Commission on the Arts
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has a multi-year Commission on the Arts with distinguished cochairs, more than $1 million of support from foundations and individuals, and a commitment to exploring the role of the arts in American life.
Drawing on the expertise of artists, scholars, activists, and leaders, the Commission on the Arts is developing reports, policy recommendations, and public engagements that recognize the essential role of the arts in America. The Commission’s research is focused on arts education and support for the arts and artists.
- Building on the conviction that the arts play a central role in the lives of young people and further community health, the Commission is studying arts education and its impact on individuals and communities.
- In this time of upheaval and uncertainty, the Commission is also conducting research that connects the essential role art plays in bridging divisions and fostering community, with the support infrastructure necessary for artists to create and make a living.
- Parallel to the research, the Commission is actively engaging the public in the creative process.
In 2021, the Commission on the Arts will issue a policy report on civic engagement and economic development, issue a policy report on arts education and inequality, and promote a series of activities that engage the public in understanding and uplifting the arts in America. These efforts are intended to serve as a resource for city and regional governments, departments of arts and culture, school administrators, teachers, parents, students—anybody who is confronted with questions about the value of arts in American life.