their dreams.

The main attraction of the week will be the making of a 700 m2 MURAL. Together with the graffiti artist duo Karsky & Beyond (Amsterdam), around 200 children will capture their dreams on a wall, and with the mural their artistic expression will become an inspiration for hundreds and thousands of community members in days to come.


Art Therapy Idea Wins Girl Scout an Award

Freudenthal Sales Group's Joyce McBriarty's daughter Erin (below) earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by coming up with a way to help families in her community by creating Project ArtBox, an idea to build an art 'library' and have an actual ArtBox containing supplies to benefit children and their families being treated at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, many of them staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

Erin has a goal that experiencing art will be a creative release for the children and families to de-stress during a very time of their lives.
See Erin's Presentation



Program to Earn School Supplies

The Prang Power Program empowers Educators by giving them free tools for the classroom.

Any educational institution can join and have their own account, including public and private schools, preschools, day cares, youth organizations, entire districts, school sites, and individual classroom teachers. 

Earn points by turning in the UPC Codes from any Dixon, Ticonderoga, Prang, or DAS products and use them for valuable everyday school and art supplies for free.


Pencils for Kids

Dixon Ticonderoga recently celebrated the 2nd Annual Lowe's Home Improvement Pencil Give

Dixon Ticonderoga donated 2.8 million pencils valued at $460,000 to Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) Centers nationwide! 

Dixon Ticonderoga Company CEO, Timothy Gomez (pictured above), said, “. . . when kids have the tools they need, they will have a better classroom experience & their potential for success increases." Read more . . .

$1 per Emoji

Gallery On The Go recently supported Youth Art Month in March with an Emoji Painting Party and donated $1 for every Emoji painting to DonorsChoose.org to buy art supplies for schools in need. They did a similar promotion last year and raised $500 allowing them to fund 5 classroom requests!

Founded in 2000 by a high school teacher in the Bronx, NY, DonorsChoose.org empowers public school teachers from across the country to request much-needed materials and experiences for their students.


Event Brings Free Art Education

In March, Tombow USA and Art Supply Warehouse collaborated to bring free art education and demos to the general public in California at the third annual Arty Gras Event.

Tombow's Alana Yarbrough taught live demonstrations, and free interactive handlettering and watercolor demonstrations to the many attendees that visited their booth. Alana creates beautiful hand lettered notes of encouragement & hope in her free time, and was happy to show that anyone with enough practice and patience can create beautiful hand-lettering, and experience the joy of creating beautiful hand-lettered works of art should be shared with all.

Create More, Share More

Each Summer, the Strathmore Artist Paper Create More, Share More program selects a few local art-related events to give away free art materials and a pad to each person that stops by the Strathmore table. The goal is to bring more art to their local community, inspire more people to get their creative juices flowing, and encourage people to share the gift of their art or art materials, and just do a random act of kindness.

Strathmore hopes to inspire random acts of artistic kindness in the community by giving the gift of your art or art materials to someone who would appreciate it, and they encourage people to tell them about what they made with their art supplies or who they shared them with using #CreateMoreShareMore!

Watch video from last year's Create More, Share More event. 


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