WEBINAR: Implementing ESSA in Your State and Local Community
Alex Nock

With the new Administration in office, there are many new questions about the future of public education in the US and how the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), including provisions integrating the arts, will unfold. On Tuesday, February 28, Alex Nock from Penn Hill Group will discuss the most up-to-date developments with ESSA implementation and arts education policy and how organizations can advocate at the local level. Register to attend this webinar.

Posted on April 21, 2016 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader entitled “In Appreciation of Words,” Irene Borger, Eleanor Savage, and Travis Laughlin examine the body of knowledge embedded in words such as “story” and “activate.”

Posted on April 21, 2016 by Monica

Arts Education Partnership has updated its State of the States report for 2016. The State of the States 2016 summarizes state policies for arts education identified in statute or code for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Information is based on a systematic search of state statutes and administrative regulations completed in March 2015 and updated in March 2016.

Posted on April 20, 2016 by Steve

In the first installment of GIA Podcast, we speak with former GIA board member Justin Laing from The Heinz Endowments about his recent service on the GIA board, racial equity, and his hopes for the future of our field.

Posted on April 19, 2016 by Monica

Americans for the Arts has announced the release of the sixth and final publication of the National Arts Index:

The 2016 National Arts Index delivers a score of the health and vitality of arts and culture in the United States, covering the 12-year span of 2002-13. The National Arts Index is composed of 81 national-level indicators—the latest annual data produced by the federal government and private research organizations.
Posted on April 19, 2016 by Monica

ArtPlace America has released its first two “field scan” documents looking at the intersection of the arts and culture with other sectors of community development. The first two reports examine public safety and affordable housing. Each represents an exploratory first step that aims to surface:

  • Key goals or needs in that community development sector that arts and culture might address,
  • A typology or framework for understanding the ways that arts and culture has and might partner with that community development sector,
  • Barriers to integrating arts and culture within that community development sector, and
  • Strategies or tactics to advance collaborations with arts and culture in that sector.
Posted on April 19, 2016 by Monica

From The Nathan Cummings Foundation:

The Nathan Cummings Foundation today announced that Loren S. Harris, a philanthropic leader with more than 20 years experience challenging structural barriers to equality and creating economic opportunity and social inclusion, will join the Foundation as Vice President of Programs. Harris, who will begin work on May 18, will report to the Foundation’s President and CEO, Sharon Alpert.

Posted on April 19, 2016 by Monica

By Serge F. Kovaleski, writing for The New York Times:

The Ford Foundation, other philanthropic groups and some private donors have given nearly $20 million to United States Artists, an organization that makes grants to artists. … The money will serve as an operational endowment to support United States Artists’ staffing, conferences and the cultivation of nominators and the administration of grants, among other things. It will cover everything except the grants to artists themselves, which are financed separately.
Posted on April 15, 2016 by Monica

In an article published on Creativz.us, Carlton Turner, executive director of Alternate ROOTS, advocates for an alternative model of arts leadership development for organizations that serve communities of color. He argues that a top-down, “one-size-fits-all leadership development program” does not meet the unique needs of these communities and offers the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) as an example of a community-generated peer learning approach.

Posted on April 14, 2016 by Steve

In Crowdsourcing Cultural Policy: The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, Arlene Goldbard explores the mission of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, which is not a government agency, but an action network of artists and cultural workers mobilizing creativity in the service of positive social change.

Posted on April 13, 2016 by Monica

A new organization called Upstart Co-Lab aims to increase opportunities for artists as innovators, catalyze more capital for creativity, and enable artists to support themselves sustainably.

From the press release:

Rooted in the conviction that artists are social entrepreneurs and that a sustainable future depends on a creative economy, a group of artists, impact investors, philanthropic funders and social innovators today announced the launch of Upstart Co-Lab.
Posted on April 12, 2016 by Monica

The fifth and final State of the Work report has been released by the D5 Coalition. The coalition is a five-year collaboration of foundations, donors, associations, and organizations with an aim to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy. The final State of the Work report focuses on “stories of people in foundations who have taken action to advance [diversity, equity, and inclusion].” A separate forthcoming report will reflect on sector progress over the past five years of the coalition's work.

Read the report

Posted on April 11, 2016 by Monica

In a blog post by John McGuirk, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced a report assessing the progress of their Performing Arts Program:

2015 marked the mid-point of our current Performing Arts strategic framework, which runs from 2012-2017, and lays out the goals of our grantmaking, as well as measures for how we’ll evaluate our progress. … A key question for us in commissioning this assessment was which geographic and demographic communities have benefitted from Hewlett Foundation support and where are the gaps?
Posted on April 8, 2016 by Monica

By Vikki N. Spruill and Diana Campoamor, writing for Nonprofit Quarterly:

In philanthropy, creating a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of backgrounds and experiences of the communities we strive to serve builds public trust in our field, helping to counter skepticism about philanthropy’s value. … Yet the latest data from the Council on Foundations Grantmakers’ Salary and Benefits research confirm that the rate of underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities and, to a certain extent, women in leadership roles, in our field has not significantly improved over the past five years.
Posted on April 7, 2016 by Monica

In an article posted in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Phillip Henderson of Surdna Foundation and Rip Rapson of The Kresge Foundation discuss how some of their programs have helped to address economic and racial inequities.

For a nation whose majority population will soon be people of color, [economic] inequities loom large over the future prosperity of cities and their surrounding metropolitan regions — and pose a major challenge for philanthropy to tackle.

Read the full article.

Posted on April 7, 2016 by Monica

In an email sent to colleagues this morning, The McKnight Foundation president Kate Wolford announced that Neal Cuthbert will retire from his position as vice president of program at the end of the year. Cuthbert served on the board of Grantmakers in the Arts from 1999 to 2003. The following letter is republished here with permission from The McKnight Foundation.

Posted on April 7, 2016 by Steve

In an article from the latest issue of GIA Reader, Cara Mertes of the Ford Foundation discusses the role of film and filmmakers in creating social change in Telling it Slant: Leadership, Justice, and the Art of Film.

Posted on April 6, 2016 by Monica

As part of their Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative, the LA County Arts Commission has released a literature review on cultural equity and inclusion in the arts. The literature review investigates how various organizations across the United States address diversity in the following areas:

  • Boards of Directors in Arts and Culture Organizations
  • The Arts and Culture Workforce
  • Audiences and Programming
  • Culturally Specific Arts Organizations
Posted on April 6, 2016 by Monica

Mike Kelley Foundation has announced the recipients of its first formal funding initiative, called the Artist Project Grant. The foundation has awarded a total of $310,000 to nine nonprofits is Los Angeles.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “the grants are meant to support artists who are creating cutting edge projects, particularly work that’s been overlooked or that has seen logistical or funding challenges.”

Posted on April 4, 2016 by Steve

Regina R. Smith has been named managing director of The Kresge Foundation’s Arts & Culture Program following a national search. Smith has been with the The Kresge Foundation since 2008 as a program officer and senior program officer, working to advance the deliberate integration of arts and culture into community development through creative placemaking. She has been interim managing director of the Arts & Culture Program since July 2015.

Posted on April 4, 2016 by Monica

By Sarah Lutman, writing for Twin Cities Business:

Ben Cameron became president of the St. Paul-based Jerome Foundation in January. He previously led Target’s giving in the arts and most recently worked in New York for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, one of the nation’s largest arts funders. ... [Twin Cities Business] spoke to Cameron recently to learn about the Jerome Foundation’s vision for arts funding.
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