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The Timeless Hope of Values and Mission

By Janet Brown, from her blog Better Together

The United States of America has been in transition its entire life. There have been moments when transition was rebellious and violent, and there have been moments when change was covert and nearly unconscious. And there have been times when we felt the American dream was possible for everyone, and times when we have felt it was possible for no one.

Arts Leaders React to Possible Trump Call for Eliminating Cultural Agencies

From The Washington Post:

A published report [from The Hill] that members of the Trump administration are considering sweeping budget cuts that include eliminating cultural agencies have left some arts leaders with a strong feeling of deja vu.

Eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would cut $296 million from the federal government’s almost $4 trillion budget, saving taxpayers little but sending a symbolic message about the importance of small government. The report also said the incoming administration is considering privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

“These are old ideas, some more than a decade old,” said Americans for the Arts president and CEO Robert Lynch. “We take it seriously, but there’s a budget process and a lot of points of intersection.”

New from the GIA Reader: Regranting as an Art Form

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, “Regranting as an Art Form: Empowering Artists as Community Change Agents,” Jack Becker of Forecast Public Art describes how being a nonprofit regrantor serves as a bridge between foundations and individual artists, utilizing practices that empower artists and support extraordinary projects.

GEO Invites Funders to Take Survey on Grantmaking Practices

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is conducting a national survey to examine funding practices that advance nonprofit health. Directors of staffed foundations are invited to take the 2017 survey to benchmark “progress in supporting nonprofits in ways that allow them to be successful.” Results of the survey will be compiled into Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?, GEO’s triennial report.

Nevada Arts Council Administrator Announces Retirement

The Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs announced the resignation of Nevada Arts Council administrator, Susan Boskoff. Boskoff will retire on March 31, 2017, after 24 years of service to the State of Nevada. During her tenure with the agency, Boskoff increased the agency’s capacity to attract artists, increase the diversity of arts forms created by statewide artists, and strengthen communities through advancing lifelong learning, promoting public/private partnerships and growing economic diversification at the local level.

New from the GIA Reader: Creating Sustainable Places for Artists

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader entitled “Artspace: Creating Sustainable Places for Artists,” Linda Picone explores the work and impact of Artspace, an organization that provides affordable housing for artists across the country.

Wyncote Launches Online Course in Digital Engagement for Artists and Cultural Orgs

Wyncote Foundation has launched Wanderway, a new self-guided online course for artists and cultural organizations to learn about digital engagement. Wanderway was developed in response to feedback from a 2014 Wyncote study which indicated that many organizations had a sense that they “should be engaging digitally” but felt overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start.

Learn more.

Hewlett Foundation Announces New Grant Program for Performing Arts

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation recently announced a new five-year, $8 million addition to its grantmaking in support of the performing arts. In celebration of the foundation’s fiftieth anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions will enable San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits to work with exceptional artists from around the world to create and premiere new works of performing arts in local communities.

Learn more.

Alaska State Council on the Arts Names New Executive Director

From the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Andrea Noble-Pelant from [Eagle River, Alaska], was recently appointed as the new executive director of the Alaska State Council on the Arts. She served as acting executive director since May 2016 after the departure of Shannon Daut, ASCA’s former executive director. For a decade, Noble-Pelant [previously] served as the visual and literary arts program director for the council.
GIA Podcast: Arni Fishbaugh on Funding in Rural Communities

New on the GIA Podcast, we speak with Arlynn (Arni) Fishbaugh on funding in rural communities and what she has in store in retirement after 24 years at Montana Arts Council.