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Arts Action Fund’s Georgia Factsheet


National Arts Policy Roundtable Briefing 2020

The 2020 National Arts Policy Roundtable, “Put Creative Workers to Work: Reimagining Our Nation’s Creative Workforce,” took place virtually on December 1-2, 2020.

Participants of the 2020 National Arts Policy Roundtable gathered virtually, for the first time in the program’s 15-year history, to engage in open dialogue about how local, state, tribal, federal, and private sector leaders can craft and implement policies that center creativity in recovery, just as President Roosevelt did with the Works Progress Administration (1935) and President Nixon did with the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (1973). The discussion was centered in part on the recent Put Creative Workers to Work policy proposal, which was co-crafted by over 100 cultural groups and individual creative workers and has been endorsed by over 2,100 organizations and individuals.


2021 Congressional Arts Handbook

Published by Americans for the Arts for the National Arts Action Summit and Arts Advocacy Day.


From Public Support for the Arts to Cultural Policy

By Margaret Wyszomirski, Ohio State University

Though public funding for the arts had been an element of budget and appropriations business at both the federal and state levels for over a quarter-century, the idea that policy justifies and directs these resource allocations has been slow to emerge. This article provides a historiographical discussion of how the issue was framed and of the resistance to the term “cultural policy” through reference to contextual, political, and epistemic factors. It then uses four presidential reports ranging from 1953 to 1997 to track the evolution of political language concerning the policy definition of the arts and culture, the roles and responsibilities of the federal government regarding these, and the emergence of a range of policy issues beyond public funding.


Timeline of U.S. Federal Cultural Policy Milestones (1787-2006)

Timeline compiled by Aimee R. Fullman, visiting expert to the Canadian Cultural Observatory and formerly of the Washington D.C.- based Center for Arts and Culture.


Lost Art: Measuring COVID-19’s devastating impact on America’s creative economy

The COVID-19 crisis hits hard at arts, culture, and the creative economy. This study estimates the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the creative economy, which is comprised of industries such as film, advertising, and fashion as well as creative occupations such as musicians, artists, performers, and designers. We estimate losses in sales of goods and services, employment, and earnings for creative industries and creative occupations at the national, state, and metropolitan levels over the period of April 1 through July 31, 2020.


Authored by Richard Florida & Michael Seman

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