New from the Reader: Report on the AEFC Forum by Margaret Hasse

What’s the Big Idea in Arts Education? Advocacy for an Equitable and Just Mission, authored by Margaret Hasse, summarizes the happenings and provides key takeaways from the AEFC Forum Every Child, Every School that was held in May of 2015.

Unrest, Opportunity Drew RAC Head Back to St. Louis

Nancy Fowler of St. Louis Public Radio, writing for The St. Louis American:

When new Regional Arts Commission (RAC) executive director Felicia Shaw, who currently sits on the GIA Board of Directors, realized her job at a San Diego foundation might be eliminated, she wondered what that might mean for her life. “I was thinking about what new direction I wanted to go in,” Shaw said. “And then, Ferguson happened.”
D5 Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of ADA Law

Over the past few months, D5 has joined other champions of diversity, equity, and inclusion in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — landmark legislation that provides access and protections for those with disabilities. D5 felt it was important to mark the occasion as they continue to work for full inclusion of all communities, including ensuring opportunity and access for people with disabilities. Here are a few online posts on the subject.

Member Spotlight on Arts Council New Orleans

For the month of August, GIA's photo banner features work supported by Arts Council New Orleans. Founded 40 years ago to support the arts and cultural community of New Orleans, Arts Council New Orleans is the region's largest funder for the arts. In 2015, it distributed over $900,000 to southern Lousiana's arts and arts organizations.

As Development Boom Bubbles, Oakland’s Arts Scene Increasingly Troubled

From Eric K. Arnold, writing for Oakculture:

Last January, when Mayor Schaff proudly preened in a Burning Man-style art car during her inauguration, hopes were high that art would become a priority. After all, Oakland’s much-ballyhooed cultural renaissance had brought national and even international attention to the city, completely remaking an image once invariably linked to crime and blight. But perhaps arts advocates should have paid more attention to the fact that the onetime Skyline High cheerleader and Jerry Brown aide was driving around in a motorized snail.
New from the Reader: Richard Kessler on Arts Education Advocacy and Policy

Return on Investment: A New Consideration for Arts Education Advocacy and Policy Work reflects on GIA’s arts education funding report released at the AEFC Forum that was held in May.

Mellon Foundation Releases the First Comprehensive Survey of Diversity in American Art Museums

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in partnership with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), has announced the results of the first comprehensive survey to assess the ethnic and gender diversity of the staffs of art museums across the United States. Undertaken to replace anecdotal evidence with hard data, the survey provides the museum field with the first statistical baseline against which progress can be measured.

George Gund Foundation Appoints Jennifer Coleman as Senior Program Officer for the Arts

The George Gund Foundation has named Jennifer Coleman as their new Senior Program Officer for the Arts. Coleman, an architect, has been president of her own design firm, Jennifer Coleman Creative LLC, since 2005. She founded, a company that creates and distributes digital audio walking tours of Cleveland. Among other civic endeavors, Coleman has served as chair of the Cleveland Landmarks Commission and the Downtown/Flats Design Review Committee, and has been a member of the board of trustees of many organizations, including the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Cleveland International Film Festival, LAND studio, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Budget Veto Threatens Hard-Fought Increases for Arts & Culture

Last Week Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker vetoed funding increases for the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). The veto would reduce the budget for MCC that the Legislature approved by $2.37 million, from $14.16 million to $11.79 million, for the fiscal year that began July 1. If it stands, that funding level would negate plans to increase investment in key grant programs and launch new initiatives, and necessitate cuts to existing programs, said MCC Executive Director Anita Walker.

Americans for the Arts to Use Cultural Data Project Platform for National Economic Impact Study

The Cultural Data Project and Americans for the Arts have announced that the CDP will provide the organizational data collection platform for Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, Americans for the Arts’ fifth national economic impact study of the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry. The collaboration brings together two national cultural data and research organizations with the intention of enriching national research and policy efforts, while at the same time streamlining data reporting for arts and cultural organizations.