SEPTEMBER SPOTLIGHT ON ANONYMOUS WAS A WOMAN

For the month of September, GIA’s photo banner features a selection of projects funded by Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW), a program of FJC—A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds and administered by Philanthropy Advisors, LLC. In its 20th year, AWAW provides awards to women artists over 40. Learn more about AWAW here.

Posted on January 24, 2014 by Tommer

A new paper, Diversity on Cultural Boards: Implications for Organizational Value and Impact, by Francie Ostrower, is available on th NEA website.

Posted on January 22, 2014 by Tommer

The Year of the Rural Arts is a biennial program of events, conversations, and online features celebrating the diverse, vital ways in which rural arts and culture contribute to American life. This inaugural effort will connect citizens, artists, scholars, designers, and entrepreneurs and meet with audiences on the grounds of universities, museums and galleries, cultural organizations, and across rural and urban communities.

Posted on January 22, 2014 by Steve

From Holland Cotter, writing for the New York Times:

Money — the grotesque amounts spent, the inequitable distribution — has dominated talk about art in the 21st century so far. It’s a basic fact of art history. Emperors, popes and robber barons set the model for the billionaire buyers of today. Of course, it is today that matters to the thousands of artists who live and work in this punitively expensive city, where the art industry is often confused with the art world.
Posted on January 16, 2014 by Tommer

How effective are the tax incentives for film and TV productions in generating jobs and/or revenue? That depends on who you ask. Or who funds the research you’re looking at.  An insightful look at all this in a piece posted on Createquity, written by John Carnwath.

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Tommer

Prepared for artists and their family members interested in the topic of artist-endowed foundations, Reading Guide to the Study Report for Artists and Their Family Members is a guide to The Artist as Philanthropist: Strengthening the Next Generation of Artist-Endowed Foundations, the two-volume Study Report produced by the Aspen Institute National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations.

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Steve

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Karen Hanan as Executive Director of the Washington State Arts Commission, effective March 1, 2014. Hanan is a long-time colleague of ArtsWA. Since 2000, she has served as Executive Director of Arts Northwest, the non-profit, regional performing arts service organization that provides a communications network among presenters of performing arts events throughout the Northwestern US and Canada. In her tenure at Arts Northwest, she has overseen the doubling of the organization's membership and budget.

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Steve

Nonprofit Finance Fund has announced that the 2014 State of the Sector Survey is now open. The anonymous survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete and asks about your organization's recent financial and management challenges. It's an important tool for field knowledge. The survey data, and its analysis, is shared with funders, government officials, nonprofits, media, lending institutions, and many others. GIA uses the analysis as part of the Capitalization project. Learn more and take the 2014 survey here.

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Steve

Graydon Royce writes for the StarTribune:

A bitter lockout that silenced one of the country’s top orchestras for more than 15 months ended Tuesday when musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra approved a contract that will bring them back to the stage in early February.
Posted on January 14, 2014 by Tommer

It isn't over, but this ruling in favor of telecoms could change the internet. Here are some reports:

The Guardian

Bloomberg

New York Times

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Tommer

In the first weeks of the administration of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, art and culture observers await the appointment of a new Commissioner for Cultural Affairs. The new commissioner will replace the outgoing Kate Levin, who served from 2002 to 2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Steve

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies sends notice that with funding for the federal government set to expire tonight (January 14), budget leaders in the House of Representatives and Senate announced late on January 13 that they have reached a compromise on legislation that will fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2014. The bill provides for $1.1 trillion in funding and would reduce the scope of the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester, which remains in effect until FY2021.

Posted on January 13, 2014 by Steve

From Randy Kennedy and Steven Yaccino, writing for The New York Times:

National and local philanthropic foundations have committed $330 million toward a deal that would help preserve the Detroit Institute of Arts’ renowned collection by bolstering the city’s employee pension funds, federal mediators involved in the city’s bankruptcy proceedings announced Monday.
Posted on January 10, 2014 by Steve

Eileen Cunniffe writes for Nonprofit Quarterly:

In the waning days of 2013, an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer cited examples of performing arts organizations experimenting with curtain times, holding some weeknight performances as early as 6:30 pm instead of the long-accepted standard of 8:00 pm. The reasons given included appealing to younger audiences, who might want to go somewhere else after the show; appealing to older audiences, who might appreciate getting home earlier; and appealing to everyone in between, who might find it easier to hire a babysitter or just to show up for work the next day. One of the early trends from this experimentation is that some midweek performances with earlier curtain times are pulling even with or outpacing once-hot Friday evening ticket sales.
Posted on January 9, 2014 by Steve

A post from the Policy Analysis for California Education:

Access to education in visual art, music, theatre, and dance is varied and unequal across public schools in the United States. Yet the extent of this inequality is largely undocumented. In a recent report from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the committee concluded that policymakers lack a basic understanding of access to arts education because there is no required data collection of the courses schools offer.
Posted on January 9, 2014 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that application guidelines are now available for Art Works and Challenge America Fast-Track at the NEA’s website. These guidelines are for projects anticipated to take place in 2015. The Art Works and Challenge America Fast-Track programs constitute 75 percent of the NEA’s annual direct grantmaking. In order to offer potential applicants the highest level of technical assistance, the NEA has scheduled webinars covering the basics of the Art Works funding category, how to apply to the NEA, how to select work samples, and how to prepare a strong application. After each presentation, there will be time for Q and A with NEA staff.

Posted on January 6, 2014 by Abigail

During the month of January, GIA's photo banner features grantees of GIA member the Sacatar Foundation. Founded in 2000, Sacatar created the first international artist residency program in South America. Under the auspices of Sacatar's sister organization, the Brazilian nonprofit Instituto Sacatar, 250 artists from over fifty countries have enjoyed airfare, studio, room, and board for eight-week residencies at Sacatar's beachside estate in Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil.

Posted on December 30, 2013 by Tommer

Steven J. Tepper, associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy and associate professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University, has been named dean of Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, effective July 1, 2014.

 

Posted on December 30, 2013 by Tommer

The work of GIA's Arts Education Funders Coalition is reported on Createquity.

Posted on December 18, 2013 by Steve

Foundation Center has released its annual publication “Key Facts on U.S. foundations.” In a new and more streamlined format, the 2013 edition includes estimates of giving by U.S. foundations in 2012 and it forcasts the direction of giving changes for 2013 based on survey data collected by Foundation Center. The report also documents the overall size of the U.S. foundation community and analyzes the funding priorities of the largest foundations.

Posted on December 18, 2013 by Steve

On December 17, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed Intro 925 into law. This law will require the Department of Education to provide detailed reporting on the provision of state instructional requirements for the arts in city public schools and will not only help inform education policy-makers, but will also provide parents, students and the public with the knowledge to make informed decisions and advocate for resources to be provided for their schools.

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