APRIL SPOTLIGHT ON THE SUSTAINABLE ARTS FOUNDATION

During the month of April, our photo banner features grantees of the Sustainable Arts Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization that just completed the second year of its pilot residency grant program. Read about the Foundation’s work in support of artists who are maintaining their creative endeavors while also raising children here.

Posted on February 5, 2014 by Tommer

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has announced its first group of Allen Distinguished Educators. While each awardee has their own unique approach, they share a focus on entrepreneurship and engineering education taught in more engaging, practical ways.

Posted on February 5, 2014 by Steve

What can the latest psychological research teach us about creativity, how it's expressed, and how it can be measured? Join this discussion hosted by the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development. It will include Dr. James C. Kaufman, president of the American Psychological Association’s Division 10, the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Posted on February 4, 2014 by Steve

From Jillian Steinhauer at Hyperallergic:

An organization called ArtsHub has conducted an arts jobs survey in the UK, and the results make clear just how difficult and unsustainable it is to work in the arts. The survey is based on the responses of only 448 participants, admittedly not a huge sample. But even with a limited pool of respondents, the trends are clear: arts workers are overeducated, underpaid, and have little to no job security.
Posted on February 4, 2014 by Steve

Jim Canales sunsets his tenure at The James Irvine Foundation and prepares to head to the east coast with some reflection on the types of people who have contributed to his growth:

In a few weeks, I will conclude what has been an enormously satisfying tenure as Irvine’s CEO since 2003. Since the announcement of my appointment as President of the Barr Foundation, I have found myself reflecting a great deal upon gratitude.
Posted on February 4, 2014 by Tommer

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation program officer Ron Ragin has been appointed as a program officer for the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, an inaugural role that will manage a multi-sector portfolio of grantees working at the intersection of arts and social issues.

Posted on February 3, 2014 by Abigail

During the month of February, GIA's photo banner features grantees of GIA Member Historic & Cultural Affairs Division - City of Roswell, GA. The Division's mission is to enhance quality of life by strengthening the community's cultural enviroment through support of the arts, preservation of its historic resources, and facilitation of access for all—objectives accomplished through cultural programs and events, oversight of historical and cultural facilities in Roswell, and more.

Posted on January 30, 2014 by Steve

From Mary Stegmeir writing for the Des Moines Register:

The fine arts deserve an equal footing in Iowa’s schools with math, reading and other core subjects, a group of teachers told state lawmakers Wednesday. When times are tight, cuts often hit music, art and drama first, the teachers said. Federal policies that rate schools based on student test scores have also taken their toll, with some districts in Iowa and across the nation reducing arts offerings to carve out more time for math and reading instruction. The Iowa Alliance for Arts Educators urged lawmakers to fight that trend by adding state standards for fine arts education to the Iowa Core.
Posted on January 29, 2014 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts, Office of the Senior Deputy Chairman, Research & Analysis Division is seeking to fill the position of Program Analyst. This position application period will close on Monday, February 3. More infomation here.

Posted on January 24, 2014 by Tommer

A new paper, Diversity on Cultural Boards: Implications for Organizational Value and Impact, by Francie Ostrower, is available on th NEA website.

Posted on January 22, 2014 by Tommer

The Year of the Rural Arts is a biennial program of events, conversations, and online features celebrating the diverse, vital ways in which rural arts and culture contribute to American life. This inaugural effort will connect citizens, artists, scholars, designers, and entrepreneurs and meet with audiences on the grounds of universities, museums and galleries, cultural organizations, and across rural and urban communities.

Posted on January 22, 2014 by Steve

From Holland Cotter, writing for the New York Times:

Money — the grotesque amounts spent, the inequitable distribution — has dominated talk about art in the 21st century so far. It’s a basic fact of art history. Emperors, popes and robber barons set the model for the billionaire buyers of today. Of course, it is today that matters to the thousands of artists who live and work in this punitively expensive city, where the art industry is often confused with the art world.
Posted on January 16, 2014 by Tommer

How effective are the tax incentives for film and TV productions in generating jobs and/or revenue? That depends on who you ask. Or who funds the research you’re looking at.  An insightful look at all this in a piece posted on Createquity, written by John Carnwath.

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Tommer

Prepared for artists and their family members interested in the topic of artist-endowed foundations, Reading Guide to the Study Report for Artists and Their Family Members is a guide to The Artist as Philanthropist: Strengthening the Next Generation of Artist-Endowed Foundations, the two-volume Study Report produced by the Aspen Institute National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations.

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Steve

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Karen Hanan as Executive Director of the Washington State Arts Commission, effective March 1, 2014. Hanan is a long-time colleague of ArtsWA. Since 2000, she has served as Executive Director of Arts Northwest, the non-profit, regional performing arts service organization that provides a communications network among presenters of performing arts events throughout the Northwestern US and Canada. In her tenure at Arts Northwest, she has overseen the doubling of the organization's membership and budget.

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Steve

Nonprofit Finance Fund has announced that the 2014 State of the Sector Survey is now open. The anonymous survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete and asks about your organization's recent financial and management challenges. It's an important tool for field knowledge. The survey data, and its analysis, is shared with funders, government officials, nonprofits, media, lending institutions, and many others. GIA uses the analysis as part of the Capitalization project. Learn more and take the 2014 survey here.

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Steve

Graydon Royce writes for the StarTribune:

A bitter lockout that silenced one of the country’s top orchestras for more than 15 months ended Tuesday when musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra approved a contract that will bring them back to the stage in early February.
Posted on January 14, 2014 by Tommer

It isn't over, but this ruling in favor of telecoms could change the internet. Here are some reports:

The Guardian

Bloomberg

New York Times

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Tommer

In the first weeks of the administration of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, art and culture observers await the appointment of a new Commissioner for Cultural Affairs. The new commissioner will replace the outgoing Kate Levin, who served from 2002 to 2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Steve

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies sends notice that with funding for the federal government set to expire tonight (January 14), budget leaders in the House of Representatives and Senate announced late on January 13 that they have reached a compromise on legislation that will fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2014. The bill provides for $1.1 trillion in funding and would reduce the scope of the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester, which remains in effect until FY2021.

Posted on January 13, 2014 by Steve

From Randy Kennedy and Steven Yaccino, writing for The New York Times:

National and local philanthropic foundations have committed $330 million toward a deal that would help preserve the Detroit Institute of Arts’ renowned collection by bolstering the city’s employee pension funds, federal mediators involved in the city’s bankruptcy proceedings announced Monday.
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