Tina LaPadula, Teaching Artist, and formerly Education Director, Arts Corps
At this year’s GIA Conference, grantmakers supporting arts education and those interested in art programs for older adults are encouraged to attend the Sunday preconference, Access to a Lifetime of Arts Education: Every Child, Every Adult. In the morning workshop session, funders will learn how social justice practices can be integrated into teaching artist trainings and program implementation to ensure equity in teacher-student engagement.
Posted on August 31, 2015 by Steve

As the Open Circle Foundation begins the process of closing down after 15 years connecting artists and communities in the creation of public artworks focused on social and environmental justice, the foundation has documented the impact and thinking behind their work through a monograph. Trusting What we don’t know: Lessons from an Experiment in Art, Environment and Philanthropy in California’s East Bay is authored by Dr. Maribel L Alverez.

Posted on August 28, 2015 by Steve

Chula Vista Elementary School District (Chula Vista, California is located just south of Dan Diego) launched an arts education expansion and teacher hiring spree this summer unlike any that local arts educators have ever seen. The district serving 30,000 students hired about 60 new art teachers in the span of a few months, and 16 arts instructor spots still remain open… The district’s unprecedented investment in arts instruction was made possible by $15 million in funding approved by the Chula Vista school board in June. The allocation flowed from Gov. Jerry Brown’s state local control funding formula that shifted education spending decisions to the local level and targets disadvantaged students.

Read the full article.

Posted on August 28, 2015 by Steve

Rodney Trapp, from the George H. Heyman, Jr., Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising and New York University, looks at ways we can embrace market-driven strategies for impact investment in a creative economy in The Creative Social Enterprise: An Impact Investment.

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Steve

The Arizona Commission on the Arts has launched an initiative to build a local creative aging infrastructure that improves quality of life for older adults. A $225,000 grant (over three years) from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust will help the Arts Commission implement AZ Creative Aging, a comprehensive plan that trains artists, supports the development of high-quality arts programs for older adults, and embeds creative aging knowledge and best practices in the community. Dr. Gay Hanna, executive director of the National Center for Creative Aging, said the initiative’s level of private financial support coupled with the public policy commitment supporting creative programming for older adults is like nothing else in the nation.

Posted on August 27, 2015 by Steve

From The St. Louis American:

Wells Fargo Advisors and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis (A&E) announced an expanded partnership in the areas of arts and culture. Wells Fargo Advisors’ total investment of $100,000 will expand access to creativity and expression opportunities for underserved youth and help build capacity for local arts organizations in the bi-state, metropolitan region… The majority of the investment ($50,000) will serve as a lead contribution establishing and launching an “Arts Education Fund” managed by A&E. The Fund will provide tuition scholarships and transportation subsidies intended to remove financial barriers that may prevent talented high school art students in underserved or low-income areas from expanding their creative training outside the traditional classroom setting.
Posted on August 24, 2015 by Steve

A post from Vu Le, director of Rainier Valley Corps, on his blog Nonprofit with Balls:

For the past few years, everyone has been talking about Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competency. This is good. But when these things do not actually come with profound changes in systems and processes, they can actually cause more harm. Equity, in particular, has been a shiny new concept adopted by many funders. A basic tenet of equity in our line of work is that the communities that are most affected by societal problems are leading the efforts to address these challenges. And yet, many foundations’ application process is deeply inequitable, leaving behind the people and communities who are most affected by the injustices we as a sector are trying to address.

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Posted on August 24, 2015 by Steve

The Creative Work Fund has announced their award of 14 grants totaling $543,250 that will support the creation of new works by San Francisco Bay Area artists who are working in collaboration with an array of nonprofit organizations to develop and present their work. From a mapping project that illuminates stories of evictions and displacement in Alameda County to a creative exchange between a traditional Lao molam (theatrical) group and a Lao rap artist, the projects reflect the rich variety of the region’s cultures and artistic practices. The Creative Work Fund was launched in 1994 to assert the value of philanthropic support for artists, the value of collaboration, and the special collaborative skills many artists bring to their craft and can share with nonprofit organizations.

Posted on August 20, 2015 by Steve

The Creative Caregiving Initiative: Arts at the Intersection of Wellness is a report from Margery Pabst Steinmetz — founder and president of The Pabst Charitable Foundation for the Arts, and board president-elect of the National Center for Creative Aging — on the three-year evolution and journey from vision to implementation of the Creative Caregiving Initiative.

Posted on August 17, 2015 by Steve

By Marion Renault of the Journal Sentinel:

Since philanthropic foundations reduced sizes of gifts to Milwaukee area nonprofit groups during the Great Recession, most donations have fully rebounded — except grants to arts and cultural programs. Those programs remain 50% behind the pre-recession pace of grant revenue, while a new Public Policy Forum study shows that funding for arts and cultural groups is now vulnerable to a new threat: changes in foundation priorities.
Posted on August 17, 2015 by Steve

Grantmakers in the Arts hosted a national dialogue for arts funders on June 2, 2015 on increasing funding and access to funding for African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA) organizations. It was held at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. You can now view the presentations from the forum web page, including those by Carlton Turner and Kenny Leon, and also including a pair of panel discussions from the nonprofit field and from the philanthropic field.

Posted on August 14, 2015 by Steve

From Megan Burbank, writing for the Portland Mercury:

(Emily) Sterling and Char Hutson’s debut documentary, Arts Exit: Saving the Creative Kid, which was selected by the Hollywood Theatre for a fiscal sponsorship, tracks the human cost of gutted arts education in Portland’s schools. The filmmakers’ rationale is simple: They’re both educators in Portland Public Schools. By day, Hutson’s a community outreach coordinator who works with a caseload of 400-plus students, and Sterling directs a youth development middle school program. To make Arts Exit, Sterling and Hutson filmed and edited around the demands—and schedules—of their day jobs, tracking students’ experiences in the wake of drastic cuts to arts education.

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Posted on August 13, 2015 by Steve

Building Equity and Inclusion by Assessing Demographic Data: Two Case Studies looks into work being done by the Leeway Foundation and the Kentucky Foundation for Women for equitable grantmaking. Denise Brown and Judi Jennings represent their respective organizations in authoring the article.

Posted on August 13, 2015 by Steve

From Alex Daniels, writing for The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

Workers at the Women’s Bean Project will still pack and ship soups, and cancer researchers at the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute at the University of Denver haven’t ended their quest for medical discoveries. But starting this summer, work at those institutions will continue without the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. In a change years in the making, the Denver-based foundation recently shifted all of its support to the arts — a move that’s rare, if not unprecedented, for a grant maker with previously broad areas of focus.
Posted on August 12, 2015 by Steve

From Greg Cook, WBUR 90.9FM, in Boston:

The budget for the Massachusetts Cultural Council will increase by 20 percent after the state Legislature on Wednesday voted to override Gov. Charlie Baker’s July 17 budget veto that would have level funded the state arts agency. “The House and Senate voted separately to restore $2.37 million to MCC’s budget, overriding the Governor’s earlier veto of the increase. State funding for MCC will be $14.16 million for FY16, up from $11.79 million in FY15. The new fiscal year began July 1,” the state arts agency reports.
Posted on August 11, 2015 by Steve

The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) Board of Directors unanimously appointed Angie Kim as President and CEO. Kim transitions to this position having served as the Interim President and CEO since July 2014. Previously, Kim joined the CCI Board in 2009 and was elected Chair in 2010. She served on the Board until 2014 when she stepped down to assume the role of interim president and CEO. She has also previously served on the Board of Directors at Grantmakers in the Arts and is currently a Council Member of American Alliance of Museum’s Center for the Future of Museums and a board member of California Arts Advocates/Californians for the Arts.

Posted on August 10, 2015 by SuJ'n

Last summer, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Santa Fe Institute convened a 15-member working group to: "a) evaluate the legacy of creativity research, and b) explore new knowledge at the intersections of cognitive psychology, neurobiology, learning, complex systems, and the arts." The NEA recently published "How Creativity Works in the Brain," which shares the working group's insights.

Read the full announcement.

Posted on August 6, 2015 by Steve

What’s the Big Idea in Arts Education? Advocacy for an Equitable and Just Mission, authored by Margaret Hasse, summarizes the happenings and provides key takeaways from the AEFC Forum Every Child, Every School that was held in May of 2015.

Posted on August 4, 2015 by Steve

Nancy Fowler of St. Louis Public Radio, writing for The St. Louis American:

When new Regional Arts Commission (RAC) executive director Felicia Shaw, who currently sits on the GIA Board of Directors, realized her job at a San Diego foundation might be eliminated, she wondered what that might mean for her life. “I was thinking about what new direction I wanted to go in,” Shaw said. “And then, Ferguson happened.”
Posted on August 3, 2015 by Steve

Over the past few months, D5 has joined other champions of diversity, equity, and inclusion in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — landmark legislation that provides access and protections for those with disabilities. D5 felt it was important to mark the occasion as they continue to work for full inclusion of all communities, including ensuring opportunity and access for people with disabilities. Here are a few online posts on the subject.

Posted on August 1, 2015 by SuJ'n

For the month of August, GIA's photo banner features work supported by Arts Council New Orleans. Founded 40 years ago to support the arts and cultural community of New Orleans, Arts Council New Orleans is the region's largest funder for the arts. In 2015, it distributed over $900,000 to southern Lousiana's arts and arts organizations.

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