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If you're passionate about the arts and believe they are essential to the health and vitality of our communities, we hope these stories inspire you. Like us, the organizations and people below are committed to promoting arts and culture because investing in the arts improves the quality of life in our cities and towns. As one of the world's leading supporters of the arts, we recognize that beyond intrinsic beauty, the arts can spur urban renewal, attract new businesses, draw tourism and spark innovation. It's a powerful industry that promotes self-expression, elevates our cultural understanding and generates $166.2 billion a year in the U.S. alone.

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From Farm to Table, Revitalization and Conviviality in Detroit

Jul 16, 2012

The economic crisis that hit Detroit in 2008 had a surround sound impact. The auto industry collapsed, crime increased, and residents fled. For those who stuck around the ‘Motor City’ the availability and accessibility of corner markets and grocery stores - among other critical staples for living - diminished…  learn More about From Farm to Table, Revitalization and Conviviality in Detroit

Fostering Opportunity with Creativity in Boston

Jul 06, 2012

Although one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S., Boston deals with the same urban challenges as any other metropolitan area. In certain neighborhoods where families struggle financially and youth routinely confront the hazards of gangs and drugs, programs like Artists For Humanity stand as beacons of opportunity. Rather than “disadvantaged” youth, Artists For Humanity Executive Director Susan Rodgerson views these young men and women as “under-resourced,” meaning that with the right support and encouragement, they can create their own future…  learn More about Fostering Opportunity with Creativity in Boston

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Uniting Communities through the Power and Beauty of the Opera

Jul 13, 2012

It’s a story that could only have happened in Houston, a city synonymous with cattle, the Space Age and, of course, oil. In 1955, the city’s economy was booming and group of civic leaders, led by Maestro Walter Herbert, set out to make it a center for opera, too…  learn More about Uniting Communities through the Power and Beauty of the Opera

A High Octane Day on the Links

Jul 16, 2012

America’s love affair with golf began in the late 19th Century with the opening of the nation’s first golf club outside of New York City. Fast forward to the present day and the U.S. plays host to 3,400 golf courses across the country…  learn More about A High Octane Day on the Links

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A Theater Company’s Historic New Home

Jul 19, 2012

Citing deterioration and neglect, Baltimore’s Westside neighborhood was placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of most endangered historic places in 1999. The neighborhood’s Empire Theater, at 315 W. Fayette Street, with its neoclassical terra cotta and granite façade, was one of the Westside’s landmarks – and it, too, was at risk…  learn More about A Theater Company’s Historic New Home

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