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Conversations on Capitalization: Overcoming the Obstacles

A blog post from Rebecca Thomas at Nonprofit Finance Fund:

Earlier this month, Nonprofit Finance Fund released a new analysis featuring the responses from the leaders of 919 arts and culture organizations who took our 2014 survey of nonprofit business health. The State of the Arts and Culture Sector report captures the challenges and triumphs of nonprofits grappling with financial pressures, changing demographics, new technologies, and opportunities to expand the reach of their programs. (The full data can be filtered by artistic discipline, geography and budget size through our online survey analyzer, available here).
Chicago Official Named Boston’s New Arts Chief

From Joel Brown, writing for The Boston Globe:

After an eye-opening campaign pledge followed by a six-month national search, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has chosen the city’s new Chief of Arts and Culture. In the new cabinet-level post, Julie Burros will be charged with enacting Walsh’s plan to put the creative sector front and center in Boston’s future. Burros, 49, who will be sworn in to the $125,000-a-year post in December, will tackle everything from creating a broad cultural plan to the nuts and bolts of making the city an easier place for artists to live and work.
New NEA Resources for Arts-based Community Development

The National Endowment for the Arts is launching new resources to assist practitioners who are working on arts-based community development projects. These resources will assist those practitioners to develop projects that are authentic, equitable, and that augment existing local assets. Those resources are:

Artist Trust Names Shannon Roach Halberstadt as Executive Director

Following a national search, Artist Trust has announced that Shannon Roach Halberstadt has been hired as its Executive Director. She will start at Artist Trust in October 2014. Halberstadt is currently the Executive Director of Spokane Arts and previously served as Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy and as Managing Director of the Vera Project.

Read the full announcement.

Progress Report on GIA’s National Capitalization Project

Helicon Collaborative was commissioned to help Grantmakers in the Arts understand the value of its local funder workshops presented in 2012 and 2013 and other programs where capitalization education has been included since 2010, when GIA’s National Capitalization Project began. The results are detailed in the newly published Progress Report on Grantmakers in the Arts’ National Capitalization Project.

GIA Conference Keynote Among MacArthur Fellows

Rick Lowe of Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas, has been named as a MacArthur Fellow in the 2014 class that will be announced on September 18. Lowe will be the keynote speaker at the Tuesday Luncheon Plenary of the GIA 2014 Conference taking place next month in Houston. Read about Mr. Lowe and the entire 2014 class.

MacArthur Awards Go to 21 Diverse Fellows

From Felicia R. Lee, writing for The New York Times:

Twelve men and nine women, whose work is as diverse as studying the racial elements in perceptions of crime and translating contemporary Arab poetry, have been named the 2014 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The fellowships, based on achievement and potential, come with a stipend of $625,000 over five years and are among the most prestigious prizes for artists, scholars and professionals. The awards are being announced on Wednesday by the foundation, which is based in Chicago.
Motivated by Love and Fear

By Janet Brown from her blog Better Together:

A very smart woman once told me there are two motivating factors in the world: love and fear. I’ve spent the past several years analyzing actions, events, and people under this framework and trying to assess my own motivations in different situations. It holds up.

Nonprofit Finance Fund Details Barriers and Opportunities for Arts Nonprofits and Funders to Foster Financial Stability

Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) has released new analysis of its 2014 survey of nonprofit organizations, which includes responses from 919 arts organizations nationwide. The State of the Arts and Culture Sector report captures the challenges and triumphs of nonprofits grappling with financial pressures, changing demographics, new technologies and new opportunities to expand the reach of their programs and services.

Surdna Foundation Requests Proposals of Artists Engaging in Social Change

The Surdna Foundation is issuing a request for proposals to individual artists, culture bearers and nonprofit arts organizations. These funds are designed to support projects developed in response to communities’ specific challenges and to support artists and organizations whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly “activist.” The foundation will consider all artistic disciplines, including cross-disciplinary work. The deadline for submitting a proposal is November 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. Grants will be announced in April 2015.