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Barr Foundation President Looks Forward

James Canales, President of the Barr Foundation, posts about the foundation's next chapter:

One year ago, we introduced Barr’s new mission statement: To invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts. Together, with the core values and approach to philanthropy articulated by our trustees, these principles provided the basis for planning across Barr’s core programs of Arts & Culture, Climate, and Education. I am excited to share the results of that planning.
Artist Janis Ian Discusses Recent Work and Philanthropy with John Killacky

John Killacky interviews Janis Ian for

In 1969, Alma Routsong, under the pen name Isabel Miller, self-published a historical romance novel based on a true story of two lesbians in early 19th century New England. A folk painter and a young woman from a poor farming family fall unabashedly in love and forge a life together in Patience and Sarah. The book was awarded the first American Library Association’s Stonewall Award in 1971.

Read the full interview.

New from the GIA Reader: Democratizing Education: Democratizing Leadership?

In Democratizing Education: Democratizing Leadership?, an article from the latest issue of GIA Reader, Dallas Shelby and Gail Crider, from National Arts Strategies, look at the massive open online courses (MOOCs) and their effect on the development of leadership in the arts and culture sector.

Future of Kentucky Arts Council Uncertain

From Sam Neace, writing for the Hazard-Herald:

Late last week rumors of Gov. Bevin cutting funding for the Kentucky Arts Council began circulating through social media. The Lexington Herald-Leader and the Courier Journal gave weight to this topic by publishing reports about the rumors over the weekend. Neither newspaper denied the possibility that the rumors could be true. Although it is still unknown at the time this article is being published whether or not Gov. Bevin does indeed plan to cut the KAC, several groups in the Mountain Region are worried about the effects such an action could have on arts related projects in their communities.
APAP Presents MK Wegmann With Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) have named MK Wegmann with the Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award for exemplary service to the field of professional presenting. The award was presented on January 18 at the APAP|NYC Conference. Wegmann is President & CEO of National Performance Network, a position she has held for 15 years, but announced last fall that she will retire in the summer of 2016.

New Report Checks Boston Arts Funding With Major American Cities

With Boston’s Mayor having just announced new funding for the city’s arts community, a new report — commissioned by The Boston Foundation and prepared by the consulting and research firm TDC — examines the current state of Boston’s arts community in places it in the context of 10 other cities. “How Boston and Other American Cities Support and Sustain the Arts” finds that Boston had a very broad and deep arts community for a region of its size.

Boston Mayor Announces $1 Million in Arts Funding

From Malcom Gay at The Boston Globe:

Taking action to increase arts funding in the city of Boston, Mayor Martin J. Walsh is unveiling three arts-related programs with a combined budget of $1 million. As outlined in Tuesday night’s State of the City address at Symphony Hall, the programs will provide direct grants to individual artists, expand the city’s fledgling artist-in-residence program, and establish an artist resource desk at City Hall, which officials said would act as a central information hub for artists working in the city.
What’s Ahead for US Philanthropy and Cuban Arts and Culture

In December 2015, the website Cuban Art News interviewed Ben Rodríguez-Cubeñas — co-founder and board chair of the Cuban Artists Fund, as well as director of the Culpeper Arts and Culture program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund — about Cuban art and culture, US philanthropy in Cuba, and how Cuba-facing organizations are evolving in response to the changing sociopolitical landscape.

I’ve now taken [to Havana] two groups of foundations that are interested in Cuba. Some people are just visiting because they’re curious and want to see what’s going on without really having the intention of doing anything. We’re trying to do better screening, because everyone’s time is very valuable. And I think Cubans who are dealing with all this onslaught of people are also looking at how to decipher what’s real and what’s not.
New from the GIA Reader: Introducing Community Innovation Labs

In Introducing Community Innovation Labs, an article from the latest issue of GIA Reader, Richard Evans and Karina Mangu-Ward from EmcArts describe a new approach to harvesting the power of the arts to unlock complex problems at the community level.

New ‘Playbook’ Helps Foundations and Nonprofits Respond to Disasters

By Megan O’Neil, writing for The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

Grant makers and nonprofits have a new resource to help boost their effectiveness when communities face major disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. The Washington-based Center for Disaster Philanthropy, in conjunction with the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, released on Thursday the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook, a resource of best practices and approaches for charities faced with responding to catastrophes. It includes information on community planning, rebuilding, legal services, housing, aiding vulnerable populations, and coordinating across local, state, and federal agencies.