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 July 22, 2010 by GIA News

(7-22-10) Bad Culture caught wind of Medici's Lever via John Kreidler's GIA Guest Blog and set up an in-depth interview that you can read here.

John Kreidler will continue to discuss Medici's Lever, a web-based tool designed to model the dynamics of cultural policy in an urban environment, on his GIA-hosted blog—the first in a series of guest blogs that GIA will roll out over the course of the year. Check back often and feel free to post questions and comments.

Posted on July 22, 2010 by GIA News

(7-21-10) From the Washington Post:

In a White House where first lady Michelle Obama's relationship to the arts strives to be both rarefied and common, cerebral and pragmatic, the cultural program is dictated by tradition, personal life story... and an unabashed desire to shake things up.

Posted on July 22, 2010 by GIA News

(7-21-10) The Performing Arts Alliance reports, "According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), processing times for regularly-filed artist visa petitions will not exceed 14 days.

Posted on July 21, 2010 by GIA News

(7-21-10) From Open Society Institute:

To give a boost to New York City arts organizations hard hit by the financial crisis, the Open Society Foundations today announced $11 million in grants to support community and educational arts initiatives...

Posted on July 21, 2010 by GIA News

Surdna Foundation has released the report “A Documentation and Analysis of Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship Program (SATF): The First Decade 2000-2010” prepared by Mindy N. Levine. More from surdna.org:

Posted on July 21, 2010 by GIA News

Angie Kim will be leaving The Getty Foundation at the end of this week and will be joining Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) as their Director of Programs beginning August 9.

Posted on July 20, 2010 by GIA News

(7-20-10) Despite signals in 2008 that funding would end after a two-year grant period, New York arts organizations are struggling to fill gaps in their budgets created by the discontinuance of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's grantmaking program (administered by the Carnegie Corp. of New York).

Posted on July 20, 2010 by Janet

(7-20-10) This week, Grantmakers in the Arts launches its registration site for our 2010 conference in Chicago, October 17-20. This has made me think more about being “better together” and the possibilities for positive change when a community of practice meets to discuss their challenges and successes.

Posted on July 20, 2010 by GIA News

(7-20-10) Further to our July 2nd post on community-vote-based corporate giving, Kate Taylor reports on ArtsBeat about a Lincoln Center employee who used Twitter to issue a call to arms against fellow American Express grant candidate StoryCorps. The arts community responded:

Posted on July 19, 2010 by GIA News

(7-19-10) July 18, Rebecca Knight for The Financial Times:

A growing number of business programmes are introducing courses focused on 'practising philanthropy,' with the aim of teaching MBA students how to have a strategic edge in their giving by conducting site visits to non-profit organisations, tracking social and operational metrics and measuring the impact of their charitable contributions.

Posted on July 19, 2010 by GIA News

(7-19-10) New Research by Katherine Fulton, Gabriel Kaspar, and Barbara Kibbe, published by the Monitor Group and supported by the W. K. Kellog Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Posted on July 16, 2010 by GIA News

(7-16-10) On July 10, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced grants totaling nearly $4 million, with $1,597,500 directed to the arts. On the same day, Paul Allen announced his intention to leave the bulk of his $13.5 billion estate to philanthropic causes—in part, answering a challenge to "America's uber-rich," issued by fellow billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, to make public pledges of substantial support to philanthropic causes.

Posted on July 15, 2010 by GIA News

(7-15-10) Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has announced the awarding of 80 grants through its 2011 ArtsCONNECTprogram. The grants will provide $479,700 in fee support for 15 performing arts ensembles. Grants are awarded directly to the organizations presenting the artists' engagements. The Foundation received 119 applications requesting over $830,000 in support of 25 tours for the latest funding round of the program.

Posted on July 15, 2010 by GIA News

(7-15-10) From USA Today:

Earthlings, be warned. There's a 26-foot-tall space robot with waving, propeller-tipped arms in Terminal B at California's Mineta San Jose International Airport. There's no need to be frightened. In fact, you might want to build in a little extra time to get to know this new creature.

Posted on July 15, 2010 by GIA News

(7-15-10) From the Kentucky Arts Council:

With profound sorrow we announce the death of John Stoughton Benjamin. John was the director of arts education programs at the Kentucky Arts Council from April 1, 1990, until his retirement on April 1, 2008. Passionate about the arts, particularly theater and arts education, John shared his joy in the arts with everyone he met.

Posted on July 15, 2010 by GIA News

(7-15-10) "Thanks to a last-minute funding infusion from the Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles County's arts grants won't suffer a double-digit decrease in the fiscal year that began July 1," Mike Boehm reported in a July 14 Culture Monster post. The board approved a budget increase that has saved the grants program from the 10.6% cuts faced by many county operations, a result of revenue shortfalls. The grant budget, totaling $4.1 million, will fund museum and performance venues, arts groups, and the annual county-sponsored holiday concert.

Posted on July 15, 2010 by GIA News

(7-15-10) 21 grants totaling $3 million have been awarded through the National Endowment for the Arts Mayors’ Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary Initiative (MICD 25). The announcement was made by NEA chairman Rocco Landesman from the base of the former Bethlehem Steel Plant known as SteelStacks Campus.

Among the cities receiving the largest grants from the program are Hartford, CT and Rochester, NY as well as Chicago, Il and San Francisco, CA.

Posted on July 14, 2010 by GIA News

(7-14-10) GIA is hosting a guest blog for John Kreidler, who is discussing Medici's Lever, an internet-based, interactive application co-designed by Kreidler and Steve Peterson.

Welcome to the hypothetical world of “Medici’s Lever”, an online suite consisting of two educational games and one simulation laboratory probing the subject of regional cultural policy. Within “Medici’s Lever”, you are in command of up to eight policy levers that can be deployed in infinite variety over a 40-year span.

Posted on July 13, 2010 by GIA News

(7-13-10) A discussion has been underway this week at SocialEdge.org about Effective Disaster Response and hosted by Charles Maclean, founder of PhilanthropyNow. Many interesting questions are posed and discussed. Be sure to look over the Checklist for Effective Disaster Response, a pdf document authored by Mr. MacLean and G. Faruq Achikzad, CEO of the Raquim Foundation.

Posted on July 13, 2010 by GIA News

(7-13-10) Robert Hewison in The Art Newspaper:

To convince the public, and not just the government, an argument has to be made that shows that the arts are worth funding, in and for themselves. That calls for a more sophisticated form of cultural economics than is currently recognised at the Treasury. There is a market for culture, but culture does not depend on the market for its existence. The experiences the arts offer—pleasure, terror, insight, knowledge, release—are individual and hard to quantify, and these intrinsic aspects come before any attempt to translate them into economic terms.

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