The Academy’s Commission on the Arts – chaired by actor and author John Lithgow, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts President Deborah Rutter, and two-time United States Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey (all of whom are members of the Academy) – convened artists, scholars, activists, and leaders to explore and support the essential role of the arts in America.

The project resulted in two policy reports with recommendations – one on arts education, one on the creative workforce – both of which are free and available for ordering online. The Commission also developed an online art gallery with short contributions highlighting dance, music, storytelling, and more.

The Commission held listening sessions and events, collected data, and developed recommendations to improve access, equity, and visibility for arts education in America.
The Commission asked, “How can we better recognize the value of artists in our national policy in order to enable the essential work they do?”
This report is their answer.
Alongside conducting research and developing recommendations, the Commission developed an online multimedia gallery designed to meet the public where, and whenever, they want to encounter art.

In a celebration of arts, artists, and the work of the American Academy’s Commission on the Arts, Stephen Colbert interviewed Cochairs John LithgowDeborah Rutter, and Natasha Trethewey.

Watch the video above or read an edited transcript of the event in the Bulletin.

The Commission on the Arts is focused on arts education and support for the arts and artists.