August 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 - - 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.


Art News

On you can find lists of news articles that highlight the advancement of art, and the use of art to build businesses and help the community.

U.S. Art News      Canadian Art News

On June 17, Americans for the Arts released the results of Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5), a new study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations across the country. The findings show that in 2015, the nonprofit arts industry generated $166.3 billion in economic activity nationwide—$63.8 billion in organizational spending plus $102.5 billion in event-related spending by audience members


Tennessee Arts Advocates Successful
 in ending Termination Language

This article is from

Jul 25, 2017  - For the first time in recent years, a report from the U.S. House Budget Committee accompanying a budget resolution no longer includes language supporting the termination of our nation’s cultural agencies. This action comes after 35 Tennessee organizations sent a letter in May to the new Chairman of the House Budget Committee, urging removal of this harmful language for fiscal year 2018.  Read more . . .


 Art Hives - Building Communities by Making Art
    Information from CTV Montreal

It’s a place where your inner artist is welcomed - a community studio that harnesses and promotes inclusion, respect, and learning. It’s called an art hive, and there are hundreds of them throughout Canada and across the globe. There’s no formal instruction, no admission fee, and no requirements to participate. It’s a community studio that provides people the opportunity to explore myriad creative outlets at their own leisure.
“It’s different from a class or workshop, “said Rachel Chainey, Art Hive’s national network coordinator.

Art hive gatherings can happen in any number of places: seniors’ residences, social housing, storefronts, and even in libraries. It’s an impromptu bridge-building community that unites people from all creative backgrounds. The picture below is from a small cooperative in the underprivileged neighbourhood of Centre-Sud in Montreal.

An art hive, like the one at Montreal's Museum of Fine arts, is a community studio that provides people the opportunity to explore myriad creative outlets at their own leisure. And now, Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) will play host to its own hive, through a sponsorship of the Rossy Family Foundation. It's the first hive located within a museum.

MMFA has employed a full-time art therapist to run the hive.
“We have an approach that’s based on welcome, it’s based on free access, it’s based on reaching out to individuals - particularly those who are more socially isolated,” said Stephen Legari, the MMFA’s resident art therapist.

New art supplies are donated by program sponsors, and recycled materials are collected from across the art hive network - everything from old fabric and bubble wrap, to books and old buttons.

“You have the possibility to create something new, you have the possibility to make a new connection, and you have a possibility to create a new connection to the museum itself,” Legari added.

Find out more about Art Hives at

Visit ART NEWS IN CANADA for more stories.


The Arts Action Fund  is at the forefront of advancing the arts in America, dedicating 100% of our time, money, and political clout to advancing the arts in America. Their mission is to mobilize one million citizens to join us in mobilizing support of the arts and arts education around the country.

As the nation’s leader in arts advocacy they:

  1. Stand up for every child’s right to a comprehensive, high quality arts education
  2. Promote public policies that provide individuals and families affordable access to all forms of the arts
  3. Rally national support against attacks to the arts
  4. Build political influence to ensure bipartisan support for the arts

The Arts Action Fund has been building bipartisan support for the arts as well as delivering a unified message to Congress. Since our founding in 2004, an extra $200 million has been appropriated to arts related funding.

Visit for more tools to help you advocate for the arts.


The Canadian Arts Coalition's Mission is to increase investments in arts and culture at the federal level, and strengthen Canadian cultural policies.

Visit their 'Action Centre' page which includes links to resources and tools.

The Canadian Arts Coalition conducts a broad range of activities for and with the arts sector such as coordination of Arts Day on Parliament Hill, publication of a communique on the Federal Budget; development and publication of the Analysis of the Federal Budget and any other significant national arts legislation and policy, coordination of an arts campaign during the federal election - and more.

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There are more than 35,000 museums in the US.

It is estimated that there are over 55,000 in the world.

The National Art Education Association - NAEA believes that art museum learning is a fundamental component to a high quality, effective, and balanced education. Read more  . . .



Visit every week to see a new FACT.

Museum FACTS:

FACT of the Week #45: Museums across America are undertaking expansive and creative efforts to make art accessible and engaging for people with disabilities.  Now, technological innovation is enabling the museums to do so much more. New Technologies can provide multi-sensory experience, 3-D prints, and descriptive tours for people with a range of disabilities. It seems that making the arts accessible to all makes the arts better for all too. from

FACT of the Week #72: Museums spend more than $2 billion a year on education activities; the typical museum devotes three-quarters of its education budget to K-12 students. Museums receive approximately 55 million visits each year from students in school groups. from

FACT of the Week #82: Students who attend a field trip to an art museum experience an increase in critical thinking skills, historical empathy and tolerance. For students from rural or high-poverty regions, the increase was even more significant.  from

FACT of the Week #101: Museums, too, are critical to infusing art throughout a community. The high-quality materials produced by museums, the knowledge and skills of museum educators, and the museum collections themselves are extraordinarily valuable resources to extend learning far beyond the classroom. from



If you are a NAMTA member and would like to share how you are advocating for the arts in your community, please email your story to  [email protected] and it will be featured in our December issue.

Art Creations Sponsors Mural Event

Jessica Dumitru, owner of Art Creations, hosted The Artist Seven (Eric Finley) and the Burnin' Bridges Street Festival at her store in Chattanooga, Tennessee this past June. Seven, and three fellow urban artists, painted the back parking lot walls - making the store's location a destination to view local street art.

Seven obtained a grant through ArtsBuild, a local non-profit, and Art Creations sponsored the event by providing the space for the murals and by donating cans of Montana spray paint to the artists.  

Jessica said, "We are very proud of the artist's work and love supporting our local urban artists!"    


Sculpture House Sponsors Contest

Bruner F. Barrie, President of Sculpture House and recent recipient of the National Sculpture Society Herbert Adams Memorial Award has long been an advocate of the arts and sculpture. For many years Sculpture House has sponsored the annual Michael McCullough's Amateur Sculpting Contest with donations of clay products and tools for the amateur artists use during the competition.

Sculpture House Supports
Native American Stone Sculpture

Also at Sculpture House, Mr. Barrie and Louise Deck, Operations Administrator, have been supporting and advocating for traditional Native American arts stone sculpture ever since they were contacted in 2016 by Brendon Albers of First People Fund. Mr. Albers requested sculpting stone for his high school, so he could teach the students native stone sculpture techniques, giving them ties to their past and hope for their future. The response has been overwhelming and delightful. Sculpture House has since shipped over 3,000 pounds of alabaster, soapstone and tools to the Lakota Eagle Butte High School in South Dakota, along with ceramic clay and tools to the art department at the high school to encourage the art of ceramics.

Bruner and Louise said the smiles and success of the students involved is the most gratifying feeling!


ACTÍVA's Free Art Education Summer Camp

In June, ACTÍVA Products, Inc. and the Michelson Museum of Art collaborated to bring free art education summer camp classes to children in the Marshall, Texas area.

Local artist Audrey Lozano taught students in Grades 1-3 how to make simple sculptures, masks, and sand art; introducing them to art materials many had not used before. Creativity blossomed as the children discovered innovative ways of using colored sand, plaster cloth, and air-dry clay to make beautiful works of art.

ACTÍVA says they are proud to sponsor art education and advocacy efforts.


 Paint Spot's Annual Art Walk

Art Walk recently took place in Edmonton, Canada. It is eight blocks of unrestrained creativity with around 450 artists and craftspeople - Graffiti, pop, surrealism, art nouveau, impressionism, and just plain cool looking items. Festival producer, and owner of the Paint Spot, Kim Fjordbotten, has been there since the beginning in 1995. In its 22nd year, Art Walk brings waves of symbolic communication of imagination in the public realm. The Edmonton Journal said “Kim deserves credit for institutionalizing, coordinating and making possible something our bylaws-obsessed local reality would otherwise instinctively stand in the way of in the name of law and boredom.”

Encouragement and opportunity are a big part of what draws crowds and artists to the festival. Artists usually have to turn to either the online storefront, or just hope for a gallery show, Art Walk provides a space for everyone to equally display the fruits of their labour.

Kim hopes someday Art Walk won’t just be for a weekend in July, but for the entire summer. She makes a strong case – “It’s an important part of the community. It takes the art from out of the studios and the closets and the garden sheds and brings both the work and the artists to where the people are. I call myself a mother bear sometimes, because I think art often gets relegated to frivolous or looked at as the first thing we can cut because it’s not that important. For those of us in the arts to articulate why it is important is really hard. People see it as it’s nice, or it’s enjoyable, or it’s stress relieving. To me, it’s the cornerstone of our society.”


MM Manufacturing Assists Rural Title 1 School

Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. (Oct 5, 2015)

Early in July, Marianne Bennett, owner of MM Manufacturing aka Marvelous Marianne's received this email from a rural Title 1 school.

"I would like to request a donation of your product for our school's art program. We are a small, rural, Title I school who does not have a large budget for purchasing items from year to year, therefore we rely heavily on donations. Our art room does not have a sink and in order for students to clean up, they must walk to the nearest student bathrooms which are a considerable distance away and make it difficult for me to monitor the classroom and the bathroom simultaneously as the two rooms are out of sight of one another. Since this is a gentle cleaner that can be used without water, it would be a very welcome and appreciated addition to our room."

Under the teacher's name was "Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."  - J.R.R Tolkien

Marianne said, "All of us, suppliers, retailers and reps donate items but this email for a rural Title 1 school in Rural may be reminder to all of us of the importance of our art giving."


Dixon Ticonderoga Company
Helping The Kids In Need Foundation

Dixon Ticonderoga Company and The Kids In Need Foundation have worked together to ensure success in the classroom for over a decade.

There are 40 KINF Resource Center locations in the United States, distributing much needed school supplies to kids who would otherwise go without. This year Dixon has donated 70,000 in fine art supplies, which will be distributed to the Resource Centers, and is working with 10 KINF Resource Centers are working with ten local artists to create 20 fine art pieces using products from the Maimeri, Canson, and Daler-Rowney brands. Ten masterpieces will be auctioned off at the national KINF annual gala and 10 pieces of art will be auctioned off at the local level to raise money for local Resource Centers. Dixon also donates up to $1,500,000 in products annually to KINF Resource Centers.

“Creativity ignites learning within all of us,” said Dave Smith, executive director of The Kids In Need Foundation. “It is exciting to witness the important role Dixon plays in supporting our Resource Centers and helping students receive the supplies they need to succeed.”  

About The Kids In Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995, has distributed nearly $900 million in school supplies, directly benefiting 5.4 million students and nearly 200,000 teachers annually. For more information, visit, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @KidsInNeed

Pina Zangaro Provides Gallery & Exhibition Space

Over the past ten years, San Francisco's real estate market has been fueled by the tech industry, driving many artists and arts organizations, including dozens of galleries, out of the city or out of business. Realizing that there was a dearth of exhibit space in San Francisco for photographers, Pina Zangaro converted two large spaces in the front of their building for use as a photo gallery. They host five or six large exhibitions a year, all at no cost to the exhibitors, in addition to many smaller arts events. In a city that lacks exhibition space, the Pina Zangaro Gallery has become an important resource for photographers at all levels. Additionally, the Gallery has been a great tool for better connecting with the users of our print presentation products.

Through April 19th, The Gallery is hosting a reception for First Exposures, a youth mentoring program for under-served youth in the Bay Area that provides a creative outlet for students to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment and encourage them to become articulate, confident, and responsible young adults. Participation in the program is voluntary, and students commit to attend class once a week, each Saturday, for at least one academic semester. Mentors come from an array of photographic backgrounds, but all come to the program with a commitment and dedication to arts mentoring.

FM Brush Hosts
Dynasty/Splashes of Hope Paint Night 2017

FM Brush recently hosted a Paint Night for the organization Splashes of Hope. They donated the brushes and brought in a group of artists to the Splashes location on Long Island, Dynasty Artists Shar Sosh and Sandy McTier, and FM Brush family and friends. Blick Art Materials donated the paint. The group painted all sorts of ceiling tiles and murals to be installed at the Northport VA Medical Center.

Splashes of Hope and Dynasty Brush have a very special relationship forged through the hearts of both Splashes of Hope founder Heather Buggee and FM Brush's late CEO Frederick V. Mink. Mr. Mink is pictured below with a hat on with Veterans from the Adult Day Health Care room with the murals Splashes of Hope created for a project in 2014, a vintage Coney Island theme.


Hot Wire Foam Factory Helps Artist Create
Fortress-of-Solitude Super Girl Costume

Hot Wire Foam Factory was recently approached by artist Cory Hunt who was working with a non-profit organization called The Magic Wheelchair. Cory had a project to do and needed to get it done fast! Foam was his medium of choice and How Wire jumped at the chance to help in his quest. In 3 short weeks, their new found artist friend created a Fortress of Solitude Super Girl costume for a little girl named Zoe (pictured below).

From the good people at Hot Wire Foam Factory -  "Our story is short in that we were able to participate from a distance by donating a kit, but it made us proud to know we could help in a small way to make a big difference. This tool kit will go on to make many other projects. We hope this story encourages others to be open to saying YES and making magical moments for people you may never even meet."


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