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 October 12, 2010 by GIA News

(10-12-10) The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Pew Fellowships in the Arts announced last week the names of twelve new Fellows, each of whom will receive a $60,000 award. These "no strings attached" fellowships are provided over one-two years to artists in the five-county Philadelphia area. Artists working in a wide range of aesthetics and traditions are selected based on the merit of their work, dedication to their professional practice, and the potential impact of the fellowship on their subsequent creative endeavors.

Posted on October 12, 2010 by GIA News

(10-11-10) The Life Is Art Foundation, recently began to reap a new kind of financing, in the form of tall, happy-looking marijuana plants. Late this month, with some help from the sale of its first small crop, grown under California’s liberal medical marijuana laws, the group plans to present an inaugural exhibition on its land, of sculpture and installation work by more than 20 visiting artists — some of whom will have helped bring in the harvest.

Posted on October 8, 2010 by GIA News

(10-8-10) This week, The James Irvine Foundation announced $3.8 million in grants to twelve California Central Valley arts organizations. The grants represent the first year of the second phase of the foundation's Arts Regional Initiative, which funds actions (including strategic plan updates) by arts organizations to advance financial sustainability and to increase cultural participation from underrepresented communities.

Posted on October 8, 2010 by GIA News

(10-8-10) The Fall 2010 edition of GIA Reader was mailed earlier this week, so watch your mail for its arrival. It features research-focused articles by Steven Lawrence, Angela Han, Margaret Ayers, and Holly Sidford; an overview by John McCann of the Arts Education Thought Leader Forum, and much more (including poetry from Gwendolyn Brooks and Haki Madhubuti).

Posted on October 7, 2010 by GIA News

(10-8-10) The Web Conference “Arts Funding Update: New Trends and Assumptions” will take place today, Friday, October 8, at 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT. Three presenters will discuss the latest research in the field of arts funding: Steven Lawrence, director of research, Foundation Center, Holly Sidford, president, Helicon Collaborative, and Angela Han, director of research, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.

Posted on October 6, 2010 by GIA News

(10-6-10) The NASAA awards program showcases best practices of state arts agencies and regional arts organizations, recognizes exemplary leadership, and demonstrates how government creatively, effectively and efficiently serves the public through the arts.

This year's recipients are recognized for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the field. All three awards will be presented October 15 at Assembly 2010 in Austin, Texas:

  • Gary Young Award: Arlynn Fishbaugh
  • Distinguished Public Service Award: Lu Ellsworth
Posted on October 5, 2010 by GIA News

(10-5-10) The Sundance Institute's new initiative Film Forward is a curated group of five American and five international independent films selected for screening at select U.S. venues and venues around the world, including American embassies.

Posted on October 5, 2010 by GIA News

(10-5-10) The National Science Foundation, a federal agency, make a substantial grant to the arts.

Posted on September 29, 2010 by GIA News

(9-29-10) "Reports of the nonprofit sector’s death have been greatly exaggerated. So, too, have assumptions about for-profits’ intrinsic efficiency (and amorality). Along with these has come a flurry of activity designed to make for-profits look more like nonprofits and vice versa."

Read more.

Posted on September 28, 2010 by Janet

This weekend I had the great privilege to talk with current and past board members and staff of Artist Trust, an organization that supports individual artists in Washington. Led by Fidelma McGinn, this is one of several organizations in the country running stellar grantmaking and service programs for artists. In addition to a great group of people, they met in Snohomish, WA, a small town surrounded by mountains with a river running through it.

Posted on September 28, 2010 by GIA News

(9-28-10) Theater Communications Group (TCG) announced the third annual Free Night of Theater New York City, which will take place at nearly 100 participating Off-Broadway, Off Off Broadway and Independent Theaters in all five boroughs during the entire month of October 2010. Introduced by TCG as a three-city pilot-program in 2005 and to New York City in 2008, Free Night of Theater is now presented in more than 23 states.

Posted on September 28, 2010 by GIA News

(9-28-10) A large number of artists among this year's fellowship recipients. See the complete list.

Posted on September 27, 2010 by GIA News

(9-27-10) Earlier this month, the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) invited Ron Ragin, associate program officer in the Performing Arts Program at GIA member William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to contribute to the CEP blog. Ragin responded with four well executed and arts program specific entries on matters ranging from investing in grants-related data collection to providing general operating support to nonprofits. He also provides a candid and informative response to the CEP Grantee Reception Report commissioned by Hewlett in 2009.

Posted on September 27, 2010 by GIA News

(9-27-10) Calvin Hennick for The Boston Globe:

The Boston Foundation, the biggest public philanthropy in New England, and three other nonprofits today unveil a new fund to help local charities work together, or even merge, to better serve their communities.

Over the next five years, the $1.7 million Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits will offer grants meant to help charities form partnerships, combine functions like bookkeeping or community services, or merge into new groups.

Posted on September 21, 2010 by Janet

(09-21-10) Grantmakers in the arts will gather in Chicago, October 17-20 for their annual conference. This is actually the organization’s 25th conference. It is my second. The first eleven or so were put together solely by members (in the grass roots tradition) without staff. Anne Focke, my predecessor and GIA staff managed the next ten years.

Posted on September 17, 2010 by GIA News

(9-17-10) After a successful three-year stint in Miami, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will be giving for- and nonprofits in Philadelphia three opportunities (one per annum) to apply for $9 million in available arts grants. Proposed projects must benefit both the arts and Philadelphia, and applicants must provide proof of matching funds. There is no limit on the number of applications or ideas an individual or organization can submit, nor is there a limit on how much the foundation may bestow in a single grant.

Posted on September 17, 2010 by GIA News

(9-17-10) Art meets science at the 3rd annual "Dance Your Ph.D." competition wherein Ph.D. candidates explain their work in dance, sponsored by Science Magazine. You can see the finalists here.

Posted on September 16, 2010 by GIA News

(9-16-10) Washington State Arts Commission will host an online webinar on September 23, 2010, 10 am-11 am, to review and further discuss the recent successful Arts Participation Leadership Forum and Workshops presented in partnership with The Wallace Foundation. Arts organizations may gather their staff to participate in a discussion of emerging practices in Audience Engagement with nationally recognized researcher and consultant Alan Brown of WolfBrown together.

Posted on September 16, 2010 by GIA News

(9-16-10) The Board Leadership Training series is an intensive step-by-step program to build a stronger and more effective Board of Directors. The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has teamed up with The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University's Business School, Nonprofit Finance Fund, and LaPiana Consulting to present a free and comprehensive series that has three components:

  • Overview: Two mandatory introductory full-day workshops: Assessment/Lifecycles and the Board Bootcamp
Posted on September 16, 2010 by GIA News

Check out Lucy Bernholz's Philanthropy 2173 Blog for several recent insightful posts on philanthropy and foundation practices.

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