(2-17-10) Apparently people are asking him. Read his comments on Huffington Post “As donors decide which organizations to continue to support, the institutions that are doing vital, important work are the ones who will continue to be supported. Not only must the work be interesting but the marketing of that work and of the institution as a whole must be aggressive and creative.”
(2-12-10) There are dozens of federal agencies in Washington, D.C., and dozens of men and women running them, but it's hard to imagine that any of these civil servants has a Tom Sawyer streak wider than Rocco Landesman's. His CV includes the kind of grown-up adventures that his fellow (if fictional) Missourian might envy. He started and ran a multimillion-dollar investment fund, owned and bet on racehorses, and faced the most ludicrous odds of all by becoming a Broadway producer. Nor did this exhaust his energies.
(2-11-10) Video and documents from Dynamic Adaptability: Arts and Culture Puget Sound, the first of a three-part series designed to give arts and cultural organizations in the Puget Sound region the skills and support to respond to evolving realities in the environment are now on the GIA website.
Cultural Capital: Tools for Managing Revenue and Risk featured an opening plenary by Clara Miller, President and CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, followed by afternoon workshops for both nonprofits and funders led by NFF staff.
(2-9-10) President Obama has picked six people to join the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanties; two of them, painter-photographer Chuck Close and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short-story writer Jhumpa Lahiri, will become the first visual artist and writer on an advisory panel weighted with actors and business people.
(2-8-10) Upcoming webinar based on two articles by David Peter Stroh and Kathleen Zurcher in The Foundation Review. Drawing on case examples from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and other social change initiatives, the series will help foundations leverage their resources by working more effectively with how social systems behave and evolve.
(2-3-10) What's proposed? Cut the Cultural Affairs Department almost in half, laying off 48% of staff. (Of 1,003 planned citywide job cuts, 30 would come from this one tiny agency.) [Correction: The proposal would cut the department's staff of 63 employees by 43%, 16 by layoffs and 11 by early retirement.] The move would do inevitable, serious damage to venues all over the city, such as the Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Art Center.
(2-2-10) President Obama renewed his proposal to limit the value of charitable deductions for wealthy taxpapers in the fiscal 2011 budget plan he presented today—refashioning it as a way to help provide tax relief to middle-income Americans. The proposal would limit to 28 percent the tax break couples earning $250,000 (or individuals earning $200,000) could get for their itemized deductions, including gifts to charity.
(2-2-10) If Monday's White House budget proposal tells us anything, it's this: These are tough fiscal times for an arts-loving president. Should the Obama administration get its way, funding for the nation's major arts and cultural institutions will stay largely flat, although a few organizations -- including the Smithsonian Institution and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- will see increases over what the president requested last year.
(1-29-10) The National Endowment for the Arts' Office of Research & Analysis has posted their most recent publication, Artist Unemployment Rates for 2008 and 2009, which updates NEA Research Note #97, Artists in a Year of Recession: Impact of Jobs in 2008.
(1-28-10) Sabbaticals for nonprofit leaders can be a relatively inexpensive but highly productive capacity-building tool that yields measurable results. Creative Disruption: Sabbaticals for Capacity Building and Leadership Development in the Nonprofit Sector provides emerging evidence of the benefits to nonprofit organizations, leaders, funders, and the sector.