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National Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

List of National Arts Service Organizations

Alliance of Artists' Communities
A national service organization that supports the field of artists communities and residency programs. It does this by encouraging collaboration among members of the field, providing leadership on field issues, setting professional standards, raising the visibility of artists communities, and promoting philanthropy in the field.

Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With more than 40 years of service, they are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.
With offices in Washington and New York, and more than 5,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders across the country, AFTAs three primary goals are: 1) Foster an environment in which the arts can thrive and contribute to the creation of more livable communities; 2) Generate more public- and private-sector resources for the arts and arts education; 3) Build individual appreciation of the value of the arts. AFTA represents arts interests and advances arts support before Congress and other branches of the Federal government.

Artists & Communities: America Creates for the Millenium
Coordinated by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) in partnership with state and regional arts organizations nationwide, the Artists & Communities site features individual pages for each of the state projects. These pages include a project description, up to six images from the project, and e-mail and Web site links to the host organization, artist(s), and state arts agency if available. The Ohio host site for Artists & Communities was the Southern Ohio Museum & Cultural Center in Portsmouth.

Online resource for employment and opportunities in the arts throughout the United States, including full- and part-time positions, internships, grants, fellowships, and calls for entries. Job seekers can search the job listings database by several criteria, including discipline, type of organization, type of employment (such as full-time, part-time, or consulting), geographic region or state, and salary range. Job seekers also have access to an employer database that includes background and contact information about employers in the arts. The Web site is constantly updated; membership costs $25 for 3 months or $40 for 6 months. Organizations seeking to fill positions can post their position online or have WESTAF, the organization administering the Web site, post the opportunity for them.

Arts Edge
An on-line resource to help artists, teachers, and students gain access to and/or share information, resources, and ideas that support the arts as a core subject area in the K12 curriculum.

A Web site for artists seeking to locate display opportunities and gallery openings. ArtPerk lists opportunities throughout the nation and offers unique features to help artists find show opportunities in a quick, user-friendly way.

ArtsReady is a web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts and cultural organizations with customized business continuity plans for post crisis sustainability.

A subscriber based service with public pages too. Features a weekly digest of arts news and a database of cultural resources available on the web.

Art and Design Associations on the World Wide Web
Provides links to over 560 associations whose members are interested in variety of visual arts,
architecture, design, and allied fields.

Creative Capital
A terrific resource for individual artists as well as information about Creative Capital's funding program. The "Toolbox" section has a wealth of information on funding, insurance, and other resources for individual artists.

National Association of Fine Artists
A professional organization committed to the support and development of the fine artist. NAFA membership and applicable benefits are offered in all fifty states for practicing fine artists, art students, hobbyists, and industry professionals.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is the membership organization of the nation's state and jurisdictional arts agencies. NASAA's mission is to provide member agencies with the information, resources and representation they require to engage issues proactively and serve the public effectively.

National Endowment for the Arts
Features on-line periodical hyperlinked e-zine with features and news about the arts, a guide to the National Endowment for the Arts-an overview of the grantmaking programs of the single largest arts funder in the United States and the Arts Resource Center- includes a catalogue of publications (some free of charge), contact information for a broad range of national arts service organizations, and a library of on-line publications.

National Endowment for the Humanities
A federal agency that supports learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities. The NEH funds research, education, museum exhibitions, documentaries, preservation and activities in the states.

State Arts Agency Oral History Project
The State Arts Agency Oral History Project provides the voices of fifty five former Executive Directors of State and territorial arts councils during the formative decade of these organizations - the period between 1965 and 1975. The complete interview data collected in this project has been used to explore the challenges, tactics, political, and artistic circumstances this first generation of SAAs leaders faced in the formative years, 1965-1975. Co-directors of the SAA Oral History Project were Wayne P. Lawson, Ph.D., Director Emeritus of the Ohio Arts Council and Former Director of the Ohio Arts Council (1978-2006) and Margaret Wyszomirski, Ph.D., Director of the Graduate Program in Arts Policy and Administration at The Ohio State University.

Other State Arts Agencies Around the U.S.
A list of links to other state and regional arts agencies around the U.S.



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