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Arts Leaders React to Possible Trump Call for Eliminating Cultural Agencies

From The Washington Post:

A published report [from The Hill] that members of the Trump administration are considering sweeping budget cuts that include eliminating cultural agencies have left some arts leaders with a strong feeling of deja vu.

Eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would cut $296 million from the federal government’s almost $4 trillion budget, saving taxpayers little but sending a symbolic message about the importance of small government. The report also said the incoming administration is considering privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

“These are old ideas, some more than a decade old,” said Americans for the Arts president and CEO Robert Lynch. “We take it seriously, but there’s a budget process and a lot of points of intersection.”

GEO Invites Funders to Take Survey on Grantmaking Practices

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is conducting a national survey to examine funding practices that advance nonprofit health. Directors of staffed foundations are invited to take the 2017 survey to benchmark “progress in supporting nonprofits in ways that allow them to be successful.” Results of the survey will be compiled into Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?, GEO’s triennial report.

Nevada Arts Council Administrator Announces Retirement

The Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs announced the resignation of Nevada Arts Council administrator, Susan Boskoff. Boskoff will retire on March 31, 2017, after 24 years of service to the State of Nevada. During her tenure with the agency, Boskoff increased the agency’s capacity to attract artists, increase the diversity of arts forms created by statewide artists, and strengthen communities through advancing lifelong learning, promoting public/private partnerships and growing economic diversification at the local level.

Wyncote Launches Online Course in Digital Engagement for Artists and Cultural Orgs

Wyncote Foundation has launched Wanderway, a new self-guided online course for artists and cultural organizations to learn about digital engagement. Wanderway was developed in response to feedback from a 2014 Wyncote study which indicated that many organizations had a sense that they “should be engaging digitally” but felt overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start.

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Hewlett Foundation Announces New Grant Program for Performing Arts

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation recently announced a new five-year, $8 million addition to its grantmaking in support of the performing arts. In celebration of the foundation’s fiftieth anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions will enable San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits to work with exceptional artists from around the world to create and premiere new works of performing arts in local communities.

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Alaska State Council on the Arts Names New Executive Director

From the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Andrea Noble-Pelant from [Eagle River, Alaska], was recently appointed as the new executive director of the Alaska State Council on the Arts. She served as acting executive director since May 2016 after the departure of Shannon Daut, ASCA’s former executive director. For a decade, Noble-Pelant [previously] served as the visual and literary arts program director for the council.
Rauschenberg Foundation Chief Executive Moving to Sotheby's

From The New York Times:

Sotheby’s is hiring Christy MacLear, the chief executive of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and before that the executive director of the Philip Johnson Glass House, to expand the auction house’s advisory services for living artists and for artists’ estates and foundations.
Progress Report: Supporting Arts Therapies for Veterans and Service Members

At a roundtable of the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military (NIAHM), leaders from the military, veteran, public, and private sectors met to discuss how to bring greater access to the arts and creative arts therapies for military service members, veterans, their families and caregivers. Ahead of the meeting, Americans for the Arts released a briefing summarizing progress that has been made on the recommendations from NIAHM’s seminal 2013 report, Arts, Health, and Well-being Across the Military Continuum.

Poetry Organizations from Across the US Join Together to Form Historic Coalition

From American Academy of Poets:

Twenty nonprofit poetry organizations from across the United States have formed a historic coalition dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and communities, and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

With support from Lannan Foundation, the poetry organizations convened last November in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to begin discussing how they might join forces to enhance the visibility of the art form and its impact on people’s everyday lives.

NEA Publishes Online Research Guide for Arts and Health

In recognition of a growing movement to integrate the arts with health in community-based programs, the National Endowment for the Arts has published an online guide for researchers and practitioners. The National Endowment for the Arts Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health is a blueprint for collaboration among academic researchers, arts organizations, and artists aiming to study the arts’ effects on health and extend this research to arts programs or therapies.