JULY/AUGUST SPOTLIGHT ON ARTS & SCIENCE COUNCIL

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 May 27, 2014 by Steve

By Maria Di Mento, writing for The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

Assets at small to midsize foundations grew by 14 percent in 2013 and gave out more than 7 percent of their assets, according to a report released (last week). Those grant makers, which have holdings of less than $50-million, account for 98 percent of all U.S. foundations but only about 30 percent of all foundation wealth nationally, according to the study by Foundation Source, a firm that provides advice and administrative support to grant makers.
Posted on May 23, 2014 by Steve

From Christian L. Frock, writing for KQED Arts:

San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts announced today that it will dramatically restructure its organization, suspend programs, and lay off key staff by the end of this month. Included among those furloughed are Visual Arts Program Director Kevin B. Chen, Outreach and Community Engagement Program Director Rebeka Rodriguez, and Theatre Program Director Sean San José, as well as all communications staff.
Posted on May 21, 2014 by Steve

From Michael Cooper, at The New York Times:

Sometimes the musicians post behind-the-scenes tidbits, like some decades-old advice a viola player found penciled into her part for “Andrea Chénier” by one of her predecessors: “whatcha da mice!” — meaning watch the maestro in one tricky passage. But the recently revamped website by the musicians of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra — imagine a cross between Opera News and BuzzFeed — also has info-graphics
Posted on May 21, 2014 by Steve

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts announces its 2014 Grants to Individuals, which will award over $520,000 to 68 projects that demonstrate innovative and thought-provoking ideas in architecture. The grants will provide direct support to individuals for the research, development, and presentation of publications, exhibitions, films, new media initiatives, and other programs.

Posted on May 21, 2014 by Steve

NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa and Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet announced the fifth annual launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s service members, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014.

Posted on May 21, 2014 by Steve

For distinguished arts education advocates Frank Gehry and Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, their arrival this week in Washington, D.C. signals a new day, and renewed hope, for ten California elementary schools among the lowest performing in the state. Gehry and Feruzzi Shriver are headed to the White House to take part in the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) launch being hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. The First Lady will welcome state affiliates to the Turnaround Arts program of which a handful of states were accepted, with California having the largest statewide affiliate program to date.

Posted on May 21, 2014 by Steve

The Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) has announced the appointment of Moy Eng as executive director, effective June 1. Ms. Eng has worked for over three decades in the philanthropic sector as a grantmaker, consultant and senior manager in areas as diverse as arts, education, renewable energy, lesbian and gay rights, and international human rights. As executive director, she will champion CAST’s mission to create stable physical spaces for arts and cultural organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area to facilitate equitable urban transformation.

Posted on May 21, 2014 by Tommer

A thoughtful post by blogger Angie Kim takes a new look at the question of the 5% payout requirement for private foundations.

Posted on May 21, 2014 by Tommer

Delivering a forceful argument on the role of the arts in education, Michelle Obama said Tuesday that it isn’t something to be introduced after student test scores go up but is a critical element of achieving those higher test scores in the first place.

Posted on May 20, 2014 by Steve

Vision and Voice: The Role of Leadership and Dialogue in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was produced in partnership with the D5 Coalition and the Seattle University Nonprofit Leadership Program. The report is the product of a year-long process of research and dialogue with northwest foundation leaders about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy.

Posted on May 15, 2014 by Steve

The Reva and David Logan Foundation has announced the appointment of Peter Handler as Executive Director. He comes to the Foundation from his position as Program Director of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. The Logan Foundation supports the arts, investigative reporting, scholarship and social justice.

Posted on May 15, 2014 by Steve

South Arts has released the results of multi-year research investigating arts education in the South. The reports, Arts Education in the South Phase I: Public School Data and Principals’ Perspectives and Arts Education in the South Phase II: Profiles of Quality, look at access to and quality of arts education in K-12 public schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee through a set of quantitative and qualitative research. The reports were commissioned by South Arts with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and nine participating state arts agencies. The first phase of the research was compiled with data collected from 4,400 principals (29.3% of those in the region). The second phase of the research includes nine case studies of model programs conducted by the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Posted on May 14, 2014 by Tommer

Today the Awesome Foundation announced that they have passed the $1,000,000 mark in guerrilla philanthropy. One thousand grants of $1,000 each.

Posted on May 14, 2014 by Steve

From Isaac Brown, Legislative Counsel to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies:

This morning, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee met to consider the nomination of Dr. Jane Chu to lead the National Endowment for the Arts. We are pleased to report that Dr. Chu’s nomination was approved by voice vote. The senior Republican on the committee, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), spoke very favorably of her nomination in advance of the vote. The HELP Committee will now forward Dr. Chu’s name for consideration by the full Senate.
Posted on May 14, 2014 by Steve

From Charles Segars, CEO for Ovation, writing for Capitol Weekly:

Since 2003, California’s Governors and the Legislature have allocated $1.1 million annually to the Arts Council, the bare minimum to qualify for more than $5 million in annual federal grants. This lack of foresight has put California dead last among all 50 states in per capital funding for its arts agency.
Posted on May 12, 2014 by Tommer

Maryo Gard Ewell and the Robert E. Gard Wisconsin Idea Foundation recently shared with Art of the Rural this never-before digitally published manuscript from Robert Gard’s 1982 keynote address at the National Association of Local Arts Agencies Conference (now Americans for the Arts) in Philadelphia. The talk is entitled "The Arts in Smaller Communities (And their Encouragement)."

Posted on May 12, 2014 by Tommer

With a massive boost in state funding for arts and cultural programs, Florida would likely jump to near the top of all states in per-capita spending. The Florida Legislature approved $43.3 million for the 2014-15 budget for all arts and culture, a 384 percent increase from current levels.

Posted on May 11, 2014 by Steve

From Barbara Pollack at ARTnews:

It’s been three decades since AIDS first made an impact on the New York art world, annihilating a community and activating one of the most highly effective artist-driven political movements of the 20th century. At that time, for every Keith Haring, David Wojnarowicz, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres lost to the disease, there were scores of lesser-known artists, such as Ray Navarro, Hugh Steers, and Robert Blanchon, who also left their mark with art that documented, protested, memorialized, and reinterpreted the devastation of the era.
Posted on May 9, 2014 by Steve

Jesse Rosen, President & CEO of the League of American Orchestras writes on Huffington Post:

The distinction between board and management is not about who knows more about running the business. Governing and managing are two different functions. But they necessarily intersect and appropriately blur boundaries when it comes to strategic and generative work. And this is where a good board adds value beyond its fiduciary role.
Posted on May 8, 2014 by Steve

From Sam Cholke at DNAinfo Chicago:

Artist Theaster Gates was awarded $3.5 million from the Knight Foundation Thursday morning to support his work using the arts to revitalize communities. “From my artistic practice, I learned early on that art has the capacity to change people's perceptions — not only about a concept or an idea, but also about a place,” Gates said in a statement released by the university Thursday morning.
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