WEB CONFERENCE: Philanthropy Practice in Native and Tribal Communities
Lulani Arquette

On Tuesday, May 24, 2:00 pm EST/11:00 PST, GIA continues its 2016 Web Conference series with Philanthropy Practice in Native and Tribal Communities. We ​will ​hear ​from two ​funders, ​from ​a ​private ​foundation and ​a ​public ​foundation, ​on ​how ​they ​are ​contributing ​to ​strong ​and ​meaningful ​support ​for ​arts ​and ​cultures ​of ​Native ​America.

Posted on August 1, 2015 by SuJ'n

For the month of August, GIA's photo banner features work supported by Arts Council New Orleans. Founded 40 years ago to support the arts and cultural community of New Orleans, Arts Council New Orleans is the region's largest funder for the arts. In 2015, it distributed over $900,000 to southern Lousiana's arts and arts organizations.

Posted on July 30, 2015 by Steve

From Eric K. Arnold, writing for Oakculture:

Last January, when Mayor Schaff proudly preened in a Burning Man-style art car during her inauguration, hopes were high that art would become a priority. After all, Oakland’s much-ballyhooed cultural renaissance had brought national and even international attention to the city, completely remaking an image once invariably linked to crime and blight. But perhaps arts advocates should have paid more attention to the fact that the onetime Skyline High cheerleader and Jerry Brown aide was driving around in a motorized snail.
Posted on July 30, 2015 by Steve

Return on Investment: A New Consideration for Arts Education Advocacy and Policy Work reflects on GIA’s arts education funding report released at the AEFC Forum that was held in May.

Posted on July 29, 2015 by Steve

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in partnership with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), has announced the results of the first comprehensive survey to assess the ethnic and gender diversity of the staffs of art museums across the United States. Undertaken to replace anecdotal evidence with hard data, the survey provides the museum field with the first statistical baseline against which progress can be measured.

Posted on July 29, 2015 by Steve

The George Gund Foundation has named Jennifer Coleman as their new Senior Program Officer for the Arts. Coleman, an architect, has been president of her own design firm, Jennifer Coleman Creative LLC, since 2005. She founded CityProwl.com, a company that creates and distributes digital audio walking tours of Cleveland. Among other civic endeavors, Coleman has served as chair of the Cleveland Landmarks Commission and the Downtown/Flats Design Review Committee, and has been a member of the board of trustees of many organizations, including the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Cleveland International Film Festival, LAND studio, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Steve

Last Week Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker vetoed funding increases for the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). The veto would reduce the budget for MCC that the Legislature approved by $2.37 million, from $14.16 million to $11.79 million, for the fiscal year that began July 1. If it stands, that funding level would negate plans to increase investment in key grant programs and launch new initiatives, and necessitate cuts to existing programs, said MCC Executive Director Anita Walker.

Posted on July 23, 2015 by Steve

The Cultural Data Project and Americans for the Arts have announced that the CDP will provide the organizational data collection platform for Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, Americans for the Arts’ fifth national economic impact study of the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry. The collaboration brings together two national cultural data and research organizations with the intention of enriching national research and policy efforts, while at the same time streamlining data reporting for arts and cultural organizations.

Posted on July 22, 2015 by Steve

The latest issue of GIA Reader has been added to the online library. You can read articles about arts education from Richard Kessler and Margaret Hasse, articles on equity funding from Judi Jennings and Denise Brown, an interview with artist Ann Hamilton from Krista Tippett, a piece on the Creative Caregiving Initiative from Margery Pabst Steinmetz, and much more.

Posted on July 21, 2015 by Steve

Erik Takeshita, Director of Creative Placemaking for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), will join the Bush Foundation as its Portfolio Director, Community Creativity. Takeshita will oversee development and execution of the Foundation’s programming around arts-based community development efforts. Takeshita has over 20 years of experience working at the intersection of community development and the arts. Since 2008 he has led a breadth of work at LISC, including designing its “Central Corridor as Cultural Corridor” creative placemaking project.

Posted on July 21, 2015 by SuJ'n

The US Senate passed their version of ESEA on Thursday, July 16 by a strong bipartisan vote of 81-17. All of GIA's additions to the bill in Committee remained in the final bill. The specific schedule or logistics for a conference committee to work out differences between the House and Senate passed bills are unclear at this point, but both sides (and both parties on both sides) seemed determined to start the conference process to agree on a final bill.

Posted on July 14, 2015 by Steve

Allyson Esposito, a veteran arts and philanthropy advocate, has been hired as the new Director of Arts & Culture for the Boston Foundation. Esposito comes to Boston from the City of Chicago, where since 2012 she has served as director of the city’s Cultural Grants Program in the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. In that role she was charged with fostering partnerships and lasting relationships in Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent artists, and for-profit art institutions.

Posted on July 13, 2015 by Steve

United States House of Representatives

Last week the House took up H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, for the second time after the bill was pulled from the floor in February due to lack of votes. While none of the amendments were related to arts education or our AEFC agenda, the House bill does include references to arts education as part of the local block grant in Title I and in Title II with regard to professional development. The House passed H.R. 5 by a final vote of 218-213. All Democrats and 27 Republicans voted against the bill.

United States Senate

Beginning on July 7, 2015, the Senate debated and voted on amendments to the S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act. The Senate has not completed its work on this bill and is expected to continue the consideration of amendments throughout this week. As a reminder, the AEFC arts education agenda is well represented as part of this legislation. The AEFC agenda is well represented as part of the legislation including:
  • A definition of “core academic subjects” that includes the arts. While not leveraged effectively in current law, core academic subjects appears in several key locations in the bill (see below).
  • Clarity that Title I funds can be used for arts education. Specifically, Title I says that funds can be used for “programs, activities and courses in the core academic subjects.” As mentioned above, the term “core academic subjects” includes the arts.
  • The definition of core academic subjects appears in several other programs, thereby allowing these programs to have an arts education focus. For example, there is a new program that allows for the integration of core academic subjects into literacy programming and as an approach in the definition of extended learning time for schools looking to extend the school day.
  • Authorization of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which includes the ability to...
Posted on July 11, 2015 by Steve

After 23 years as program director for American art at the Henry Luce Foundation, Ellen Holtzman will retire on September 30. Her successor will be Teresa A. Carbone who previously served as American art curator at the Brooklyn Museum. Dr. Carbone will join the Luce Foundation in early August.

Posted on July 8, 2015 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts has selected Clifford Murphy as its new director of folk and traditional arts, effective August 24, 2015. Murphy will manage NEA grantmaking in folk and traditional arts, oversee the NEA National Heritage Fellowship program, and represent the agency to the field. Murphy is currently director of Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). In 2011, Murphy launched the state’s first Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival, and also manages the Maryland Traditions grant program supporting apprenticeships and projects. Murphy also produces the state’s annual Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts (ALTA) Awards.

Posted on July 8, 2015 by Steve

From Phil Buchanan, writing for The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

Foundation staff and major donors may not hear much direct criticism of their foundations or giving, surrounded as they are by grantees and grant seekers. But it seems like everyone has a point of view on what philanthropists should be doing: You can’t flip through more than a few pages of The Chronicle of Philanthropy or Stanford Social Innovation Review — and recently The New York Times and Wall Street Journal — without finding an article with the words “foundations should” or “philanthropists should.”
Posted on July 6, 2015 by Janet

By Janet Brown from her blog Better Together.

Last month, I was fortunate to be invited to a small gathering of scientists and artists at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Undaunted by the academic title of the convening, “Examining Complex Ecological Dynamics through Arts, Humanities and Science Integration,” I attended with a colleague and GIA member, Bill O’Brien, senior innovation advisor to the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Bill and I joined artists and scientists who are primarily working at scientific field stations focused on environmental data collection and research.

Posted on July 1, 2015 by Steve

Nearly 28 million U.S. adults have some type of disability related to hearing, sight, cognition, walking, and other activities of daily living. A Matter of Choice? Arts Participation Patterns of Disabled Americans offers the first nationally representative analysis of arts-participation patterns among people with disabilities.

Posted on July 1, 2015 by SuJ'n

For the month of July, GIA's photo banner features the recipients of The Surdna Foundation's Artists Engaged in Social Change awards and their work. Founded in 1917 by John Emory Andrus, the Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the US that are guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.

Posted on June 30, 2015 by Steve

From T. Lulani Arquette, President/CEO of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and a current member of the GIA Board of Directors:

In my lifetime, I have not seen this level of racial discrimination and hatred in our country since the 1960’s and early 1970’s. As a very young girl, too innocent to understand what was going on, but intuitive enough to know that something very wrong was happening, I remember seeing on national television these horrific images of police dogs and fire hoses turned on the demonstrators in Birmingham, the violence at the Pettus Bridge in Selma, and the burning neighborhoods of the Watts riots in Los Angeles. These images from Alabama and California flashed on TV screens across our nation and stayed with me for a long time.
Posted on June 29, 2015 by Steve

A new report from the Center for an Urban Future looks into the state of New York’s creative sector to see how the people working there are doing in the wake of the city’s economic surge and the transition to a new administration. After an unprecedented investment in cultural capital projects and a strong emphasis on promoting tourism during the Bloomberg administration, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking steps to ensure that opportunities to produce and consume culture are broadly shared and that working artists and creative professionals can afford to live and work there. Creative New York proposes more than 20 steps that the de Blasio administration can take to address and ultimately overcome the chief obstacles documented in the report, that was authored by Adam Forman with financial support from New York Community Trust, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Edelman.

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