For the month of May, GIA’s photo banner features work and projects sponsored by the Whitaker Foundation, a St. Louis, Missouri based foundation established in 1975 by Mrs. Mae Whitaker. The foundation makes grants in support of projects in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area that enrich lives through the arts and that encourages the preservation and use of parks. Learn more here.
Posted on October 3, 2012 by Steve

From Richard Florida for Atlantic Cities:

To what degree are the world's leading financial centers also leading centers for the arts? A new study by Monika Skórska and Robert Kloosterman of the University of Amsterdam takes an empirical look. Many have noted a possible connection between the two. While some believe leadership in arts and finance are twin characteristics of leading global cities, others, mainly economists, argue that leadership in the arts comes only after and as a byproduct of economic leadership. Despite these assertions, the study points out, there has has been little systematic empirical research of the connection between finance and arts across global cities.
Posted on October 3, 2012 by Steve

From Elizabeth Quaglieri for technology InTheArts:

It’s a hot-topic today, complete with nifty acronyms, but the great debate about the “Two Cultures” is hardly a new one. The movement to incorporate “Art” in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program curriculum recalls the historic debate between the Sciences and the Arts (for more information on the debate, read C.P Snow’s short essay, “The Two Cultures”). The irony of their supposed polarity is the fact they are completely interrelated.
Posted on October 3, 2012 by Steve

From the Ford Foundation:

Today marks the highly anticipated groundbreaking of El Barrio’s Artspace P.S. 109, a project the Ford Foundation has supported since its early planning stages. When construction is complete, the former public school building—located in the East Harlem community of El Barrio in Manhattan—will offer affordable housing for artists and their families, and creative spaces for community and arts groups like the Hip Hop Theater Festival.

Read the full post.

Posted on October 2, 2012 by Abigail

With the conference upcoming, Miami is on our minds this month - and on the GIA website. Images featured on the photo banner throughout October were provided by GIA member John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Founded in 1950, Knight Foundation promotes informed and engaged communities by supporting transformational ideas in journalism and media innovation, community engagement, and the arts.

Posted on October 1, 2012 by Steve

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced its 2012 class of MacArthur Fellows. The following 23 fellows each will receive $500,000 over the next five years:

  • Natalia Almada, 37, Mexico City. Documentary filmmaker who captures complex and nuanced views of Mexican history, politics and culture.
  • Uta Barth, 54, Los Angeles, California. Conceptual photographer who explores the nature of vision and the difference between seen reality and how a camera records it.
  • Claire Chase, 34, Brooklyn, New York. Arts entrepreneur who engages audiences in the appreciation of contemporary classical music and opens new avenues of artistic expression through her International Contemporary Ensemble.
Posted on October 1, 2012 by Steve

From Matthew Fluharty, Director of Art of the Rural:

Today we are excited to launch The Rural Arts and Culture Map. As readers may be familiar, we shared news of the Map this summer as — with all of your help — the project won the crowd-source vote for a Rural Digital Advocacy Grant, an opportunity provided by the Rural Policy Action Partnership with funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. We are deeply grateful for your support.
Posted on September 27, 2012 by Steve

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has announced Randy Engstrom as the interim director of Seattle's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Engstrom is founder and president of Reflex Strategies, a cultural and community based consulting services business, and is known for his work as the founding director of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. He will begin as interim director on October 3.

Read the full announcement.

Posted on September 26, 2012 by Steve

The PBS program Arts & the Mind explores the vital role the arts play in human development throughout our lifetimes. Part One, “Creativity,” features stories and the latest scientific research from experts around the country illuminating how the arts are critical in developing healthy young minds and maintaining them as we age. Part Two, “The Art of Connection,” depicts the positive effects of the arts for children in hospitals, veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, building community in Appalachia, and warding off dementia. Hosted by Lisa Kudrow.

Posted on September 25, 2012 by Steve

From Christine J. Vincent for The Art Newspaper:

Always the most visible member in this small but fast-growing community, the Warhol Foundation has just demonstrated that artist-endowed foundations are not all alike and that it is, as always, among the most distinctive. Indeed, research by The Aspen Institute’s National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations, the first comprehensive examination of the topic, confirms that we presume one-size-fits-all for these entities at the risk of misunderstanding this important, emerging field.
Posted on September 25, 2012 by Janet

From "Better Together," a blog by Janet Brown

As we prepare the final details for Grantmakers in the Arts’ 2012 national conference in Miami, October 14-17, “communities of practice” have been at the top of my mind.  Associations like Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) serve the valuable purpose of convening members to discuss important topics, trends, challenges and solutions.

Posted on September 25, 2012 by Steve

Fromy Geri Jeter for California Literary Review:

For small performing arts companies like Diablo Ballet, social media has come into the forefront as a cost-effective vehicle to get audiences involved in the arts in a new and interactive way.
Posted on September 25, 2012 by Steve

From Ginger Murray for her blog “The Sweet Spot” for SF Weekly:

“Arts education can literally save lives. I work with kids that are struggling with a lot in life whether it is poverty or violence or trauma,” [writer and youth educator Carrie Leilam Love] says. “Having an outlet and a teacher to guide them to express themselves creatively as opposed to internalizing or responding to violence with violence is vital. It is, in fact, an intervention.”
Posted on September 25, 2012 by Steve

Beth Kanter reflects on past weekend's Mashable #sgsGLOBAL:

A theme I heard throughout the day on multiple panels was a call to action for people in the room to serve the world by following their passion. This was particularly true in Maria Bello’s story about her work in Haiti with creating a women’s network called We Advance. What better way to see this in action is to hear it and see it from the young people themselves. The audience got a performance by J.D. Malkin, known as jdviolinboy on YouTube. In addition to being gifted musically, Malkin is also the newest youth ambassador of Save the Children, an institution that serves children in need in around the world.
Posted on September 21, 2012 by Steve

The new report How Art Works: The National Endowment for the Arts' Five-Year Research Agenda, with a System Map and Measurement Model is now available online and was discussed in a forum held at American University on September 20 (see the live-blogging of the event from Ian David Moss). From the report's preface, by NEA Director of Research & Analysis Sunil Iyengar:

This document sets forth the National Endowment for the Arts’ five-year agenda for research, but it does more than that. It provides a conceptual frame for planning and assessing research priorities so that the NEA can improve its ability to meet a core goal: To Promote Knowledge and Understanding about the Contributions of the Arts.

Posted on September 21, 2012 by Steve

From Gary Drevitch at Next Avenue:

We know exercise helps strengthen our minds and our bodies. We know that taking on new challenges keeps the brain sharp through middle age and beyond. But now new research — and a new public television documentary — make a strong case that engagement with music, dance and other arts may be just as powerful for preserving mental health and acuity throughout our lives.
Posted on September 17, 2012 by Steve

From The NonProfit Times:

Indiana University has received approval to establish a School of Philanthropy on the Indiana University-Purdue University campus in Indianapolis (IUPUI). The Indiana Commission for Higher Education approved the university’s proposal to create what is believed to be the world’s first school dedicated to the study and teaching of philanthropy. The School of Philanthropy will combine under one umbrella academic and research on the philanthropic sector.
Posted on September 17, 2012 by Steve

South Arts and Americans for the Arts have announced a partnership to bring the ArtsReady online planning tool to local arts organizations nationwide. September is National Preparedness Month, and this collaboration marks a significant step forward in the national arts readiness movement.

ArtsReady is a Web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post crisis sustainability. ArtsReady guides organizations through developing (or updating an existing) customized business continuity plan via four key steps

Posted on September 17, 2012 by Steve

A podcast from (New York Public Radio) WQXR's Conducting Business program that aired Friday, September 14, features Jesse Rosen, president and chief executive of the League of American Orchestras; Drew McManus, an orchestra consultant and blogger at; and Graydon Royce, music critic at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Recently, polled listeners on what's needed to help troubled orchestras in several major American cities. Focusing on major symphonies in Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, St. Paul and San Antonio — all of which face contract disputes and bulging deficits
Posted on September 14, 2012 by Steve

A new report details how one grantmaking foundation’s early funding for StoryCorps helped initiate the project, giving it a “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” which in turn attracted the support of additional funders; a second grant some years later enabled the organization to help New Yorkers reflect on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Posted on September 14, 2012 by Steve

The Canadian Conference of the Arts will release its annual federal budget analysis on September 18, 2012. The report is regarded as an authoritative source of information on federal investments in arts and culture funding patterns in Canada. In the past, the report was made freely available online. This year CCA will charge $250 to non-members. CCA members will still receive the report without charge.

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