Weekly Web Roundup: Aug. 17-21, 2020

This week, several Artists Committee members participated in a pre-show event at the Democratic National Convention to discuss the Arts Action Fund #ArtsVote campaign and ways that artists are getting involved in the 2020 election. If you missed it, you can still register for on-demand access to the virtual conversation! Stay tuned for a similar event next week at the Republican National Convention. 

Also this week, meet one of our youngest members, who at age 10 is already working to make a difference for her community and generation, and get to know our new cohort of Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Fellows, who will work with us for the next year on racial and cultural equity goals in the Great Lakes region. On ArtsU, listen in on a discussion with leaders at an innovative arts + healthcare festival in upstate New York. And join us in saying goodbye to artist Luchita Hurtado, who was honored at the 2019 National Arts Awards (at age 98!) with the Carolyn Clark Powers Lifetime Achievement Award.


Member Profile: Franiya Tiffany by Isaac Fitzsimons
Franiya Tiffany is an actress, entertainer, and innovator from Florida. At only 10 years old, she is one of Americans for the Arts’ youngest members! A musician and performer, Tiffany is launching a nonprofit, Love Your Art Project, to help reduce poverty and empower her generation.

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Americans for the Arts Remembers Artist Luchita Hurtado
Artist Luchita Hurtado died at her home in Santa Monica, California, on August 13, at age 99. Hurtado was awarded the Carolyn Clark Powers Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 National Arts Awards. Americans for the Arts is fortunate to have been associated with Hurtado and is deeply saddened by her passing.

Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Fellowship Introduces Second Cohort!
The ACLC Fellowship program continues to invest in mid-career arts administrators of color across the Great Lakes region through a year-long professional development program. This year we selected 16 fellows from Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and the Twin Cities to participate in creating systemic change in national arts leadership.


Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Exchanging Art for Medicine to Catalyze Change in Healthcare
How can we empower underinsured artists and musicians to take control of their well being? Organizers from O+ Festival (pronounced O Positive) share how they bring creatives and healthcare providers together in an exchange model that is holistic and honors everyone’s talents.

ArtsVote @DNC — A Call to Action to Artists and Arts Advocates
At a pre-show event at the Democratic National Convention, Ben Folds, Annette Bening, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Shepard Fairey, and Biden Arts Policy Committee Co-Chair Megan Beyer discuss how artists have gotten involved in the 2020 election and the launch of the Arts Action Fund #ArtsVote pledge to Make Your Vote Count.

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