This Page Provides Information Regarding The Alliance for Round, Traditional, and Square Dance (ARTS) (Updated Thursday, June 23, 2016
The ARTS is an alliance of ten nationally recognized dance organizations with the goal of increasing the number of dancers. ARTS-Dance an IRS 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit/Charitable Foundation incorporated in North Carolina.
Its current members are: All Join Hands Foundation Ltd, CALLERLAB, CONTRALAB, International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs, National Square Dance Campers Association, National Executive Committee, ROUNDALAB, Singles Square Dancers USA, United Square Dancers of America and, USA West Policy Board.
The ARTS was formed several years ago as an entity which can better describe the diverse groups making up the 'greater' American Folk Dance community. Such a coalition will offer all dance organizations a chance for affiliation on a balanced and representative basis. The ARTS will allow for more effective public education of the square dance image, the health and fitness benfits of related dances to obtain corporate sponsorship, without diminishing any of the autonomy, or unique qualities and programs of any individual affiliate member.
The ARTS will also function in an advocacy role, representing ALL dance groups directly or indirectly associated with round, traditional, and square dancing. Like all alliances that represent diverse organizations with common interest, the ARTS concept provides a strong, central voice, concerned equally with the collective interest of all its affiliated organizations.
Formed as a 'non-preference' coalition, the ARTS will more easily negotiate collaborative projects with groups already working in the dance, leisure, recreation or physical education fields. The alliance will also seek advocacy support for grant funding, while conducting a more focused search for corporate and institutional partners. And it presents an attractive and comprehensive 'acronym' (the ARTS) for use in advertising, publicity and public awearness and education programs.
Its purpose is to create and affirm a name and a non-profit corporation (the ARTS) which will provide an image of unity among diversified dance groups. The ARTS can be used for effective public education and awarness, as well as a tool in seeking institutional and corporate contributions/sponsorship.
You2CanDance - Video and Web Site The ARTS Board has approved funding an exciting project Proposed by Roy & Betsy Gotta. This project includes a web site and video/DVDs to help improve awareness of dancing to the non-dancing public. The project is complete and the information is available at the following web site www.You2CanDance.com. Information and video include Square, Round, and Contra dancing. We invite you to visit the site and also attend any of the ARTS meetings.
ARTS Grant Program - The ARTS offers an Educational Grant Program to provide financial assistance to dance groups and associatins to help support educational seminars, week-ends, gatherings, and other such events. Details are available on the ARTS web site.
ARTS Meetings - The ARTS Governing Board meets once a year. Normally this meeting is inconjunction with a major dance event such as the National Square Dance Convention (NSDC). We invite you to attend any of the ARTS meetings. The ARTS is an alliance of the major square, round, and traditional dance organization. Please visit the ARTS web site to learn more at (ARTS-Dance.org) Please take a look to see what The ARTS is doing.
The 2016 ARTS meeting was Sunday, June 26, 2016 in Des moines, IA immediately following the 65th NSDC.
The 2016 Election of Officers was held during the meeting in Des Moines. The following were elected: Chairman - Betsy Gotta Vice Chairman - Arbell Thompson Secretary - Cathy Smith Treasurer - Edythe Weber
The next ARTS meeting is scheduled for Sunday, June 25,2017 starting at 9:00 AM. The meeting will be held immediately following the 66th NSDC in Cincinatti, OH. We hope to see you there!
Online Travel Site - If you book online travel stuff (tickets, hotels, cars, cruses, etc) check out The ARTS-Dance Travel web site. The prices are the same as on other online travel sites, however, a small portion of the price is returned to the activity through The ARTS.
ARTS Newsletter - The ARTS publishes a newsletter to report on activities, accomplishments, upcomming events, and other information. If you would like to recieve copies of the Newsletter as they are published, please contacte ARTS Director@aol.com.