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The NEA has announced the second round of funding for Fiscal Year 2015 totaling $25,599,000 awarded through 960 Art Works grants to not-for-profit arts organizations nationwide. In this round of funding, 56 Art Works grants were awarded to TCG Member Theatres totaling $1,520,000. Art Works funding is awarded to not-for-profit arts organizations and supported projects [...]

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Energy & Commerce Committee, United States House of Representatives Individual Members – We Need Your Activism Now! The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may soon rule on several proceedings that will impact the use of wireless microphones. In the short-term, wireless microphones could suffer interference. In the longer-term, theatres may be faced with the need to replace [...]

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NEA Announces First Round of FY15 Art Works Grants

by Maggie Greene April 28, 2015 Advocacy

In January 115 Art Works grants totaling $3,145,000 were awarded to TCG Member Theatres thanks to the NEA’s first round of funding for Fiscal Year 2015. The NEA awarded a total of $26,571,000 through 917 Art Works grants to not-for-profit arts organizations nationwide. Art Works funding is awarded to not-for-profit arts organizations and supported projects [...]

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“Even This You Get to Experience…”

by Julie Morris April 13, 2015 Advocacy
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From L to R: Julie Morris, Trustee, NC; Marshall Jones, TCG Board Member & Producing Artistic Director, Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ; Art Rotch, Field Representative & Artistic Director, Perseverance Theatre, Douglas, AK; Michael Rosenberg, TCG Board Member & Managing Director, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA; Bob Johnson, arts supporter, CA; Alissa Moore, [...]

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Preventing Dust: A Call to Action for Arts Educators

by Andrew Anzel August 27, 2014 Advocacy
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Putting the words ‘arts’ and ‘standards’ in the same sentence is about as dirty as a beat up ‘94 pickup after mudding through the backwoods, or so I’m told. The notion is not unwarranted. The thought of students slaving over high-stakes, standardized art history exams or dance recitals with expected Rockette accuracy, while amusing, would [...]

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Blue Star Theatres in San Diego: A City’s Evolving Legacy

by Hannah Fenlon May 1, 2014 Advocacy
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Moving around San Diego, especially in the midst of a brutal East Coast Winter, it’s easy to rejoice in the palm trees, beaches and sandaled tourists strolling along the water (locals don’t wear flip flops in March). Upon closer look, however, you’ll notice the strong and thriving military identity that permeates this Southern California paradise. [...]

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Blue Star Theatres in Philadelphia

by TCG News March 28, 2014 Advocacy
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Where: The Wilma Theater 265 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. When: 4/8/2014 at 7:30 PM Please RSVP by calling The Wilma Theater at 215-546-7824 or email tickets@wilmatheater.org. Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq was created by esteemed playwright and teacher Paula Vogal in collaboration with veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly 40 [...]

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Hill Visits: Walk the Halls

by Laurie Baskin March 25, 2014 Advocacy
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(Photo credit below*. Leading up to Arts Advocacy Day on March 24-25, TCG is sharing reflections from our board and National Council for the American Theatre on our February visits to Capitol Hill.  Learn more about TCG’s advocacy efforts here, and how you can get involved with Arts Advocacy Day here and here.) Heather Randall, Actor, Producer, Theatre Activist, TCG Board Advocating for the arts, [...]

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Hill Visits: Your Voice Will Count

by Laurie Baskin March 24, 2014 Advocacy
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(Photo credit below*. Leading up to Arts Advocacy Day on March 24-25, TCG is sharing reflections from our board and National Council for the American Theatre on our February visits to Capitol Hill.  Learn more about TCG’s advocacy efforts here, and how you can get involved with Arts Advocacy Day here and here.) Sarah Bellamy, Co-Artistic Director, Penumbra Theatre Visiting the Capitol to advocate [...]

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Hill Visits: Our Stories Matter. Let Them be Heard.

by Laurie Baskin March 21, 2014 Advocacy
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(*Photo credit below. Leading up to Arts Advocacy Day on March 24-25, TCG is sharing reflections from our board and National Council for the American Theatre on our February visits to Capitol Hill.  Learn more about TCG’s advocacy efforts here, and how you can get involved with Arts Advocacy Day here and here.) Jonathan Moscone, Artistic Director, California Shakespeare Theater: Going to the Hill [...]

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Hill Visits: Bring the Stories to the Hill

by Laurie Baskin March 19, 2014 Advocacy
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(Photo credit below. Leading up to Arts Advocacy Day on March 24-25, TCG is sharing reflections from our board and National Council for the American Theatre on our February visits to Capitol Hill.  Learn more about TCG’s advocacy efforts here, and how you can get involved with Arts Advocacy Day here and here.) Julie Morris, National [...]

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San Diego Blue Star Theatres Event

by TCG News March 5, 2014 Advocacy
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Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, and Blue Star Families, the country’s largest chapter-based military families non-profit organization, are pleased to announce that 108 theatres in 35 states have now joined the Blue Star Theatres program. In partnership between TCG and Blue Star Families, with support from MetLife Foundation, Blue Star Theatres [...]

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Final Public Review of NCCAS Underway

by Laurie Baskin February 14, 2014 Advocacy
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There is an arts education opportunity that the field should know about. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is a coalition of national arts and education organizations and media arts representatives that are developing the 2014 National Core Arts Standards, an update of the 1994 National Arts Standards. The new, voluntary grade-by-grade web-based [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Hill Visit Edition

by Teresa Eyring February 10, 2014 Advocacy
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(Photo: Tim Stanford, Playwrights Horizons; Heather Randall, New York Theatre Workshop; Senator Booker; Teresa Eyring, TCG; Marshall Jones, Crossroads Theatre Company; and Alissa Moore, TCG.) “I was a mayor. Believe me, I know how important the arts are!” –New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, at our TCG Hill Visits Last week, TCG’s Board of Directors held its winter meeting in [...]

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Washington Budget Deal – NEA and Arts Education Funding Restored to FY12 Levels

by Laurie Baskin January 22, 2014 Advocacy
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Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Arts in Education Programs of the U.S. Department of Education have been  restored to 2012 levels in the Omnibus spending bill  negotiated and approved last week by House and Senate leaders! Three and a half months after the 2014 fiscal year began, Congress approved [...]

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NEA Announces First Round of FY14 Grants

by Laurie Baskin and Alissa Moore January 2, 2014 Advocacy

The NEA has announced the first round of funding for Fiscal Year 2014 with 1,083 grants totaling $25.8 million. These grants will be awarded to organizations and individuals across the country in the categories of Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships. In this round of funding, 118 Art Works grants totaling $2,725,000 were [...]

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Speak Up to Preserve the Charitable Deduction on November 20th

by Laurie Baskin November 19, 2013 Advocacy
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On Wednesday, November 20th, Ginny Louloudes, Executive Director of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York and I will join over 200 nonprofit leaders representing the arts, social services, health care, higher education and religious organizations on Capitol Hill to petition their representatives to preserve the Charitable Deduction. These nonprofit leaders will participate in 130 Hill [...]

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Government Shutdown Ends, Advocacy Work Continues

by Laurie Baskin October 17, 2013 Advocacy

As has been widely reported, the federal government shutdown is over. The President signed a Bill late last night that was proposed in the Senate and passed by both houses to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. It is only a temporary solution, though, since the Bill keeps the government open through January [...]

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Impact of the Federal Shutdown on the Arts

by Laurie Baskin October 1, 2013 Advocacy

As you know, because the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives were unable to reach a deal on funding federal government operations as the new fiscal year started today, the federal government was forced to shutdown for the first time in 17 years. We hope the stalemate is resolved quickly, and in the meanwhile, [...]

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Laurie Baskin’s Remarks at “Pardon the Interruption”

by Laurie Baskin August 15, 2013 Advocacy
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(The following remarks were delivered by Laurie Baskin at the “Pardon the Interruption” Capitol Hill Briefing on Monday, July 29.) Good afternoon.  Thank you all for being here today. My name is Laurie Baskin and I’m Director of Research, Policy & Collective Action at Theatre Communications Group. TCG is the national organization for the professional, [...]

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Protecting Wireless Microphones – Recent Developments

by Laurie Baskin August 12, 2013 Advocacy
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(Photo by Emily Travis. From left to right: Knapp, Baskin, Pope, Libin, Fierstein and Bunyan) As you may know, TCG has been advocating with the FCC and on Capitol Hill to protect wireless microphones for the past 6 years. On Monday, July 29, TCG participated in a Briefing on Capitol Hill called “Pardon the Interruption,” [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Advocacy Blitz Edition

by Teresa Eyring July 30, 2013 Advocacy
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This week, I’d like to focus your attention on important developments on Capitol Hill affecting the arts. We need your help, and I hope you’ll take action and spread the word. Last week, you may have received an action alert from the Performing Arts Alliance: a nearly 50% cut to the NEA’s funding has been [...]

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Pardon the Interruption

by TCG News July 26, 2013 Advocacy

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to partner with the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) and The Broadway League to represent theatres in the coalition of performing arts organizations, religious institutions and professional sports leagues supporting PARDON THE INTERRUPTION: a Capitol Hill Forum to protect wireless microphones from [...]

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Art Works vs Art for Life’s Sake

by Adam Green July 26, 2013 Advocacy
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Public funding for the arts is not an easy sell to the unconverted. The recently-retired head of the National Endowment of the Arts, Rocco Landesman, entered the department in the midst of the Great Recession, and acknowledged some of the entrenched antipathy in his first interview after being confirmed. Laying out his game plan for [...]

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NEA Announces Second Round of FY13 Art Works Grants

by TCG News June 24, 2013 Advocacy
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by Laurie Baskin, Director of Research, Policy & Collective Action and Meghan Long, Research, Policy & Collective Action Intern The National Endowment for the Arts announces plan to award $26.3 million in 817 grants to nonprofit national, regional, state and local organizations nationwide.  Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest [...]

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NEA Announces First Round of FY13 Art Works and Challenge America Grants

by Laurie Baskin and Alissa Moore February 18, 2013 Advocacy

The NEA has announced the first round of funding for Fiscal Year 2013 totaling $23.3 million awarded through 832 Art Works grants to not-for-profit arts organizations nationwide. In addition 153 Challenge America Fast-Track grants totaling $1.53 million were awarded to organizations in 41 states, Washington, DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In this round of [...]

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Announcing NEA Webinars for Art Works Grant Guidelines

by Amy Dorman February 8, 2013 Advocacy
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The National Endowment for the Arts is conducting discipline-specific webinars for Art Works grant guidelines in January and February 2013. These webinar workshops provide deeper insight into the guidelines for grant submission and allow applicants the opportunity to ask specific questions in real time. The webinars for Arts Education and Theater & Musical Theater will [...]

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Fiscal Cliff Update

by Laurie Baskin January 3, 2013 Advocacy

Short-Term Cliff Deal Reinstates IRA Rollover and “Pease” Provision and Estate Tax Extended The tax deal passed by Congress on Tuesday has encouraging but mixed results for charitable giving, and leaves much work to be done throughout the coming year. The “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012″ includes some good news – there was no [...]

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FEMA After Sandy

by Laurie Baskin November 16, 2012 Advocacy

FEMA included performing arts organizations as eligible for disaster relief at the time of the San Francisco earthquake (1989) and American Conservatory Theater was able to access relief funding. Then when Hurricane Allison hit Houston and the Alley Theatre flooded in 2001, the theatre alerted TCG that FEMA no longer considered performing arts organizations eligible [...]

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White Space Update

by Laurie Baskin October 5, 2012 Advocacy

Registration Launched on East Coast for Geo-location Database News To provide interference protection for wireless microphones, the FCC has spent the last two years developing a national geo-location database in which, under certain circumstances, venues may register frequencies.  The database will then instruct any White Space device within 400 meters to refrain from operating on [...]

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Blue Star Theatres

by TCG News September 27, 2012 Advocacy
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TCG is pleased to announce the launch of the Blue Star Theatres program. In partnership with Blue Star Families and with support from MetLife Foundation, the Blue Star Theatres program will connect a variety of theatre offerings to military personnel and their families across the United States.  This initiative recognizes the profound contributions of service [...]

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The Freedom Theatre’s Zakaria Zubeidi on Hunger Strike

by TCG News September 18, 2012 Advocacy
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(Nabeel Al Raee, Zakaria Zubeidi and their children. Credit: The Freedom Theatre) We are sharing the following press release  from The Freedom Theatre concerning the imprisonment of Freedom co-founder Zakaria Zubeidi by the Palestinian Authority, and his subsequent and ongoing hunger strike. For more information, please see our recent Circle Post, American Theatre magazine article [...]

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Report on the arrest, detention and release of the Freedom Theatre of Jenin’s artistic director

by Ismail Khalidi July 20, 2012 Advocacy
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(Nabeel Al Raee, Zakaria Zubeidi and their children. Credit: The Freedom Theatre) Let us imagine for a moment that Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater in New York City, was arrested by a foreign army and held in detention for over a month on hazy charges, without trial and without being allowed to [...]

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A Letter of Support for David Adjmi

by Jon Robin Baitz July 19, 2012 Advocacy

(Ed. note: We’re featuring Jon Robin Baitz’s open letter on behalf of David Adjmi to signal TCG’s support of Admji, a TCG published playwright, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, a TCG Member Theatre. Executive Director Teresa Eyring has signed the letter on behalf of TCG and connected Adjmi with a pro-bono First Amendment lawyer. If you [...]

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South Carolina Arts Commission Restored

by Laurie Baskin July 19, 2012 Advocacy

Last Friday I wrote that South Carolina Governor Nikki R. Haley had issued line-item vetoes to the South Carolina budget and had, thereby, eliminated state funding for the arts. I am pleased to report that the arts community in South Carolina engaged in very effective advocacy efforts over the past week, and was successful in [...]

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Restore the South Carolina Arts Commission

by Laurie Baskin July 13, 2012 Advocacy

As you’ve probably heard by now, South Carolina Governor Nikki R. Haley has issued line-item vetoes to the South Carolina budget and has, thereby, eliminated state funding for the arts. TCG urges restoration of these funds and action by artists and arts organization in South Carolina to ask the state legislature to restore these funds. [...]

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NEA Announces Second Round of FY12 Art Works and Arts in Media Grants and Funding to State Arts Agencies

by Laurie Baskin May 4, 2012 Advocacy
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The NEA has announced the second round of funding for FY12 totaling $77.17 million to support 928 grants to not-for-profit organizations nationwide. These grants support exemplary projects in arts education, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts, museums, music, opera, presenting, theater, musical theater, and visual arts, and provide support [...]

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Leveraging Federal Policy: Successful Case Studies from the Field

by TCG News May 3, 2012 Advocacy
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Registration for TCG’s Leadership Teleconference on federal level advocacy is now open! We hope you will join us! Leveraging Federal Policy: Successful Case Studies from the Field Teresa Eyring, executive director, TCG, Moderator Theatre leaders around the country have successfully navigated federal policy and appropriations opportunities to the benefit of their theatres. TCG’s executive director, [...]

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Arts Advocacy Day in Washington – April 16 & 17 – A Recap

by Laurie Baskin April 19, 2012 Advocacy
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Arts Advocacy Day 2012 was a great day for the arts on Capitol Hill. TCG participated as a National Co-Sponsor as we have for many years. Joining TCG staff for Hill visits was a seasoned and robust group of advocates including Mark Cuddy, Artistic Director, Geva Theatre Center, Rochester, NY (TCG Board Member); Heather Randall, [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Agony and Ecstasy Edition

by Teresa Eyring March 30, 2012 Activism
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“But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.” -Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie “And tonight—we know the truth.” Mike Daisey, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs When we asked Mike Daisey to [...]

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Eye on Washington

by Laurie Baskin March 29, 2012 Advocacy
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As we move into this year’s appropriations cycle and gear up for Arts Advocacy Day, April 16 & 17, it is important to note some immediate policy challenges in Washington. There are a number of threats to charitable tax incentives, including the President’s proposed cap at 28% on the charitable deduction. I participated in a [...]

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NEA Posts FY13 Grant Guidelines

by Laurie Baskin February 2, 2012 Advocacy
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The NEA recently posted its FY13 Grants for Arts Projects guidelines. As first reported in November, the NEA has confirmed that it will no longer be accepting consortium applications for FY13 grants. In the past, an organization could apply up to two times – once on its own, and a second time in partnership with [...]

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State Department Launches Online Portal

by Laurie Baskin December 29, 2011 Advocacy
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The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has launched Cultural Crossroads, an online network that will provide arts practitioners and managers a venue for sharing information about international cultural exchange. Through this discussion forum, ECA hopes to improve support for arts-based exchange programs and grow an international network of artists. ECA invites [...]

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NEA Announces New Research on Artists in the Workforce

by Laurie Baskin December 20, 2011 Advocacy

This fall, the NEA announced new research regarding the status of artists in the American workforce.  Artists and Arts Workers in the United States offers the first combined analysis of artists and industries, state and metro employment rates, and new demographic information such as age, education levels, income, ethnicity, and other social characteristics. Among the [...]

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Congress Approves NEA and Arts Education FY12 Funding

by Laurie Baskin December 16, 2011 Advocacy
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On Friday, December 16, 2011, Congress approved a $146.255 million appropriation for the National Endowment for the Arts for FY12. The FY11 NEA appropriation was $155 million and this $9 million cut, almost 6% from the year before, is the amount the President had requested for the Agency. Congress approved this budget deal as the [...]

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NEA Announces First Round of FY12 Art Works and Challenge America Grants

by Laurie Baskin December 14, 2011 Advocacy
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The NEA has announced the first round of funding for FY12 totaling $22.543 million to support 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country. This round of funding is provided through two grant programs: Art Works and Creative Writing Fellowships. Art Works grants support the creation and presentation of work in the disciplines [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Open the Windows Edition

by Teresa Eyring December 12, 2011 Advocacy
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Last week, I shared examples of how our core value of Global Citizenship was playing out on several fronts. Today, I want to turn your attention to several important advocacy issues affecting theatres across borders. Two intellectual property bills fighting online piracy—SOPA in the Senate, and PIPA in the House of Representatives—were recently introduced, both [...]

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Ripples From Palestine Membership Into UNESCO

by Emilya Cachapero December 8, 2011 Advocacy
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You may have seen the recent news about Palestine’s petition for full membership into UNESCO, the United Nation’s cultural arm. The bid was approved in a very controversial vote (107 for/14 against) which will likely have far-reaching impact on the US theatre field as well as other areas. The US voted against Palestine and this [...]

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SOPA and PIPA

by Laurie Baskin November 30, 2011 Advocacy

The Internet and Intellectual Property House Bill: Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)/ Senate Bill: Protect IP Act (PIPA) A pair of bills intended to prevent online piracy – theft of intellectual property – have been introduced in Congress. The Senate bill, introduced in June, is called the Protect IP Act. The companion House bill, introduced in [...]

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Political Asylum for Belarus Free Theatre

by Catherine Coray November 30, 2011 Advocacy
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(Photo: Belarus Free Theatre’s Reply to Kathy Acker: Minsk 2011) As many TCG members are aware, the OBIE-award winning Belarus Free Theatre, founded in 2005 by the husband-and-wife team of Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada is banned in its homeland of Belarus– ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’–and its founding members are now forced to live in exile. [...]

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