August 2016               

"The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition." 

 What the Candidates are Saying

The mission of ArtsVote2016 is to advance the role of arts and arts education in the 2016 Presidential election. A well informed and politically engaged army of grassroots arts advocates can make tremendous strides at the highest levels of American government.  
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Donald Trump on 'What guidance would your Education Department give states as they begin allocating funding for arts education, which is considered part of a well-rounded education under the Every Student Succeeds Act?'
The states are best able to determine how education dollars are spent. The federal government
needs to get out of the education business and let the states, local districts and parents determine
what is taught in our schools. Read more . . . 

Hillary Clinton on 'Policy Views on the Arts and Education'
Supports arts education being taught in the classroom. “So many of our poorer schools have
cut off all the extracurricular activities. We’ve taken away band, in so many places we’ve
taken away a lot of the sports. We’ve taken away arts classes. We’ve taken away school
productions." . . . . . .  “I would like to see us get back to looking at
individual children, looking at age appropriate learning experiences, looking at enriching the
classroom experience.”  Read more . . . 

Americans for the Arts Public Opinion Poll

Did you know that "53 percent of social media users say that they are more exposed to the arts thanks to connecting online. 59 percent agree that art created on social media is a legitimate form of art."

New research by Americans for the Arts provides an in-depth look at the perceptions and attitudes about the arts in the United States. An Americans for the Arts and Ipsos Public Affairs survey of more than 3,000 American adults over the age of 18 in December 2015, provides current insight on topics including support for arts education and government arts funding, personal engagement in the arts, the personal benefits and well-being that come from engaging in the arts, and if/how those benefits extend more broadly to the community.

Americans for the Arts Public Opinion Poll Overview

The Full Public Opinion Poll Report
Americans Speak Out About the Arts - An In-Depth Look at Perceptions and Attitudes about the Arts in America

NAMTA Member Advocating for the Arts

Jackson Pollock-esque Snowpuppy Emerges after School Children Let Loose with Paint

England - Chailey Heritage School students decorated a snowpuppy with paint syringes. 

Spattered in multi-coloured paint, children found their inner Jackson Pollock as they decorated a snowpuppy. Down went a large, plastic mat and out came the aprons as Chailey Heritage School pupils pelted the white, pooch-shaped canvas with paint-filled syringes. The finished product was a brightly decorated pup resembling the work of the American modernist painter.

Materials were provided by NAMTA Member Lawrence Art Supplies. Lawrence also raises money for the Martlets Hospice hosting live Snowdog painting events.


A manager at the Lewes school for children with complex disabilities, said there was a great sense of adventure, adding: "Our students need to learn about the world around them using all their senses to compensate for the huge impact of their physical and learning disabilities.They could see colour, touch paint, smell paint, hear the buzz of chatter all around them and express themselves through noise, talk and laughter. The syringes meant students with very limited hand function could be involved. The students were asked to choose the colours and also where they wanted to aim the paint. Both the students and staff were thrilled to be involved in the whole project.                 

Businesses, groups, organisations and individuals can sponsor a fully-grown Snowdog sculpture to be part of the arts trail descending on Brighton and Hove later this year.For information call Sarah Harvey at The Martlets Hospice on 01273 718797, email [email protected] or download a sponsor pack at

The State-Of-The-Arts 

Montreal, Canada - Were it not for the two-story-tall picture of a male dancer that hangs on the front of the building, you would never know that the tan-colored structure with a flat roof and sunken basement entrance was the Montreal home of the Grands Ballets Canadiens. It looks more like space zoned for light industry, or perhaps an office for a telemarketing firm. It is that grim.

“We live in a garage,” says Alain Dancyger, the company’s executive director. “And that’s not conducive to attracting and retaining top talent from around the world.”
From  Read more . . . 

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Advocating for the Arts is a high priority for NAMTA and its members.
Time and again studies have shown that young people who are exposed to the arts result in better educated and productive students who, quite often, continue their creative enjoyment throughout their lives. Unfortunately, Federal, State and local funding for the Arts has increasingly diminished in many communities over the past several years.  

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