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Wallace Foundation Begins Publishing Market Research to Help Improve Performing Arts Audiences

The Wallace Foundation is publishing a series of market research reports to support efforts to improve attendance and audience engagement at arts institutions around the country. As reported by Nonprofit Quarterly:

In response to a declining audience base for many major art forms, the Wallace Foundation’s $52 million [Building Audiences for Sustainability] initiative looked at Ballet Austin. . . . Over time, BAS will study a total of 25 performing arts organizations. The goal is to help these individual arts organizations as well as to develop insights for the arts field in general.
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Receives 10% Budget Boost

From MiBiz:

Funding for arts and culture in Michigan received a $1 million bump for 2018.

Bringing the total state budget allocation for arts and cultural programs up to $10.7 million signals a recognition by state lawmakers of the importance of events and programming such as music festivals and art centers — and of the arts in schools across Michigan, according to industry sources.

“The state legislature and Gov. Snyder’s administration have been very good to us,” said John Bracey, executive director of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). “In 2010, we were only granted $1.7 million and we were on the brink of elimination. From that time, we’ve gotten a few increases here and there and leveled out at that $9.7 million level.”

Jerome and Camargo Foundations Announce Next Phase of Working Relationship

From Jerome Foundation:

In 2013, the Foundations had entered a close working partnership as Camargo re-staffed and revitalized its programs, with Jerome Foundation Board and staff providing guidance and leadership in this transitional period. The success of this alliance has been remarkable. A new staff of dedicated and committed individuals, headed by Julie Chénot (who joined the Foundation to head programs in 2014), has been engaged.

With this re-emergence of Camargo as a vital residency center for artists, scholars, and thinkers, Camargo is now ready to embark on a new path. In recognition of the successes achieved, Camargo Program Director Julie Chénot has been promoted to the role of Executive Director of the Camargo Foundation.

Lane Harwell on How Funders Can Better Support Artists with Disabilities

In a recent blog post on Philanthropy News Digest, Dance/NYC Executive Director Lane Harwell writes about the importance of supporting artists with disabilities:

The moment is rife with opportunity. On the one hand, there are opportunities for more expansive disability-specific funds. Indeed, a new generation of disability arts organizations and fiscally sponsored projects is primed for capacity-building investments, and there are critical gaps in funding for disabled artists along the artistic development continuum, from public school classrooms to professional studios and stages.

At the same time, it is incumbent on philanthropy to develop intersectional strategies that consider disability within and across arts funding portfolios rather than in isolation.

Massachusetts Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Arts Funding

A recent editorial in The Boston Globe discusses the state of government arts funding in Massachusetts. Last month, the state legislature overrode Governor Baker’s veto of the $14 million arts budget — the same funding level as the previous year. The editorial highlights the impact of arts funding across the state, including work funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Barr Foundation.

Read the article on The Boston Globe.

North Dakota Council on the Arts Releases Creative Aging Toolkit for Elder Care Facilities

The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA), with the generous support of the Bush Foundation, has announced the release of its arts and creative aging toolkit to be sent to every elder care facility and local arts agency in North Dakota and South Dakota, 300 elder care activities coordinators in Minnesota, and every state arts agency in the country. Reaching 1,200 organizations, it is one of the largest efforts of its kind.

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Hosts its First National Artist Fellow Convening

From Native Arts & Cultures Foundation:

On June 1 and 2, 2017, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation celebrated the passion and creativity of our 2016 cohort of National Artist Fellows with a two-day Convening in Portland, Ore. This marked the first time NACF has been able to convene the artists, who spent two days sharing and learning from one another, in conversation with guest presenters, and discussing ways to strengthen and enhance their work and communities, and the field of Native arts and cultures.
Kathy Halbreich of MoMA to Become Rauschenberg Foundation's New Exec Director

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has announced the appointment of Kathy Halbreich as its new executive director. Halbreich currently serves as associate director of The Museum of Modern Art. She brings to the foundation more than 30 years of experience leading cultural institutions, a fundamental belief in the power of artists to catalyze social change, and a deep commitment to the role artist foundations can play in expanding opportunities for cultural conversation. The appointment is effective November 1, 2017.

ArtPlace America Releases Research on How the Arts Can Support Transportation Goals

A study commissioned by ArtPlace America and conducted by Transportation for America explores seven of the most pressing challenges facing the transportation sector today and identifies how arts and culture contribute to solutions. The document is one of several field scans commissioned by ArtPlace to explore how arts and culture can partner with other sectors in community planning and development.

William Penn Foundation Announces Judilee Reed as Program Director of Creative Communities

The William Penn Foundation announced today the appointment of Judilee Reed as the organization’s new program director of Creative Communities. Reed will oversee a $30 million annual grant portfolio, which includes investments in core support for arts and culture organizations, arts education, and expanding access to high quality public spaces and arts and cultural opportunities in neighborhoods throughout the city. Reed brings national expertise to Philadelphia, having spent the last six years as director of the Surdna Foundation’s Thriving Cultures program in New York City.