Moving Forward: A Renewed Role for American Arts and Artists in the Global Age, Jan. 26

On Monday, January 26, 2009, New York University’s John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress will bring together leaders of arts and cultural institutions, government, and academia at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU for a colloquium examining how the Art and Artifacts Indemnity Act has been a precedent for federal support of the arts on an international level for more than three decades.

In the spirit of renewed support for restoring the centrality of both the visual and performing arts on a national level, the Brademas Center, which is based at NYU Wagner, anticipates a lively discussion on how the Act can be reinvigorated and enlarged for individual/private and governmental/public diplomacy initiatives, including how it can be expanded to better support the visual arts.

The information and suggestions compiled during the colloquium - entitled Moving Forward: A Renewed Role for American Arts and Artists in the Global Age— will be used to create a set of recommendations that will be sent to Congress for consideration. The hope is that this gathering will lead to further discussion in Washington, D.C., and draw Congressional support for expansion of the Act.

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  • WHO: NYU Wagner Dean Ellen Schall (welcoming remarks); Congressman Chris Shays, Former Co-Chair, Congressional Arts Caucus (keynote address); Alice Whelihan, Indemnity Administrator, NEA; John Brademas, Author of the Act; Ford Bell, President and CEO, American Association of Museums; and others.
  • WHAT: Colloquium focused on the Art and Artifacts Indemnity Act and on reinvigorating federal support for the arts.
  • WHERE: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street (@ Houston), 2nd Floor, Manhattan.
  • WHEN: Monday, January 26, 2009, at 10 a.m.

About the Brademas Center
The Brademas Center sponsors public lectures, symposia, conferences, roundtables and briefings that address the issue of Congressional capacity for decision making — whether, how and why that capacity has declined; and what measures can be taken by Congress to strengthen and enhance its ability to make good public policy. Events covering a range of policy and procedure issues take place in New York City, Washington, D.C., and at various NYU international sites.

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