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Community Arts Stabilization Trust Appoints First Executive Director Moy Eng

The Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) has announced the appointment of Moy Eng as executive director, effective June 1. Ms. Eng has worked for over three decades in the philanthropic sector as a grantmaker, consultant and senior manager in areas as diverse as arts, education, renewable energy, lesbian and gay rights, and international human rights. As executive director, she will champion CAST’s mission to create stable physical spaces for arts and cultural organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area to facilitate equitable urban transformation.

Fixing a Problem of Foundation Payout

A thoughtful post by blogger Angie Kim takes a new look at the question of the 5% payout requirement for private foundations.

First Lady Touts Arts Education

Delivering a forceful argument on the role of the arts in education, Michelle Obama said Tuesday that it isn’t something to be introduced after student test scores go up but is a critical element of achieving those higher test scores in the first place.

Philanthropy Northwest Publishes New Report on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Vision and Voice: The Role of Leadership and Dialogue in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was produced in partnership with the D5 Coalition and the Seattle University Nonprofit Leadership Program. The report is the product of a year-long process of research and dialogue with northwest foundation leaders about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy.

Peter Handler Moves to Logan Foundation as Executive Director

The Reva and David Logan Foundation has announced the appointment of Peter Handler as Executive Director. He comes to the Foundation from his position as Program Director of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. The Logan Foundation supports the arts, investigative reporting, scholarship and social justice.

South Arts Releases Reports Analyzing Access to and Quality of Arts Education in the South

South Arts has released the results of multi-year research investigating arts education in the South. The reports, Arts Education in the South Phase I: Public School Data and Principals’ Perspectives and Arts Education in the South Phase II: Profiles of Quality, look at access to and quality of arts education in K-12 public schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee through a set of quantitative and qualitative research. The reports were commissioned by South Arts with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and nine participating state arts agencies. The first phase of the research was compiled with data collected from 4,400 principals (29.3% of those in the region). The second phase of the research includes nine case studies of model programs conducted by the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Celebrating Awesome, $1,000 at a time

Today the Awesome Foundation announced that they have passed the $1,000,000 mark in guerrilla philanthropy. One thousand grants of $1,000 each.

NEA Chair Nominee Approved by Senate Committee

From Isaac Brown, Legislative Counsel to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies:

This morning, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee met to consider the nomination of Dr. Jane Chu to lead the National Endowment for the Arts. We are pleased to report that Dr. Chu’s nomination was approved by voice vote. The senior Republican on the committee, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), spoke very favorably of her nomination in advance of the vote. The HELP Committee will now forward Dr. Chu’s name for consideration by the full Senate.
Arts under siege, starved of funding

From Charles Segars, CEO for Ovation, writing for Capitol Weekly:

Since 2003, California’s Governors and the Legislature have allocated $1.1 million annually to the Arts Council, the bare minimum to qualify for more than $5 million in annual federal grants. This lack of foresight has put California dead last among all 50 states in per capital funding for its arts agency.
Recycling Great Ideas from the Past

Maryo Gard Ewell and the Robert E. Gard Wisconsin Idea Foundation recently shared with Art of the Rural this never-before digitally published manuscript from Robert Gard’s 1982 keynote address at the National Association of Local Arts Agencies Conference (now Americans for the Arts) in Philadelphia. The talk is entitled "The Arts in Smaller Communities (And their Encouragement)."