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Where Does Dance Live in Our Society?

From Nancy Ng, writing for The Huffington Post:

Dance is everywhere, dance is anywhere, yet, dance is nowhere. I have been musing on the place dance holds in our society and in our cultural landscape. Television is filled with dance images more so than ever — programs such as “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars” are popular with dancers and non-dancers; I can't remember the last time I saw a commercial that did not have dance imagery included in a scene. In the Bay Area, the San Francisco Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in America.
Facing the Truth: The Case for Reparations

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine, joined the PBS show Moyers and Company to discuss his article, published last month, “The Case for Reparations”:

In it, Coates argues that we have to dig deeper into our past and the original sin of slavery, confronting the institutional racism that continues to pervade society.
Assets Grew 14% at Small and Midsize Foundations Last Year

By Maria Di Mento, writing for The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

Assets at small to midsize foundations grew by 14 percent in 2013 and gave out more than 7 percent of their assets, according to a report released (last week). Those grant makers, which have holdings of less than $50-million, account for 98 percent of all U.S. foundations but only about 30 percent of all foundation wealth nationally, according to the study by Foundation Source, a firm that provides advice and administrative support to grant makers.
San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts Suspends Programs, Lays Off Curators

From Christian L. Frock, writing for KQED Arts:

San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts announced today that it will dramatically restructure its organization, suspend programs, and lay off key staff by the end of this month. Included among those furloughed are Visual Arts Program Director Kevin B. Chen, Outreach and Community Engagement Program Director Rebeka Rodriguez, and Theatre Program Director Sean San José, as well as all communications staff.
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s Players Turn to Social Media

From Michael Cooper, at The New York Times:

Sometimes the musicians post behind-the-scenes tidbits, like some decades-old advice a viola player found penciled into her part for “Andrea Chénier” by one of her predecessors: “whatcha da mice!” — meaning watch the maestro in one tricky passage. But the recently revamped website by the musicians of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra — imagine a cross between Opera News and BuzzFeed — also has info-graphics
Graham Foundation awards over $520,000 in Grants to Individuals

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts announces its 2014 Grants to Individuals, which will award over $520,000 to 68 projects that demonstrate innovative and thought-provoking ideas in architecture. The grants will provide direct support to individuals for the research, development, and presentation of publications, exhibitions, films, new media initiatives, and other programs.

Blue Star Museums offers Free Admission to Military Families at 2,000+ Museums Nationwide

NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa and Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet announced the fifth annual launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s service members, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014.

California Schools Announced as Part of Turnaround Arts Partnership

For distinguished arts education advocates Frank Gehry and Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, their arrival this week in Washington, D.C. signals a new day, and renewed hope, for ten California elementary schools among the lowest performing in the state. Gehry and Feruzzi Shriver are headed to the White House to take part in the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) launch being hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. The First Lady will welcome state affiliates to the Turnaround Arts program of which a handful of states were accepted, with California having the largest statewide affiliate program to date.

Community Arts Stabilization Trust Appoints First Executive Director Moy Eng

The Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) has announced the appointment of Moy Eng as executive director, effective June 1. Ms. Eng has worked for over three decades in the philanthropic sector as a grantmaker, consultant and senior manager in areas as diverse as arts, education, renewable energy, lesbian and gay rights, and international human rights. As executive director, she will champion CAST’s mission to create stable physical spaces for arts and cultural organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area to facilitate equitable urban transformation.

Philanthropy Northwest Publishes New Report on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Vision and Voice: The Role of Leadership and Dialogue in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was produced in partnership with the D5 Coalition and the Seattle University Nonprofit Leadership Program. The report is the product of a year-long process of research and dialogue with northwest foundation leaders about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy.