Arts Fund To Host MetLife National Arts Forum Series
(Atlanta) - The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund will host the first of two public forums geared towards the arts, business and policy community on Monday, September 26 at 6 p.m. in the Hill Auditorium at the High Museum of Art. Tickets are $12, register online at www.MetroAtlantaArtsFund.org.
The forum, Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate about the Benefits of the Arts, is a presentation and discussion facilitated by local and national arts leaders about a recently published national arts study. The study synthesizes a large body of research that reveals the full scope of benefits that the arts have on public welfare and suggests a shift in public policy that would increase outreach to ensure that more people have access to the arts. The study, conducted by the RAND Corporation, has catalyzed a national debate about the value of the arts and makes its Atlanta debut at the forum.
The study will be presented by Lucas Held, of The Wallace Foundation, which commissioned the study. Stephanie Hughley, executive director of The National Black Arts Festival and Tommy Hills, chief financial officer, Office of the Governor for the state of Georgia will provide response followed by audience discussion.
This program is presented as part of the Arts & Business Council of Americans for the Arts' and MetLife Foundation National Arts Forum Series. Forums are taking place in the following cities nationwide: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, St. Louis, San Francisco and Washington D.C., and are produced by affiliate members of the Arts & Business Council of Americans for the Arts. The series explores pressing issues facing arts organizations across the country. Summaries from each participating city will be posted on the Americans for the Arts website, www.AmericansForTheArts.org. The second Atlanta forum will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at the Georgia-Pacific auditorium.
The Wallace Foundation is an independent, national foundation dedicated to supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices that expand learning and enrichment opportunities for all people. Its three current objectives are: strengthening education leadership to improve student achievement; enhancing out-of-school learning opportunities; and expanding participation in arts and culture. More information and research on these and other related topics can be found at wallacefoundation.org. or by calling 212-251-9783.
The Arts Fund, a partnership of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce provides "stabilization" grants to arts organizations in 23 counties with annual operating budgets of less than $1.5 million. In the last 13 years the Arts Fund has given away a total of more than $4.7 million and created over 40 permanent staff positions at arts organizations.
For more information about the Arts Fund, go to www.MetroAtlantaArtsFund.org or contact Lisa Cremin, Director, at 404-688-5525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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