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
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In partnership, Ovation and Spectrum are proud to recognize the 2021-2022 STAND FOR THE ARTS AWARD WINNERS.
In partnership, Ovation and Spectrum are proud to recognize the 2021-2022 STAND FOR THE ARTS AWARD WINNERS.
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.
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.




Accent Dance NYC

New York

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

Los Angeles

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


Anaheim Ballet’s mission is to enlighten and entertain audiences with classically rooted programming and contemporary presentation.

Angels Gate Cultural Center

San Pedro

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.


New York

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

New York

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.

BendFilm Festival


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 Arts


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


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.

Creative Startups

Santa Fe

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


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

New York

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

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. 

Infinite Flow

Los Angeles

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

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

Kansas City

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

Little Rock

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.

LeRone Wilson


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


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.

Nashville Ballet


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.

Nashville Symphony


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)

Silver Springs

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

Las Vegas

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 Mexico Coalition Members

Artspace – Minneapolis, MN Juxtaposition – Minneapolis, MN

New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC)

New Orleans

New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) believes storytellers empower communities, so they empower storytellers with creative, educational and economic opportunities.

Nicole Watson


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

Beverly Hills

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 Artspace


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

Los Angeles

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


Los Angeles

WriteGirl is a creative writing and mentoring organization that helps underserved teens discover and express their creative voices.

Women in Film and TV

Los Angeles

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

New York

Urban Arts Partnership has inspired over 250,000 public school students with an arts-integrated approach to learning that has closed achievement gaps.

Tulsa Ballet


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.


Los Angeles

Streetlights promotes inclusion in the entertainment industry by advocating for ethnic diversity in television, film, and commercial sets.

Steve Cas


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


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.”

Creative Action Network

San Francisco

The Creative Action Network is a global community of artists who create art with purpose. They run crowdsourced campaigns and invite everyone to make original designs.

Center for Creative Economy


The Center for Creative Economy supports creative enterprises and start-ups through the long haul with their world-class accelerator program.

Ballet Mississippi


Through Ballet Mississippi’s free after-school ballet classes, children gain an appreciation of classical music, dance and increased self-esteem.



Appalshop is a nonprofit organization that documents and archives the history of the Appalachian Mountains. The life, culture and concerns of Appalachia and rural America deserve to be recorded and documented.



3Arts supports Chicago’s women artists, artists of color, and Deaf and disabled artists who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts.
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