Arts Action Heroes to the Rescue!

Arts Action Heroes to the Rescue!

by Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts


This is an excerpt from the Huffington Post article by Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts. Lynch acknowleges the work of community heroes including American Art Therapy Association members Tracy Councill and Melissa Walker who are making significant contributions through Art Therapy.


Friday, June 26, 2015 - 8:00am

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During my 30 years at Americans for the Arts, I have had the great privilege to visit and learn about a different community nearly every week. While they differ vastly from one another, there is one common strength I have observed: the arts have made a profound impact on the health of each community.

Across America, in communities of all sizes, a rising population of arts action heroes -- both individuals and organizations -- are stepping up, armed with the tools of their craft and a vision of how their work in the arts contributes to the well-being of a community.

Vijay Gupta, first violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is a passionate advocate for the presence of music in marginalized and underserved communities. He founded Street Symphony, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing live music to people living in homeless shelters and incarcerated in LA County jails. Bringing music to these groups has a powerful humanizing effect, helping some of those who are most vulnerable feel safe.

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