Grantmakers in the Arts is now accepting session proposals for the GIA 2015 Conference in Los Angeles, October 18-21. If you are a member, you can outline your idea(s) and submit them via an online form. Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 3. Details on how to submit proposals is here.

Posted on June 20, 2014 by Steve

The McKnight Foundation has named Minnesota visual artist, performer, designer, director, and teacher Sandy Spieler as the 2014 McKnight Distinguished Artist, in recognition of artistic excellence spanning four decades. Now in its 17th year, the annual honor includes a $50,000 cash award and recognizes individual Minnesota artists who have made significant contributions to the quality of the state’s cultural life.

Posted on June 19, 2014 by Steve

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has nominated Danielle Brazell as General Manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Brazell has led Arts for LA since 2006, transitioning it from an ad-hoc steering committee composed of local executive arts leadership to a highly visible arts advocacy organization serving the greater Los Angeles region. Brazell’s nomination is subject to confirmation by the City Council.

Posted on June 18, 2014 by Steve

From by Geoff Decker, writing for Chalkbeat New York:

The city should subsidize the salaries of new arts teachers for up to three years to make sure schools are complying with state arts requirements, a coalition of education advocates says. In a letter sent to Chancellor Carmen Fariña on this week, the group outlined tips for how the Department of Education should spend an extra $23 million that’s likely to be allotted to the arts budget next year. Arts spending has fallen over the past decade amid shifting priorities, hovering at around $300 million in recent years.
Posted on June 18, 2014 by Tommer

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) CEO Jonathan Katz received a special Distinguished Achievement Award from Americans for the Arts (AFTA) at that organization's annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 14.

Posted on June 16, 2014 by Steve

Freedom Funders: Philanthropy and the Civil Rights Movement, 1955-1965 was commissioned by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, authored by Sean Dobson, president of Dobson Consulting. The report examines four foundations that played a critical, but often-overlooked, role in passage of the Civil Rights Act.

Posted on June 16, 2014 by Tommer

Some wise humor from Andrew Taylor.

Posted on June 12, 2014 by Tommer

This afternoon, the United States Senate voted to confirm Jane Chu as the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. The White House is expected to make the official appointment in the coming days and Chu will begin her appointment shortly thereafter. Jane Chu said, "I’m honored to receive the Senate’s vote of confirmation, and I look forward to serving our nation as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Posted on June 12, 2014 by Steve

From Jennifer Schuessler, at The New York Times:

The Library of Congress is to announce on Thursday that the next poet laureate will be Charles Wright, the author of nearly two dozen collections of verse that fuse the legacy of European modernism with mystical evocations of the landscape of the American South.

Mr. Wright, 78, a retired professor at the University of Virginia, has already won just about every other honor in the poetry world, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

Posted on June 11, 2014 by Steve

A new report from the University of Chicago’s cultural Policy Center compares the direct public dollars received by organizations and artists in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland (OR), San Diego, and San Francisco from 2002-2012. Public Funding for Art: Chicago Compared with 12 Peer Regions was authored by Jennifer Novak-Leonard and Patience Baach.

Posted on June 11, 2014 by Steve

Nathan Cummings Foundation President and CEO Simon Greer will leave his position later this month, according to an announcement from the foundation’s board chair. Greer has held the position since January 2012. Senior Vice Presidents Maurine Knighton and Bill Dempsey will take over day to day responsibilities and interim leadership will follow shortly as a formal search is established.

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Steve

Tommer Peterson, GIA’s deputy director and director of programs for Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA), has announced he will retire at the end of 2014. GIA looks forward to celebrating Tommer’s contributions throughout the year and to seeking a replacement who will build on the solid foundation of service to the field that he has created at Grantmakers in the Arts.

In the hopes to have someone to fill this position before this fall, GIA will begin a national search immediately. Please circulate the information about the search process and job description that can be found here.

Posted on June 9, 2014 by Steve

A post from the Minnesota Council on Foundation Philanthropy Potluck website:

In May 2014, MCF’s Government Relations and Public Policy committee invited Holly Sampson, president of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, and Erik Torch, grant program manager of the Northland Foundation, to share their experiences and lessons-learned since extensive flooding in 2012.
Posted on June 8, 2014 by Steve

From Colin Moynihan, at The New York Times:

Battles between artists and landlords are nearly as plentiful in New York City as galleries themselves. But a recent spate of attempted evictions and other conflicts in a three-story brick building in Ridgewood, Queens, is buffeting a young outpost of the art world just as the area is earning a reputation for affordable studio space and vibrant openings.
Posted on June 6, 2014 by Steve

The California Arts Council awarded contracts to seven organizations for Arts-in-Corrections programs in fourteen state correctional facilities. Arts-in-Corrections services will be provided by The Actors' Gang, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Dance Kaiso, Marin Shakespeare Company, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and the William James Association.

Posted on June 6, 2014 by Steve

A report from the UK, and the initiative behind the report, is working to highlight the flow of money in the art world and especially how little the artists receive. Paying Artists: Securing a future for visual arts in the UK states that their mission “is about transforming opportunities for artists, galleries, funders and policy-makers alike.”

Posted on June 6, 2014 by SuJ'n

The NonProfit Quarterly has published Part I of an article this morning on the state of black museums in the United States:

From a brief review of self-identified African-American museums, it is clear that there are many more than most people realize. Most of them are relatively small, and several struggle—like many institutions of arts and culture—to find their way to sustainable financial futures. They also often appear to be remarkable community assets with important and widely recognized exhibitions and collections.

Posted on June 5, 2014 by Tommer

Arts Integration as Pathway to Unity in the Community: The (Ongoing) Journey of Pillsbury House + Theatre tells the story of how a nonprofit theater and a social service agency that happened to reside in the same building rediscovered their shared history as a 19th century Settlement House, and unified operations to become a 21st Century Center for Creativity and Community.

Posted on June 5, 2014 by Steve

Nonprofit Finance Fund has a new publication, authored by Rebecca Thomas and Holly Sidford. Critical Steps Toward Capital Health in the Cultural Sector offers cultural organizations and their supporters a set of action-oriented tips that have been developed by NFF over more than three decades of partnership with both organizations and grantmakers.

Posted on June 4, 2014 by Steve

The Arts Education Partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers invites you to register for the AEP 2014 National Forum. The event is Preparing Students for the Next America in and through the Arts. It takes place Thursday, September 11 through Friday, September 12, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA. Early registration rates are effective through June 30.

Posted on June 3, 2014 by Steve

A new report by the D5 coalition and Forward Change, Philanthropic Paths: An Exploratory Study of the Career Pathways of Professionals of Color in Philanthropy, explores the various paths professionals of color take as they advance to leadership positions in philanthropy as well as the tools that helped them get there and gave them staying power. It provides a nuanced picture of the career experiences of 43 philanthropic professionals of color ranging from Program Officers to CEOs working in an array of foundations.

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