PACE Webinar – Save the Date!

Friday, May 8, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)

PACE invites members and network affiliates to Civic Engagement and the Arts, a webinar offered in cooperation with Americans for the Arts on Friday, May 8, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). The webinar shares highlights and recommendations from the 2008 National Arts Policy Roundtable, an annual forum of Americans for the Arts and the Sundance Preserve. Chris Gates, PACE’s Executive Director, and John Esterle, PACE Board Chair, participated on behalf of PACE along with thought leaders in philanthropy, government, education, business, media, and the arts.

The arts are increasingly recognized and being called upon for their unique capacities to foster diverse participation and bring forth new ways to view an increasingly complex world. With intention, cultural organizations and artists are extending creativity into new civic settings-neighborhood associations, human service and community development agencies, planning-as well as pursuing civic and social change through their own cultural offerings and spaces. The Roundtable examined important and timely opportunities for the arts to promote civic engagement toward building healthy communities and a healthy democracy.

Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, will frame the intent of the Policy Roundtable and also provide a brief update on the arts in the current administration. Susan Patterson, program officer with the Knight Foundation, will share her experience with Crossroads Charlotte, a unique, ongoing city-wide arts-based civic engagement effort which was a center point of discussion at the Roundtable. Marian Godfrey Roundtable Chairperson and Senior Director of Culture Initiatives of the Pew Charitable Trusts, will highlight recommendations in areas of cross-sector alliances, policies and investment, research and evaluation, and messaging and casemaking to ensure a vital civic role for the arts.

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Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With more than 40 years of service, it is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Animating Democracy, a program of the Arts fosters civic engagement through arts and culture.