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Arts Education Resources

  • ArtsEdSearch is an online clearinghouse that collects and summarizes high quality research studies on the impacts of arts education and analyzes their implications for educational policy and practice. ArtsEdSearch is managed by the Arts Education Partnership, in which Dance/USA is a national partner.
  • ESSA: Mapping Opportunities for the Arts is a report that highlights the ways that states and districts can engage the arts in the ongoing work of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Arts and the Economy

  • Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is Americans for the Arts’ fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry’s impact on the economy, providing a quantifiable economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences.
  • Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, U.S. and States 2019 released in March 2021 by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) that shows that arts and cultural economic activity, adjusted for inflation, increased 3.7 percent in 2019. That compares with a 2.3 percent increase in 2018. Arts and cultural economic activity accounted for 4.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), or $919.7 billion, in 2019. For dancers and choreographers: In 2019, the unemployment rate was 10.7 percent or 3,000 professionals. In the third quarter of 2020, the rate rose to 54.6 percent and 8,000 professionals.
  • Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, U.S. and States 2020 released in March 2022 by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) that shows that arts and cultural economic activity, adjusted for inflation, decreased 6.4 percent in 2020 after increasing 3.4 percent in 2019. Arts and cultural economic activity accounted for 4.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), or $876.7 billion, in 2020. Performing arts presenters and  performing arts companies joined oil drilling/exploration and air transportation as the steepest-declining areas of the U.S. economy in 2020. After adjusting for inflation, the value added by performing arts presenters (including festivals) fell by nearly 73 percent between 2019 and 2020. Employment by performing arts presenters and performing arts companies fell by 56,000 and 50,000 workers, respectively.
  • Various state arts agencies and state arts councils provide statistics on the impact of the arts on state and local economies. The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies is a great resource for dance artists and dance professionals to find out more about the arts agency or council in their respective states and specific economic data.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts and its partners released additional economic data at the national and state levels.

Charitable Giving Incentives

  • Independent Sector is the leadership network for nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs comprised of 600 organizations that work in coalition to strengthen and mobilize the nonprofit communities. The IS public policy page provides important talking points on the nonprofit sector (including state-by-state profile on the impact of nonprofits), the charitable deduction, and the IRA charitable rollover.
  • The Charitable Giving Coalition is a coalition dedicated to preserving the charitable deduction in which Dance/USA is a member.
  • The National Council of Nonprofits is a great resource and organization supporting our nation’s charitable nonprofit organization in which Dance/USA partners with on various issues of interest.

Performing Arts Visas/International Exchange

  • Artists From Abroad is the most complete and up-to-date online resource for foreign guest artists, their managers, and performing arts organizations, providing guidance and resources needed to steer through the process of engaging guest artists reliably and lawfully.
  • The Alliance for International Exchange is an association of 90 nongovernmental organizations comprising the international educational and cultural exchange community in the United States.
  • Performing Arts Visa Working Group (PAVWG) is a group of concerned arts-related organizations committed to ensuring an inexpensive and timely process for securing international visas for various artists to bring to the U.S. PAVWG’s policy recommendations to improve the performing arts visa process U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Customs & Border Protection under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of State.

U.S. Conference of Mayors

  • A group of mayors also sent a letter to Congress calling for action to improve and extend COVID-19 relief, echoing the theme of Resolution 93.