Americans for the Arts Advocacy Center
Updates on federal legislation, issue briefs, Congressional action center

Art Makes You Smart
Crystal Bridges, which opened in November 2011, was founded by Alice Walton, the daughter of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart. Students who, by lottery, were selected to visit the museum on a field trip demonstrated stronger critical thinking skills, displayed higher levels of social tolerance, exhibited greater historical empathy and developed a taste for art museums and cultural institutions.

Charitable Deduction Issue Brief

Connecticut Association of Non-profits
Advocacy tools, public policy and legislation information

Connecticut’s Creative Economy

Connecticut General Assembly
Legislator and committee information, bill tracking

Connecticut Mirror
New site for public policy and government information

Connecticut Mirror’s Guide to the 2016 General Assembly

Keep Arts in Schools
Offers media and messaging tips. Also “Winning School Board Support for Arts Learning: A Toolkit for Action” will help groups mobilize advocates and make the case for arts learning as an essential component to quality education and community life. Included in the Toolkit are dynamic examples of how parents and other influential groups across the country are successfully lobbying their school boards.

Music Training Sharpens Brain Pathways
New research suggests that the complexity involved in practicing and performing music may help students’ cognitive development. Studies released last month at the Society for Neuroscience meeting here find that music training may increase the neural connections in regions of the brain associated with creativity, decisionmaking, and complex memory, and they may improve a student’s ability to process conflicting information from many senses at once. Research also found that starting music education early can be even more helpful.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Why Government should support the Arts

Arts in Public Policy: An Advocacy Agenda

Partners in Prosperity: A Report Examining Why Non-profits are Essential to a Healthy Economy

Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs
Remarkable things can happen when young people get the chance to embrace their creativity and show off their hard work. And yet, in low-income urban communities, an array of barriers often stands between tweens and the arts. To find out how those obstacles can be overcome, The Wallace Foundation commissioned Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs From Urban Youth and Other Experts. The authors spoke to hundreds of young people in their homes and neighborhoods along with their families, directors of exemplary programs and other knowledgeable sources. The result: 10 principles for developing effective, high-quality arts programs that can attract urban tweens – and keep them coming. To read the report, find a summary of key findings, view an infographic, watch related videos:

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