We find that most often our biggest impacts happen when we partner, collaborate, and join forces with other organizations to advance the arts and arts education. In 2015, we found that to be especially true. Just a couple examples include making financial impacts, bringing meaningful change in the healthcare of veterans, and bringing arts & business partnerships to life through their stories.
The Ovation Foundation, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), and Americans for the Arts, in cooperation with the Congressional STEAM Caucus, recognized eight schools, recipients of the innOVATION STEAM Grant Awards, at a ceremony and reception held last night at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. The innOVATION STEAM Grant Awards acknowledged public K-12 model STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of integrating the arts into educational curriculum.
Each of the following schools received a $10,000 innOVATION Grant Award:
- Boston Arts Academy, Boston, MA
- Dayton Regional STEM School, Kettering, OH
- High Tech High Media Arts, San Diego, CA
- Highland Park Middle School, Beaverton, OR
- Kennedy Elementary School, Janesville, WI
- National Inventors Hall of Fame Center for STEM Learning, Akron, OH
- Quatama Elementary School, Hillsboro, OR
- Renaissance Arts Academy, Los Angeles, CA
National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military
In February, Americans for the Arts sponsored the Third National Summit of the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military (NIAHM): Advancing Research in the Arts for Health and Well-being across the Military Continuum. This summit was hosted by the National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health/National Institutes of Health with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The NIAHM program examines the current evidence base for efficacy of the arts and creative arts therapies in helping service members and veterans recover from illness and injury, with emphasis on topics of interest to military and veterans’ health, including resilience, physical and psychological healing, family strengthening and reintegration. Speakers at this year’s Summit included Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., Director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes of Health, and Jane Chu, 11th chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Check out photos from the Third National Summit on Arts, Health and Well-being Across the Military Continuum
pARTnership Essay Series
In 2012, Americans for the Arts, created The pARTnership Movement to help businesses understand the strategic value of partnering with the arts and build their own successful partnerships. This July we launched The pARTnership Movement essay series, which provide real-world examples of how partnering with the arts can help businesses of all sizes and industries tell their story, recruit talent, advance corporate objectives, develop a wider consumer-base, engage employees, and build stronger communities.
This year we launched the first three essays in the series, Recruit and Retain Talent, Foster Critical Thinking, and Put Your Company in the Spotlight.