NOVEMBER/DECEMBER SPOTLIGHT: RASMUSON FOUNDATION

For the months of November & December, GIA’s photo banner features a selection of artists and projects funded by Rasmuson Foundation. The foundation was founded in 1955 with a mission to promote a better life for Alaskans. In 2014, it awarded more than $14 million in grants to programs and organizations that serve Alaskans, including those that promote and preserve Alaska's rich arts and cultural offerings. Learn more about the foundation here.

Posted on September 16, 2014 by Steve

Rick Lowe of Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas, has been named as a MacArthur Fellow in the 2014 class that will be announced on September 18. Lowe will be the keynote speaker at the Tuesday Luncheon Plenary of the GIA 2014 Conference taking place next month in Houston. Read about Mr. Lowe and the entire 2014 class.

Posted on September 16, 2014 by Steve

From Felicia R. Lee, writing for The New York Times:

Twelve men and nine women, whose work is as diverse as studying the racial elements in perceptions of crime and translating contemporary Arab poetry, have been named the 2014 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The fellowships, based on achievement and potential, come with a stipend of $625,000 over five years and are among the most prestigious prizes for artists, scholars and professionals. The awards are being announced on Wednesday by the foundation, which is based in Chicago.
Posted on September 16, 2014 by Janet

By Janet Brown from her blog Better Together:

A very smart woman once told me there are two motivating factors in the world: love and fear. I’ve spent the past several years analyzing actions, events, and people under this framework and trying to assess my own motivations in different situations. It holds up.

Posted on September 16, 2014 by Steve

Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) has released new analysis of its 2014 survey of nonprofit organizations, which includes responses from 919 arts organizations nationwide. The State of the Arts and Culture Sector report captures the challenges and triumphs of nonprofits grappling with financial pressures, changing demographics, new technologies and new opportunities to expand the reach of their programs and services.

Posted on September 16, 2014 by Steve

The Surdna Foundation is issuing a request for proposals to individual artists, culture bearers and nonprofit arts organizations. These funds are designed to support projects developed in response to communities’ specific challenges and to support artists and organizations whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly “activist.” The foundation will consider all artistic disciplines, including cross-disciplinary work. The deadline for submitting a proposal is November 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. Grants will be announced in April 2015.

Posted on September 11, 2014 by Tommer

Grantmakers in the Arts is pleased to announce the public release of A Proposed National Standard Taxonomy for Reporting Data on Support for Individual Artists. Two years ago, GIA launched an initiative to develop a taxonomy of artists support that can serve as a national standard for collecting, comparing, and analyzing data on support programs for individual artists.

Posted on September 11, 2014 by SuJ'n

For the month of September, ArtsFwd will explore how different organizations build and use funds to adapt and change. Those of you familiar with GIA’s work promoting capitalization know that change capital allows organizations to remain innovative, creative, and adaptive — and as a whole, can keep the arts sector in a position to thrive. Follow the start of ArtsFwd’s conversation here.

Posted on September 9, 2014 by Steve

Join the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture on October 29 and 30 for the Creative Minds in Medicine Conference to explore the fusion of arts and healthcare in Cleveland. Speakers include Gary Glazner, Alzheimer's Poetry Project; Sunil Iyengar, National Endowment for the Arts; Mel Chin, Operation Paydirt; and Nadine Licostie, Red Thread Productions.

Posted on September 9, 2014 by Steve

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the expansion and rebranding of Bloomberg Connects (formerly known as the Digital Engagement Initiative). Bloomberg Connects provides funding for the development of technology to increase access to cultural institutions and enhance visitor experiences. The expansion includes a new $17 million commitment to support the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, and the Science Museum in London to produce innovative projects like immersive rooms, interactive devices and mobile applications that use cutting edge technology and enable visitors to share content.

Posted on September 8, 2014 by Steve

Barry's Blog returns with its annual listing of leaders in the nonprofit arts community. The list is rich with GIA members:

The trend of this list, towards an expansion of the people (from more established leaders to newer people) who are perceived to wield influence and/or power in our sector, continued again this year, and nearly half the names on this year's list were not on last year's list. Or, conversely, nearly half the names on last year's list are not on this year's list. I think that churn is a healthy indicator that our sector continues to evolve and that, to a greater extent than in the past, influence and power is not necessarily concentrated in static places.
Posted on September 4, 2014 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts will host an arts education webinar featuring Rich Harwood, a leading authority on public innovation, who will discuss how to authentically engage local communities in collective impact. This webinar is part of a series on collective impact organized by the NEA’s Arts Education office. The webinar takes place on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 beginning at 3pm EDT / noon PDT.

Posted on September 3, 2014 by Steve

MacArthur Foundation's Cecilia A. Conrad has published an article discussing research recently done on the geographic mobility of their Fellows.

MacArthur Fellows turn out to be a highly mobile population, prompting us to ask, “Do highly creative people move more than others, or does moving make people more creative?” We recently compared data on the geographic distribution of MacArthur Fellows at the time of the award to their distribution by place of birth. This is the first time that these data have been compiled and made available publicly. MacArthur Fellows are a distinctive demographic, people identified as “creative,” “talented,” “innovative,” and “intelligent” in a survey of thought leaders conducted for a recent program review. The data may shed light on the environments that nourish creative people.
Posted on September 2, 2014 by Steve

Arts & Wellness Symposium: Building a Community of Support, will take place on Thursday, October 2, at the University of Central Florida Fairwinds Alumni Center in Orlando. Stakeholders from across the nation and Central Florida will convene with the intention to provide awareness, experience, and information about how each of us can plan for and look forward to a future rich in potential and inspiration as we age and care for others.

Posted on September 2, 2014 by Steve

The Lia Fund, a private foundation, has closed its doors after six years of making grants to social-change organizations. To memorialize the life of the Foundation, The Lia Fund has issued The Lia Fund Legacy Report. Founder Randy Lia Weil made two highly unusual decisions about the $5 million she left to be donated after her death. The first was that she appointed 14 people she knew and trusted to select the organizations and individuals who would receive funding. The second unusual thing was that she left no instructions for how or to whom they should give her bequest.

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Steve

Grantmakers in the Arts’ Arts Education Funders Coalition (AEFC) successfully advocated for the arts as part of the curricular approach in the Obama administration’s Preschool Development Grants. Through a competitive process, which has an October 14 application deadline, $250 million will be granted to states (and local providers). Without AEFC’s efforts, the arts would not be included in this program, which specifically helps preschoolers living below the poverty level.

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Steve

Cleveland arts funders and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District have partnered to develop a district-wide arts plan, which includes the immediate hiring of two new district positions supporting arts education K-12.

One position, with the title of Plan Manager, will be internally focused, responsible for crafting and implementing a comprehensive district-wide arts education policy. The other, Partnership Manager, will focus externally on finding the best ways to work with Cleveland’s arts community to benefit our children. The CMSD will also create a working group of representatives from both the district and the arts community to assure success of this work.

Posted on August 28, 2014 by SuJ'n

During the month of September, GIA's photo banner features artists and projects supported by Anonymous Was a Woman

The Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW) Award celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015. Created to spotlight women artists over 40, the Award recognizes women of demonstrated talent and accomplishment but who are still under the radar. AWAW winners have significantly contributed to their field, while continuing to grow and pursue their work. To date 191 women have won the unrestricted $25,000 Award. Art in America dubbed it “The Demure Award.”

Posted on August 25, 2014 by Steve

Grantmakers in the Arts welcomes Jim McDonald as its new deputy director/director of programs. McDonald will work with current GIA deputy director/director of programs, Tommer Peterson, beginning September 29, 2014, and will officially take over the position January 1, 2015. Peterson will retire at the end of 2014 after serving GIA in several capacities over the past fourteen years.

“Jim McDonald’s career represents the diverse nature of GIA’s membership serving arts organizations and individual artists with a proven commitment to our core values,” stated Janet Brown, President & CEO. “Trained as a visual artist, McDonald has worked for arts nonprofits as well as corporate, public, and private funders. As a funder, he developed portfolios intentionally serving small and mid-sized organizations, major institutions, artists, arts groups, and communities of color. We look forward to what he will bring to the GIA team.”

Posted on August 25, 2014 by Steve

From Jacqueline Herrera, co-founder, Kitechild:

Like any smart business, we don’t reach out to people for a one-time handout. We like to think that people want to have a lifelong relationship with the causes dear to their heart, and over time be able to see how their support has funded progress and changed others’ lives.

There are two ways in which the Ice Bucket Challenge is a brilliant campaign for ALS:

Posted on August 21, 2014 by Steve

By Maja Beckstrom at twincities.com:

The growth of St. Paul Ballet is a story of small leaps. A little more than a year ago, the company and school faced debt and considered cutting back on performances and even closing its doors. It reorganized as an artist-led organization, with dancers taking on administrative roles. Heading into the 2014-15 season, it looks like the dancers' dedication has paid off.
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