In December 2015, the US Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces No Child Left Behind as the signature piece of national education legislation. The new law includes the arts alongside math and language arts in its definition of a "well-rounded education."
Once every five years United Arts administers the Wake County portion of the Americans for the Arts Arts & Economic Prosperity study. More than 100 communities nationwide are taking part in this statistical study of how the nonprofit arts sector impacts the community’s economy.
Clearly, it is award season. People’s Choice, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Oscars….just to name a few this month and next. At United Arts, we give out awards in January as well. Ours go to individuals and companies who deserve recognition for their long service—both financial and personal--to our arts community in Wake County.
United Arts—together with the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council and the Orange County Arts Commission—have sponsored the Piedmont Laureate in 150 appearances over the last seven years. Piedmont Laureate James Maxey (science fiction/fantasy) will be wrapping up his 2015 appointment at an event in Durham on Dec. 2.
While we recover from the prolonged rains, we can start to celebrate October as Arts and Humanities Month.
So it is September. Do your thoughts turn to football, tailgating, festivals and fall color? At United Arts, ours turn to the sound of bluegrass music.