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Posted on: September 4, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Athens Municipal Arts Commission- Randy L. Cohen to speak at three public meetings

Athens Municipal Arts Commission: Randy L. Cohen, Vice President of Research and Planning at Americans for the Arts to speak in Athens
Athens, OH- Athens Municipal Arts Commission, is proud to welcome guest speaker Randy L. Cohen to three public meetings. Mr. Cohen is among the most noted experts in the field of arts funding, research, policy and using the arts to address community development issues. Mr. Cohen is the Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation's advocacy organization for the arts. He is visiting Athens to present national, regional, and local perspectives relating to the Arts and Economic Prosperity IV study project in which Athens County partnered through the Athens Municipal Arts Commission. The visit by Randy L. Cohen will occur on the first two weekdays of National Arts in Education Week as designated by the US House of Representatives. Please mark your calendar for one of these upcoming opportunities:
• Monday September 10th - Athens City Council Meeting at 7:00 in the Athens City Council Chambers, City Hall. This City Council meeting will be telecast 'live' by the City of Athens Government Channel.
• Tuesday September 11th at 1:00 in the Ohio University School of Theater Forum theater (basement of the RTVC Building on College Street);
• Tuesday September 11th at 5:00 at the Stuarts Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio.

Those interested in hearing Randy L. Cohen should plan to attend one of the scheduled public meetings. There is limited space at the Athens City Council Chambers. The other two spaces provide much more opportunity for seating and time for questions and comments.

Randy L. Cohen publishes The National Arts Index as well as the two premier economic studies of the arts industry - Arts & Economic Prosperity and Creative Industries, an annual mapping study of the nation's 760,000 arts establishments. He led the development of the National Arts Policy Roundtable, an annual convening of leaders who focus on the advancement of American Culture, launched in 2006 in partnership with Robert Redford and the Sundance Preserve. In the late 1990's Cohen collaborated with the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities to create Coming Up Taller, the White House report on arts programs for youth-at-risk; and the U.S. Department of Justice to produce the YouthARTS Project. Cohen is a nationally sought after speaker who regularly appears in the news media - including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and on CNN, CNBC and NPR.

Cohen has been a policy specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts, founded the San Diego Theatre for Young Audiences, and worked in medical research for Stanford University and Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. He Chaired the Tacoma Park Arts and Humanities Commission for three years during which the Commission developed a cultural plan, established the city's Poet Laureate, a public arts program and a million dollar conversion of the city council chambers into a performing arts space.

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