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 June 17, 2010 by GIA News

(6-17-10) James N. Wood, the J. Paul Getty Trust President and Chief Executive, was found dead of natural causes in his Los Angeles home last Friday. Wood, who is credited with increasing the trust's stability and credibility in the art world after taking the helm in early 2007, was an art historian with nearly 30-years experience in curatorial and executive positions at prominent art institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum, the St. Louis Art Museum, and, from 1980-2004, the Art Institute of Chicago.

Posted on June 15, 2010 by GIA News

(6-15-10) Agnes Gund for the Huffington Post:

Where do the arts fit in relation to other important parts of our society? Where are they situated in the consciousness of our time? I find myself thinking about this a lot, worrying that the fit is, in a word, bad. All too often in our society, the arts are shut out; they are left to stand alone, at an uncomfortable angle away from the experiences and events we otherwise share as citizens, as thinkers, as advocates and as agents of change.

Posted on June 14, 2010 by Janet

(6-14-10) I’ve been executive director of Grantmakers in the Arts for 18 months. During that time I’ve learned so much about the dedication, courage and passion of our members for improving the state of artists and arts organizations. Our members believe strongly in their work and actively advocate for the arts within their own institutions, which represent state and local government, private and community foundation presidents and boards and corporate decision-makers. It’s a big and sometimes stressful job these days.

Posted on June 14, 2010 by GIA News

(6-14-10) The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has awarded a two-year, $3.3 million grant to the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) to support NEFA's National Dance Project. The grant increases the foundation's total support of the National Dance Project, over a thirteen-year period, to $21 million.

Posted on June 11, 2010 by GIA News

(6-11-10) Produced by the League of American Orchestras and funded with grants from MetLife Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Fearless Journeys: Innovation in Five American Orchestras is a first-of-its-kind case study about innovation in orchestras. The five stories featured in the book are only a few examples of how the orchestra field is testing important new approaches to administrative/artistic organization, community partnerships, and artistic initiatives. The Conclusion focuses on the factors that have enabled innovation in all five orchestras in the study.

Posted on June 11, 2010 by GIA News

(6-11-10) A gift of $25 million has reinvigorated the multi-year capital campaign for what was formerly called the Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE) and will now be called the Tateuchi Center. Sited in downtown Bellevue, the largest municipality in Seattle's suburb-cum-global technology center, the Eastside, the venue will house a 2,000-seat theater and a 250-seat cabaret-style venue. With the new gift, the center has raised $60 million towards its $160 million goal.

Posted on June 10, 2010 by GIA News

(6-10-10) From Ken May, Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Commission:

Governor Mark Sanford has vetoed the bulk of the Arts Commission's budget, effectively crippling the agency if the legislature does not override the veto. This cut eliminates all state funds for grants, programs and services, and more than 70 percent of our personnel. The cut also eliminates federal stimulus funds earmarked for grants to local arts organizations.

Posted on June 10, 2010 by GIA News

(6-10-10) From the blog, Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:

So “best practices” in teaching and learning, leaning on studies that seldom show strong connections between causes and effects, fall well behind the “evidence-based practice” that medicine has accumulated over time through clinical trials of experimental treatments. A simple peek at the U.S. Department of Education’s “What Works Clearinghouse” website confirms the few studies that rise to the level of evidence-based practice.

Posted on June 9, 2010 by GIA News

(6-9-10) Fourteen years later, Arlene Goldbard discussed her 1996 essay “Let Them Eat Pie: Philanthropy à la Mode.”

Posted on June 8, 2010 by GIA News

(6-8-10) From The Art Newspaper:

If you have been following the news about arts funding, you have reason to be concerned. A vast pool of private, public, and philanthropic capital has gone down the drain in the US, and elsewhere, in the “Great Recession”—with predictable consequences. What’s more, we may be on the cusp of a generational shift in giving priorities.

Posted on June 8, 2010 by GIA News

(6-8-10) The Joan Mitchell Foundation's annual Masters in Fine Arts Grant Program was created in 1997 to help MFA painters & sculptors in furthering their artistic careers and to aid in the transition from academic to professional studio work upon graduation.

Each recipient receives a grant in the amount of $15,000. To date the Joan Mitchell Foundation has awarded 162 MFA Grants. These grants are given in recognition of artistic quality to artists chosen from a body of candidates put forth by nominators from the academic art community across the United States.

Posted on June 8, 2010 by GIA News

(6-8-10) At last week's GIA Board of Directors meeting in Louisville, Diane Sanchez - Director of Grantmaking & Donor Services at the East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland - was elected to fill the vacancy left by the departure of John Killacky. Here is Diane's bio:

Posted on June 8, 2010 by GIA News

(6-8-10) From the June 5 Victoria, BC Times Colonist:

Things just seem to get worse for arts and culture in Victoria and the rest of British Columbia.

I'm not talking about the quality of the offerings, which often reach artistic levels that delight and surprise. Rather, it's our provincial government's mulish insistence on pretending the cultural industry in B.C. no longer exists.

Posted on June 8, 2010 by GIA News

(6-8-10) "But today they are so reduced that it is hard to guess what went on among the ruins. Profili’s dogs ramble around, crapping where they see fit. The great majority of the houses are in such decay that people aren’t allowed to enter them. Broken fences and signboards tell of torpor and indifference. Nearby Herculaneum, where many frescoes and mosaics have been irreparably damaged by rainwater, is an archaeological casualty ward; a team funded by the US billionaire David Packard is fighting to save what it can.

Posted on June 8, 2010 by GIA News

(6-8-10) In May, the Philadelphia Music Project (PMP), a program of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, announced grants totaling $1.1 million to Philadelphia-area arts organizations. PMP makes annual awards to organizations "whose adventurous programming and imaginative approaches to engaging audiences—through both performance and education—advance Philadelphia's role as a vital center for musical innovation." Project grants also provide direct support to area musicians and composers.

Posted on June 7, 2010 by GIA News

(6-7-10) "I have devoted a significant part of my life’s work in support of the independent artist — independent referring not to the size of a project, its funding or subject matter; rather, to the singular vision and voice of that artist. I founded Sundance Institute 30 years ago out of the belief that it is vital to ensure that the artist’s voice remains vibrant, valued and heard in civil society at large.

It is with this in mind that I ask you to join me in bringing wider attention and broader support to a critically important case currently in play in U.S. courts.

Posted on June 7, 2010 by GIA News

(6-7-10) Goucher College’s Master of Arts in Arts Administration program is presenting the Arts Leadership Symposium on June 24,1:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., the afternoon and evening before the Americans for the Arts' Half-Century Summit (June 25 - 27 in Baltimore). As arts leaders and providers, we must examine future trends in order to determine how to respond and how to lead. In this ever-changing environment, how are the arts best delivered? Who and where are our new audiences? How do we fund the arts?

Posted on June 7, 2010 by GIA News

(6-7-10) At the end of May, PNC Foundation announced a $2.1 million investment to establish science and arts summer school programs for underserved preschool children in Detroit public schools. The funding comes from PNC's signature cause, Grow Up Great, a ten-year, $100 million initiative to enhance early education and school readiness. From the foundation's press release:

Posted on June 3, 2010 by GIA News

(6-3-10) Council on Foundations Media Release, May 17:

The Council on Foundations is initiating a greater level of partnership with tribal philanthropic organizations by welcoming them as full, voting members of the organization, a move that was approved recently by unanimous decision of the Council’s board. Prior to this policy change, most tribal programs were eligible only for associate membership. Now the Council and its members will have more opportunity to support, learn from, and collaborate with tribal philanthropies.

Posted on June 3, 2010 by GIA News

(6-3-10) In a blog entry for the Los Angeles Times website, Mike Boehm laments the California state Assembly's unanimous approval of a bill that, should it pass the state Senate, will allow high school students to substitute "career technical education" classes for language and arts requirements. The bill's author, Warren Furutani, is expressly interested in improving the state's graduation rate; but, as Boehm notes: "Students applying to the University of California or the Cal State systems are required to have at least a year of high school arts."

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