For the month of October, GIA’s photo banner features a selection of artists and projects funded by Houston Endowment. Houston Endowment is the Anchor Sponsor for the annual GIA 2014 Conference happening this month. Learn more about the foundation here.

Posted on December 18, 2013 by Steve

On December 17, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed Intro 925 into law. This law will require the Department of Education to provide detailed reporting on the provision of state instructional requirements for the arts in city public schools and will not only help inform education policy-makers, but will also provide parents, students and the public with the knowledge to make informed decisions and advocate for resources to be provided for their schools.

Posted on December 18, 2013 by Steve

Sarah Kendzior writes for Al Jazeera:

New York — and San Francisco, London, Paris and other cities where cost of living has skyrocketed — are no longer places where you go to be someone. They are places you live when you are born having arrived. They are, as journalist Simon Kuper puts it, “the vast gated communities where the one percent reproduces itself.”
Posted on December 17, 2013 by Steve

In January 2013, the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California hosted its fifth National Leadership Forum, Philanthropy: Imagination, Innovation, and Impact. A new report is now available from the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy that summarizes the proceedings of the forum.

Posted on December 17, 2013 by Steve

The McKnight Foundation has produced a report, What Artists Say, of findings from a survey of fellowship recipients and artists receiving McKnight funds regranted by the state’s 11 Regional Arts Councils (RACs) in 2011. The survey was conducted by the Center for the Study of Art & Community and was designed to give artists an opportunity to reflect on the environment, conditions, and motivations that affect their work.

Posted on December 17, 2013 by Tommer

The Washington Post reports on leadership transitions at a number of Washington, D.C., arts institutions.

Posted on December 11, 2013 by Steve

NCRP research and policy director Niki Jagpal posts to The NonProfit Times:

As I listened to a webinar hosted by Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) on its report Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture, I was relatively unsurprised to hear from Steven Lawrence of the Foundation Center that their research found the largest share of arts grants went to the performing arts (36.8 percent) and museums (27.6 percent).
Posted on December 10, 2013 by Steve

From Katherine Boyle, reporting for The Washington Post:

Deborah F. Rutter, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, will become the third president of the Kennedy Center in September. The center made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday, after an 11-month national search for a new president to manage the country’s busiest performing arts center.
Posted on December 9, 2013 by Steve

Lucy Bernholz has the list of top-10 buzzwords from 2013 on The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

“Selfie” may be the Oxford English Dictionary’s choice for word of the year, but the nonprofit world is abuzz with other language that reveals what’s on the minds of people working to promote the common good. Here’s my list of the words that capture 2013 and beyond.

Read the full article.

Posted on December 5, 2013 by Steve

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) will host a free webinar on Thrusday, December 19, 2pm EST, to discuss the report Smashing Silos in Philanthropy: Multi-Issue Advocacy And Organizing for Real Results, which was released last month. Presenters will be Niki Jagpal, Research and Policy Director, NCRP; Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; and John Esterle, Executive Director, The Whitman Institute. You can get the report here and register for the webinar here.

Posted on December 5, 2013 by Tommer

On Thursday, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts will release the first-ever estimates of the creative sector's contributions to U.S. gross domestic product based on 2011 data, the most recent figures available. GDP measures the nation's production of goods and services.

Posted on December 3, 2013 by Tommer

The Rockefeller Foundation released the first group of cities selected through the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge – cities who have demonstrated a dedicated commitment to building their own capacities to prepare for, withstand, and bounce

Posted on December 3, 2013 by Tommer

Sistema Global has released a comprehensive literature reivew of El Sistema and related programs worldwide. The Review is an inclusive document and represents a wide range of perspectives; not necessarily the views of El Sistema leadership.

Posted on December 2, 2013 by Steve

Rhode Island School of Design president John Maeda writes for Scientific American:

In DaVinci’s time when expertise in art and science had not yet matured to the polarized state in which they exist today, they coexisted naturally. Of course, science’s level of sophistication back then was quite different. But from where I sit as the president of the Rhode Island School of Design, it is clear to me that even current practices in scientific research have much to gain by involving artists in the process early and often. Artists serve as great partners in the communication of scientific research; moreover, they can serve as great partners in the navigation of the scientific unknown.
Posted on November 27, 2013 by Tommer

The Analysis of Policies, Practices, and Programs for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a useful tool for foundation staff, leadership, and other members of the philanthropy community who want to take action to advance DEI.

Posted on November 26, 2013 by Tommer

Media Impact Funders has launched a new website which includes a suite of new tools including searchable data maps, a searchable media database of funder-supported projects, and an entire section devoted to assessing the impact of media.

Posted on November 26, 2013 by Tommer

If a wealthy person writes a large check to a worthy cultural organization, does that constitute an act of leadership? It's an interesting question....

Posted on November 25, 2013 by Steve

From Alexis Clements on Hyperallergic:

In August and September I facilitated a class focused on labor issues within the arts. Specifically, we looked at how and when artists receive or don’t receive payment for their work, and the broader implications of compensating artists. We looked at examples in the US going as far back as the 1850s, but focused most of our attention on recent history and contemporary practices. And because there was such a great mix of students in the class working across fields, as expected, I ended up learning quite a bit myself during the class. Below are five of the things I took away from the class, though there were many others as well.
Posted on November 25, 2013 by Tommer

The Washington Post provides a striking interactive map showing income and education levels by individual zip codes. See where the money is from space.

Posted on November 23, 2013 by Steve

From Tara Bahrampour, writing for The Washington Post:

Doris Lessing, the freewheeling Nobel Prize-winning writer on racism, colonialism, feminism and communism who died Sunday at age 94, was prolific for most of her life. But five years ago, she said the writing had dried up. “Don’t imagine you’ll have it forever,” she said, according to one obituary. “Use it while you’ve got it because it’ll go; it’s sliding away like water down a plug hole.”
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