Stand For The Arts, Ovation TV’s national advocacy platform, raises awareness, protects access, and encourages action on behalf of the arts. Our mission is to ensure the arts remain a vital part of our society and to reinforce the inherent value that the arts, and the creative economy, provide on a national level.
The arts are essential to our economic recovery. The Power of Art™ is that it heals us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Here at Stand For The Arts, we will continue to advocate for increased federal funding to arts workers and the arts sector so that the industry can continue to thrive.
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Statement Regarding the House Small Business Committee Hearing on the Creative Economy
Stand For The Arts
In partnership, Ovation and Spectrum are proud to recognize the 2021-2022 STAND FOR THE ARTS AWARD WINNERS.
Be An Arts Hero
Be an #ArtsHero is a grassroots campaign pushing the Senate to allocate proportionate relief to the Arts & Culture sector of the American economy. Learn More about our Partner.
Become An Arts Advocate
COALITION MEMBER PSAs
OUR COALITION MEMBERS
OUR REACH ACROSS THE NATION
Accent Dance NYC
Accent Dance NYC is a movement-based educational and professional performance initiative rooted in the spirit of collaboration and cultural convergence whose mission is to inspire youth through dance education; enlighten through multicultural dance performances, and empower through lasting community partnerships.
American Film Institute (AFI) Directing Workshop for Women
The American Film Institute (AFI) Directing Workshop for Women is a tuition-free program that provides resources for female filmmakers to create groundbreaking projects.
American Ingenuity by National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
More than half of business leaders name creativity as the top skill they seek when hiring. Arts education provides the critical thinking, communication, and innovation skills essential to a productive workforce.
Americans For The Arts
Americans For the Arts builds recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value that is the arts.
Anaheim Ballet’s mission is to enlighten and entertain audiences with classically rooted programming and contemporary presentation.
Angels Gate Cultural Center
With their Open Studios Day and educational efforts, Angels Gate Cultural Center helps artists work and engage the community in San Pedro, CA.
Arts Advocacy Day
Americans for the Arts focuses on advancing the arts in the United States. Every year, they host “Arts Advocacy Day,” the largest gathering of arts advocates in the country held every March in Washington, D.C.
ArtTable is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the leadership of women in the arts. They work to make the art world a more equitable and inclusive industry.
Barkin/Selissen Project creates emotionally driven choreography, connecting people to and through dance. They strive to infuse fresh perspectives and create an inclusive world that highlights commonalities and appreciates differences.
The BendFilm Festival in Oregon showcases some of the best independent films and meet-and-greet access to participating filmmakers.
Brooklyn Arts Council
The Brooklyn Roots Festival celebrates the unique and diverse immigrant culture of the borough through music and dance.
CNY Art’s mission is to promote, support, and celebrate arts and culture in Central New York. They believe that a healthy arts industry is essential to the quality of life and community.
Colorado Coalition Members
The Commons on Champa – Denver, CO
Logan County Arts League – Sterling, CO
Community Arts Center
The Community Arts Center gives students the rare opportunity to put on professional live shows. Through its Student Summer Stock program, students work with experienced designers and directors on real productions.
Creative Action provides teens artistic outlets in theatre, public arts, and film, so they can explore issues of identity, community, and social change.
Creative City Project
The Creative City Project exists to elevate the cultural and artistic stature of Orlando by producing and promoting innovative arts experiences audiences can’t have anywhere else in the world.
Through their 8-week accelerator program, Creative Startups provides enterprises with the tools they need to succeed in today’s economy.
DrewBoy Creative Gallery
DrewBoy Creative provides a mentally, physically, and spiritually stimulating gallery that inspires and supports amateurs, outsiders, and professional artists while welcoming audience members from all walks of life. Their mission is to improve the world we live in through art and creativity.
CS 55 and Senator Rivera
Ovation and Senator Gustavo Rivera are giving CS 55 in the Bronx a $5,000 grant to fund their step program.
Genesis Tramaine describes herself as an urban evangelist painter. She uses mixed media and daring colors in her paintings. American Black cultural influences have a deep impact on the shape, structure, and depth of her works.
Young people who consistently engage in the arts score almost 100 points higher on their SATs. Employers also rate creativity and innovation among the top 5 skills that will increase in importance over the next 5 years.
Frontier Culture Museum
The Frontier Culture Museum tells the story of the people who migrated to colonial America. Guests experience “living history” through costumed performers and hands-on activities.
Groundswell uses the transformative power of art to help young people ignite personal and societal change.
H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory
H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory’s mission is to preserve, evolve, and proliferate the art-Form of Hip-Hop Dance in the United States and abroad.
Hawai’i Arts Alliance
Hawai’i Arts Alliance engages and transforms communities in Hawai’i by supporting and cultivating creativity through the arts.
Hope in Art
Art can create hope and change in people’s lives. Let’s stand together to protect access to arts education for young people.
Ice Theatre of New York
Ice Theatre of New York’s mission is to create and advance dancing on ice as an ensemble performing art. Through its professional dance company, ITNY collaborates with choreographers and other artists in presenting public performances and classes to people of all ages, pushing the boundaries of form and artistry.
When dancer Marisa Hamamoto suffered a rare form of stroke, she defied odds and walked out of the hospital. Now she empowers dancers of all abilities at Infinite Flow.
Jazz St. Louis
Jazz St. Louis’s educational music programs have reached more than 160,000 students. Their Jazz Academy initiative offers free music classes to middle school students in St. Louis.
Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA)
Juxtaposition (JXTA) transforms students’ perception of art from an aesthetic exercise into a tool for problem solving. Their programs nurture the next generation of innovators and artists.
Kansas City Ballet
The Kansas City Ballet’s “Reach Out and Dance” program teaches dance skills to 700 elementary school students. In the program, kids develop love of music, movement, and self-expression.
Kim “Good Look” Seabrook
Kim “Good Look” Seabrook is a spoken-word artist. In her art, she explores themes like abuse to lift up her community. She also started “Creative Soul Concepts,” a workshop program combining writing skills, poetry lessons, healing, and meditation methods.
Laura Bush & Mike Huckabee
People from all walks of life and from both sides of the political aisle support access to the arts as an enriching part of our culture and our lives.
Harlem-based scuptor and painter LeRone Wilson brings this ancient form of painting using beeswax to life!
Lima Symphony Orchestra
The Lima Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to preserving musical excellence as a living part of their community, now and for future generations, through performance, education, engagement, and community partnerships.
Mayo Street Arts
Mayo Street Arts strives to strengthen its neighborhood and community by providing a haven for the arts that is vibrant, safe, and inspiring; and to engage area youths of diverse cultural communities in robust participation in the visual, performing, and literary arts.
Massachusetts Coalition Members
Boch Center – Boston, MA
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company – Boston, MA
Miracle Robinson is not your average eight year old. Her fashion company, Style by Miracle, supports hungry and homeless children in the Bronx.
Miss America 2019 Nia Imani Franklin
Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin trains students in opera singing in her master classes.
Mississippi Museum of Art
The Mississippi Museum of Art offers programs for Alzheimer’s patients to utilize art to express themselves, connect with their world, and nurture their memories.
Missoula Children’s Theater
Missoula Children’s Theater fosters creativity and enhances innate capabilities in individuals all over the world by providing access to community-driven performing arts experiences.
The Nashville Ballet strives to connect with every member of its audience. They present a wide range of performances from the widely recognized to those with local roots.
The Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando initiative is designed to prepare gifted young students of diverse ethnic backgrounds to pursue music at the collegiate level and beyond.
National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
The National Dance Educational Organization (NDEO) advances dance education through a network of resources and support for arts educators across the nation.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Many people believe that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) only supports large institutions. The NEA also offers arts funding to schools and local communities. Please let your elected officials know about the importance of the NEA.
National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts
The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts works to increase diversity both in front of and behind the camera in the film, TV and media industries.
Positively Arts mission is to empower kids for life utilizing the tools of artistic discovery and performance in community to fortify students’ social & emotional development and creative & critical thinking skills.
Rochester Opera House
Rochester Opera House mission is to educate, engage, empower, challenge, and inspire a community of all ages by presenting extraordinary and culturally diverse theatre, performance art, music, dance, and film on the city’s foremost performing arts stage.
New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) believes storytellers empower communities, so they empower storytellers with creative, educational and economic opportunities.
Nicole Watson, a Bronx-based spoken word artist known as Artist Up, has appeared on many stages, including as an opener for comedians such as JP Justice, Rob Stapleton and Ray Dejon.
PEN America: Los Angeles
PEN America Los Angeles’s Emerging Voices Fellowship provides new writers with mentorship and skills development that are essential to launching their professional artistic careers.
Project H Design
Project H Design uses the power of creativity, design and hands-on building to create socially transformative construction projects.
PS 38 and Council Member Donovan Richards
Ovation and NYC Council Member Donovan Richards team up to present PS 38 a $5,000 grant to fund their jazz program.
Riverviews is committed to providing multi-disciplinary contemporary art experiences, exhibits, and programs as diverse as their community. Their mission is to cultivate inclusivity, diversity, and quality of life via the means of art.
Rogue Valley Symphony
The Rogue Valley Symphony, now in its 54th year, is committed to bringing thrilling live performances of classical music to those living in and visiting the communities of Southern Oregon.
X Artists’ Books
X Artists’ Books, founded by Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant, is a book publisher for artists. It provides artists with a medium for unusual and unique collaborations.
Wyoming Coalition Members
Arts Cheyenne – Cheyenne, WY
Ava Community Arts Center – Gillette, WY
WriteGirl is a creative writing and mentoring organization that helps underserved teens discover and express their creative voices.
Women in Film and TV
Ovation speaks to women creators in the film and television industries about how arts education has changed their lives and why it’s important to support arts education.
Wisconsin Coalition Members
Latino Arts – Milwaukee, WI
Youth Arts Center – Milwaukee, WI
Voices: Veterans Storytelling Project
The Voices: Veterans Storytelling Project presented by Arts Orange County empowers veterans to use theatre to talk about their traumatic and uplifting experiences.
Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
Salt Lake City
Each year, Utah Opera’s outreach program reaches 65,000 students, providing many of them the opportunity to experience and hear opera for the first time.
Urban Arts Partnership
Urban Arts Partnership has inspired over 250,000 public school students with an arts-integrated approach to learning that has closed achievement gaps.
The teachers of the Tulsa Ballet pour their hearts into introducing children in their community to dance.
The National Humanities Center
Research Triangle Park
The National Humanities Center advances the studies of the humanities, furthering our understanding of all forms of cultural expression, social interaction, and human thought.
The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!)
Charles Rice-Gonzalez and Arthur Aviles, co-founders of The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), started the organization to give a voice to works of art that are empowering to women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.
Student Success by National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
The arts provides students critical skills for success. Arts education enhances academic achievement in subjects like math, reading, and science.
Streetlights promotes inclusion in the entertainment industry by advocating for ethnic diversity in television, film, and commercial sets.
Steve Cas is an award-winning illustrator based in Brooklyn. He started out with just a pen, paper, and his imagination. For over 20 years now, he has drawn characters on paper and created objects in 3D.
Stand For The Arts: National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Research by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies shows that public arts funding creates hundreds of millions in matching dollars for arts programs.
South Dakota Arts Council
The South Dakota Arts Council brings the arts to the local community. The Council will grant more than $1.36 million to arts programs, arts organizations and individual artists throughout the state in 2018.
South Carolina Coalition Members
Soundbites – Columbia, SC
SC Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities – Greenville, SC
Sharnika Power is a poet inspired by Brooklyn street art and hip-hop. She considers her spoken word poetry as a form of social activism and uses this art form to effect social change.
Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Interpretive Center
Sault Ste. Marie
The Baaweting Anishinaabe Interpretive Center and Resource Library is a tribal community-driven effort and their goal is to let the general public know “We are still here and willing to share our Story.”
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