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 1, 2016 by Monica

Resources from Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers' Putting Racism on the Table learning series are available online. The series is a monthly convening of philanthropic CEOs and trustees to explore key elements of racism. Video from the first convening of the series, a presentation on structural racism by john a. powell, is available along with a discussion guide and other resources for grantmakers.

Posted on April 1, 2016 by Monica

In his post on Creativz.us, Steven J. Tepper offers four pieces of advice for institutions to better support artists in the gig economy:

To support artists and creative workers in the future, we must reinvent and repurpose our arts infrastructure, tap into new revenue streams and train and prepare artists to be enterprising, deploying their creative talents across multiple roles and sectors.
Posted on April 1, 2016 by Monica

From Levitt Pavillions:

Beginning [April 2016], the work of the national nonprofit, Levitt Pavilions, will be carried out by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, furthering its mission to strengthen communities across the country through free, live music. As part of the transition, the Levitt Foundation has unveiled a new logo reflecting its core values to support creative placemaking projects that are catalytic, dynamic and promote joy, inclusivity and connectedness.
Posted on April 1, 2016 by SuJ'n

For the month of April, GIA’s photo banner features artists and projects supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (The Center). The Center is a multidisciplinary grantmaker dedicated to fostering a vibrant cultural community in the greater Philadelphia region. Established in 2005 to house the cultural funding programs of The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Center recently marked its tenth year of grantmaking in support of a broad spectrum of cultural organizations and artists— from major civic institutions, to independent artists and curators, to artist-driven and community-based organizations.

Posted on March 31, 2016 by Steve

The latest issue of the GIA Reader features our annual Arts Funding Snapshot, with foundation data analysis from Steven Lawrence and Reina Mukai of Foundation Center. This and past snapshots are available in our online library.

Posted on March 30, 2016 by Monica

The Getty Foundation has awarded nearly $14 million in grants to support their second edition of Pacific Standard Time, a regional collaborative effort of 46 art exhibitions and events from San Diego to Santa Barbara opening in 2017. Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA will explore art of the Latin American diaspora.

Posted on March 28, 2016 by Steve

In Unmasking the Hidden Attraction of the Arts, Bill O’Brien of the National Endowment for the Arts discusses the growing role of artists and the arts in cross-sector work, including in healthcare and science.

Posted on March 28, 2016 by Monica

By Sandra Abma, writing for CBC News:

[Canada's] biggest arts and cultural institutions, including the CBC, are getting a cash infusion over the next five years. Local arts organizations will also see a financial boost to aid in construction of cultural spaces and repairs to existing facilities. The Canada Council, which provides funding to artists and cultural projects across the country, will see its annual budget of $182 million nearly doubled within five years, although it will see only $40 million extra this coming year.
Posted on March 25, 2016 by Monica

Since the passing of Claudine Brown, others who knew her have shared memories of Brown as an inspirational leader and arts advocate.

From The Nathan Cummings Foundation:

For more than a decade, she supported the achievements of community-based arts practitioners, brokered relationships between artists and activists, and encouraged the growth and transformation of this field.
Posted on March 21, 2016 by Monica

From the Arts Education Partnership:

The Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a national coalition of more than 100 education, arts, business, cultural, government and philanthropic organizations, has selected Jane Best as its new director. … Prior to joining AEP, Best served as the chief strategy officer for McREL International, an educational research and development nonprofit organization, and as chief development officer for My Student Survey.
Posted on March 21, 2016 by Monica

A new report supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and WESTAF and written by Barry Hessenius examines the communications activities of arts organizations. The report, based on a survey in the fall of 2015, looks at the nature of internal and external communications, as well as how these communications are managed. The results of the survey offer baseline information about the modes, volume, effectiveness of communication in arts organizations, as well as their impact on productivity and organizational efficiency.

Posted on March 18, 2016 by Monica

Grantmakers in the Arts mourns the loss of Claudine Brown, who passed away on the night of March 17, 2016. Brown served on the GIA board from 1996 to 2001, including as board chair in 1999-2000, and was instrumental in building GIA into the professional organization it is today. She also created the social justice working group whose efforts led to GIA’s racial equity initiative.

Brown worked most recently as assistant secretary for education and access at the Smithsonian Institution.

Posted on March 18, 2016 by Monica

Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group, a GIA member and funding partner, was appointed by President Obama and has been confirmed by the United States Senate as a member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Posted on March 17, 2016 by Monica

By Robert Viagas, writing for Playbill:

Responding to a January 2015 report that highlighted a lack of racial diversity in New York arts groups, New York City announced March 16 that it has allocated $2 million to the city's theatre groups to support "a more inclusive theatre community."
Posted on March 16, 2016 by Steve

The Winter 2016 edition of the GIA Reader is now available from our online library. You will find our annual snapshot of arts and culture funding data from Foundation Center, plus a report from The Summit on Creativity and Aging in America, and articles on Building Equity in the Arts, Crowdsourcing Cultural Policy, the field of Teaching Artists, Arlene Goldbard on The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, and more.

See the full issue here.

Posted on March 15, 2016 by Monica

The National League of Cities has released a new report examining the maker movement across major U.S. cities. How Cities Can Grow the Maker Movement summarizes the characteristics of the maker movement, how the movement has grown, how local governments have been involved, and the challenges faced. The report also makes recommendations on how city policymakers can support the movement locally.

Posted on March 14, 2016 by Steve

From John McGuirk, announcing the release of a report, “Moving Arts Leadership Forward: A Changing Landscape” on The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation blog:

At the heart of the findings is a challenged definition of “leadership.” Members of younger generations often see leadership as the fostering of a culture of connectedness, collaboration, and change—they believe leadership is rooted in the efforts of many. This view is in contrast to the more traditional, hierarchical structures and practices of many arts organizations and funders.
Posted on March 9, 2016 by Monica

A new report released by A+ Denver examines the progress of a $40 million investment to improve arts education in Denver Public Schools. A Retrospective on Arts Education in Denver evaluates DPS progress in nine areas – including curriculum development, student assessment, and equitable access to quality programs – and makes recommendations for the future.

Posted on March 8, 2016 by Monica

From the office of Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M), posted to KRWG:

Today in a speech at the National Arts Summit in Washington, D.C., New Mexico Senator Tom Udall introduced the Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act. The new bill intends to support individual artists, arts institutions, and communities by reducing economic barriers and recognizing the powerful role of the arts in the U.S. economy.
Posted on March 7, 2016 by Steve

By Shawn Lent, Katie Ingersoll, Michael Feldman and Talia Gibas, posted to Createquity:

Opinions about the nonprofit arts model — the fundamental legal and business structure in which arts nonprofits in the United States work — are as numerous and varied as 501(c)(3)s themselves… While that system may seem “fossilized” to some, the truth is that most arts nonprofits today are younger than most of our parents. The boom of arts nonprofits has been a relatively recent phenomenon, and it came about thanks in large part to a handful of individuals who intentionally put it into motion.
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