Welcome to the Arts Network
Art is expressive in all its forms. It’s know as the application of human creative skill and imagination. We love that definition. Creativity breaths life into the mundane. Whether is though painting, drawing, sculpting, music, singing, live performance, drama, or writing, art brings joy to life.
The Seven Arts
There is a traditional subdivision of the arts. They fall into the following general categories:
- Music – For as long as humans have walked the earth music has been a vital part of life. Songs teach us, encourage us, move us, and remind us what is important in life.
- Performing – Whether it is a full orchestra in a concert hall, a band in a stadium, or an artist with a vocal mic in a sound studio, performing is a vital part of art.
- Architecture – Architecture as an art form has stood the test of time, and monuments, cathedrals, and even common structures have communicated a craftsman’s artistic expression centuries after they have passed away.
- Sculpture – Artists have used wood, stone, bone, horn, and other materials to capture forms and figures down through the ages. Everything from bronze castings to carved landscape to whittled figurines that fit in your pocket are examples of the art of sculpture.
- Painting – Whether you look at classical portraits, or impressionistic landscapes, finger paintings or fine art, painting is an artform that is infused in our history and culture.
- Literature – The written word can change the world, and the art of writing can inspire a generation.
- Film – While not as old as many other medium, still photography and capturing video has exploded into the dominant way our world tells stories, shares information, and turns the world into an interconnected family.
Goal Of The Network For Leadership
Our mission is to serve the arts and culture sector in an ongoing manner by collecting accurate, objective, and comprehensive data based on the internal and external conditions of non-profit creative enterprises in the region.
The network analyzes the data by applying established and proven academic standards, and issues reports to arts leaders, philanthropies, government and service agencies, scholars and other related agencies. Customized, confidential reports are also available to individual organizations, which include diagnostics related to the organization’s financial state, designed specifically for arts managers and board members.
Observatory reports can be used for benchmarking (by organizations, as well as philanthropies and regional planners), program evaluation, and advocacy efforts. Once the arts and culture sectors have the impartial documentation it currently lacks, participants will be able to make stronger cases for attracting more funding and support where it is needed most.