OCTOBER SPOTLIGHT ON HOUSTON ENDOWMENT

For the month of October, GIA’s photo banner features a selection of artists and projects funded by Houston Endowment. Houston Endowment is the Anchor Sponsor for the annual GIA 2014 Conference happening this month. Learn more about the foundation here.

Posted on February 21, 2014 by Steve

Arlene Goldbard reports from the Staging Sustainability 2014 conference, recently held in Toronto:

In her concluding keynote for Staging Sustainability 2014, Adrienne Goehler exhorted conference attendees to support a “basic income grant” as a universal right. She put it succinctly: the current system forces overproduction in all realms, even art. The current system of grants for artists, inadequate in so many other ways, operates almost exclusively on a project basis, forcing artists who seek support to think in terms of novelty and output rather than allowing adequate time for work to evolve and emerge organically.
Posted on February 21, 2014 by Steve

From Jon Wojciechowski, writing for HowlRound:

My marketing director, Alicia Grasso, and I conceived a photographic tableau to illustrate the often hidden costs of producing professional theater. We pulled key figures from our annual budget—expenses we wanted to illustrate—and chose key members of our staff and Resident Intern Company to participate. Cape May Stage was producing Freud’s Last Session at the time, so we opted to stage the photograph on that show’s set. We even seated Dr. Freud himself (Equity actor Joel Rooks) front and center.
Posted on February 19, 2014 by Tommer

Professor Ann Collins Johns at the University of Texas at Austin was just as peeved as many people were about President Barack Obama’s knock on art history majors. So she did what any self-assured art historian would do and wrote a letter to Obama on January 31, shortly after the President’s remarks, and sent it using the White House website. Then came the surprising part: Obama responded with a handwritten note on February 12.

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Steve

GIA President & CEO Janet Brown, writing for ARTSblog:

I’ve been a community arts developer for over 26 years. Most of that time was spent working in rural communities in South Dakota and the Great Plains. Moving back to South Dakota after a stint in New York City and San Francisco, I became increasingly aware of how people passionate about the arts impact rural and small communities making certain that art is a part of the lives of their children and their neighbors. Community arts councils, community theatres, visual art galleries, community choruses and bands...all defined the word “community” for me.
Posted on February 19, 2014 by Tommer

The Ford Foundation announced today the election of Lourdes Lopez to serve as a member of its Board of Trustees. Lopez, who will be the first artist to join the foundation’s board, is the artistic director of Miami City Ballet, chairwoman of Miami City Ballet School, and a strong proponent of arts education and the transformational power of arts and culture to improve lives.

Posted on February 14, 2014 by Steve

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History will host its 2014 Museum Camp with the theme of social impact assessment, Wednesday July 30 – Saturday August 2, 2014. The goal of the event is to develop creative ways to evaluate the work we are all doing to build and transform our communities by bringing together teams of diverse people from across many disciplines in shared learning and doing around research and social impact. The museum has partnered with Fractured Atlas to produce the camp.

Posted on February 12, 2014 by Steve

Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. Jane Chu as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. President Obama said, “Jane’s lifelong passion for the arts and her background in philanthropy have made her a powerful advocate for artists and arts education in Kansas City.

Posted on February 12, 2014 by Steve

From Judy Woodruff at PBS Newshour:

North Carolina mandates that all elementary school students have equal access to art instruction, but enforcement of the law appears inconsistent across the state. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on two elementary schools' different approaches to arts education and the effects on student performance.
Posted on February 12, 2014 by Tommer

Phillip Kennicott raises some questions about public subsidies and privilege in The Washington Post.

Posted on February 7, 2014 by Steve

In February and March 2014, the Joyce Foundation’s Angelique Power will travel for multi-day trips to four cities in the Great Lakes region where the Joyce Foundation funds the Joyce Awards. She will also host an online eCity Salon to answer questions about the Joyce Award application process. The Joyce Awards give artists of color and nonprofit organizations catalyzing funds to commission new work and engage the community in its development.

Posted on February 6, 2014 by Steve

The Board of Directors of the William Penn Foundation announced on Thursday that Peter J. Degnan, Vice Dean of Finance and Administration at the Wharton School will be the Foundation’s new Managing Director as of March 3, 2014.

Posted on February 6, 2014 by Abigail

The California Arts Council, headquartered in Sacramento, will be hiring two arts grant administrators. Qualified applicants are invited to participate in step one of a four-step hiring process. More information here.

Posted on February 6, 2014 by Steve

The latest post from Angie Kim, on her blog Private Foundations Plus:

For those foundation leaders who want their decision making to be insulated from public scrutiny, this is a moment of growing anxiety. There are signs that foundations will need to do more to demonstrate their public good value. For foundations in California, this anxiety reached an apotheosis in 2008 when legislation was introduced—California AB 624—that would have made it easier to find out how much or how little foundations were supporting the interests of the underserved.
Posted on February 5, 2014 by Tommer

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has announced its first group of Allen Distinguished Educators. While each awardee has their own unique approach, they share a focus on entrepreneurship and engineering education taught in more engaging, practical ways.

Posted on February 5, 2014 by Steve

What can the latest psychological research teach us about creativity, how it's expressed, and how it can be measured? Join this discussion hosted by the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development. It will include Dr. James C. Kaufman, president of the American Psychological Association’s Division 10, the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Posted on February 4, 2014 by Steve

From Jillian Steinhauer at Hyperallergic:

An organization called ArtsHub has conducted an arts jobs survey in the UK, and the results make clear just how difficult and unsustainable it is to work in the arts. The survey is based on the responses of only 448 participants, admittedly not a huge sample. But even with a limited pool of respondents, the trends are clear: arts workers are overeducated, underpaid, and have little to no job security.
Posted on February 4, 2014 by Steve

Jim Canales sunsets his tenure at The James Irvine Foundation and prepares to head to the east coast with some reflection on the types of people who have contributed to his growth:

In a few weeks, I will conclude what has been an enormously satisfying tenure as Irvine’s CEO since 2003. Since the announcement of my appointment as President of the Barr Foundation, I have found myself reflecting a great deal upon gratitude.
Posted on February 4, 2014 by Tommer

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation program officer Ron Ragin has been appointed as a program officer for the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, an inaugural role that will manage a multi-sector portfolio of grantees working at the intersection of arts and social issues.

Posted on February 3, 2014 by Abigail

During the month of February, GIA's photo banner features grantees of GIA Member Historic & Cultural Affairs Division - City of Roswell, GA. The Division's mission is to enhance quality of life by strengthening the community's cultural enviroment through support of the arts, preservation of its historic resources, and facilitation of access for all—objectives accomplished through cultural programs and events, oversight of historical and cultural facilities in Roswell, and more.

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