John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the names of the 2016 MacArthur Fellows. Among the awardees are author Claudia Rankine, who presented an inspiring keynote at the 2015 GIA Conference, and theatre artist and educator Anne Basting, who has worked with GIA to support arts and aging. Each of the 23 MacArthur Fellows will receive a stipend of $625,000.
A recent article in Education Week highlights efforts to encourage schools in various states to use Title I funds for arts education programs:
Bob Morrison, the director of the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, said that the state is hoping to remind schools that Title I money can be used for the arts, and that Title I funds are intended to help improve more than just math and reading test scores.
Grantmakers in the Arts has released an expansion of its landmark Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy Statement of Purpose with new definitions, recommendations, and resources to support arts funders in taking up and continuing this important work. Highlights of this release include sets of actionable steps that individuals and institutions can take to advance racial equity in arts philanthropy, recordings of GIA’s highly attended web conference series on racial equity in grantmaking, and the results of GIA’s internal racial equity audit.
National Endowment for the Arts and the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) have launched a new report examining the needs and values of artists. Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists examines artist funding and training, as well as the effect of other forces shaping the work environment for artists including technology, the gig economy, student debt, and the growth of cross-disciplinary work.
By Ana Sofia Knauf, writing for The Stranger:
A new article in Nonprofit Quarterly details changes to the accounting standards for nonprofits as recommended by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). The new standards are "meant to help nonprofits to tell their story more transparently through their financials" and will take effect for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017. Key changes include "the simplification of the classification of net assets, the tracking of liquidity, and changes in the presentation of expenses."
SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) has released its most comprehensive report to date on national fundraising trends in the arts and cultural sector, the latest in the Center’s series of evidence-based insights on the health of the industry. It is based on 2014 data provided by over 4,200 organizations across 11 arts disciplines, with trends for a subset of over 2,700 organizations over the four-year period 2011-2014.
A recent article from Createquity identifies and discusses four different visions for cultural equity:
The further we delved into the literature around cultural equity, and the more we consulted experts and connected with some of the activists who precede us, the more we came to realize that shared understanding simply doesn’t exist. . . . But in our own conversations, we found it helpful to divide the visions for success we were reading and hearing from advocates into four archetypes: Diversity, Prosperity, Redistribution, and Self-Determination.
A new blog post from the Johnson Scholarship Foundations highlights the work of four Native American women in nonprofits and philanthropy who are driving change in their communities. Lori Pourier, executive director of First People’s Fund, is recognized as “a leader in the field – not just for Native arts and culture – but arts and culture period. She is the go-to person for the ‘creative economy’ in Indian Country."