A new tool aims to show the importance of investing in the arts

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Americans for the Arts has introduced a new online tool that shows how the arts integrate into other sectors and their impact on our overall well-being. They hope it will provide advocates and leaders with the information they need to encourage investment in the arts. (Americans for the Arts, 10/9)

The Explorer is designed as an entry point to the large and growing body of research, projects, and support organizations that exist at the intersection of the Arts and various parts of our community. It creates an experience that can scale from casual surfing to deep exploration of a topic—you can glean a starting set of information in five minutes, or can follow the embedded hyperlinks (up to 20 per subject area) to visit the websites of all the example projects, access the research referenced, and engage directly with the other partners doing this work around the country.

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