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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.
From The Washington Post:
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
From the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
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.