Webinar Series: Grantmaking Designs for Supporting Individual Artists
During the month of April, GIA will present a series of three webinars examining common myths about, and funder approaches to, some of the philosophical questions and technical issues related to supporting individual artists. Learn more and register online.
Posted on January 4, 2017 by Steve

New on the GIA Podcast, we speak with Arlynn (Arni) Fishbaugh on funding in rural communities and what she has in store in retirement after 24 years at Montana Arts Council.

Posted on January 4, 2017 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, “DataArts: Becoming the Agile Nonprofit,” Beth Tuttle, CEO of DataArts, details how the organization adapted its internal practices to the Agile framework to accelerate progress toward its strategic goals.

Posted on January 3, 2017 by Monica

The New York Community Trust has announced a new program called The Liberty Fund, a “special funding opportunity to help New York City nonprofits address immediate issues affecting vulnerable New Yorkers.” The fund is a partnership with the New York Foundation and aims to address issues related to identity-based discrimination, mental health, health care, immigrant rights, and other time-sensitive needs.

Learn more.

Posted on January 3, 2017 by SuJ'n

To start the new year, this month GIA's photo banner features artists and work supported by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Founded in 1973 by business owner and community activist Alexander W. Dreyfoos, the Council operates as a non-profit, membership-based corporation and administers $4.5 million in grants annually partly through the management of tourist development taxes in contract with the Palm Beach County government.

Posted on December 16, 2016 by Monica

From The New York Times:

Sotheby’s is hiring Christy MacLear, the chief executive of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and before that the executive director of the Philip Johnson Glass House, to expand the auction house’s advisory services for living artists and for artists’ estates and foundations.
Posted on December 15, 2016 by Monica

At a roundtable of the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military (NIAHM), leaders from the military, veteran, public, and private sectors met to discuss how to bring greater access to the arts and creative arts therapies for military service members, veterans, their families and caregivers. Ahead of the meeting, Americans for the Arts released a briefing summarizing progress that has been made on the recommendations from NIAHM’s seminal 2013 report, Arts, Health, and Well-being Across the Military Continuum.

Posted on December 14, 2016 by Monica

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced a new investment in documentary film with a four-year, $5 million grant to the International Documentary Association (IDA) to establish the IDA Documentary/Journalism Project. The IDA Documentary/Journalism Project will support production and development grants to nonfiction filmmakers taking on in-depth exploration of contemporary stories through a journalistic lens; and support, mentorship, training and access to resources for both grantees and the broader field.

Read the full announcement.

Posted on December 13, 2016 by Monica

From American Academy of Poets:

Twenty nonprofit poetry organizations from across the United States have formed a historic coalition dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and communities, and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

With support from Lannan Foundation, the poetry organizations convened last November in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to begin discussing how they might join forces to enhance the visibility of the art form and its impact on people’s everyday lives.

Posted on December 12, 2016 by Monica

From the Los Angeles Times:

Oakland’s artists are feeling the burden. In a city-sponsored survey last year, the majority of the 900 artists polled said workspace and housing costs presented the biggest challenges to being an artist in Oakland. Nearly half said they were on month-to-month leases in their houses and workspaces, putting them at risk of displacement, the survey found. ... Still, advocates say balancing safe living spaces with affordability is a problem no one in the city has figured out how to solve.

Read the full article.

Posted on December 8, 2016 by Monica

In recognition of a growing movement to integrate the arts with health in community-based programs, the National Endowment for the Arts has published an online guide for researchers and practitioners. The National Endowment for the Arts Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health is a blueprint for collaboration among academic researchers, arts organizations, and artists aiming to study the arts’ effects on health and extend this research to arts programs or therapies.

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Monica

Kresge Foundation President and CEO Rip Rapson delivered the keynote address, "Why Comprehensive Community Development is Essential Now, and Why the Arts Must be at the Table," at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 6, 2016. The talk was part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), at a conference on Creative Placemaking and Community Development sponsored by the NEA, The Kresge Foundation, ArtPlace America, Art Works and Partners for Livable Communities. The conference drew artists, community development experts, and policymakers to examine the role of the arts in shaping neighborhoods, towns and cities.

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, Alexis Frasz, codirector of Helicon Collaborative, interviews Anthony Leiserowitz, PhD, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Monica

From KQED:

On Tuesday, Oakland officials announced the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation are providing Oakland with a $1.7 million grant to help arts groups stay in Oakland in a viciously competitive real estate market.

The Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST), an organization which helps broker real estate deals for cultural organizations, will administer the grants. “The assumption is not that artists or arts organizations are un-businesslike, but simply the making of art is a different core business than real estate development,” CAST executive director Moy Eng says.

Posted on December 5, 2016 by Monica

In a letter to members today, Grantmakers in the Arts President & CEO Janet Brown announced that she will step down from her position at the end of 2017. Brown has been CEO of GIA since January 1, 2009.

“GIA is in a great position to move to another level of effectiveness, and I feel new leadership will do that best,” Brown explained. “It has been an honor to lead an organization that has such a passionate board, staff, and membership who believe in the power of artists and the arts to reflect and change us. Although I am leaving GIA, I am not leaving the field and am excited about the opportunities that may present themselves for my involvement.”

The board will conduct a national search for Brown’s replacement led by incoming board chair Angelique Power, president of The Field Foundation of Illinois.

Read the press release.

Posted on December 1, 2016 by Monica

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), in collaboration with Metris Arts Consulting, released Moving Dance Forward: NEFA’s National Dance Project at 20 & Critical Field Trends. This study evaluates the historic contributions of the NEFA’s National Dance Project to the development of the dance field, and investigates how choreographers today create their work and economically sustain themselves, as well as their motivations for touring.

Read the report.

Posted on December 1, 2016 by Monica

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has recently published How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development. The book features 28 essays from thought leaders active in arts-based community development as well as 13 case studies of projects funded through the NEA’s creative placemaking program, Our Town.

Posted on December 1, 2016 by Monica

From the Philanthropy News Digest:

Over the past decade, U.S. orchestras have relied more on philanthropic support than on ticket sales for their income, a report from the League of American Orchestras finds.

[Fourty] percent of the total income in 2014 of the sixty-five member orchestras in the study, or some $520 million, was classified as earned income, with three-quarters of that from performance and related activities; 43 percent, or $569 million, from contributed income; and 17 percent, or $229 million, from investment income. ... The study also found that the league’s member orchestras managed to contain growth in expenses during the recession, and that the share reporting deficits in unrestricted net assets fell from 40 percent in 2010 to 18 percent in 2014.

Read more.

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, Alexis Frasz, codirector of Helicon Collaborative provides a summary of GIA’s Arts and Environmental Sustainability Thought Leader Forum, which brought together arts and environmental funders to discuss cross-sector work.

Posted on November 28, 2016 by Monica

A recent article in The New York Times highlights the work of individuals and organizations making impact investments in the arts, including Upstart Co-Lab, SeaChange Capital Partners, and Calvert Foundation. “Channeling investments into real estate is the easiest route … because many arts organizations have buildings and a need to upgrade or maintain them.”

Posted on November 23, 2016 by Monica

President-elect Donald Trump has selected Betsy DeVos as his nominee for Secretary of Education.

“DeVos, 58, chairs the American Federation for Children, an advocacy group that has aggressively pushed to expand charter schools and school voucher programs that provide families with public money to spend on private school tuition,” according to Politico.

Read the article.

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