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Governor Brown Appoints Dana Gioia as California Poet Laureate

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed Dana Gioia, who served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 to 2009, as California Poet Laureate. From the California Arts Council:

The role of the California Poet Laureate is to spread the art of poetry and creative expression from classrooms to boardrooms across the state, to inspire an emerging generation of literary artists and enthusiasts, and to educate all Californians about the many poets and authors who have influenced our great state through creative literary expression… Over the course of a two-year term, the California Poet Laureate provides public readings and engagement in urban and rural locations across the state, educates civic and state leaders about the value of poetry and creative expression, and undertakes a significant cultural project.
New from the GIA Reader: Funding at the Intersection of Art and Environment

In an article from the latest issue of GIA Reader, Alexis Frasz of Helicon Collaborative provides a summarization of a series of interviews with arts funders in Funding at the Intersection of Art and Environment: A Field Scan.

How to Keep a City’s Economic Growth from Destroying its Cultural Soul?

From Cy Musiker, reporting fro KQED:

It may not seem that way if you’re an artist struggling to pay the rent, but San Francisco is one of the world’s leaders in supporting the arts. Last weekend the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Cultural Affairs Director, Tom DeCaigny, joined delegates from 31 cities around the globe for the World Cities Culture Forum in London to discuss how civic leaders can keep economic growth from coming at the expense of a city’s cultural soul.
National Nonprofit Arts & Culture Sector Recovering from Recession Despite Declines in Contributed Income

From Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance:

Cultural groups continue to recover from the Great Recession, with revenue increasing 7% and attendance up 3% from 2009 to 2012. This is despite significant drops in most sources of contributed support, according to 2015 Portfolio: Culture Across Communities, a new eleven-city report on the cultural sector released today by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
In Kansas, Federal Arts Funding At Risk Again

From Rhonda Holman, writing for The Wichita Eagle:

The lesser effort that replaced the abolished Kansas Arts Commission has put the state at risk of losing federal funding again. It’s disappointing to see the arts still under siege in the state – and now the threat is as much fiscal as ideological.
Canadian Prime Minister Pledges to Boost Cultural Investment

From Julie Halperin at The Art Newspaper:

Artists and arts administrators are optimistic about Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Canada’s Liberal party who was elected Prime Minster in October. Trudeau, the son of the celebrated former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, has pledged to invest an additional $380m into arts and culture. Over the past eight years, the cultural sector has seen its funding decline under Stephen Harper’s conservative government. Between 2006 and 2014, per capita funding for the Canada Council for the Arts shrunk by 8.3%, from $5.54 to $5.08, according to a report released in September by the Canadian Arts Coalition. (Canada still beats the US, which dedicated $3.84 per capita in arts funding in 2014, according to Grantmakers in the Arts.)
New from the GIA Reader: What Does Culture Look Like When #BlackLivesMatter?

In an article from the latest issue of GIA Reader, Justin Laing of the Heinz Endowments explores the question: What Does Culture Look Like When #BlackLivesMatter?

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Celebrates Renewal of Cigarette Tax to Support Arts, Culture

Ohio voters in Cuyahoga County said “yes” to Issue 8, the penny-and-a-half tax and sole revenue source for Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC), the County’s public funder for arts and culture. The renewed tax, which was set to expire in January of 2017, will provide CAC ten additional years to invest millions in the local arts and culture sector and support thousands of events in Cuyahoga County communities each year.

NFF and The Kresge Foundation Release New Recommendations on Capitalization in the Arts Sector

Nonprofit Finance Fund has announced a pair of summaries on capitalization in the arts sector that distill findings from NFF's study of 36 capital grants made by the Foundation to arts organizations between 2010 and 2012. Building a Culture of Capitalization in Your Organization and Recommendations for Capital Grantmakers were both prepared with support from The Kresge Foundation.

Rockefeller Foundation Puts $1.46 Million to Theater Access for Low-Income Students

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced, at a press conference on the stage of Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre, that it has pledged $1.46 million to pay for 20,000 New York City 11th graders, all from schools with high percentages of low-income students, to see Hamilton, a history-laden hip-hop hit that will be part of a series of Wednesday matinees starting April 13, 2016 and extending into the 2016-2017 Broadway season.