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NEA Announces ELI Alumni Summit Report, Webinar

Over the course of five years, the National Endowment for the Arts brought together teams from 29 states to collaborate on ways to strengthen states’ arts education policies. The Education Leaders Institute Alumni Summit Report shares the significant findings of what the NEA, its partners, and eight participating alumni states learned together and how it informed the NEA’s arts education strategic plan.

Creative Minds in Medicine: A Cleveland Creative Intersection

The Cleveland-based Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, a research and advocacy service organization, documents the growing number of intersections between Cuyahoga County’s arts and culture sector and its health and human services sector in a new report, “Creative Minds in Medicine: A Cleveland Creative Intersection.” Kristin Puch, director of research and advancement for the Community Partnership writes that Creative Minds in Medicine will be a useful tool for those already doing work related to arts and health and to those of you who are interested in becoming involved in such work.

Houston Symphony Musicians Get a Raise, New Contract

Mark Yost, writing for Houston Business Journal:

On April 17, the Houston Symphony agreed to a new contract with its musicians. The symphony’s musicians will get a 2.85 percent annual raise under terms of the four-year deal, which will take their annual salary from $86,840 today to $97,240 during the 2017-18 season, the symphony said. The current contract was scheduled to expire Oct. 4. The Houston Symphony has 87 professional musicians, one of the largest performing arts organizations in Houston.
Duke Announces Inaugural Recipients of Impact Awards, Third Class for Artist Awards

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the first-ever recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards and the third group of individuals to receive Doris Duke Artist Awards. Both awards are part of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, a special ten-year initiative of the foundation to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts. Doris Duke Artist Award recipients receive $275,000, and Doris Duke Impact Award recipients receive $80,000.

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Names Lorin Dunlop as Program Director

The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust in Vancouver, Washington, is pleased to announce Lorin Dunlop who joins the staff as Program Director beginning in late June. Dunlop comes to the Murdock Trust with a rich, diverse background in Arts & Culture, health, education and, most recently, coordinating the Oregon Criminal Justice grants program in public safety and offender re-entry. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she double majored in Art History and International Affairs.

New Report Asks How Foundations Can Help End Racial Inequity

An article from Foundation Review — authored by Gary L. Cunningham, Northwest Area Foundation; Marcia L. Avner, University of Minnesota-Duluth and Romilda Justilien, BCT Partners — explores the multiple approaches that foundations can use to advance racial equity and prosperity. “The Urgency of Now: Foundations’ Role in Ending Racial Inequity” is built on the premise that if we remain on the current trajectory with no significant change in the socioeconomic position of low income people of color, everyone will pay a price.

NEA to Award More Than $74 Million to U.S. Nonprofits

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.

Arts Leadership and the Changing Social Contract

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.
Buyers Find Tax Break on Art: Let It Hang Awhile in Oregon

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.
EmcArts Accepting Proposals for Innovation Lab, Deadline May 30

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.