APRIL SPOTLIGHT ON THE SUSTAINABLE ARTS FOUNDATION

During the month of April, our photo banner features grantees of the Sustainable Arts Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization that just completed the second year of its pilot residency grant program. Read about the Foundation’s work in support of artists who are maintaining their creative endeavors while also raising children here.

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Steve

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that the NEA plans to award $74.85 million in 971 grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide as part of the second half of its fiscal year 2014 funding. In addition to direct grants through the Art Works category, this round of funding also supports the state arts agencies and regional arts organizations – the NEA's partners in bringing the arts to all parts of the nation – as well as grants for research projects that build evidence on the value and impact of the arts.

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Steve

Emiko Ono writes for ArtsBlog:

In the past, a productive arts organization was understood to contribute to a community’s quality of life and help drive its economy — it was inherently perceived to be a public good. This “social contract” is fraying based on a growing awareness of the very real inequities that exist in the United States... The nonprofit arts sector, including its funders, is increasingly expected to do more for distressed and marginalized communities if it is to merit designation as a public good.
Posted on April 13, 2014 by Steve

From Graham Bowley and Patricia Cohen, writing for the New York Times:

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, tucked into a quiet corner of a college campus here in the hills of the Pacific Northwest, is hardly the epicenter of the art world. Yet major collectors, fresh from buying a Warhol or a Basquiat or another masterpiece in New York, routinely choose this small, elegant redbrick building at the University of Oregon to first exhibit their latest trophy. The museum’s intimacy and scholarship are likely to play some role in their choice. But a primary lure for the collectors is often something more prosaic: a tax break.
Posted on April 11, 2014 by Tommer

President Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. William “Bro” Adams as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Adams is President of Colby College, a position he has held since 2000. Previously, he was President of Bucknell University from 1995 to 2000.

Posted on April 10, 2014 by Steve

EmcArts, the social enterprise for learning and innovation in the arts, is taking proposals for Innovation Lab, their 16-month-long immersion programs for U.S.-based arts and arts service organizations seeking to uncover adaptive strategies and responses to their most complex challenges. The program was launched in 2008 and will deliver two more rounds of the program to eight participating organizations from across the country in 2014 and 2015. These new rounds are funded by a $1.58 million grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Four organizations from across the country will be selected for each of these two rounds.

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Steve

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has released a new report, “State of the Arts: A Plan to Boost Arts Education in New York City,” a first-of-its-kind, school-by-school breakdown that reveals unequal access to arts education for children living in some of the City’s lowest-income communities and violations of State Education mandate governing middle and high school arts teachers. The report gathered the most recent data available from the Department of Education’s (DOE) Annual Arts in Schools Reports to assess public schools’ capacity to deliver arts services and programs, focusing on whether schools employ full- or part-time certified arts teachers, have dedicated rooms for arts instruction, or have formal partnerships with arts and cultural organizations.

Get the full report.

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Steve

New York City Mayor de Blasio today appointed Tom Finkelpearl as Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs. A sculptor by training, he most recently served as executive director of the Queens Museum, where he completed a major expansion that doubled the size of the museum. Finkelpearl began his career in arts management at Long Island City’s PS 1 Contemporary Art Center in 1982, which he joined as a public affairs officer, and then went on to organize a number of major exhibitions. In 1990, he joined the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs as Director of the Percent for Art Program, overseeing more than 100 public art projects across all five boroughs.

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Steve

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies has announced that CEO Jonathan Katz intends to retire late in 2014. Katz has served 29 years at the helm of NASAA. “It has been my great privilege to serve as your CEO during the last three decades,” Katz said. “So much so that I've effortlessly postponed putting more energy into what has now become a demanding writing agenda. Also, my enjoyment of leadership development and strategic planning has never stopped growing. I'd like to invest more time and creativity in those pursuits in the future.”

Posted on April 8, 2014 by Steve

From Jillian Steinhauer, writing for Hyperallergic:

Five American art museums and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) will mount a nationwide public art exhibition this summer. Art Everywhere will bring reproductions of some 50 artworks from the museums’ collections — chosen how else but through an online public vote — to billboards, subway platforms, train stations, and more, filling space usually reserved for advertising with art.
Posted on April 7, 2014 by Tommer

Session proposals from GIA members will be accepted through this Friday, April 11. Use your Member Login to access the proposal form.

GIA 2014 Conference: A Collaboration of New Ideas

Posted on April 7, 2014 by Steve

The economic recovery is not offering signs of relief for the nonprofit sector, and many organizations are now looking to new models of funding, according the results of the Nonprofit Finance Fund’s 2014 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey. Leaders from more than 5,000 nonprofits nationwide participated in this sixth annual survey. Many reported daunting financial situations, and said they are looking at new ways to secure the future of their organizations for the benefit of the people they serve.

Posted on April 7, 2014 by Steve

Creative Capital has announced a gift of $1 million from the estate of photographer Theo Westenberger. The gift will be used to establish Theo Westenberger Awards for Creative Capital artists; a loan fund for Creative Capital alumni in literature, film/video, visual arts, and emerging fields. A new program in estate planning, initially designed for Creative Capital artists, will eventually be made available to all artists funded through Creative Capital’s ancillary programs, as well as participants in Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program for artists.

Posted on April 4, 2014 by Steve

From Woods Bowman, writing for Nonprofit Quarterly:

It’s a mystery. How is it that the percentages of the U.S. population who had attended an opera performance declined from 3.2 percent in 2002 to 2.1 percent ten years later but the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s ticket sales were up by 15 percent? It’s probably not luck. During the same decade, subscriptions at the Chicago Opera Theater grew by 20 percent and Chicago welcomed two new opera companies.
Posted on April 3, 2014 by Tommer

Margit Rankin has resigned as the Executive Director of Artist Trust. After two years leading Artist Trust, Rankin leaves celebrating the organization’s impressive growth and citing a need for new leadership to steward its ongoing expansion. Rankin will continue to work in the nonprofit sector, while supporting the local arts community.

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Steve

For the month of April, our photo banner will feature work from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. This foundation takes on the mission of supporting artists and writers with children. Recognizing that immersion into one’s art can be a real luxury in the context of a family, Sustainable Arts Foundation seeks to help parents continue their creative lives.

The Sustainable Arts Foundation has just completed year two of its pilot residency grant program. This program was designed to challenge artist residencies to make their opportunities more available to parent artists and writers. It is particularly impressed by the range of organizations in this second round: It has offered grants to 16 residency programs in 12 different states supporting a wide range of disciplines in both rural and urban environments.

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Steve

Keeping My Day Job: Identifying U.S. Workers Who Have Dual Careers As Artists is the third installment in the National Endowment for the Arts’ Arts Data Profiles, an online resource offering facts and figures from large, national datasets about the arts, along with instructions for their use. Arts Data Profile #3 reports on employment statistics for U.S. workers who name “artist” as their primary or secondary job.

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Steve

Sunday's post to Barry's Blog is an interview with Judi Jennings, Executive Director of the Kentucky Foundation for Women, a private, independent philanthropy supporting feminist art for social change. Jennings recently announced her retirement plans.

Read the full interview.

Posted on March 27, 2014 by Steve

The Next Gen Arts Leadership Initiative was jointly established by the James Irvine Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to promote the leadership development of younger arts professionals (aged 20 to 35) in California’s arts community. Initially planned in 2009, and launched in 2010, the initiative includes four formal emerging arts leader Networks in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley, as well as statewide regranting programs (managed by the Center for Cultural Innovation) to support professional development scholarships and innovative organizational practices. This assessment, The Faces of the Future: An Assessment of California’s Next Generation Arts Leadership Initiative, employed web-based surveys of participants in Network activities, as well as interviews with Network leaders, Innovation grantees, and outside experts in the area of nonprofit leadership development with a focus in the arts. It shows that the Initiative has been successful in achieving its early implementation goals.

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Steve

At the Americans for the Arts Action Fund reception held recently in Washington, D.C. for participants of Arts Advocacy Day, Sonia Tower, SVP of Corporate Relations for Ovation and President of the Ovation Foundation, announced the launch of a new national initiative called Stand For The Arts. Designed to raise awareness, protect access, and encourage action on behalf of the arts, the initiative is designed to be an online community. Stand For The Arts will periodically recognize publicly-funded arts organizations, agencies, and institutions as its official causes.

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