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New from the GIA Reader: Applying the Lessons of Creative Placemaking to Policymaking

Kiley Arroyo, executive director of the Cultural Strategies Council, writes on how the strategies and policy-level systems change can create a better, more sustainable environment for creative placemaking efforts to take hold. Read “Creative Democracy: Applying the Lessons of Creative Placemaking to Policymaking” from the latest issue of the GIA Reader.

New from the GIA Reader: The Five Stages of Creative Life

In the latest issue of the Reader, Marc Zegans introduces a model of how an artist’s work and career develop over time — “the five stages of a fulfilled creative life.” Zegans explains how artists move through these various stages, the critical questions that arise from each stage, and the challenges artists face as they move from one stage to another. Read “Arc and Interruption: The Five Stages of Creative Life and the Crises That Intervene.”

New from the GIA Reader: Acknowledging Race in Granting to Individual Artists

In the latest issue of the GIA Reader, Caroline and Tony Grant of Sustainable Arts Foundation write about their efforts to examine and change its grantmaking practices with a racial equity lens. In 2016, the foundation announced its commitment to award at least half of its grants to artists of color. Read “I Once Was Blind: Acknowledging Race in Granting to Individuals.”

New from the GIA Reader: A New Literature Network

In the latest issue of the GIA Reader, Amy Stolls of the NEA introduces The Literary Network, or LitNet, a newly reimagined national coalition of nonprofit literary organizations aiming to support the literary field’s unique needs and challenges. Read “A New Literature Network.”

New from the GIA Reader: Of Birds and Butterflies

In the latest issue of the GIA Reader, artist-in-residence Dylan Klempner reflects on the power of the arts to support medical patients and their loved ones in times of crisis. Read “Of Birds and Butterflies: On the Convergence of Arts and Health Care.”

New from the GIA Reader: Buying Time and Fanning Flames

An article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, “Buying Time and Fanning Flames,” was written as a follow-up to Grantmakers in the Arts’ Funder Forum on Arts in Medicine in February 2017. Bill Cleveland, who facilitated the forum, reflects on the event and offers thoughts on the need for cross-sector collaboration to build infrastructure and program development that will further professionalize the field of arts in medicine.

GIA Podcast: Captain Sara Kass on Healing Arts in the Military

New on the GIA Podcast, Captain Sara Kass, MD, a military and medical advisor, shares her thoughts on the role of the arts in helping current military members, veterans, and their loved ones heal from emotional and physical injuries resulting from their service.

New from the GIA Reader: Funder Forum on Arts in Medicine

In the latest issue of the GIA Reader, Dr. Gay Hanna reports back from GIA’s Funder Forum on Arts in Medicine, where funders and thought leaders gathered to discuss how to support the growing field of artists working in clinical settings — using the healing power of art to support patient and community well-being.

Could $499,000 in Grants That Help Our Soldiers Be One Reason Congress Spared the NEA?

From Carolinia A. Miranda, writing for the Los Angeles Times:

After President Trump threatened to eliminate the [National Endowment for the Arts], Congress approved a spending bill that not only funds the NEA for another year, but increased its $148 million annual budget by nearly $2 million. Lost in much of the acrimonious debate over whether the NEA should live or die is the organization’s support for cultural programs that cater to military veterans, active duty service members and their families.
Over 50 Percent of Americans Live and Work in Suburbs. Are 50 Percent of Them Arts Leaders?

Joshua Heim, Arts Program Manager for the city of Bellevue, Washington, posts to AFTA’s Artsblog:

The lack of suburban arts leaders shouldn’t come as a surprise. From 2011-2015, Barry Hessenius published an annual list of the Fifty Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts. Of the 142 individuals included on that list over the years, just three people came from suburbs. If you’re anxious about the steady decline in arts participation and interested in a fully integrated creative situation, then this is a problem. Because over half of Americans live and work in suburbs.