MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: CULTURAL COUNCIL OF PALM BEACH COUNTY
For January, our photo banner features artists and work supported by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Founded in 1973, the Council operates as a non-profit, membership-based corporation and administers $4.5 million in grants annually partly through the management of tourist development taxes in contract with the Palm Beach County government. Read more here.
Posted on March 1, 2016 by SuJ'n

For the month of March 2016, GIA’s photo banner features art and projects supported by the Robert B. McMillen Foundation. The Foundation is a unique, private family foundation whose office is nestled in the heart of the Cascade Range in Washington State. Small but mighty, it is a statewide organization focused on medical research and the arts, with particular emphasis on supporting working artists and the arts as an economic driver to create vibrant communities.

Posted on February 28, 2016 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced a new grant program to strengthen and sustain quality humanities programs that benefit youth, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations. Humanities Access Grants offer matching grants toward term endowments for programming at cultural institutions that broadens access to excellent humanities content for underserved groups.

Posted on February 28, 2016 by Steve

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is conducting a survey of US-based artists to better understand their needs related to careers, income, health, and overall well-being. The survey is live now and through March 15th. It takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Posted on February 24, 2016 by Steve

A new website aims to assert the essential role of arts and cultural organizations in rural economic and community development. Next Generation: The Future of Arts & Culture Placemaking in Rural America — the full title of a “digital learning commons” announced by Art of the Rural (AOTR) and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) — is designed to provide a platform for storytelling, research, and best practices as well as an inclusive space for deeper collaboration. The Learning Commons wants to address two major challenges facing rural arts practitioners — geographic distance and access to information and networks — and establishes a digital intermediary through which these partnerships can develop.

Posted on February 24, 2016 by Steve

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the launch of the Rising Leaders of Color (RLC) Program and is taking nominations for participants to a DC-area cohort. RLC is an expansion and re-envisioning of TCG’s Young Leaders of Color Program that was launched in 2008. The program will work to change the face of the theatre field by nurturing and supporting an intergenerational network of leaders of color at various stages in their careers.

Posted on February 24, 2016 by Steve

The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) convened national leaders and advocates, master teaching artists and researchers for the regional launch of the NCCA Creative Caregiving Guide on February 23 in Los Angeles, California. The guide is a web-based and community-shared resource specially designed for both family and professional caregivers of adults who live with Alzheimer's disease and related cognitive disorders.

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Steve

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) has published the results of a survey examining the diversity of staff and leadership at nonprofit cultural organizations that are funded by the city. The survey release marks a major milestone in DCLA’s initiative to promote and cultivate diversity in the cultural community. The survey found that while New York City’s cultural sector is far more diverse than cultural organizations on the national level, it lags behind the demographic diversity of the city’s population.

Posted on February 20, 2016 by Steve

From Sherry Lucas, writing for The Clarion-Ledger:

Malcolm White’s return to the helm of the Mississippi Arts Commission is a “back to the future” move, in his words. “I’m stoked about it,” he said of going back to the post of executive director of the state arts agency, a job he previously held 2005-2012. “It feels like going back home.” But with value added. Three years as the state’s tourism chief means he’ll come packing a chunk of new knowledge, know-how, contacts.
Posted on February 19, 2016 by Steve

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the appointment of Maurine Knighton as the new program director of the foundation’s Performing Arts Program. Knighton currently is senior vice president at the Nathan Cummings Foundation as well as a member of the Grantmakers in the Arts Board of Directors. She joined Cummings five years ago as the Arts and Culture Program Director, building and expanding on NCF’s track record and commitment to work in the arts funding sector. “NCF is a stronger foundation than when she first began, and we are grateful for her wisdom and generosity over the years,” said Sharon Alpert, President & CEO of the Nathan Cummings Foundation. “Maurine will be with us until March 11, 2015 and we plan to use every minute to soak up her wise counsel.”

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Steve

By Howard Reich, writing for the Chicago Tribune:

A cash infusion of more than $6 million is heading to Chicago’s arts community. For the first time, the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will direct all of its MacArthur Awards for Creative & Effective Institutions to the city’s arts organizations. The awards, established in 2006, previously have gone to institutions around the globe covering a wide array of disciplines. This time, grants ranging from $200,000 to $1 million each will be given to 14 Chicago arts groups in jazz, theater, film, dance, opera, visual art and more.
Posted on February 18, 2016 by Steve

From Martin Levine at Nonprofit Quarterly:

Across the political spectrum, there is agreement that our public schools are not meeting their responsibility to our children’s futures. Spanning the Bush and Obama presidencies, a common thread has been the setting of a national imperative to improve public education. In his first inaugural address, President Bush shared his view of our public education system: “The ambitions of some Americans are limited by failing schools.” President Obama began the last year of his presidency saying that the nation still needed to “restore the promise of America’s public education, and ensure that American children again lead the world in achievement, creativity and success.” Policymakers in both administrations and mega-philanthropists like Bill Gates and the Walton family shared a common narrative of the reasons our public schools were failing, which shaped educational policy.

Red the full article.

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Steve

From J. Kelly Nestruck, writing for The Globe and Mail:

The Canada Council for the Arts is getting a new funding model in April of 2017 — a total rethink of the Ottawa-based granting council that reduces its number of programs from 148 to a streamlined six. As details of this shift have started to emerge in recent weeks, however, the most striking change may be the direct tying of diversity to funding for large arts organizations for the first time since the Canada Council was established in 1957. It’s not just the diversity of art and artists that will come under scrutiny in the future at institutions with revenue of more than $2-million.
Posted on February 17, 2016 by Steve

From Tom Mayhall Rastrelli, writing for the Statesman Journal:

Oregonians donated a record $4.56 million to the Oregon Cultural Trust in 2015. This is a 5.4 percent increase from the $4.331 million raised in 2014 and the largest annual increase in giving since the Great Recession. “This is a powerful vote of support for culture,” Brian Rogers, the trust’s executive director, said. “Every donation we receive is an Oregonian saying ‘Culture is important.’” The trust will distribute up to 60 percent of the donations by way of grants to more than 1,400 of Oregon’s cultural nonprofits. The remaining 40 percent will be placed in a fund currently valued at just more than $26 million. Before the passage of Senate Bill 441 in 2015, the trust could only distribute up to 42 percent of the funds raised.
Posted on February 17, 2016 by Steve

From the National Endowment for the Arts:

Today’s creative economy gets a big boost from the arts, according to new data from the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The latest figures cover 1998 to 2013 and they spotlight fast-growing arts industries, export trends, employment figures, consumer data, and more. In 2013, arts and cultural production contributed $704.2 billion to the U.S. economy, a 32.5 percent increase since 1998. Another key finding is that consumer spending on the performing arts grew 10 percent annually over the 15-year period. The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA) is the first federal effort to provide in-depth analysis of the arts and cultural sector's contributions to the economy.
Posted on February 12, 2016 by Steve

The Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative (AEFI) has announced the launch of a professional development program, the Seminar on Strategy for New Artist-Endowed Foundation Leaders that responds to the demand for professional development opportunities among new leaders entering this growing field. The 2016 Seminar will take place the week of June 6–10 in New York City.

Posted on February 12, 2016 by Steve

From E. San San Wong, Senior Program Officer at the Barr Foundation:

Three years ago, during the Boston mayoral race, artists, arts organizations, and engaged allies mobilized, lifted their voices, and called for greater support for the creative sector. This set the stage for Mayor Walsh to appoint Boston’s first cabinet-level arts chief in decades and to invite thousands of Bostonians to chart an inspirational course for their city through Boston Creates. Additionally, over these years, through the Barr-Klarman Arts Capacity Building Initiative, a cohort of arts and culture organizations have grown stronger and better capitalized to take artistic and organizational risks.
Posted on February 11, 2016 by Steve

Billed as an open conversation as opposed to a presentation of findings or the release of a report (that will be coming in June 2016) CREATIVZ.US asks what artists in the United States need to sustain and strengthen their careers. The project is managed as a partnership by the Center for Cultural Innovation and the National Endowment for the Arts Creativity Connects Initiative, with Helicon Collaborative providing research, and with support from Surdna Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The goal now for CREATIVZ.US is to get broad input from as many artists and artist support providers as is possible. You can see the conversation happening at CREATIVZ.US.

Posted on February 11, 2016 by Steve

Eleanor Savage, of the Jerome Foundation, penned this article in October 2015 for the Arts in a Changing America website:

When Roberta Uno asked me to be part of an ArtChangeUS panel responding to the question of how we shift the paradigm from diversity, inclusion, and representation to equity, desegregation, and transformation, I struggled with how to answer. I am an artist, racial and social justice activist, and I work for Jerome Foundation, an independent foundation that funds the arts. I don’t honestly feel that the arts and culture community as a whole is operating from the standard of diversity or equity. The paradigm I experience daily is still racism, segregation, and exclusion of people of color. As evidence of this, I collected some typical comments that I and other program officers in the funding world hear in response to efforts to address diversity or equity…

Read the full article.

Posted on February 10, 2016 by Steve

In an article from the latest issue of GIA Reader, Eric Booth, winner of the 2015 Americans for the Arts Education Leadership Award, makes the case for funders to support the work of the teaching artist in The Time Has Come for a National Field of Teaching Artistry.

Posted on February 9, 2016 by Steve

From Eileen Cunniffe and Julie Hawkins, writing for Nonprofit Quarterly:

There is ample evidence to demonstrate that nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the United States are rebounding from the Great Recession — albeit more slowly than other parts of the nonprofit sector. The 2014 National Arts Index compiled by Americans for the Arts notes that while the overall economic recovery began in 2009, it did not positively affect the arts until 2012. A report from the Urban Institute in 2014 showed that more arts, culture, and humanities nonprofits took the largest hit — proportionately — on revenue during the recession, and also had the largest decrease in total numbers of organizations of any of the subsectors studied.
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