For July & August, GIA’s photo banner features a selection of projects funded by the Arts & Science Council (ASC) of Charlotte-Mecklenburg in North Carolina. Through significant support from both the public and private sectors, ASC invests about $14 million annually into the community through individuals, neighborhood projects, organizations, and education efforts in the arts, science, heritage, history, and culture. Learn more about ASC here.

Posted on August 29, 2013 by Steve

From Pablo Eisenberg, writing for The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

The debate over whether “strategic philanthropy” is a good idea was ignited again this month when the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation — a key pioneer and promoter of the approach — invited William Schambra, head of the Hudson Institute’s philanthropy center, to visit the fund and give an unvarnished view of whether it works.

Mr. Schambra, who is a Chronicle columnist, is not a fan. But the debate on nonprofit blogs and elsewhere that ensued after his remarks were published by Nonprofit Quarterly fails to grapple with the real issues raised by strategic philanthropy: It marks a fundamental shift in control and power by donors to call all the shots and exclude nonprofits with great new ideas.

Posted on August 28, 2013 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts will host a public webinar on how to begin and build collective impact initiatives on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. EDT. NEA Arts Education Director Ayanna Hudson will be joined in the conversation by two leaders in the field: Giselle “Gigi” Antoni, president/CEO of Big Thought in Dallas, Texas, and Denise Grande, director of Los Angeles County’s Arts for All initiative. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A discussion.

Posted on August 27, 2013 by Steve

The MacArthur Foundation has released its latest review of the Fellows Program that includes a decision to increase the no-strings-attached stipend from $500,000 to $625,000, beginning with the next class of Fellows scheduled to be announced on September 25.

Posted on August 27, 2013 by Steve

Environmental Grantmakes Association will host a webinar on Wednesday, August 28 entitled “The Role of Philanthropy in Disaster Relief Legislation.” The presentation will have a specific focus on the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act), which dedicates 80 percent of all Clean Water Act penalties paid by those responsible for the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil disaster to “Gulf Coast restoration.”

Posted on August 27, 2013 by Tommer

The sixth annual Barry’s Blog listing of the Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in the Nonprofit Arts.


Posted on August 23, 2013 by Abigail

From ArtsWave's My.Arts.Blog, posted August 22:

Mary McCullough-Hudson, President and CEO of ArtsWave, announced today her intent to retire at the end of the organization's fiscal year in August 2014. With this announcement, the Board of Trustees agreed to implement a succession plan that began with the hiring of Alecia Kintner as Chief Operating Officer in 2012. At the October Annual Meeting for ArtsWave, Kintner is expected to be promoted to President and COO. McCullough-Hudson will continue as CEO of the organization.

Posted on August 22, 2013 by Janet

By Janet Brown from her blog Better Together

Peter Singer’s Sunday, August 11 New York Times opinion piece entitled “Good Charity, Bad Charity” was a shocker. One would expect something a bit more far-reaching and not quite so simplistic from a bioethicist.

Posted on August 22, 2013 by Abigail

From the August 21 National Endowment for the Arts press release:

It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2000 NEA Jazz Master Marian McPartland. As host of the renowned public radio show Piano Jazz, McPartland played a key role in helping to popularize jazz through her intricate knowledge of the art form and her prowess on the piano. NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa said, "Marian McPartland faced many challenges playing jazz as a woman in the 1940s. She was one of the first women to lead her own band, landing an eight-year residency at the historic Hickory House in New York City before going on to a career as the host of Piano Jazz where she was integral to raising the profile of jazz nationwide."

Posted on August 20, 2013 by Abigail

In a Huffpost Arts & Culture post titled "The Private Sector's Secret Weapon," Americans for the Arts' president and CEO Robert Lynch responds to The Conference Board's list of the top five global challenges for CEOs by linking the challenges–human capital, operational excellence, innovation, customer relationships, and global political economic risk–to arts-related practices, skills, and outcomes.

Posted on August 20, 2013 by Abigail

Writing for Huffington Post, Agnes Gund responds to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee's recent vote to cut the budgets of the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities by 49% in 2014, including arguments made for and against the cuts by House members:

I want to suggest that we must mount a braver defense of the arts, a more vigorous, vital, real-life defense. I have thought a lot about the true, deep and telling, urgent importance of the arts to Americans. In this time of financial trouble and international turmoil, the arts and the humanities provide more than 'enhancement,' more than 'benefit.' They provide insight; they provide incentive; they inspire. They give us answers.

Posted on August 20, 2013 by Tommer

In partnership with the Office of the Governor, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is pleased to announce that celebrated poet and Arizona State University Regents’ Professor Alberto Ríos has been named the inaugural Poet Laureate for the State of Arizona.


Posted on August 19, 2013 by Steve

John R. Killacky, writing for the Burlington Free Press:

As our legislators debate implications of a tax overhaul, I hope they remember that nonprofits serve a triple bottom line, all subsidized by donations: they deliver programs in a fiscally balanced, cost-effective manner, their double bottom line makes programs accessible to serve those less fortunate, and their triple bottom line is achieved when those they reach contribute to society.
Posted on August 14, 2013 by Tommer

This report, whose theme is “working together to keep artists working,” takes a look at CERF+’s expanded program offerings and  increased numbers of artists served during a period of great economic uncertainty. With natural disasters occurring more frequently and often with greater force, CERF+ has taken a lead role in preparedness, which is key to building resilient arts communities around the country.

Posted on August 10, 2013 by Steve

From Katrina Schwartz, for the blog Mind/Shift:

The average teenager consumes about 10 hours of media per day according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report, and that’s often through a gadget like smartphone or tablet. But depending on what we choose to focus on, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The same devices that are used to consume art have also allowed students to create on their own, often with little instruction or direction.
Posted on August 10, 2013 by Steve

By Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer:

The Cleveland Museum of Art is scheduled to finish its eight-year, $350 million expansion and renovation in December. Already, however, it’s getting kudos for the new educational framework it’s wrapping around its world-renowned collection.
Posted on August 8, 2013 by Tommer

McKnight Foundation's Vickie Benson writes a compelling case for artists' travel on Open Road: Open Mind.

Posted on August 7, 2013 by Tommer

A timely question from Patricia Cohen in The New York Times:

More than eight months have elapsed since Mr. Landesman announced that he was stepping down from the nation’s top arts post. The only time a search has taken longer was in 2002, after the conductor and composer Michael P. Hammond died after just six days in office.
Posted on August 7, 2013 by Steve

From Courtney Balestier, for The New York Times:

Detroit’s dismal financial situation has been a subject of minimal regard for many artists, who said that their city is far from the ghost town some might assume from the news. They point out that a rich cultural undercurrent has grown only stronger in recent years, with a rise in contemporary art. They say that the arts, in the end, may propel economic development in Detroit, as it has from Asheville, N.C., to Bilbao, Spain.
Posted on August 6, 2013 by Steve

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) has released SnaapShot 2012, updating the annual report with 2011 data on arts graduates careers, salaries, and other data from over 33,000 arts alumni in America. SNAAP has also produced the report, An Uneven Canvas: Inequalities in Artistic Training and Careers, that details findings from more than 65,000 arts alumni of all ages from 120 institutions in the United States and Canada.

Posted on August 6, 2013 by Janet

By Janet Brown, from her blog Better Together:

Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) initiated discussions among a group of social justice funders a year ago in an effort to begin to understand structural racism and to analyze how institutionalized racism may affect arts philanthropy.

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