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Grantmakers in the Arts Selects Edwin Torres as New CEO

Edwin Torres, deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, has been selected by the Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) board of directors as the organization’s new president & CEO. Torres will become GIA’s third CEO after a national search for a successor to current CEO Janet Brown, who will step down at the end of 2017.

Field Foundation Unveils New Grantmaking Model

“Community Empowerment through Justice, Art, and Leadership” is the new grantmaking model of The Field Foundation of Illinois. President Angelique Power announced the change in a letter to the field on Monday describing steps the foundation took to evaluate its work with feedback from nonprofits and peer foundations, undergo racial equity training, and assess the needs of the Chicago area. The result of these efforts is a new grantmaking model which redefines the foundation’s program areas and funding guidelines and coincides with the launch of its new application process.

Judith Jennings Honored by Kentucky Foundation for Women

Former GIA board member Judith Jennings has been awarded the 2017 Sallie Bingham Award from the Kentucky Foundation for Women (KFW). The University of Kentucky (UK), Jennings’ alma mater, reports:

Jennings . . . served as executive director of KFW for 16 years until her retirement in 2014. During her tenure, she established KFW’s Special Project, which provides art-making opportunities for families of incarcerated people. During this period, Jennings also served for six years on the board of Grantmakers in the Arts and became a founding member of the Art x Culture x Social Justice Network.

Jennings was selected for the Bingham Award for her work advancing art for social change both nationally and statewide and for her integral role in putting Kentucky at the forefront of national conversations about the arts and social justice.

An “Exit Interview” with Robert Booker

Following up his interview with Laura Zucker last week, Barry Hessenius continues with another “Exit Interview” featuring former GIA board chair Robert Booker. Bob is retiring after 40 years of service in the nonprofit arts field, having most recently served as executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. He also served on the GIA board from 2010 to 2016.

Read the interview on Barry’s Blog.

New Report Released on Sustainability of Documentary Film Field

The National Endowment for the Arts has released a State of the Field: A Report from the Documentary Sustainability Summit. Released in partnership with the International Documentary Association (IDA), this report explores issues facing the documentary film community, with a goal of articulating tangible, actionable strategies and initiatives to positively impact the field and contribute to a sustainable and healthy ecosystem for documentary professionals.

How Arts Service Organizations Can Fill the Void in Arts Journalism

From Howlround:

Several forces have contributed to the erosion of sustainable models of journalism, and arts writers and reviewers have been hit particularly hard. This has affected theatres that depend on third-party coverage for promotion and professional reviews.

To explore ways in which arts service organizations (ASOs) can help alleviate the compound problems affecting arts journalism, the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO) held a working session entitled: “Arts Service Organizations and Arts Journalists: Working Together.” Journalists and media experts worked with over twenty-five arts service organizations to crowdsource viable ideas to help fill the void in arts journalism.

An “Exit Interview” with Outgoing LA County Arts Commission ED Laura Zucker

This week on his blog, Barry Hessenius published an “Exit Interview” with GIA board member Laura Zucker, who ended her 25-year tenure as executive director of Los Angeles County Arts Commission on July 31. In the interview, Zucker reflects on the state of the field and the strategies that supported successful initiatives and programs under her tenure – research, arts education, arts advocacy, and more.

Read the interview on Barry’s Blog.

Incoming Arizona ED and GIA Board Member Jaime Dempsey Earns Emerging Leader Award

GIA board member Jaime Dempsey has been honored with the 2017 Emerging Leader Award from the Center for the Future of Arizona in recognition of her work as a public servant. Dempsey will become the executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts in August 2017 after serving eleven years as deputy director.

Read the announcement.

Karen Mittelman Moves from NEH to Head Vermont Arts Council

The Vermont Arts Council has announced that Karen S. Mittelman, PhD, has accepted the position of executive director for the state arts agency. Mittelman is currently director of the Division of Public Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in Washington, DC. She brings to the Vermont Arts Council more than thirty years of experience in the public sector and the federal cultural arena. In addition to the NEH, Mittelman held a senior position at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia and served as curator at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Announcing New Research on Formula-Based Funding in the Arts

Grantmakers in the Arts is pleased to announce the release of new research on the formula-based funding practices of public arts funders and united arts funds. Through interviews with sixteen leaders of public arts funders and united arts funds, Recalculating the Formula for Success documents the new ways that these funders are approaching their work, rethinking longtime practices, and adapting to changing environments.

Read the report.