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A New Level of Principled Foundation Grantmaking

The latest post from Angie Kim, on her blog Private Foundations Plus:

For those foundation leaders who want their decision making to be insulated from public scrutiny, this is a moment of growing anxiety. There are signs that foundations will need to do more to demonstrate their public good value. For foundations in California, this anxiety reached an apotheosis in 2008 when legislation was introduced—California AB 624—that would have made it easier to find out how much or how little foundations were supporting the interests of the underserved.
NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development to Host Webinar

What can the latest psychological research teach us about creativity, how it's expressed, and how it can be measured? Join this discussion hosted by the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development. It will include Dr. James C. Kaufman, president of the American Psychological Association’s Division 10, the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

UK Arts Workers Underpaid, but Satisfied

From Jillian Steinhauer at Hyperallergic:

An organization called ArtsHub has conducted an arts jobs survey in the UK, and the results make clear just how difficult and unsustainable it is to work in the arts. The survey is based on the responses of only 448 participants, admittedly not a huge sample. But even with a limited pool of respondents, the trends are clear: arts workers are overeducated, underpaid, and have little to no job security.
Canales’ Final President’s Message

Jim Canales sunsets his tenure at The James Irvine Foundation and prepares to head to the east coast with some reflection on the types of people who have contributed to his growth:

In a few weeks, I will conclude what has been an enormously satisfying tenure as Irvine’s CEO since 2003. Since the announcement of my appointment as President of the Barr Foundation, I have found myself reflecting a great deal upon gratitude.
Should Fine Arts be Included in the Iowa Core Curriculum?

From Mary Stegmeir writing for the Des Moines Register:

The fine arts deserve an equal footing in Iowa’s schools with math, reading and other core subjects, a group of teachers told state lawmakers Wednesday. When times are tight, cuts often hit music, art and drama first, the teachers said. Federal policies that rate schools based on student test scores have also taken their toll, with some districts in Iowa and across the nation reducing arts offerings to carve out more time for math and reading instruction. The Iowa Alliance for Arts Educators urged lawmakers to fight that trend by adding state standards for fine arts education to the Iowa Core.
NEA Seeks Program Analyst

The National Endowment for the Arts, Office of the Senior Deputy Chairman, Research & Analysis Division is seeking to fill the position of Program Analyst. This position application period will close on Monday, February 3. More infomation here.

Lost in the Gallery-Industrial Complex

From Holland Cotter, writing for the New York Times:

Money — the grotesque amounts spent, the inequitable distribution — has dominated talk about art in the 21st century so far. It’s a basic fact of art history. Emperors, popes and robber barons set the model for the billionaire buyers of today. Of course, it is today that matters to the thousands of artists who live and work in this punitively expensive city, where the art industry is often confused with the art world.
Karen Hanan to Lead Washington State Arts Commission

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Karen Hanan as Executive Director of the Washington State Arts Commission, effective March 1, 2014. Hanan is a long-time colleague of ArtsWA. Since 2000, she has served as Executive Director of Arts Northwest, the non-profit, regional performing arts service organization that provides a communications network among presenters of performing arts events throughout the Northwestern US and Canada. In her tenure at Arts Northwest, she has overseen the doubling of the organization's membership and budget.

2014 State of the Sector Survey Now Open

Nonprofit Finance Fund has announced that the 2014 State of the Sector Survey is now open. The anonymous survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete and asks about your organization's recent financial and management challenges. It's an important tool for field knowledge. The survey data, and its analysis, is shared with funders, government officials, nonprofits, media, lending institutions, and many others. GIA uses the analysis as part of the Capitalization project. Learn more and take the 2014 survey here.

Labor Dispute at Minnesota Orchestra Settled

Graydon Royce writes for the StarTribune:

A bitter lockout that silenced one of the country’s top orchestras for more than 15 months ended Tuesday when musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra approved a contract that will bring them back to the stage in early February.