The next GIA Web Conference, Bringing Artists Together: Support through Convening, will be held on Tuesday, September 27. Recent data collected from fifteen years of Creative Capital awardees found that artists “praised the Artist Retreats as opening up many serendipitous avenues of connections, information flow, and support that had powerful impacts on their career development.” This session explores two examples. Register to attend.
Posted on November 23, 2015 by SuJ'n

Arts and culture practitioners, funders, and community leaders made up nearly one-third of the participants at this year's National Rural Assembly. The cohort of participants grew from previous gatherings and discussions and collectively agreed that rural arts and culture are essential to the health, wealth, and sustainability of rural communities.

Read more from the Assembly's blog post.

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Jim

From Sarah Favot, at the Los Angeles Daily News:

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an arts diversity motion that directs the Arts Commission to establish an advisory group of arts and community leaders to develop recommendations for ways to enhance the participation and leadership of individuals from underrepresented communities in the arts.

Read the full article.

Posted on November 18, 2015 by SuJ'n

A message from ArtsReady:

Last week’s horrific events in Paris remind us that cultural gathering spaces can be targets of violence. While we hope you will never experience an act of violence at your organization, our partners at ArtsReady have an array of resources to help your organization improve its security and to train your staff/volunteers in key safety procedures.

Posted on November 18, 2015 by SuJ'n

On Friday, November 20, at 10:30 am EST, the Ford Foundation will be conducting a live chat Q&A session on Facebook. Three of Ford's vice presidents, including Hilary Pennington, Vice President, Education, Creativity, and Free Expression will be answering questions about the foundation's new program areas and how they will work together to address inequality. They will also answer questions on the foundation's commitment to fund grantee overhead costs at higher levels than in its past.

RSVP on the event page here.

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Jim

An Exploratory Study of Demographic Diversity in the Arts Management Workforce, authored by Antonio C. Cuyler, assistant professor of arts administration, Department of Art Education, Florida State University, outlines the results of a study of demographic diversity in the arts management.

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Jim

From Donna Bryson, at The Christian Science Monitor:

After voters in Denver and surrounding counties approved a tax to support the arts in 1989, several Western states are following Denver’s lead, and the small arts tax is yielding big results.

Read the full article.

Posted on November 17, 2015 by Jim

From Lisa L. Colangelo, Ben Chapman from the New York Daily News:

The study, completed earlier this month by New York State Controller Thomas P. DiNapoli's office, examined city Education Department data showing 95% of surveyed 2014 city high school grads completed mandatory arts lessons, up from roughly half of students who completed the lessons in a similar 2011 audit.
Posted on November 17, 2015 by Steve

From Rhonda Holman, writing for The Wichita Eagle:

The lesser effort that replaced the abolished Kansas Arts Commission has put the state at risk of losing federal funding again. It’s disappointing to see the arts still under siege in the state – and now the threat is as much fiscal as ideological.
Posted on November 12, 2015 by Jim

State of the Sector 2015: Arts and Culture Focus, authored by Angela Francis, Claire Knowlton, and Sandi Clement McKinley, of Nonprofit Finance Fund, provides an analysis of the most recent data from the annual State of the Sector Survey.

Posted on November 12, 2015 by Jim

Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announces expansion of the NEA Military Healing Arts Partnership, a collaboration with the Department of Defense that supports music, writing, and visual art therapy at military care facilities including the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed Bethesda and the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Brain Wellness Center in Virginia.

Posted on November 9, 2015 by SuJ'n

Following a series of smaller updates this summer and fall, Ford Foundation's president Darren Walker officially announced over the weekend the details of FordForward, the foundation's new strategy for grantmaking. FordForward's significant changes include cutting and consolidating program areas, investing $200 million into strengthening institutions and networks, and increasing overhead support to align more closely with grantee realities. According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, this announcement is part of a movement of foundations devoting more of their work to addressing inequality. The foundation's size and influence of $21.1 billion in assets makes their grantmaking shift a significant one with both the challenges and potential impacts that come with these changes.

Read Ford Foundation's announcement here.

Posted on November 9, 2015 by SuJ'n

GrantCraft, a service of Foundation Center, announced today the release of Funding Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support, a guide exploring how funders collaborate with and bring support to indigenous communities. The guide was developed in partnership with International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) and provides examples from a diverse range of foundations on how donors see indigenous populations as important partners in a variety of areas, including on environmental and climate-related issues.

Read the full press release here.

Posted on November 9, 2015 by Steve

From Julie Halperin at The Art Newspaper:

Artists and arts administrators are optimistic about Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Canada’s Liberal party who was elected Prime Minster in October. Trudeau, the son of the celebrated former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, has pledged to invest an additional $380m into arts and culture. Over the past eight years, the cultural sector has seen its funding decline under Stephen Harper’s conservative government. Between 2006 and 2014, per capita funding for the Canada Council for the Arts shrunk by 8.3%, from $5.54 to $5.08, according to a report released in September by the Canadian Arts Coalition. (Canada still beats the US, which dedicated $3.84 per capita in arts funding in 2014, according to Grantmakers in the Arts.)
Posted on November 6, 2015 by Steve

In an article from the latest issue of GIA Reader, Justin Laing of the Heinz Endowments explores the question: What Does Culture Look Like When #BlackLivesMatter?

Posted on November 4, 2015 by Steve

Ohio voters in Cuyahoga County said “yes” to Issue 8, the penny-and-a-half tax and sole revenue source for Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC), the County’s public funder for arts and culture. The renewed tax, which was set to expire in January of 2017, will provide CAC ten additional years to invest millions in the local arts and culture sector and support thousands of events in Cuyahoga County communities each year.

Posted on November 4, 2015 by SuJ'n

For the months of November and December, GIA's photo banner features art supported by the Windgate Charitable Foundation. The Windgate Charitable Foundation is a private family foundation established in 1993. The Foundation’s giving is primarily focused on supporting the visual arts, studio artists, and public schools through projects in art education, visual arts, and a model K-12 arts-based core education program. Windgate funds programs that provide opportunities in the arts with grants for program support, scholarships, visual arts exhibitions, and capital funds.

Posted on November 3, 2015 by Steve

On Thursday, November 19, 2015, a public forum will take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to release the findings of a study conducted by the Urban Institute and funded by The Heinz Endowments. The forum, Building Bridges to Economic Opportunity for African American Men, will provide a chance for public discussion of key findings from the report, “Barriers & Bridges: An Action Plan for Overcoming Obstacles and Unlocking Opportunities for African American Men,” that will be released during the forum. The forum is sponsored by The Heinz Endowments’ African American Men and Boys Task Force, and will take place at the Hill House Association’s Kaufmann Center in Pittsburgh. Learn more and register here.

Posted on November 3, 2015 by Steve

From Melissa Bailey of the Boston Globe:

Aspiring doctors may not think they have time to gaze at paintings or play the viola while they’re cramming for anatomy tests. But Harvard Medical School thinks students should be doing more of that — and the school is not alone. This fall, Harvard launched a new initiative to use more drama, dance, and literature to help medical students become empathetic and reflective doctors. In doing so, Harvard joins a growing number of schools making more overt efforts to weave arts and humanities into medical education.

Read the full article.

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Steve

Nonprofit Finance Fund has announced a pair of summaries on capitalization in the arts sector that distill findings from NFF's study of 36 capital grants made by the Foundation to arts organizations between 2010 and 2012. Building a Culture of Capitalization in Your Organization and Recommendations for Capital Grantmakers were both prepared with support from The Kresge Foundation.

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Steve

Arts Education Partnership has released The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education. The document serves as the blueprint for the collective work of the Arts Education Partnership for the next five years. This and other important information is all part of the new AEP ArtsEd Digest.

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