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America: Now and Here records, circa 2010-2012

America: Now and Here, circa 2010-2011

Collection Information

Size: 0.9 Linear feet; 0.891 Gigabytes

Summary: The records of America: Now and Here, a traveling arts program headquartered in New York City that provided traveling arts presentations, measure 0.9 linear feet and 5.05 GB and date from circa 2010-2012. The collection consists of interviews with artists and poets, two writings, and printed and digital material, much relating to the America: Now and Here program in Kansas City (2011 May). The materials were designed to create interactive dialogues with visitors about the "American Journey," our culture, the arts, and creativity.

Biographical/Historical Note

America: Now and Here, a privately funded project, was founded by artist Eric Fischl with Dorothy Dunn as Director. Its mission was to provide a multi-disciplinary art experience that would travel from cities to small towns, encouraging dialogues among ordinary Americans about issues of importance to this country. Included in the program were visual art exhibitions, plays, movies, music, poetry, and inter-active exercises with an emphasis on young people's participation. More than 150 artists were involved with the program. Mobile truck visual art exhibitions would be situated with performance space and retail shops, driving economic activity in participating regions. The exhibitions traveled to Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Baltimore, Aspen and other venues. The program was suspended in 2012 due to lack of funds.

Provenance

The America: Now and Here records were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2012 by Dorothy Dunn, former Director of the organization.

Language Note

The collection is in English.