As Interest Fades in the Humanities, Colleges Worry
From Tamar Lewin at the New York Times:
The future of the humanities has been a hot topic this year, both in academia and the high-culture media. Some commentators sounded the alarm based on federal data showing that nationally, the percentage of humanities majors hovers around 7 percent — half the 14 percent share in 1970. As others quickly pointed out, that decline occurred between 1970, the high point, and 1985, not in recent years.
Are Foundations too Focused on Themselves?
The latest post from Angie Kim’s blog, Private Foundations Plus:
The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) just came out with a new report, “Nonprofit Challenges: What Foundations Can Do
.” There were some dismaying findings. CEP’s survey of nonprofit leaders found that 52 percent felt that foundations are unaware of the challenges that nonprofits face. Less than 33 percent felt that foundations use their resources in ways that help nonprofits actually meet challenges. And, perhaps the most alarming finding is that nonprofit leaders felt more challenged to attract foundation support than any other kind of support.
15 Questions to Ask about Creative Placemaking Proposals
ArtPlace America recently began taking applications for 2014 Innovation Grants. At the end of the 2013 grantmaking cycle, proposal notes were analyzed to pull out the most common questions driving the recommendations of reviewers with the intention to provide future prospective grantees with tools that bolster their ability to develop strong creative placemaking ideas and craft more robust proposals. A set of important questions are discussed here to help with the crafting of proposals.
I Don’t Want to Talk about Innovation: A Talk about Innovation
From the HowlRound blog, an essay from Todd London, author of The Artistic Home:
Artists innovate every day, because what they make, they make up. How do they innovate? Trial and error, mostly, boring hours alone or with other artists. Years facing their own limitations. The real work of innovation is theirs, alone or together. It is organic and ongoing, one bold or tentative foot in front of another. Try to find funding in innovation-land for persistent effort and incremental breakthrough.
Barry Hessenius Hosts Dinner-vention at Djerassi
The seven-part video conversation “Dinner-Vention at Djerassi” is now available. Hosted by Barry Hessenius, the dinner gathers a large group of thinkers to dine and converse. Guests include:
- Salvador Acevado, Contemporenea
- Tamara Alvarado, School of Arts & Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza
- Kimberly Howard, Oregon Cultural Trust
- Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
- Lex Leifheit, SOMArts
- Clayton Lord, Americans for the Arts
- Nina Simon, Snata Cruz Museum of Art and History
- Devon Smith, Three Spot
- Kristin Thomson, Future of Music Coalition
- Margy Waller, Topos Partnership and Art on the Streets
- Meiyin Wang, Public Theatre's Under the Radar Festival
- Laura Zabel, Springboard for the Arts
Lori Pourier Receives 2013 Women's World Summit Foundation Prize
Lori Pourier—an Oglala/Mnicoujou Lakota from South Dakota and the president of First Peoples Fund, as well as a former member of the GIA Board of Directors—is the recipient of the 2013 Women’s World Summit Foundation Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life. She is one of 10 laureates to receive the award this year, and the only honoree from the United States.
Artists and Health Insurance Survey
The full report from the Future of Music Coalition's Artists and Health Insurance Survey is now available online.
Health Study of San Francisco Seniors in Choirs
Meredith May writes for the San Francisco Chronicle:
It seems true that singing in a choir can be therapeutic, especially for older adults, but a groundbreaking clinical trial is under way in San Francisco to see whether science agrees. Over the next five years, researchers at UCSF will create a dozen senior choirs throughout the city to compare the physical strength, balance, memory and moods of singers versus non-singers.