My Turn: For a humane tax reform

John R. Killacky, writing for the Burlington Free Press:

As our legislators debate implications of a tax overhaul, I hope they remember that nonprofits serve a triple bottom line, all subsidized by donations: they deliver programs in a fiscally balanced, cost-effective manner, their double bottom line makes programs accessible to serve those less fortunate, and their triple bottom line is achieved when those they reach contribute to society.
How Video Games and Social Media Fuel Students’ Passion for Art

From Katrina Schwartz, for the blog Mind/Shift:

The average teenager consumes about 10 hours of media per day according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report, and that’s often through a gadget like smartphone or tablet. But depending on what we choose to focus on, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The same devices that are used to consume art have also allowed students to create on their own, often with little instruction or direction.
Cleveland Museum of Art Hits the First Target for Federal Challenge Grant

By Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer:

The Cleveland Museum of Art is scheduled to finish its eight-year, $350 million expansion and renovation in December. Already, however, it’s getting kudos for the new educational framework it’s wrapping around its world-renowned collection.
As Detroit Flounders, Its Art Scene Flourishes

From Courtney Balestier, for The New York Times:

Detroit’s dismal financial situation has been a subject of minimal regard for many artists, who said that their city is far from the ghost town some might assume from the news. They point out that a rich cultural undercurrent has grown only stronger in recent years, with a rise in contemporary art. They say that the arts, in the end, may propel economic development in Detroit, as it has from Asheville, N.C., to Bilbao, Spain.
SnaapShot Updates Annual Data on Arts Graduates

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) has released SnaapShot 2012, updating the annual report with 2011 data on arts graduates careers, salaries, and other data from over 33,000 arts alumni in America. SNAAP has also produced the report, An Uneven Canvas: Inequalities in Artistic Training and Careers, that details findings from more than 65,000 arts alumni of all ages from 120 institutions in the United States and Canada.

Nonprofit Membership Associations: Serving Members Today or Shaping the Field for Tomorrow?

The latest post from Angie Kim’s blog Private Foundations Plus:

As the nonprofit sector has had to shift in response to “small government” by diversifying revenues and responding to greater social needs, there is one type of nonprofit entity that has remained largely overlooked as a potential change agent. I’m talking about membership associations that support groups of nonprofits unified by a common geography, type of entity, or cause.
Institute of Contemporary Arts to Launch Art-Dedicated Social Media Site

From Deborah Vankin and the Los Angeles Times:

The London-based Institute of Contemporary Arts will launch a Twitter-like social media platform on Aug. 21 dedicated entirely to art, the Guardian reported. The site, called Art Rules, aims to draw a younger, more digitally-focused audience and spark their interest in art.
One State Together in the Arts on Vimeo

Arts Alliance Illinois and the Illinois Arts Council Agency held the 2013 One State Together in the Arts conference in late July for arts leaders, advocates and practitioners in Illinois. Video of the speakers is now available online

Tax Reform Lessons Learned From State Experiments

From Tim Delaney and Lisa Maruyama at Huffington Post:

As Congress begins to dive deeper into comprehensive tax reform, much depends on unproven projections and economic theories. Americans would be served better if Congress instead considered the real world lessons that states have learned by experimenting with limits on charitable tax deductions: local communities lose far more than governments gain.
Getting Creative With the G.D.P.

From Jeff Sommer, writing for The New York Times:

We have undervalued creativity and research. And despite the hoopla whenever Apple or Google releases a new product, we haven’t grasped the full significance of innovation.

That critique wouldn’t be surprising if it came from an underappreciated artist, scientist or technologist. But it’s being made in what may seem an unexpected quarter: the offices of the federal government. It’s the verdict of the experts who measure the American economy.