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The National Performance Network, including the Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN), has named Caitlin Strokosch as its new President and CEO. Strokosch will assume responsibilities in July 2016 and will succeed MK Wegmann, who is retiring after 15 years of leading NPN/VAN. She is currently executive director of the Alliance of Artists Communities and serves on the GIA Board of Directors.
Strokosch has served the Alliance of Artists Communities, an international association of artist residency programs since 2002, and was named executive director of the organization in 2008. Her selection comes after an national search that generated a pool of qualified candidates.
The 2015 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region, is now available online. The annual report is prepared for Otis College of Art and Design by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, a lobbying organization funded by LA businesses.
For the month of March 2016, GIA’s photo banner features art and projects supported by the Robert B. McMillen Foundation. The Foundation is a unique, private family foundation whose office is nestled in the heart of the Cascade Range in Washington State. Small but mighty, it is a statewide organization focused on medical research and the arts, with particular emphasis on supporting working artists and the arts as an economic driver to create vibrant communities.
The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced a new grant program to strengthen and sustain quality humanities programs that benefit youth, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations. Humanities Access Grants offer matching grants toward term endowments for programming at cultural institutions that broadens access to excellent humanities content for underserved groups.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is conducting a survey of US-based artists to better understand their needs related to careers, income, health, and overall well-being. The survey is live now and through March 15th. It takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
A new website aims to assert the essential role of arts and cultural organizations in rural economic and community development. Next Generation: The Future of Arts & Culture Placemaking in Rural America the full title of a “digital learning commons” announced by Art of the Rural (AOTR) and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) is designed to provide a platform for storytelling, research, and best practices as well as an inclusive space for deeper collaboration. The Learning Commons wants to address two major challenges facing rural arts practitioners geographic distance and access to information and networks and establishes a digital intermediary through which these partnerships can develop.
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the launch of the Rising Leaders of Color (RLC) Program and is taking nominations for participants to a DC-area cohort. RLC is an expansion and re-envisioning of TCG’s Young Leaders of Color Program that was launched in 2008. The program will work to change the face of the theatre field by nurturing and supporting an intergenerational network of leaders of color at various stages in their careers.
The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) convened national leaders and advocates, master teaching artists and researchers for the regional launch of the NCCA Creative Caregiving Guide on February 23 in Los Angeles, California. The guide is a web-based and community-shared resource specially designed for both family and professional caregivers of adults who live with Alzheimer's disease and related cognitive disorders.
The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) has published the results of a survey examining the diversity of staff and leadership at nonprofit cultural organizations that are funded by the city. The survey release marks a major milestone in DCLA’s initiative to promote and cultivate diversity in the cultural community. The survey found that while New York City’s cultural sector is far more diverse than cultural organizations on the national level, it lags behind the demographic diversity of the city’s population.
From Sherry Lucas, writing for The Clarion-Ledger: