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 2, 2010 by GIA News

(6-2-10) The Foundation Center has released the 2010 edition of its annual Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates, which presents findings based on actual 2008 giving and assets tracked by the Center for the approximately 75,000 U.S. foundations. The survey also includes giving projections for 2009 through 2011.

Posted on June 1, 2010 by GIA News

(6-1-10) In an editorial for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Pablo Eisenberg questions the seriousness and efficacy of the federal government's Social Innovation Fund. Eisenberg writes in response to last week's announcement that 25 foundations will be contributing a total of $50 million to the Fund. After outlining several ways the initiative is failing to meet NGO and community needs, Eisenberg concludes:

Posted on June 1, 2010 by GIA News

(6-1-10) "But that doesn’t change sectoral realities, which reinforce the antidemocratic spirit of these giver-receiver relationships, where potential receivers are expected to expose themselves to unbounded scrutiny and givers are entitled to ask without being required to answer. If truth in giving were mandated for foundation guidelines the way health warnings are required on cigarette packs, many of the more than 1.2 million foundations registered with the IRS as of last year would have to carry this notice..."

Posted on May 26, 2010 by GIA News

(5-26-10) Reinstating NEA grants to individual artists and performers is on Rocco Landesman's to-do list, just not at the top. Writing for The Denver Post, John Wenzel provides a backdrop to Landesman's sentiment by outlining the culture wars and tapping art world and government insiders for insight into how the funding initiative might unfold. About Landesman, Wenzel writes "...he is a veteran of the theater world and understands the value of timing."

Read more here.

Posted on May 26, 2010 by GIA News

(5-26-10) The National Endowment for the Arts has helped organize a summer-long program called Blue Star Museums that will offer free museum admission to active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day (May 31) through Labor Day (Sept. 6) "to show their appreciation for those who are serving this nation." The effort has been coordinated with Blue Star Families, a support organization "by military families for military families," and so far 600 U.S. museums of all kinds and in all 50 states have signed on.

Posted on May 26, 2010 by GIA News

(5-26-10) Knight of the Realm and stand-up comic, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.

Posted on May 25, 2010 by Janet

(5-26-10) Like so many of us, I’m concerned about what’s happening in Arizona. I’m concerned for a couple reasons. First, I believe the law they passed is unconstitutional and poor public policy. It is evidence of a state attempting to make national policy. There are already some pretty poor laws on state books as examples of this. State thinks its legal, the fed thinks its not. Makes great business for lawyers on both sides.

Posted on May 24, 2010 by GIA News

(5-24-10) A joint effort of various California arts funders, the Creative Capacity Fund and its Quick Grant Program provides reimbursement funds to arts administrators and individual artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Los Angeles to enroll in workshops, attend conferences locally and nationally, and to work with consultants and coaches in order to build administrative capacity, hone their business skills, and strengthen the economic sustainability of an organization or arts practice.

Posted on May 21, 2010 by GIA News

(5-21-10) Robert Booker, executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, responds to requests for his position on recently enacted laws from the state of Arizona:

Posted on May 21, 2010 by GIA News

(5-21-10) In yesterday's Wall Street Journal, Shelly Banjo profiled two West Coast museums that have averted breaking apart collections, closure, and other forms of institutional disaster by partnering with nearby universities. Banjo sites the pandemic of strained museum finances that resulted from the boom-time building and executive pay expansions that, in 2008, were abruptly sideswiped by the recession.

Posted on May 19, 2010 by GIA News

(5-19-10) In a recent survey, GrantCraft shared reflections from eight foundation leaders on this question, then asked others to weigh in. Over 1,500 of you responded, including many stakeholders in philanthropy, nonprofits, and government. A report is now available outlining the results. From GrantCraft:

Posted on May 19, 2010 by GIA News

(5-19-10) The Tennessee Arts Commission has received numerous reports of damage caused by recent flooding in West and Middle Tennessee. The Commission will offer any assistance possible, by making information resources available to artists and arts organizations affected by this disaster. The contact person at the Commission is Hal Partlow. He will be fielding questions, collecting information about specific situations, and directing constituents to appropriate resources.

Posted on May 19, 2010 by GIA News

(5-18-10) Further to our April 28 post, "Nonprofit 'Doomsday'", based on a New York Times story on the 2006 Pension Protection Act, the new filing requirements for charitable organizations, and the impending loss of nonprofit status to the thousands of charities who are not in compliance:

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that it will help small charities keep their tax-exempt status even if they missed the May 17 deadline for filing a new online form...

Posted on May 18, 2010 by GIA News

(5-18-10) The Cincinnati Museum Center is suing A Good Neighbor Foundation over a dispute that amounts to a he-said-she-said of good nonprofit-granting protocol. The Center alleges receipt of both verbal and written gift confirmations, while the Foundation argues that the funds in question—a $1 million grant to restore the dining room of Union Terminal, the historic building that is home to the Museum Center—were not subject to the requisite application and board approval process and are therefore not committed.

Posted on May 17, 2010 by GIA News

(5-17-10) Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his proposed 2011 fiscal year budget on May 6, and on May 14, Robin Pogrebin reported in The New York Times that "arts institutions insist they will be ruined by the cuts to their allocations."

Posted on May 12, 2010 by GIA News

(5-12-10) Still around, and still making people nervous.

Posted on May 12, 2010 by GIA News

(5-12-10) The San Francisco Foundation has announced that Moy Eng is joining the Foundation as the interim program officer for Arts and Culture. Moy has a national and local reputation for her leadership in arts and culture. She served previously as director of the performing arts program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Read More.

Posted on May 12, 2010 by GIA News

(5-12-10) From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Most of the last year’s business headlines have featured financial bailouts, ethical lapses, Ponzi schemes, executive bonuses and a general erosion of confidence in corporate America. Yet at the same time, corporations have shown extraordinary innovation in how they are leveraging their unique assets to generate positive change in communities...

Posted on May 11, 2010 by Janet

(5-11-10) So they don’t call Tennessee the “Volunteer State” for nothing! Although the national media has already moved on to the latest stock market twist and political scandal, the artists and arts organizations of Tennessee are recuperating, rebuilding and performing. The Nashville Symphony, although their hall is damaged, has designed a “traveling” season and has already performed. But there is much work to do, artists to help and organizations that will need support rebuilding.

Posted on May 11, 2010 by GIA News

(5-11-10) The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund has announced ten gifts, ranging in size from $12,500 to $75,000, to Atlanta area arts troupes and organizations. The gifts are part of a three-year, $3 million initiative to help small and midsized nonprofits weather the recession. Howard Pousner, writing for The Atlanta Journal Constitution explains: "The Atlanta Arts Recovery initiative can also be seen as one response to the gap in relatively weak public arts funding in Georgia and Atlanta.

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