Commission on the Arts


The Commission draws on the expertise of its members who are artists, scholars, activists, and leaders, as well as the input of people across the country who participated in listening sessions about the arts in American life. The Commission dedicated itself to recognizing and supporting the essential role of the arts and is developing reports with policy recommendations and an online art compilation. 

The Commission’s research is focused on promoting the arts and assuring equitable access to them in education and the workplace.

  • The Commission’s focus on arts education and its impact on individuals and communities resulted in a new report – Art for Life’s Sake: The Case for Arts Education – issued in September 2021.
  • The Commission’s focus on the essential role arts play in bridging divisions, fostering communities, and contributing to economies, is leading to a second report about the support infrastructure necessary for artists to create and make a living. The report on artists in the workforce will be issued in October 2021.
  • Parallel to the research undertakings, the Commission is developing an online multimedia gallery designed to meet the public where, and whenever, they want to encounter art, which will be shared in October 2021.

The Commission’s efforts are intended to serve as a resource for artists and their advocates, city and regional governments, departments of arts and culture, school administrators, teachers, parents, students—anybody who seeks to answer questions about the value of arts in American life.



Project Chairs
Commission Members

Terence O. Blanchard

Musician; Composer; Professor and the Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies
Academy Member

James Cuno

The J. Paul Getty Trust
President and CEO
Academy Member

Brian Kisida

Truman School of Public Affairs at University of Missouri

Tania León

Brooklyn College
Composer; Claire and Leonard Tow Distinguished Professor of Music
Academy Member

Jacqueline Stewart

University of Chicago
Professor of Cinema and Media Studies
Academy Member

Steven Tepper

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University

Jay Jie Xu

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Academy Member

Allentza Michel

American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Program Officer for Humanities, Arts, and Culture


News & Updates

News & Updates