A Finding Aid to the America: Now and Here Records, circa 2010-2012, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.amernowh
Creators:
America: Now and Here, circa 2010-2011
Dates:
circa 2010-2012
Languages:
English
The collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.9 Linear feet
0.891 Gigabytes
Repository:
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.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
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.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged as 4 series.
  • Series 1: Interviews, circa 2010 (Box 1; 0.3 linear feet, ER01; 1.52 GB)
  • Series 2: Writings, 2010-2011 (Box 1; 2 folders, ER02; 1.52 GB)
  • Series 3: Printed Material, circa 2010-2012 (Boxes 1-2, OV 3; 0.5 linear feet, ER03; 2.01 GB)
  • Series 4: Artwork, circa 2010 (Box 2; 1 folder)

Historical Note
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.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed to a minimal level and a finding aid prepared in 2014 by Harriet E. Shapiro. The Archives of American Art has implemented minimal processing tactics when possible in order to increase information about and access to more of our collections. Minimal processing included arrangement to the series and folder levels. Generally, items within folders were simply verified with folder titles, but not arranged further. Folders within boxes were not numbered. The collection was rehoused in archival containers and folders, but not all staples and clips were removed. Born-digital materials were processed in 2019 by Kirsi Ritosalmi-Kisner with funding provided by Smithsonian Collection Care and Preservation Fund.
Author
Harriet E. Shapiro
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The America: Now and Here records were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2012 by Dorothy Dunn, former Director of the organization.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
America: Now and Here records, circa 2010-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original material requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requrires advance notice.
Conditions Governing Use
The America: Now and Here records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Interviews Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Traveling exhibitions Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists and community Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Community arts projects Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fischl, Eric, 1948- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dunn, Dorothy Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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