From education and the economy to healthcare and entrepreneurial innovation, the arts plays a critical role in improving countless aspects of our lives.

In this hour-long discussion, the President & CEO of Americans for the Arts, Robert Lynch, discusses what it takes for the arts to thrive and empower our communities. Drawing on his 40 years of experience in the industry, Lynch sheds light on an understated feature of the arts: the business of the arts. From their funding and support to their economic impact and management, this is how the how the system works.

Americans for the Arts is the nation’s foremost organization dedicated to advancing the arts and arts education. Under Lynch’s 30 years of leadership, the services and membership of Americans for the Arts have grown to more than 50 times their original size.  Americans for the Arts is a leader in documenting and articulating the key role that the nonprofit arts and culture industry — along with their audiences — play in strengthening our nation’s economy.


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