Monthly Archives: October 2004

US congressional Report Card on the Arts

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For Immediate Release

Virginia Anagnos
Goodman Media
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Americans for the Arts Action Fund Issues Its
First-Ever Congressional Report Card on the Arts

Thirty-Three House Members Get Highest Possible Grade;
Best State Delegations Are Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, and Hawaii

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 19, 2004 — The Arts Action Fund created earlier this month by Americans for the Arts, the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America, issued today its first-ever Congressional Arts Report Card. The Report Card, which covers the 108th Congress (2003-2004), addresses only the U.S. House of Representatives, since the U.S. Senate has taken no arts-specific votes during that period.

The Report Card assigns each Member of the House of Representatives a letter grade and numerical score based on his or her voting record on specific arts and arts education policy issues. Eleven separate government actions are covered, and each is weighted based on its importance to the arts—with the greatest weight given to four votes on funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). A perfect score equals 100 points, and the points are correlated to a letter grade of A+ through F. The Report Card also includes a detailed arts voting record for each Member.

Thirty-three House Members received the highest possible grade (A+). However, the average grade for the House was a B. Arts support is increasingly bipartisan, the Report Card shows. The entire Report Card, containing the grades of every Member of the House of Representatives, can be found online at

When the grades of the Members of each state delegation in the House of Representatives are averaged on a state-by-state basis, the highest-scoring state delegations are Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, and Hawaii. It should be noted that these states have small House delegations, with only Connecticut having more than two House members. Among states with delegations of 10 or more House Members, Massachusetts and New York finish in front. A complete list of the state delegation scores is attached.

The release of the Congressional Arts Report Card is the first action taken by the Arts Action Fund, whose creation was announced earlier this month by Americans for the Arts. In November, a national citizens’ membership campaign will be launched to encourage Americans to join and support the Arts Action Fund. Americans for the Arts itself focuses primarily on representing arts organizations throughout the nation.

“This Report Card provides a compelling way for the public to assess the level of support that each Member of the House of Representatives provides for the arts,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Overall, it shows that a convincing majority of the House favors modest funding increases for the NEA, and an even larger majority opposes any cuts.”

The release of the Congressional Arts Report Card comes at a time of increasing support for the arts by Members of Congress. In 2004, the House approved an increase for the NEA by its widest margin since 2000. Despite the increase in support, however, arts funding is still barely half its pre-1995 level when adjusted for inflation, indicating that much work remains for arts advocates.

It also comes at a time when other support for the arts has been declining. Over the past two years, 40 percent of the funding for state arts councils has been eliminated; several states have practically eliminated arts funding; and the share of private giving to the arts has declined by over 40 percent in the last decade. In 1992, the arts received 8.4 percent of all charitable giving. By 2003, it had dropped to 5.4 percent.

The Arts Action Fund will engage citizens throughout the nation in making known their support for the arts and advocating increasing support from all funding sources.

The Arts Action Fund adds a new dimension to arts advocacy in the United States by providing a vehicle through which any citizen can help ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to appreciate, value, and participate in the arts. Created by Americans for the Arts, the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America, the Arts Action Fund is spearheading a national citizenship membership campaign to increase support for the Arts. Additional information on the Arts Action Fund, including information on how to join, is available at

Following is the listing of the average scores of the delegations of each state and national region in the U.S. House of Representatives: (The District of Columbia is not included, because its Representative does not have voting status.)

See the State Rankings here:

Creative Alternatives presents

EMERGENCE : A Dynamic Process of Creative Exploration

These monthly experiential workshops will lead participants through an individual and group process with the goal of strengthening trust in ones creativity and confidence in facing emerging life issues. Using techniques from insight meditation, the creative arts therapies and popular theatre, we will create a playful, safe, supportive, and inspiring environment. Together, we will take a journey of personal insight through the imagination and myth creation.

David Jurasek is currently creating his thesis project for a Masters in Drama Therapy at Concordia, a one-man performance piece entitled ‘Play’, about madness and creativity. A caring and sensitive facilitator, emerging therapist, provocative storyteller, curious actor, truth seeker and eclectic explorer, David-Jan is now focusing and integrating his skills and passions for mediation, the creative arts therapies, and Aikido: following the path of his heart and sharing his joy. He is an active member of the Montreal Playback Company.

Allan Rosales is completing his M.A in Art Therapy at Concordia University. He is a collaborator with the Montreal Playback Company for one year. He was a finalist is the 2003 Forces Avenir Awards for an Art and Drama therapy program for suicidal adolescents. He currently works with the West Montreal Re-adaptation Center, the Montreal Childrens Hospital and the English Montreal School Board.

October 23rd
Registration Fee: $20.00
Location TBA to register

Thinking in the Round: Developing our collective intelligence through dialogue

At the heart of every group endeavour is a continual exchange and blending of ideas and experiences. However, to reach the heights of innovation and creativity that we imagine for our organizations and communities, we need to be more intentional about the way we think together. We must move beyond our typical modes of communication- discussion and debate- that tend to only reinforce our current thinking. Through the practice of dialogue, we learn to examine our underlying assumptions, deeply explore perspectives that directly conflict with our own, and consciously change the way in which we are thinking to allow for new meaning to emerge.

In this workshop, we will introduce you to the practice and underlying theory of dialogue. You will also have the opportunity to engage in dialogue as a group to experience how it unfolds and to reflect on the impact that it has on you individually and on the group as a whole.

Tana Paddock is a facilitator in organizational and community development. Her expertise is in helping diverse groups of people think and work together effectively across social and organizational boundaries. She has worked on a wide range of projects in the U.S. and Canada, including small business development, community economic development, organizational change, affordable housing, and education reform. She has led seminars on the theory and practice of dialogue at Concordia and McGill Universities and currently teaches a course at McGill that explores the social and environmental impact of business.

Gerardo Sierra has facilitated organizational development, leadership, and teambuilding initiatives for Mexican and Latin American Corporations. In January 2002, as the Director of Innovation and Development at Monterrey TEC Undergraduate Business School, he launched the Management Dialogues project, which brought together managers from different sectors and industries to explore and provide solutions to the challenges facing the Mexican Economy. Today, Gerardo continues his quest to develop & support collective efforts to build sustainable organizations and communities.

PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited to 18 people, so please contact us before October 31st to pre-register. Coffee and tea will be served at 8:30am. Please bring a bag lunch.

November 7th 9:00am to 4:30pm
Rad’a Studio
841 rue Gilford (three blocks east of Metro Laurier)
Wheelchair accessible
Registration fee: $75.00. to register

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new
landscapes but in having new eyes.

M. Proust


PsychothĂ©rapies par les arts, l’imaginaire et le corps

4411, Garnier, Montréal, Qc, H2J 3S3
TEL : (514) 525-6868
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Bonjour Ă  tous,

Le Centre TEMENOS a le plaisir de vous rappeler que la prochaine conférence exploratoire se tiendra :

Le mercredi 20 octobre Ă  19 h 00,
Ă€ la Maison de la Culture Mercier
située 8105 Hochelaga à Montréal.

Cette soirée s’inscrit dans le cadre du projet L’ART AU SERVICE DE L’ÂME et aura pour thème :

Tristan et Yseult
le piège de l’amour Romantique.

Elle sera animée par Alexandra Duchastel, Psychologue et art-thérapeute et de Danielle Bissonnette, Comédienne.

Ce mythe propose une réflexion profonde sur la psychologie du couple moderne. L’occident cultive l’idéal du « grand amour » et en fait la base du mariage. Mais la recherche constante de l’extase amoureuse découle davantage d’une quête mystique que de l’amour humain. En projetant notre aspiration à la complétude dans nos relations amoureuses, nous tombons dans le même piège que Tristan et Iseult. Les images de ce mythe, des exercices d’art-thérapie, le mouvement et le jeu dramatique nous aideront à comprendre et à mieux vivre nos relations amoureuses.

Au plaisir de vous rencontrer,

L’équipe de TEMENOS

Maison de la culture Mercier
8105 Hochelaga, Montréal – Tél. : 872-8755
Métro Honoré-Beaugrand, Bus 89

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