Cash is king. But it's not everything!

Posted to Supporting Today’s Artists by Caitlin Strokosch, executive director, Alliance of Artists Communities

One of the reasons I love serving on Grantmakers in the Arts’ Individual Artists Support Committee is that every conversation centers on how we can do more to support artists. Again and again we ask: What else do artists need (besides more money)?

For the Alliance of Artists Communities—an international coalition of artist residency programs—our currency is time and space. Few artists have in their everyday lives the luxury of concentrated time to dive deep into their work with the focus it deserves, even when granted the funds to develop new work. As such, residencies form a critical part of the artist support ecosystem by offering an environment that combines nobody’s-looking-over-your-shoulder solitude with a community of other artists engaging in the challenging R&D work that occurs during a residency. And while time and space are extraordinary, time+space+money is even better!

Rebecca Blunk Stepping Down as Executive Director of NEFA

Lawrence J. Simpson, board chair of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), announced that executive director Rebecca Blunk has stepped down as of March 1, 2014, for health and personal reasons. A national search will commence in the coming weeks. Ms. Blunk came to NEFA from the Nebraska Arts Council in 1985 as the director of performing arts and then served as deputy director for ten years before being named executive director in 2004.

What Would a Minnesotan Orchestra Look Like?

Some thoughts on orchestras, arts organizations, and the concept of terroir by Sarah Lutman.

The Business Case for Radical Hospitality, or No-Cost Access to Theater

Aditi Kapil posts to HowlRound:

Since the 2011–2012 season, Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis has practiced Radical Hospitality, providing no-cost access to all mainstage productions for any audience member. Part two of this series curated by Aditi Kapil, playwright-in-residence at Mixed Blood, examines the pragmatics of how Radical Hospitality works, “The Financial or Business Case,” in a conversation with Managing Director Amanda White Thietje, Community Outreach & Marketing Manager Brie Jonna, and Artistic Director Jack Reuler.
President Obama Releases FY 2015 Budget Number for NEA

President Obama released his fiscal year 2015 budget request of $146.021 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, the same amount as the current year's budget. In fiscal year 2013 with a budget of $138.383 million, the agency awarded 2,153 grants totaling $112.734 million.

Read the full announcement.

Knight Foundation Announces the Creative Interventions Tour

The Creative Interventions Tour, a new placemaking project led by artist Hunter Franks, will travel through Akron, Detroit, Macon, and Philadelphia, where Franks will lead workshops that bring people from diverse social and economic backgrounds together. He will craft the interactive activities with input from local organizations, taking into account specific community needs. Franks will document his experiences in each of the cities to share lessons and assess how small-scale, temporary interventions can create wide community impact.

Member Spotlight on The Herb Alpert Foundation

During the month of March, our photo banner features grantees of GIA member The Herb Alpert Foundation. Founded by musician, producer, and artist Herb Alpert and his wife, Grammy-award winning singer Lani Hall, the Foundation’s mission is to support young people in the discovery and development of their creative potential, an objective they achieve through the Herb Alpert Scholarships for Emerging Young Artists, a program administered by the California State Summer School for the Arts, and support of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, which is devoted to the performance and study of music in all of its global diversity.

Broadening the Definition of "Evidence" in Evidence-based Philanthropy

Evidence-based philanthropy. To some, that phrase offers the promise of long-overdue rigor. If the first principle of philanthropy and social impact is to do good, then evidence-based philanthropy ensures that we honor its corollary: Do no harm.

To others, that phrase represents all that is going wrong with philanthropy and social innovation—the rise of the ivory-tower theorists and technocrats whose logic models and fixation with metrics blind them to real-world knowledge and common sense.

How Board Members Can Help Secure Public Funds for Nonprofit Arts Organizations

Robert Booker, executive director, Arizona Commission on the Arts connects the dots for nonprofit arts board members: "Often, when I meet with the Board of Directors of an Arizona arts organization or institution, I am asked to provide more money to the organization.

How Board Members Can Help Secure Public Funds for Nonprofit Arts Organizations

Robert Booker, Executive Director, Arizona Commission on the Arts connects the dots for nonprofit arts board members.