WEBINAR: Briefing on the President's 2018 Proposed Federal Budget
Alex Nock

The proposed federal budget for 2018 defunds the NEA, the NEH, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Significant cuts are also being proposed to education and other important programs. GIA’s federal policy consultants, Penn Hill Group, will provide a briefing on these matters and take your questions during a webinar on June 7. Please join us for this special briefing. Register to attend this webinar.

Posted on May 12, 2016 by Monica

In the latest post on Nonprofit with Balls, Vu Le reflects on his experience at the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations conference last week. The post offers insights on hopeful trends in philanthropy with regard to how organizations address racial equity, how trust is built between funders and grantees, and how funders can better serve the needs of organizations and movements.

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Monica

The City of Santa Monica Community and Cultural Services Department has hired Shannon Daut to lead its Cultural Affairs Division. Daut comes to Santa Monica from the Alaska State Council of the Arts—a statewide organization that represents, supports, and advances the creative endeavors of individuals, organizations, and agencies throughout Alaska. She served as its Executive Director for five years. Daut is on the board of the National Performance Network and the Western States Arts Federation.

Posted on May 10, 2016 by Monica

By Joshua Barone, writing for The New York Times:

Susan Delvalle, a veteran administrator for New York arts institutions, has been chosen as the new president and executive director of Creative Capital, a group known for applying the principles of venture capital to financing artists’ projects. Ms. Delvalle, whose appointment is effective June 1, succeeds Ruby Lerner, who has run Creative Capital since it was founded in 1999.

Posted on May 10, 2016 by Steve

In response to a recent controversy at a service organization convening discussing equity at the National Endowment for the Arts, Janet Brown, CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts, and Richard Kessler, Executive Dean of the College of Performing Arts at The New School, have penned an open letter to the arts community.

Posted on May 5, 2016 by Monica

Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion has released a new publication, Dancing to the Top: How Collective Action Revitalized Arts Education in Boston. This case study of the Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion (BPS-AE), a program supported by Barr Foundation and others, examines the expansion of quality in-school arts instruction as a means to increase equity of opportunity in Boston Public Schools.

Read the report.

Posted on May 3, 2016 by Monica

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, made in partnership with Creative Capital:

Twenty-one remarkable performing artists will each receive $275,000 in flexible, multi-year funding as an investment in and celebration of their ongoing contributions to the fields of contemporary dance, theatre, and jazz. In addition to their funds, awardees get the opportunity to participate in professional development activities, financial and legal counseling, and regional gatherings—all designed to help maximize the use of their grants.
Posted on May 2, 2016 by Monica

By Hilda H. Polanco and John Summers, writing for Nonprofit Quarterly:

[Reserve grantmaking] bypasses operations altogether and instead looks to strengthen the financial position of grantees by providing funding for financial reserves and liquidity. … In this article, we will examine a few examples of reserve grantmaking by funders who have experimented with the practice, sharing lessons of what to do—and not to do—to make these grants effective in supporting nonprofit sustainability.
Posted on May 2, 2016 by Monica

As announced by The Wallace Foundation, a new report from RAND Corporation outlines how public schools can utilize funding from the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to support leadership improvement:

This RAND report describes major ESSA funding programs that can be used to pay for school leadership improvement efforts; the law’s categories of acceptable evidence, and where and how they come into play; and activities supported by research in the top three evidence categories.

Read the report.

Posted on May 1, 2016 by SuJ'n

For the month of May, GIA’s photo banner features artists and projects supported by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF). Launched in 2009, NACF is a unique, national organization dedicated to strengthening Native arts, perpetuating culture resilience, and bringing together diverse communities to drive social impact. Through philanthropy and partnership, its main areas of focus include individual artist fellowships and community inspiration projects.

Posted on April 29, 2016 by Monica

Sundance Institute has announced a new initiative for films and emerging media projects exploring stories related to the environment, conservation and climate change. These grants to support new projects are led by founding support from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and include additional support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Kendeda Fund, Discovery Channel, Code Blue Foundation and the Joy Family Foundation.

Posted on April 28, 2016 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader entitled “Starting a Movement: Building the Field of Teaching Artistry,” author Beth Feldman Brandt outlines eight recent projects that arose out of a preconference session at the Conference for Community Arts Education.

Posted on April 28, 2016 by Monica

The Bay Area Justice Funders Network (BAJFN) has created a tool for funders called “The Choir Book: A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy.” Using this framework, BAJFN invites funders to join a “choir” of foundations with shared social justice strategy and coordinated impact. The framework includes values, competencies, and practices for grantmakers and illustrates steps that funders can take at each stage of their grant cycle.

Posted on April 28, 2016 by Monica

From Kenneth Rainin Foundation:

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has announced that it is launching a new public art program. The Open Spaces Program will support temporary place-based public art projects in Oakland and San Francisco that engage communities, showcase artistic experimentation and energize public spaces. The Foundation invites Letters of Inquiry for new visionary projects that demonstrate collaboration between artists and nonprofit organizations. Up to four grants will be awarded in the fall and funding will range from $50,000-$200,000 per project.

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Steve

New on the GIA Podcast, we speak with Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz from Philanthropy Northwest about their Momentum Fellowship, a regional program designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities for careers in the philanthropic sector.

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Monica

By Robert Everett-Green, writing for The Globe and Mail:

The Canada Council for the Arts plans to create a separate granting stream for indigenous arts and artists and to use its programs and influence “to engender a new relationship between Canada’s indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.”

Reconciliation through the arts is one of four main priorities in the council’s new five-year plan, which was released on Tuesday. The other three are about helping Canadian artists thrive in a digital environment, raising their profile internationally and giving them more money.

Posted on April 25, 2016 by Monica

In the summer of 2015, Creative Capital, in conjunction with Ann Markusen (Markusen Economic Research) and Anne Gadwa Nicodemus (Metris Arts Consulting), launched a survey of artists who received awards from 2000 to 2013 to explore the impact of its support on the artists’ creative work and professional success. The results of the survey have been released in “Creative Capital Artists Look Back: 1999-2013.”

Posted on April 22, 2016 by Monica

Lifetime Arts has released a "Year Two Evaluation Report for Creative Aging in America's Libraries," conducted by Touchstone Center for Collaborative Inquiry. The report presents findings based on 50 completed arts education programs across the 20 participating library systems. It includes outcomes for older adult participants, library systems and for the library communities, as well as interim findings on the usefulness of Lifetime Arts resources and services.

Posted on April 21, 2016 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader entitled “In Appreciation of Words,” Irene Borger, Eleanor Savage, and Travis Laughlin examine the body of knowledge embedded in words such as “story” and “activate.”

Posted on April 21, 2016 by Monica

Arts Education Partnership has updated its State of the States report for 2016. The State of the States 2016 summarizes state policies for arts education identified in statute or code for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Information is based on a systematic search of state statutes and administrative regulations completed in March 2015 and updated in March 2016.

Posted on April 20, 2016 by Steve

In the first installment of GIA Podcast, we speak with former GIA board member Justin Laing from The Heinz Endowments about his recent service on the GIA board, racial equity, and his hopes for the future of our field.

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