Tina LaPadula, Teaching Artist, and formerly Education Director, Arts Corps
At this year’s GIA Conference, grantmakers supporting arts education and those interested in art programs for older adults are encouraged to attend the Sunday preconference, Access to a Lifetime of Arts Education: Every Child, Every Adult. In the morning workshop session, funders will learn how social justice practices can be integrated into teaching artist trainings and program implementation to ensure equity in teacher-student engagement.
Posted on December 3, 2013 by Tommer

Sistema Global has released a comprehensive literature reivew of El Sistema and related programs worldwide. The Review is an inclusive document and represents a wide range of perspectives; not necessarily the views of El Sistema leadership.

Posted on December 2, 2013 by Steve

Rhode Island School of Design president John Maeda writes for Scientific American:

In DaVinci’s time when expertise in art and science had not yet matured to the polarized state in which they exist today, they coexisted naturally. Of course, science’s level of sophistication back then was quite different. But from where I sit as the president of the Rhode Island School of Design, it is clear to me that even current practices in scientific research have much to gain by involving artists in the process early and often. Artists serve as great partners in the communication of scientific research; moreover, they can serve as great partners in the navigation of the scientific unknown.
Posted on November 27, 2013 by Tommer

The Analysis of Policies, Practices, and Programs for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a useful tool for foundation staff, leadership, and other members of the philanthropy community who want to take action to advance DEI.

Posted on November 26, 2013 by Tommer

Media Impact Funders has launched a new website which includes a suite of new tools including searchable data maps, a searchable media database of funder-supported projects, and an entire section devoted to assessing the impact of media.

Posted on November 26, 2013 by Tommer

If a wealthy person writes a large check to a worthy cultural organization, does that constitute an act of leadership? It's an interesting question....

Posted on November 25, 2013 by Steve

From Alexis Clements on Hyperallergic:

In August and September I facilitated a class focused on labor issues within the arts. Specifically, we looked at how and when artists receive or don’t receive payment for their work, and the broader implications of compensating artists. We looked at examples in the US going as far back as the 1850s, but focused most of our attention on recent history and contemporary practices. And because there was such a great mix of students in the class working across fields, as expected, I ended up learning quite a bit myself during the class. Below are five of the things I took away from the class, though there were many others as well.
Posted on November 25, 2013 by Tommer

The Washington Post provides a striking interactive map showing income and education levels by individual zip codes. See where the money is from space.

Posted on November 23, 2013 by Steve

From Tara Bahrampour, writing for The Washington Post:

Doris Lessing, the freewheeling Nobel Prize-winning writer on racism, colonialism, feminism and communism who died Sunday at age 94, was prolific for most of her life. But five years ago, she said the writing had dried up. “Don’t imagine you’ll have it forever,” she said, according to one obituary. “Use it while you’ve got it because it’ll go; it’s sliding away like water down a plug hole.”
Posted on November 21, 2013 by Abigail

This new publication presents updated findings of the Aspen Institute National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations, reflecting the field's continued growth since release of the Study's initial findings based on 2005 data. Drawing on new data through 2010, Study Report Supplement 2013 details this growth, analyzes factors shaping it, and explores ramifications for foundation practice.

Posted on November 20, 2013 by Tommer

The James Irvine Foundation today announced that President and CEO James E. Canales has accepted a position as the first President of the Barr Foundation in Boston, effective May 2014. He will step down from his position at the Irvine Foundation in the early spring of 2014.

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Tommer

There is an old joke that Kentucky is known for fast women and beautiful horses, but feminist artists are now presenting new visions of women, beauty and positive social change throughout the state, especially in rural areas. A new feature on the Atlas of Rural Arts and Culture maps their work and invites readers to re-examine their understanding of the Bluegrass state.

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Tommer

A long and thoughtful essay of the role of the arts sector in addressing racism by Ian David Moss on Createquity.

Posted on November 18, 2013 by Abigail

Jeff Clarke, a senior advisor with The Giving Practice, Philanthropy Northwest’s consulting team, has been appointed CEO of Philanthropy Northwest effective January 2014. Prior to joining The Giving Practice, Jeff served as interim president and CEO of Council on Foundations and as vice president at Rasmuson Foundation in Alaska.

Posted on November 18, 2013 by Tommer

Jamie L. Bennett has been appointed Executive Director of ArtPlace America (ArtPlace), effective January 6, 2014, it was announced today by Rip Rapson, CEO of The Kresge Foundation and Chairman of the ArtPlace Presidents Council.

Posted on November 12, 2013 by Steve

A major new report from The Wallace Foundation examines the challenges of after-school arts programs in low-income neighborhoods. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with young people, their families, leaders of exemplary programs and others nationwide, this report offers some answers, including 10 principles for developing effective programming. The report's authors—Denise Montgomery, Peter Rogovin and Nero Persaud—will present their research in a free webinar on Thursday, November 14.

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Steve

If you missed the live or streamed video of the presentations from the National Innovation Summit for Arts & Culture in October, you can now watch video of those presentations (27 of them!) at the ArtsFwd website.

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Abigail

Images featured on the website throughout November and December were provided by GIA member Illinois Arts Council Agency. Created by the Illinois General Assembly in 1965, the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is governed by a board of private citizens appointed by the Governor who are charged with developing the state’s public arts policy, fostering quality culturally diverse programs, and approving grants expenditures. Resources to support the Illinois Arts Council Agency are provided by the Governor and General Assembly of Illinois, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Steve

Altarum Institute and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation have released a report detailing the economic impact of racism, and the benefits of advancing racial equity as the demography of our nation changes.

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts announces the expansion of its landmark arts partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense to bring art therapy to military patients at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital’s satellite center of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Posted on November 6, 2013 by Steve

Max Fisher pens a comprehensive article on the story of the recently discovered art stash in Germany:

In 2011, German investigators found more than 1,400 pieces of art, some by famous painters such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, in the Munich home of Cornelius Gurlitt, a discovery that was made public only this week with a German news report. Gurlitt's father had been an art collector during World War II, when much of Europe's art was confiscated by the Nazis or otherwise went missing. The Munich trove is historic in its own right but is also part of the continent's seven-decade rediscovery of an artistic heritage that is still recovering from the Nazis' efforts to wipe it out.
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