HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM GIA

On behalf of the GIA Board and staff, we want to wish all our members a very happy holiday and new year! Your devotion to artists and their art forms helps, every day, to make this a better world. (L-R Noah Barnes, Steve Cline, Kathy Lindenmayer, Tommer Peterson, SuJ'n Chon and Janet Brown. Not pictured are Jim McDonald and Jan Bailie.)

Posted on June 8, 2012 by Tommer

Americans for the Arts released the findings from Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted.  Like the past three iterations, it documents the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry in strengthening our nation's economy. But this time around, the results of this study are a bit more extraordinary.

Posted on June 8, 2012 by Tommer

From Patricia Brandes, executive director of the Barr Foundation....

"We are delighted to announce the appointment of San San Wong as Senior Program Officer in the Arts, effective August 13, 2012. San San brings rich experience in arts administration, innovative program development, and philanthropy to Barr. 

Posted on June 6, 2012 by Abigail

The next installment of the 2012 GIA Web Conference Series, Arts and Journalism in the Digital Age, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 19 at 11:00 PDT/2:00 EDT. Join Douglas McLennan, ArtsJournal, and Bill O'Brien, National Endowment for the Arts, for an overview of the field of arts journalism and initiatives supporting its evolution in a changing culture. The 50-minute Web Conferences is free to members and open to everyone. The non-member rate is $35.

Posted on June 6, 2012 by Abigail

The business section of the most recent Sunday New York Times featured an article by Caitlin Kelly on artists' relief funds and the significant impact they have on an artist's ability to recover from a career-threatening emergency. The article includes interviews with emergency funders like Cornelia Carey, executive director of GIA member CERF+. The article can be found on the Times website, here.

Posted on June 6, 2012 by Abigail

In June, GIA's photo banner features projects supported by Mertz GIlmore Foundation in New York. Founded as the Mertz Foundation in 1959 by Joyce Mertz Gilmore and her parents, Harold and LuEsther Mertz, the foundation was renamed in 2002 to honor the memory of Joyce’s husband, Robert Wallace Gilmore, an active steward of the foundation. The foundation’s program areas, climate change solutions and support for New York City arts and communities, reflect the interest of the founders.

Posted on June 5, 2012 by Janet

I spoke at the Association of Arts Administration Educators(AAAE) annual conference at Claremont University, in Claremont, CA last week. Since I taught in a masters in arts administration program for 12 years and chaired an undergraduate performing and visual arts department for four, I was delighted to be part of this conference and to attempt to connect my current world of arts philanthropy with those who are teaching arts managers and leaders.

Posted on June 5, 2012 by Tommer

Reports are available from the recent international seminar, Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture which was convened by the Salzburg Global Seminar in collaboration with the Washington-based Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Posted on June 3, 2012 by Steve

Linda Essig, director of the Arizona State University arts entrepreneurship program, posts to her blog Creative Infrastructure:

I attended the annual conference of the Association of Arts Administration Educators for the first time, having now taught arts entrepreneurship for three semesters and seeing a course in arts management and another on arts policy on the not-too-distant horizon. This was not only an opportunity for me to share the work we’ve been doing on arts entrepreneurship in the Pave Program, but a far larger opportunity to learn what colleagues across the country (and some internationally) think about what is important to teach, learn, and research in arts management and administration and cultural policy. Here are some highlights from the formal programming.
Posted on June 2, 2012 by Tommer

Yesterday, a great victory has been won by everyone in the state of Kansas who loves the arts. The Governor this morning signed the budget, which includes $700,000 for the newly-created Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission.

Posted on May 30, 2012 by Steve

For the first time in the 47-year history of the National Endowment for the Arts, the agency's Office of Research & Analysis will award grants to 15 research projects to investigate the value and impact of the arts in the United States. These grants, totaling $250,000, support projects designed to use existing, high-quality datasets to examine novel and significant research questions about the arts. The grantees are from 11 states and their awards range from $10,000 to $30,000.

Posted on May 30, 2012 by Tommer

The region’s cultural organizations are showing signs of recovery from the fiscal crisis and deep recession that began in 2007, according to an annual survey conducted by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

Individual giving is up, foundation support is up, earned income is up, and even some hiring is under way, the survey shows.

Posted on May 23, 2012 by Steve

The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation have announced a $300,000 fund for the creation and production of new plays by California playwrights. The works are to be commissioned and premiered by Bay Area nonprofit organizations that can apply for grants of $50,000 each. These grants will support projects that encourage the creative endeavors and professional development of promising California playwrights. The resulting works will have their world premieres in Bay Area public performances between June 2013 and June 2015.

Posted on May 23, 2012 by Steve

On Wednesday May 30, the National Endowment for the Arts will host a public webinar to extend the conversation of the Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, an alliance of 15 federal agencies, offices, divisions, and departments to encourage more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life.

Posted on May 23, 2012 by Steve

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney makes his first education specific speech of the campaign today (Wednesday, May 23) in Washington. He has named an education committee and has released an education policy document. As with most campaign documents, it is light on specifics but does give a picture of what Romney would prioritize should he win the presidency.

Posted on May 22, 2012 by Janet

I had an “aha” moment recently listening to Jonathan Katz, executive director of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies speak to New Jersey funders. I was reminded of the hard work we did in the 90s to get the arts into national and state education standards and the arguments we used to get there. It’s time to revisit those arguments after a long draught of “teaching to math and reading tests” brought on in 2000 by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act dubbed No Child Left Behind.

Posted on May 22, 2012 by Steve

Financial Health Analysis (FHA) is a suite of financial reports produced as a collaborative effort of Nonprofit Finance Fund and Cultural Data Project with support from the William Penn Foundation. The FHA is a free tool for arts and cultural organizations participating in the Cultural Data Project and is part of larger efforts by NFF and the CDP that seeks to bring to the sector comprehensive, uniform and comparable data that can support improved communications and decision-making by arts leaders and their supporters.

Posted on May 21, 2012 by Steve

This past weekend, author Neil Gaiman spoke at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and told the graduating class all the things he wish he knew at their age. The talk runs 19 minutes.

Posted on May 21, 2012 by Tommer

Advancing Evaluation Practices in Philanthropy, a special supplement to the summer 2012 edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review was recently released. The special supplement features an introduction by Jane Wales and articles by five Aspen Philanthropy Group authors describing the monitoring and evaluation philosophies of the foundations they lead.

Posted on May 21, 2012 by Steve

From Chris Jones, Theater critic for the Chicago Tribune:

It is a large part of the big lag between spending on the arts and culture in New York, where international visitors crowd Broadway theaters and the Midtown entertainment district, and in Chicago, where arts groups must, for the most part, focus on a more limited pool of locals and visiting Midwesterners. Chicago's cultural organizations remain a key to increased international visibility for Chicago: One need only to have read the reports of the rapturous reception afforded the touring Chicago Symphony Orchestra in St. Petersburg and Moscow last month or seen the recent pictures from London of Chicago Shakespeare Theater's hip-hop "Othello" steaming up audiences packed into the Globe Theatre, experiencing Shakespeare from across the world as part of an international festival attached to the upcoming Olympic Games.
Posted on May 18, 2012 by Steve

From Chad Bauman at DC Theatre Scene:

Although we struggle like other cities, we are unique. Given that DC is not a state, government funding is a little different. We don’t have a state arts agency, and some funding comes directly from Congress. In the District, there are two major sources of government support—the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program. In recent years, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities was cut by 70% going from $13 million to $3.9 million and the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program was cut by 74% going from $9.5 million to $2 million. In comparison to our peers nationally which on average faced cuts of 6-10% range, cuts in the 70%+ range seem crippling and disproportionate.
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