Grantmakers in the Arts extends its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who died in the Oakland fire. Although this tragedy occurred in Oakland, it is a reflection of the rising costs of housing and artist work spaces in cities across America. Thank you to the GIA members, both public and private, working to find solutions.
Posted on December 14, 2015 by Steve

Four collaborations between artists of color and cultural organizations in Chicago, Detroit and the Twin Cities have each won $50,000 from the Joyce Foundation’s annual Joyce Awards competition for 2016. The Joyce Awards is the only program supporting artists of color in major Great Lakes cities. The Chicago-based foundation has awarded $2.6 million to commission 50 new works since the annual program started in 2003. A distinctive feature of the Joyce Awards is that in addition to being new, winners’ work must include the process of engaging community members to inform and shape their art.

Posted on December 10, 2015 by Steve

In an article from the latest issue of GIA Reader, Martha Sloca Richards, executive director of the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, and William Vesneski of Luma Consulting, present key findings from an assessment of the foundation’s Large Arts Organization Initiative.

Posted on December 10, 2015 by Steve

From Alyson Klein, writing for Education Week:

For the past quarter century, federal education policy has been moving in one direction: toward standards-based education redesign, a greater reliance on standardized tests, and bigger role for Washington when it comes to holding schools accountable for student results. President Barack Obama reversed course with the stroke of a pen Thursday, putting states and districts back at the wheel when it comes to teacher evaluation, standards, school turnarounds, and accountability, through a new iteration of the five-decade old Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Read the full article.

Posted on December 9, 2015 by Steve

By Alyson Klein at Education Week:

Hear that collective whoop from the Capitol? That's the sound of education advocates and lawmakers cheering at the finish line as the first rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in more than a dozen years sails through Congress and on to the White House. The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved the rewrite of the withering No Child Left Behind Act—the current version of the ESEA—by a huge bipartisan margin, 85 to 12, mirroring the vote of 359 to 64 in the U.S. House of Representatives just days earlier. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill Thursday. But even as educators and policymakers toast the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the next set of battles—over how the measure will be regulated in Washington and implemented in states—may just be getting started.

Read the full article.

Posted on December 9, 2015 by Steve

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed Dana Gioia, who served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 to 2009, as California Poet Laureate. From the California Arts Council:

The role of the California Poet Laureate is to spread the art of poetry and creative expression from classrooms to boardrooms across the state, to inspire an emerging generation of literary artists and enthusiasts, and to educate all Californians about the many poets and authors who have influenced our great state through creative literary expression… Over the course of a two-year term, the California Poet Laureate provides public readings and engagement in urban and rural locations across the state, educates civic and state leaders about the value of poetry and creative expression, and undertakes a significant cultural project.
Posted on December 3, 2015 by Steve

In an article from the latest issue of GIA Reader, Alexis Frasz of Helicon Collaborative provides a summarization of a series of interviews with arts funders in Funding at the Intersection of Art and Environment: A Field Scan.

Posted on December 3, 2015 by Janet

The US House of Representatives passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act conference report last night, December 2, 2015, by a strong vote – 359 to 64. The Senate is expected to take the bill up next week.

This bill is a big win for arts education. Specifically, this bill would:

  • Define the arts as a “well-rounded” education activity/subject.
  • Explicitly allow Title I funding to be used for the arts and other well-rounded activities and subjects.
  • Explicitly allow professional development funding under Title II of ESEA to be used to benefit arts teachers.
  • Explicitly allow after school funding through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to specifically be used for the arts.
  • Ensure that the arts are an allowable use of funds under the new Student Support and Academic Enrichment State and local school district grant program.

A successful amendment to the conference report by Rep. Bonamici (D-OR) also allows states to integrate other subject areas, including the arts, into STEM programs.

These additions make it more explicit that the $17 billion in Federal ESEA funding can be used to support the arts and provide arts education. While we will follow up in the comings days and weeks about what this means for grantees, other nonprofits, and schools systems, this creates a significant opportunity to expand access and success with the arts through Federal education funding. Thank you for all your support in this work.

Posted on December 1, 2015 by Steve

From the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures:

If we consider the most recurring misconceptions about these two very different terms -diversity and inclusion-, they have to do with either making them interchangeable –so that they both end up meaning the same thing- or with suggesting that if we’ve got one, then we’ve automatically got the other. Either way, the point is that a lack of clarity on what these two concepts are about is a great way of not realizing them. And so we must ask: is diversity the same thing as inclusion? If we manage to create an environment of inclusion, does that mean we have diversity? Is it true that we can have diversity without any inclusion? And finally, perhaps the most powerful question, why does it matter that we achieve either of these equitable goals?

The strange part is that, under most conditions, it doesn’t matter. In fact, diversity and inclusion –or D&I- only matter within a framework of democracy, within a shared political context through which we’re all recognized as equals: democracy being itself that framework which, in the end, presents us with equality. There have been, of course, all too many other socio-politico models in our recent past that also tried to arrive at democracy -a goal that we ourselves are still distant from- by managing or curtailing the obverse dynamics of a capitalist economy, an economic model whose smooth functioning naturally undermines equality. So then, perhaps, the core of our predicament lies in how to move past what's generally referred to as the crisis or failure of modern representation, which is where we believe D&I can serve as a model for transcending said crisis/failure. In short, we at NALAC believe diversity and inclusion to be a model for equity.

Read the full post.

Posted on November 30, 2015 by Steve

From Cy Musiker, reporting fro KQED:

It may not seem that way if you’re an artist struggling to pay the rent, but San Francisco is one of the world’s leaders in supporting the arts. Last weekend the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Cultural Affairs Director, Tom DeCaigny, joined delegates from 31 cities around the globe for the World Cities Culture Forum in London to discuss how civic leaders can keep economic growth from coming at the expense of a city’s cultural soul.
Posted on November 30, 2015 by Steve

From Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance:

Cultural groups continue to recover from the Great Recession, with revenue increasing 7% and attendance up 3% from 2009 to 2012. This is despite significant drops in most sources of contributed support, according to 2015 Portfolio: Culture Across Communities, a new eleven-city report on the cultural sector released today by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
Posted on November 23, 2015 by SuJ'n

Arts and culture practitioners, funders, and community leaders made up nearly one-third of the participants at this year's National Rural Assembly. The cohort of participants grew from previous gatherings and discussions and collectively agreed that rural arts and culture are essential to the health, wealth, and sustainability of rural communities.

Read more from the Assembly's blog post.

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Jim

From Sarah Favot, at the Los Angeles Daily News:

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an arts diversity motion that directs the Arts Commission to establish an advisory group of arts and community leaders to develop recommendations for ways to enhance the participation and leadership of individuals from underrepresented communities in the arts.

Read the full article.

Posted on November 18, 2015 by SuJ'n

A message from ArtsReady:

Last week’s horrific events in Paris remind us that cultural gathering spaces can be targets of violence. While we hope you will never experience an act of violence at your organization, our partners at ArtsReady have an array of resources to help your organization improve its security and to train your staff/volunteers in key safety procedures.

Posted on November 18, 2015 by SuJ'n

On Friday, November 20, at 10:30 am EST, the Ford Foundation will be conducting a live chat Q&A session on Facebook. Three of Ford's vice presidents, including Hilary Pennington, Vice President, Education, Creativity, and Free Expression will be answering questions about the foundation's new program areas and how they will work together to address inequality. They will also answer questions on the foundation's commitment to fund grantee overhead costs at higher levels than in its past.

RSVP on the event page here.

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Jim

An Exploratory Study of Demographic Diversity in the Arts Management Workforce, authored by Antonio C. Cuyler, assistant professor of arts administration, Department of Art Education, Florida State University, outlines the results of a study of demographic diversity in the arts management.

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Jim

From Donna Bryson, at The Christian Science Monitor:

After voters in Denver and surrounding counties approved a tax to support the arts in 1989, several Western states are following Denver’s lead, and the small arts tax is yielding big results.

Read the full article.

Posted on November 17, 2015 by Jim

From Lisa L. Colangelo, Ben Chapman from the New York Daily News:

The study, completed earlier this month by New York State Controller Thomas P. DiNapoli's office, examined city Education Department data showing 95% of surveyed 2014 city high school grads completed mandatory arts lessons, up from roughly half of students who completed the lessons in a similar 2011 audit.
Posted on November 16, 2015 by Steve

From Rhonda Holman, writing for The Wichita Eagle:

The lesser effort that replaced the abolished Kansas Arts Commission has put the state at risk of losing federal funding again. It’s disappointing to see the arts still under siege in the state – and now the threat is as much fiscal as ideological.
Posted on November 12, 2015 by Jim

State of the Sector 2015: Arts and Culture Focus, authored by Angela Francis, Claire Knowlton, and Sandi Clement McKinley, of Nonprofit Finance Fund, provides an analysis of the most recent data from the annual State of the Sector Survey.

Posted on November 12, 2015 by Jim

Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announces expansion of the NEA Military Healing Arts Partnership, a collaboration with the Department of Defense that supports music, writing, and visual art therapy at military care facilities including the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed Bethesda and the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Brain Wellness Center in Virginia.

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