The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced the appointment of Ted Russell as associate director of arts strategy and ventures. Russell joins the foundation with high-level arts management expertise developed through years working as an artist and arts marketing executive as well as a grantmaker. Russell’s experience includes a decade serving as the senior program officer for the arts program at the James Irvine Foundation. He has served on the board of directors of Grantmakers in the Arts since 2016.
An article in The Denver Post cites data from a report by Fidelity Charitable pointing to the fact that “women of all ages and stages of life are more generous than their male counterparts”:
In the latest issue of the GIA Reader, artist-in-residence Dylan Klempner reflects on the power of the arts to support medical patients and their loved ones in times of crisis. Read “Of Birds and Butterflies: On the Convergence of Arts and Health Care.”
An article in the Philanthropy News Digest discusses the results of two recent reports from The Kresge Foundation and Point Forward:
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies has released the State Arts Agency Legislative Appropriations Preview, Fiscal Year 2018. This document summarizes how state arts agencies fared during this year's budget deliberations and includes information on the appropriations each state arts agency expects to receive for FY2018, which began July 1, 2017.
An article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, “Buying Time and Fanning Flames,” was written as a follow-up to Grantmakers in the Arts’ Funder Forum on Arts in Medicine in February 2017. Bill Cleveland, who facilitated the forum, reflects on the event and offers thoughts on the need for cross-sector collaboration to build infrastructure and program development that will further professionalize the field of arts in medicine.
New on the GIA Podcast, Captain Sara Kass, MD, a military and medical advisor, shares her thoughts on the role of the arts in helping current military members, veterans, and their loved ones heal from emotional and physical injuries resulting from their service.
For the summer months of July and August, GIA's photo banner features work and artists supposed by Aroha Philanthropies. The foundation derives its name, Aroha, from the core value of the Maori culture of New Zealand which encapsulates many community-centered attributes: love, selflessness, tolerance, kindness, compassion, and generosity. Its work focuses in three main areas: Vitality + Art (ages 55+), Joy + Art (K-12), and Humanity + Art (residental mental health organizations for adults).
Beth Tuttle, president and CEO of DataArts, announced that she will resign from her leadership role in the organization. DataArts, formerly known as the Cultural Data Project, is the respected national resource for in-depth data about nonprofit arts and culture organizations. Tuttle, who has led the organization since March 2013, will remain in her role through October 6, 2017.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a state budget that includes a $6.8 million permanent increased funding allocation for the California Arts Council.
The budget also includes an additional $750,000 ongoing allocation to directly support increased arts programming for youth engaged in California's juvenile justice system, as well as an additional $2 million increased allocation for California's Arts in Corrections program.