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Americans for the Arts Bookstore

With a 40-year record of service, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. To help keep members connected to the issues and information that matter most, they offer a variety of resources on topics ranging from serving youth through the arts to management. These affordable publications are available on the Americans for the Arts Web site.

Arts Education Basics

  • Changing Schools Through the Arts: How to Build on the Power of an Idea; offers insight into how to establish the arts in schools while simultaneously using them as a vehicle for school renewal and makes a convincing case for the role of the visual arts, music, dance, drama and architecture in educating our youth.
  • ART After School; provides helpful and practical information about establishing, teaching, and administering after-school arts programming.
  • Putting the Arts in the Picture: Reframing Education in the 21st Century; explores the role of the arts in innovative educational practice and school-improvement policy in the contemporary world.

Working Within Your Organization

  • From Mission to Motivation; planning workbook for community arts groups can help your organization build better participation in, and audiences for, local arts events.
  • Generating and Sustaining Nonprofit Earned Income; identifies best practices for generating a reliable income stream and ultimately reducing a nonprofit organization's dependence on traditional sources of funding.
  • Transformational Boards: A Practical Guide to Engaging Your Board and Embracing Change; practical, easy-to-follow strategies for helping your board develop the flexibility it needs to adapt to change while maintaining your organization's primary mission.
  • Strategic Planning Workbook for Nonprofit Organizations; four separate planning methods that you can tailor to meet your needs.

Individual Artists

  • Artists Communities; third edition of this widely-praised directory provides a comprehensive index of more than 300 residency programs worldwide, along with profiles and photographs of 95 leading artists' communities in the U.S.
  • Money for Visual Artists, 2nd edition; guide to grants, fellowships, awards, artist colonies, emergency and technical assistance, and support services.
  • Money for Performing Artists; awards, grants, fellowships, competitions, auditions, workshops, and artists' colonies, as well as emergency and technical assistance programs.
  • Money for Film & Video Artists; fellowships, grants, awards, low-cost facilities, emergency assistance programs, technical assistance, and support services.
Other topics in the bookstore include By Our Speakers; Community Development; Government and Public Affairs; Presenting and Performing; Public Art; and Rural and Small Communities.

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ORGANIZATIONAL MAGNETISM: PART THREE
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Shown: Seattle Youth Symphony. Photo: Colleen Boyce.
Seattle Youth Symphony.
Photo: Colleen Boyce.
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