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Publications: community Theme

Why the Arts Matter Now

NAS President and CEO Russell Willis Taylor recently delivered the keynote address to attendees of the Midwest Arts Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mrs. Taylor’s speech, “Why the Arts Matter Now,” stresses the importance of creating a shared value for our communities and that the nonprofit arts organizations are in the business of meaning before markets.

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Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S.

Doug Borwick of the popular ArtsJournal blog Engaging Matters has released a new book, Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S. In Building Communities, Borwick posits that the future success of arts organizations is dependent upon establishing real, deep connections with their communities. The book features the essay “Changing Our Future” by NAS President CEO Russell Willis Taylor, as well as contributions from arts thinkers including NAS Chief Executive Program participants Sebastian Ruth and Dorothy Gunther Pugh with forewords by National Endowment of the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman and Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert Lynch.

Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S. »



Local Faces: D.C.’s Local and National Art Scene

On June 12th, NAS Program Manager Sunny Widmann moderated a panel at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The panel, entitled “Local Faces: D.C.’s Local and National Art Scene,” was co-presented by the Corcoran and Emerging Arts Leaders DC. Panelists Lisa Gold (Washington Project for the Arts), Ryan Hill (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, YOUmedia Network), Mariah Johnson (Porch Projects) and Jayme McLellan (Civilian Art Projects, Corcoran College of Art Design) explored the unique challenges and opportunities that local arts organizations and artists face when sharing a city with national museums.

Watch a video recording of the panel »


Financial Management Practices

We investigated financial management at leading arts organizations to understand how their practices could be used across the arts sector. With funding from The James Irvine Foundation, we developed a framework and publication, written by NAS Vice President Jim Rosenberg, that you can use to assess your own approach.

Read the report,
“Learning from the Community: Effective Financial Management Practices in the Arts”