MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: MISSISSIPPI ARTS COMMISSION

For the months of November and December, GIA’s photo banner features work and artists supported by Mississippi Arts Commission. Established in 1968, and funded annually by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, and private funds, MAC provides grants, technical assistance, consultation, and networking to artists, arts organizations, and institutions providing arts education throughout the state.

Posted on January 19, 2017 by Monica

From The Washington Post:

A published report [from The Hill] that members of the Trump administration are considering sweeping budget cuts that include eliminating cultural agencies have left some arts leaders with a strong feeling of deja vu.

Eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would cut $296 million from the federal government’s almost $4 trillion budget, saving taxpayers little but sending a symbolic message about the importance of small government. The report also said the incoming administration is considering privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

“These are old ideas, some more than a decade old,” said Americans for the Arts president and CEO Robert Lynch. “We take it seriously, but there’s a budget process and a lot of points of intersection.”

Posted on January 18, 2017 by Monica

A recent blog post on The Huffington Post expresses the importance of equity as New York City works to create its first-ever cultural plan:

New York’s plan – to be released this summer – follows Boston’s, which was revealed in 2016. How do we get New York to deeply embrace the full meaning of cultural equity in this plan? This is the question among funders at the New York City Cultural Agenda Fund in The New York Community Trust, where we seek to influence policy and advance equity in arts and culture.

Read the full post.

Posted on January 18, 2017 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, “Regranting as an Art Form: Empowering Artists as Community Change Agents,” Jack Becker of Forecast Public Art describes how being a nonprofit regrantor serves as a bridge between foundations and individual artists, utilizing practices that empower artists and support extraordinary projects.

Posted on January 17, 2017 by Monica

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is conducting a national survey to examine funding practices that advance nonprofit health. Directors of staffed foundations are invited to take the 2017 survey to benchmark “progress in supporting nonprofits in ways that allow them to be successful.” Results of the survey will be compiled into Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?, GEO’s triennial report.

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Monica

The Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs announced the resignation of Nevada Arts Council administrator, Susan Boskoff. Boskoff will retire on March 31, 2017, after 24 years of service to the State of Nevada. During her tenure with the agency, Boskoff increased the agency’s capacity to attract artists, increase the diversity of arts forms created by statewide artists, and strengthen communities through advancing lifelong learning, promoting public/private partnerships and growing economic diversification at the local level.

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader entitled “Artspace: Creating Sustainable Places for Artists,” Linda Picone explores the work and impact of Artspace, an organization that provides affordable housing for artists across the country.

Posted on January 10, 2017 by Monica

Wyncote Foundation has launched Wanderway, a new self-guided online course for artists and cultural organizations to learn about digital engagement. Wanderway was developed in response to feedback from a 2014 Wyncote study which indicated that many organizations had a sense that they “should be engaging digitally” but felt overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start.

Learn more.

Posted on January 10, 2017 by Monica

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation recently announced a new five-year, $8 million addition to its grantmaking in support of the performing arts. In celebration of the foundation’s fiftieth anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions will enable San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits to work with exceptional artists from around the world to create and premiere new works of performing arts in local communities.

Learn more.

Posted on January 9, 2017 by Monica

A recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review advocates a “shift from a framework that grounds giving in ‘charity’ to one that grounds giving in ‘justice.’” The authors ask funders to interrogate the historic inequities which have made philanthropy necessary, offering a set of questions for philanthropic field to examine their own practices under this framework.

Read the article.

Posted on January 5, 2017 by Monica

From the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Andrea Noble-Pelant from [Eagle River, Alaska], was recently appointed as the new executive director of the Alaska State Council on the Arts. She served as acting executive director since May 2016 after the departure of Shannon Daut, ASCA’s former executive director. For a decade, Noble-Pelant [previously] served as the visual and literary arts program director for the council.
Posted on January 4, 2017 by Steve

New on the GIA Podcast, we speak with Arlynn (Arni) Fishbaugh on funding in rural communities and what she has in store in retirement after 24 years at Montana Arts Council.

Posted on January 4, 2017 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, “DataArts: Becoming the Agile Nonprofit,” Beth Tuttle, CEO of DataArts, details how the organization adapted its internal practices to the Agile framework to accelerate progress toward its strategic goals.

Posted on January 3, 2017 by Monica

The New York Community Trust has announced a new program called The Liberty Fund, a “special funding opportunity to help New York City nonprofits address immediate issues affecting vulnerable New Yorkers.” The fund is a partnership with the New York Foundation and aims to address issues related to identity-based discrimination, mental health, health care, immigrant rights, and other time-sensitive needs.

Learn more.

Posted on January 3, 2017 by SuJ'n

To start the new year, this month GIA's photo banner features artists and work supported by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Founded in 1973 by business owner and community activist Alexander W. Dreyfoos, 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.

Posted on December 16, 2016 by Monica

From The New York Times:

Sotheby’s is hiring Christy MacLear, the chief executive of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and before that the executive director of the Philip Johnson Glass House, to expand the auction house’s advisory services for living artists and for artists’ estates and foundations.
Posted on December 15, 2016 by Monica

At a roundtable of the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military (NIAHM), leaders from the military, veteran, public, and private sectors met to discuss how to bring greater access to the arts and creative arts therapies for military service members, veterans, their families and caregivers. Ahead of the meeting, Americans for the Arts released a briefing summarizing progress that has been made on the recommendations from NIAHM’s seminal 2013 report, Arts, Health, and Well-being Across the Military Continuum.

Posted on December 14, 2016 by Monica

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced a new investment in documentary film with a four-year, $5 million grant to the International Documentary Association (IDA) to establish the IDA Documentary/Journalism Project. The IDA Documentary/Journalism Project will support production and development grants to nonfiction filmmakers taking on in-depth exploration of contemporary stories through a journalistic lens; and support, mentorship, training and access to resources for both grantees and the broader field.

Read the full announcement.

Posted on December 13, 2016 by Monica

From American Academy of Poets:

Twenty nonprofit poetry organizations from across the United States have formed a historic coalition dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and communities, and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

With support from Lannan Foundation, the poetry organizations convened last November in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to begin discussing how they might join forces to enhance the visibility of the art form and its impact on people’s everyday lives.

Posted on December 12, 2016 by Monica

From the Los Angeles Times:

Oakland’s artists are feeling the burden. In a city-sponsored survey last year, the majority of the 900 artists polled said workspace and housing costs presented the biggest challenges to being an artist in Oakland. Nearly half said they were on month-to-month leases in their houses and workspaces, putting them at risk of displacement, the survey found. ... Still, advocates say balancing safe living spaces with affordability is a problem no one in the city has figured out how to solve.

Read the full article.

Posted on December 8, 2016 by Monica

In recognition of a growing movement to integrate the arts with health in community-based programs, the National Endowment for the Arts has published an online guide for researchers and practitioners. The National Endowment for the Arts Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health is a blueprint for collaboration among academic researchers, arts organizations, and artists aiming to study the arts’ effects on health and extend this research to arts programs or therapies.

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