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2004 Press Releases

12.22.04: Arts Presenters Announces $1.3 Million for Ensemble Theatre Collaborations
WASHINGTON - The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters) today announced a new $1.3 million project and travel grant program to encourage collaborations between ensemble theatres and arts organizations. The Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant and Travel Subsidy Program was created with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation as a two-year pilot initiative.

12.09.04: Arts Presenters/MetLife Foundation Award Best Practices in Arts Access
WASHINGTON - The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters) announced today the recipients of two new $10,000 cash awards for excellence and innovation in arts access. The grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation, was developed to recognize the contributions and efforts of performing arts venues to incorporate the needs of audiences with disabilities into their facilities and programming.

09.28.04: Presidential Commission: “We are losing on cultural affairs” - Visa Process is Turning People Away; Releases Report on U.S. Public Diplomacy
WASHINGTON - At a State Department press briefing today, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters) questioned Barbara M. Barrett, Chairman for the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, on the role of cultural exchange in public diplomacy. Barrett stated, “We are losing on cultural affairs because of visa problems” and the “current visa process is turning people away.” Barrett also said that visa challenges have been a major focus of the Commission, who released their report today on U.S. public diplomacy efforts since September 11.

09.21.04: Arts Presenters/MetLife Foundation Announce New Cash Awards for Arts Access
WASHINGTON - The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters) announced today two new cash awards for excellence and innovation in arts access. Funded by the MetLife Foundation, Arts Presenters looks to recognize the contributions and efforts of performing arts venues to incorporate the needs of audiences with disabilities into their facilities and programming.

08.17.04: Leading Performing Arts Magazine Raises the Curtain on New Design
WASHINGTON - The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters) is relaunching its industry-leading magazine, Inside Arts, a bimonthly publication that explores critical issues in the performing arts. The redesign, visible in the September/October issue, was facilitated by the magazine's new leadership, Editor Alicia Anstead and Art Director Brian Noyes.

06.18.04: U.S. House Approves Amendment Providing a $10 Million Increase for the NEA
WASHINGTON - With the passage of the FY 2005 Interior Appropriations bill (H.R. 4568), the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters) is thrilled with the adoption and inclusion of an amendment sponsored by Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Christopher Shays (R-CT), Norm Dicks (D-WA) and Jim Leach (R-IA) to increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) by $10 million.

05.28.04: Leading Arts Advocacy Group Commends USCIS for Online Filing of Artist Visa Applications
WASHINGTON - The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters) today applauded the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within the Department of Homeland Security for launching an e-filing system for the I-129 immigration form, the form most commonly used to bring foreign artists into the United States to perform.

04.15.04: Increased Visa Fees Announced, Arts Group Looks for Results
WASHINGTON - Today's Federal Register announces the implementation of increased fees for visa processing through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a division of the Department of Homeland Security: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/04-8699.htm

04.02.04: Leading Arts Advocacy Group Responds to FBI Warnings Regarding Foreign Artist Visas
WASHINGTON – According to an Associated Press report yesterday, "U.S. officials have received intelligence indicating terrorists might attempt to slip into the United States using cultural or arts visas" (P-visas). The article includes reports that "spies and defectors have in the past gained entry by joining the entourages of famous performers."

04.01.04: NEA Chair Testifies for U.S. House; Arts Presenters Says Federal Funding Means Greater Economy, Jobs and Access for All Americans
WASHINGTON – As National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Dana Gioia testified for the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee this morning, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters) expressed determination in securing President Bush’s proposal for $18 million in increased NEA funding in the 2005 budget.

01.29.04: President Bush’s Increase in NEA Budget Promises Opportunity and Access to America’s Performing Arts Communities and Audiences
WASHINGTON – The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters) praised today’s announcement by First Lady Laura Bush and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Dana Gioia that President Bush will request an additional $18 million for the NEA in his FY05 budget to be released February 2.

01.16.04: Six Presidential Hopefuls Announce Support for the Arts; Five Sign Pledge for the Arts
WASHINGTON - Six presidential candidates have announced their support for the performing arts, with five officially signing on to the American Arts Alliance's Pledge for the Arts. The Pledge gives each candidate an opportunity to explain the position their administration would take in promoting and supporting the arts in American society.

01.13.04: Performance Artist Tim Miller Addresses Performing Arts Professionals; Says Live Performing is About Touching, Connecting and Intertwining
NEW YORK – Using spoken word and poetry, performance artist Tim Miller spoke to delegates of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters) 47th Annual Members Conference today, calling on the audience to take initiative in addressing the challenges to the performing arts community.

01.12.04: Arts Presenters Recognizes California, New Jersey and D.C. Performing Arts Professionals with Awards for Outstanding Achievement
At an awards ceremony today, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters) presented their annual awards to vocal artists Sweet Honey in the Rock (Washington, D.C.), performance artist Tim Miller (Santa Monica, Calif.) and performing arts professionals Baraka Sele (Newark, N.J.) and John Killacky (San Francisco, Calif.).

01.10.04: Tony Kushner Kicks Off Performing Arts Conference; Says Artists Have a Responsibility to Get Activated
NEW YORK – Tony Kushner addressed a standing room-only hall today at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters) 47th Annual Members Conference, calling on the performing arts community to get organized and energized as it faces upcoming challenges. Kushner discussed a range of topics including funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), state arts funding, immigration and global terrorism issues, and the state of the performing arts in America.

01.06.04: Leading Arts Advocacy Group Launches Pledge for the Arts Campaign Among Presidential Candidates
WASHINGTON - The American Arts Alliance today announced the launch of Pledge for the Arts, a campaign asking the major Democratic and Republican presidential candidates to commit their support for arts programs across the country. The pledge is intended to give each candidate an opportunity to explain the role their administration would have in promoting and supporting the arts in American society.

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