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Few would disagree that arts and culture make the Greater Washington region a rich and vibrant place to live. Despite this, the arts are often among the first programs to be cut when funding is limited. It shouldn’t be this way.
The arts and humanities are an engine for economic growth and community development. They are tools for education and youth development, and they are a vehicle for social justice and advocacy. The evidence of this in our region is everywhere. In 2010, arts and culture nonprofits contributed $1.5 billion to our region’s economy. Nonprofits like the Atlas Performing Arts Center and Dance Place have anchored neighborhood revitalization across D.C. And in schools like Savoy Elementary in Anacostia, part of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities’ Turnaround Arts program, the arts have been fully integrated into the curriculum, resulting in higher test scores and fewer suspensions. In Rachel Goslins’ words, the “arts aren’t a flower, but a wrench.”
Join us to hear from Rachel Goslins, head of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, about why the arts are a tool with the power to transform individual lives, neighborhoods, and communities.
Rachel Goslins is the executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues. The PCAH works directly with the three primary cultural agencies—National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—as well as other federal partners and the private sector, to address policy questions in the arts and humanities, to initiate and support key programs in those disciplines and to recognize excellence in the field. Its core areas of focus are arts and humanities education, cultural exchange, and creative economy. Rachel Goslins was appointed executive director of PCAH by President Obama in 2009. Prior to her appointment, she worked in the fields of documentary film, arts administration, and copyright law.