WEBINAR: Vitality Arts: Impact at the Intersection of Arts and Aging
Teresa Bonner

Join Teresa Bonner and Ellen Michelson of Aroha Philanthropies, who will share the strategies that Aroha is using to engage arts organizations, senior-serving organizations, and state and local agencies in creating arts programs for older adults. Aroha’s national demonstration project, Seeding Vitality Arts, generated proposals from more than 200 nonprofits from 42 states, reflecting the breadth of interest in the topic. Register to attend this webinar.

Posted on July 12, 2016 by Monica

In a recent blog post, Arleta Little, program officer for the arts at The McKnight Foundation, discusses racial disparities in arts philanthropy and how McKnight and other organizations are working to address it:

Given historic inequities and shifting demographics, increasing arts funding alone does not address the structural issues affecting how these funds are distributed. We must change the minds (leadership and decision making) and the mechanisms (the institutional policies and practices) that prevent more equitable distributions of resources. This is racial equity work.
Posted on July 7, 2016 by Monica

In a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, Dan Pallotta makes a case for fundraising as an important and often overlooked part of nonprofit capacity building:

Of all of the various sub-categories in capacity-building, one and only one has the potential to multiply the amount of money that a funder puts into it, and that category is fundraising – the least loved of them all. It doesn’t belong in the bunch as an equal among the others. It has super powers. It’s time [funders] recognized this and funded fundraising at their favorite grantees as a priority.
Posted on July 6, 2016 by Steve

New on the GIA Podcast, we speak with author and educator Eric Booth about the field of teaching artistry and what the US can learn from abroad to increase arts education access for all children.

Posted on July 6, 2016 by Monica

A new report published by the National Council of Nonprofits outlines the challenges nonprofits with government grants and contracts could face in implementing the Department of Labor’s new overtime regulations. A national survey of over one thousand nonprofits revealed widespread concern over increased costs which are not supported by existing contracts. The report concludes that government funders should help nonprofits fill in the gaps by offering short-term transitional resources and providing grantees the opportunity to renegotiate their contracts to account for the financial, operational, or programmatic changes needed for nonprofits to comply with the law.

Posted on July 6, 2016 by Monica

By Shia Kapos, writing for the Chicago Sun-Times:

Michelle Boone, commissioner of the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, is stepping down and will be replaced by Mark Kelly, the vice president for student success at Columbia College Chicago. . . .

“For five years Michelle has worked tirelessly to expand and innovate arts across the city. She has successfully reimagined our most revered cultural traditions — including the Taste of Chicago and Blues Fest — and brought new experiences like the Architectural Biennial to our city . . .” [Chicago Mayor] Emanuel said in a statement issued by his staff.

Posted on July 1, 2016 by SuJ'n

For the months of July and August, GIA’s photo banner features artists and work supported by Barr Foundation. Based in Boston, Barr is among the largest private foundations in New England. The foundation focuses regionally, and in select cases nationally, on partnerships that elevate vibrant, vital, and engaged communities; advance solutions for climate change; and expand educational opportunity.
Posted on June 30, 2016 by Roberto Bedoya

For a number of years, Grantmakers in the Arts has worked to advance racial equity in the cultural field and among its membership. These efforts can be seen throughout many of GIA’s activities: sessions at its annual conferences, day-long preconferences, articles in the GIA Reader, policy positions and papers, required board and staff training on how to unpack racism, and, last year, a national forum on supporting African, Latin@, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) artists and arts organizations.

Posted on June 30, 2016 by Steve

Hundreds of orchestra administrators, musicians, trustees, and volunteers gathered in Baltimore for the League's 71st National Conference in June. A funder panel on supporting racial equity included Edwin Torres, deputy commissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; Marian Godfrey, cultural advisor, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; Susan Feder, program officer, performing arts, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and Janet Brown, president & CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts. You can watch a video of the presentation below.

Posted on June 30, 2016 by Steve

Fropm Michael Dale, writing for Broadway World:

[T]he educational program #EduHam, which makes select Wednesday afternoon performances of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash Hamilton available to New York City schools with a high concentration of students from low-income families for the ticket price of only $10, has been an extraordinary success. Originally funded by a $1.46 million grant by The Rockefeller Foundation...(the foundation) has announced an additional $6 million grant which will provide 100,000 students in select cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., the same opportunity. Additional cities will be announced as touring proceeds.
Posted on June 29, 2016 by Steve

Media Impact Funders (MIF) and Foundation Center have announced the launch of Foundation Maps for Media Funding, an interactive mapping and research tool that shows a broad scope of philanthropically-funded media projects worldwide since 2009. Developed by Foundation Center and hosted on the MIF website, this tool includes a wide array of search functions and data visualization features to explore funding trends, funder networks, types of grantmaking, populations served and much more. The project is a follow-up to an earlier data map, updated taxonomy, and a report, Growth in Foundation Support for Media in the United States, that was released in 2013.

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Steve

The California Arts Council has announced that Governor Brown has signed a state budget that includes a $10.8 million funding increase for programs of the Council. This investment will extend their capacity to meet the needs and demand for arts programs. The budget includes a $6.8 million one-time increase for the Arts Council and an additional $4 million ongoing allocation for the state’s Arts in Corrections program. The funding increase for the Arts Council will expand the reach of the agency’s competitive grant programs that serve California communities by funding nonprofit arts activities with a focus on arts learning and engagement; equity and access; cultural and community development; and technical support and resources for the arts field. The total fiscal year 2016-17 state support for the California Arts Council will reach approximately $21.1 million, inclusive of designated funding for Arts in Corrections.

Posted on June 23, 2016 by Monica

At the League of American Orchestras conference in June, the Honorable Elijah Cummings, U.S. Representative (MD-7), delivered an inspiring keynote speech on the importance of racial equity and opportunity in arts education. The theme of the conference, “The Richness of Difference,” focused on diversity and inclusion in the sector.

Watch the video.

Posted on June 23, 2016 by Monica

By Peter Hartlaub, writing for SFGate:

The Redford Center has announced a program to work with fledgling filmmakers, offering financing and guidance to five teams who have ideas for films with environmental topics.… Redford Center Grants [funded by The New York Community Trust] will provide $15,000 in funding to each filmmaker to create a demonstration reel, with the possibility of more help down the road. The program will also provide mentoring and guidance. Filmmakers will be invited to attend a retreat at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Colorado.
Posted on June 22, 2016 by Monica

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, has announced the inaugural cohort of the Rising Leaders of Color (RLC) Program. Supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, the RLC program will form a cohort of ten exceptionally talented early­career leaders of color from the DC, Baltimore, and Northern Virginia areas, and provide them with professional development and networking opportunities at the 2016 TCG National Conference and beyond.

Posted on June 17, 2016 by Monica

Boston has announced its new Boston Creates ten-year cultural plan, which includes over one million dollars in new arts funding.

From Malcolm Gay, writing for the Boston Globe:

Initiatives include a program linking public art to new city construction and infrastructure projects, a plan to provide affordable housing to artists, a pilot program to make new rehearsal spaces available to performers, and a collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts to conserve city-owned artworks. Meanwhile the Boston Foundation, in conjunction with the Barr Foundation, is set to establish a pooled fund providing grants to small theater and dance troupes.
Posted on June 16, 2016 by Monica

After nearly 12 years at the helm, Judith Rodin, the first female president of The Rockefeller Foundation, has announced her decision to depart the institution once a new president is identified and takes office. Rodin’s leadership ushered The Rockefeller Foundation into a new era of strategic philanthropy that emphasized partnerships with business, government, and the philanthropic community to address and solve for the complex challenges of the 21st century.

Posted on June 15, 2016 by Monica

From The NonProfit Times:

Arts and cultural organizations struggle to survive. Even as they try to ennoble or enlighten the world, leaders sometimes wonder if it is possible to reconcile two endeavors that appear incompatible.

During the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Fundraising Conference, Janet Brown of Grantmakers in the Arts and Brian Bonde of Advanced Certified Fundraising offered five suggestions for cultural organizations to help them find financial success, not just security, as they continue their operations.

Posted on June 15, 2016 by Monica

In a recent blog post from Fractured Atlas, Jason Tseng reflects on how organizations can follow up their racial equity statements with action:

And as organizations like AFTA and GIA have already acknowledged in their statements, ours is a sector that is built on decades of exclusionary practices and reproduces institutionalized oppression. But if we are truly looking forward to the changing demographics of our nation, as AFTA’s cultural equity statement suggests, we must also adapt our platform to reflect the issues that will foster the arts sector of tomorrow.
Posted on June 13, 2016 by Monica

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published a literature review entitled "Arts-Based Programs and Arts Therapies for At-Risk, Justice-Involved, and Traumatized Youths." The report, conducted with assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts, explores recent research on arts-based programs and arts therapies. Programs were considered arts-based if at least one of the main components was an arts-related activity, or if there was a deliberate use of arts in the program to bring about a change in behavior.

Posted on June 10, 2016 by Monica

International artist residency network Alliance of Artists Communities has named Lisa Hoffman as its next executive director, effective July 2016. Hoffman succeeds former Executive Director Caitlin Strokosch, who led the Alliance for nearly a decade. As the associate director at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Hoffman pioneered internationally recognized models of artist-led community engagement. Prior to McColl, Hoffman served as director of the Charlotte Nature Museum.

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