NORWICH – The Chenango County Council of the Arts has scheduled the third annual Business/Arts Breakfast for Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 a.m. in the Martin W. Kappel Theater, 27 West Main St., Norwich.
Titled “The Business/Arts Connection”, the breakfast will feature Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation’s advocacy organization for the arts. A member of the staff since 1991, Cohen is among the most noted experts in the field of arts funding, research, policy, and using the arts to address community development issues. He publishes The National Arts Index, the annual measure of the health and vitality of arts as well as the two premier economic studies of the arts industry – Arts & Economic Prosperity, the national impact study of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences; and Creative Industries, an annual mapping study of the nation’s 760,000 arts establishments and their employees. Cohen 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 1990s, Cohen collaborated with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the 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, the first national study to statistically document the impact of arts programs on at-risk youth. Cohen is a sought after speaker who has given speeches in 48 states, and regularly appears in the news media – including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and on CNN, CNBC, and NPR.