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Resources for Artists Affected by Last Week's Tornados

NYFA Source has updated its Disaster Resources page with local resources for tornado victims in Alabama. Inquiries can be forwarded to their hotline number: 1-800-232-2789.

CERF+ is also asking for information on artists who were affected by the massive tornado outbreak last week.

TEDx Event: How to Strengthen the Arts Industry

Artists, leaders, and advocates will gather in Chicago on Saturday, May 7, for a TEDx event to talk about the paths ahead of us and what the arts need to do to remain relevant, active, and thriving into a new age. The long list of participants includes David Dombrosky, executive director of the Center for Arts Management and Technology; Lisa Canning, founder of The Institute for Arts Entrepreneurship; and Ian David Moss, research director for Fractured Atlas. The event was organized by David Zoltan, director of ArtsAppeal.

Research Study from NEA Measures the Value of Performing Arts

A new Research Note from the National Endowment for the Arts, Time and Money: Using Federal Data to Measure the Value of Performing Arts Activities, analyzes the value of arts and culture through concrete monetary measures, through ‘revealed preferences’ as seen through consumer spending, and through time use, which is a ‘quality of life’ measure.

Four Things Boards Should Understand About Operating Reserves

Rick Moyers, from The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

The general aversion of many boards to talking about finances in any detail creates an initial roadblock to conversations about reserves. And the lack of a widely understood and commonly used definition of operating reserves doesn’t help. It’s hard to talk about something if you don’t know what it is.

Video of Arts Advocacy Day Posted Online

A variety of events from April's Arts Advocacy Day are now available from Americans for the Arts and Ovation TV, including Kevin Spacey's Nancy Hanks Lecture, but also including Spacey, Alec Baldwin and Hill Harper speaking to the advocates for Congressional Arts Kick-Off on Capitol Hill and a flash mob performance of “America the Beautiful.”

See it all here.

Celebrating 25 Years of City Design

On April 27 - 29 in Chicago, more than 50 Mayors along with design and development experts will convene at the Chicago Hilton for a National Summit on City Design to identify challenges, opportunities and funding sources for cities that work well. Participants will examine the power of arts and design to transform cities while celebrating the Mayors Institute of City Design (MICD) – a collaboration of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), and the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) – and honoring the design legacy of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

How To Make Philanthropy A Family Affair


Involving children and grandchildren in philanthropic activities plays an important role in preparing younger generations for wealth and responsibility. Multigenerational discussions about charitable giving plans and priorities can go a long way toward ensuring the successful transfer of wealth and the continuity of values.

The Role of Humanities and the Arts in Healthcare

In an article for the Consumer Health Foundation's publication Connections, Gay Hanna, executive director of the National Center for Creative Aging, outlines several types of integrated arts/humanities/medical programs, including arts therapy, creative aging programs, and the introduction of arts and humanities curricula into medical training.

Partners for Livable Communities Report: Culture Connects All

Culture Connects All: Rethinking Audiences in Times of Demographic Change, a benchmark report published by Partners for Livable Communities and funded by MetLife Foundation, offers new audience-building opportunities for arts and cultural organizations to engage two of America’s fastest growing populations: older adults and immigrant populations.

Ellen Rudolph Stepping Down From Surdna Position in September

From Surdna Foundation:

After 17 years of exceptional leadership, Ellen B. Rudolph has decided to leave her position as Program Director of the Surdna Foundation's Thriving Cultures Program on September 30, 2011. Over the next year, however, Ellen will assist Surdna with a leadership transition and manage three specific assignments related to the future development of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship program (SATF), and an early assessment of the Foundation's initial grantmaking in Community Driven Design.