GIA has uploaded videos and written presentations from our Arts Education Funders Coalition Forum that took place on May 7, 2015 in Minneapolis. Over 60 funders attended this day-long forum entitled “Every Child, Every School” which highlighted policy development and infrastructure support for systemic change in education.
Posted on November 29, 2012 by Tommer

Michael DiFonzo discusses the the LC3 (Low-Profit Limited Liability Corporation)on HowlRound.   Video from a recent conference at Columbia University, L3C and the Arts: Understanding the Potential of Low-Profit Limited Liability Corporations, can also be seen online.

Posted on November 29, 2012 by Steve

Nonprofit Fianance Fund CEO Antony Bugg-Levine writes for Stanford Social Innovation Review on a new framework for Impact Investing:

The rise of the impact investment movement is poised to unlock substantial new capital for social purpose. Innovative nonprofits are already rethinking the way they do business and are going to heroic lengths to extract maximum impact from every dollar. And increasingly, we have the data and knowledge we need to tackle social ills.

But the ultimate contribution of impact investing, and similar innovations, will not come in the form of interesting investments or channeling grant money more efficiently. Instead, it will come by addressing two fundamental challenges of our moment: How will developed countries sustain a safety net in the wake of macroeconomic and demographic pressures? And how will developing countries ensure that economic growth is more equitably shared?

Posted on November 28, 2012 by Tommer

There has been some thoughful discussion online on the Creative Placemaking front of late:

Posted on November 27, 2012 by Tommer

The application for the NYFA Emergency Relief Fund for artists in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York affected by Hurricane Sandy is now available. Visit or for details.

Posted on November 27, 2012 by Tommer

Barrty Johnson unpacks the long and complex story of Oregon's new arts education tax, and how the media got it all wrong.

Posted on November 20, 2012 by Steve

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman confirmed his plans to step down at the end of the calendar year. “My intention has always been to serve one term, and we have been able to accomplish more than I had ever thought possible: sparking a national movement around creative placemaking, forging significant relationships with other federal agencies, creating an unprecedented healing arts partnership with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and increasing both the scope and impact of our research office.” NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa will serve as the acting head of the agency until a permanent successor is confirmed.

Posted on November 20, 2012 by Steve

The Arts & Democracy Project will host a national conference call on Wednesday, November 28, 3:00pm EST / Noon PST. You are invited to join the conference call if you have a project to share, are looking to connect with other projects, or just want to learn about creative responses to Superstorm Sandy and other disasters. If you would like to present a project on the call, please email by Friday, November 23. Go here to register to attend the call.

Posted on November 20, 2012 by Steve

South Arts has announced the appointment of Suzette (Susie) Surkamer as executive director effective December 6, 2012. Since January, 2012, Surkamer has been the membership consultant for South Arts’ ArtsReady project. Surkamer earned a M.Ed. in dance education from George Washington University and a B.A. in dance from the University of Maryland.

Posted on November 16, 2012 by Steve

In the election on November 6th, 2012, Portland, Oregon residents approved ballot measure #26-146 with 62% voting to approve. The success of the measure means a new income tax of $35 per income-earning resident will generate an estimated $12.5 million every year, starting in 2013 to be dispersed to Portland schools and to the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) to fund the arts and music and art education.

Posted on November 16, 2012 by Tommer

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce the creation of an emergency relief fund to support individual artists in all disciplines impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The application will be posted on and beginning November 21 and submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. The program will be open to literary, media, performing and visual artists residing in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Steve

The Penn Hill Group, an education policy firm in Washington, D.C. that is working for the GIA Arts Education Funders Coalition, has prepared a report to summarize the results of the election that took place in the U.S. in early November 2012. This report provides an initial analysis of the people, process, politics, and policies that are crucial to the consideration of federal education and job training policies in the next Congress and Administration. It is important to recognize that some of these dynamics will shift as agendas become clearer and leadership and committee positions get solidified, at which time we will provide an updated version of this memo at the start of the new Congress in January.

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Steve

The Community Foundation of New Jersey, the Dodge Foundation, and other partners in the philanthropic and corporate community both locally and nationally have established the New Jersey Recovery Fund to help nonprofits and communities rebuild after Superstorm Sandy. The Fund will target grants and loans to support and strengthen the nonprofit sector as well as forward-thinking communities which need resources to implement innovative ideas and solutions.

Posted on November 12, 2012 by Steve

From Randy Kennedy at The New York Times:

The New School has chosen the Chicago artist and activist Theaster Gates as the recipient of its inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, a $15,000 award that will be given to an artist every two years. The prize includes a long-term commitment by the school to aid the winner’s projects through academic study or other means.
Posted on November 9, 2012 by Steve

A pair of webinars are happening next week that look interesting. On Thursday, November 15, Understanding Parents' Role in Arts Education will be presented by Doug Israel, Director of Research and Policy, The Center for Arts Education. Narric Rome and Kristen Engebretsen of AFTA will moderate. The following day, Friday, November 16, 2012 Post-Election Impact on the Arts will feature AFTA Action Fund staff discussing this weeks' election.

Posted on November 7, 2012 by Steve

Robert Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts, writes for Huffington Post:

Every four years America gets another chance to make its voice heard. And every four years the American arts community, in a way, gets a bit of a fiscal makeover. How is that? Well, it has to do with how the nonprofit arts in America are funded and how policy affects those funding sources. And every four years, no matter who wins elections across our country, there are new policymakers in town.
Posted on November 6, 2012 by Steve

“Developing Artist-Driven Spaces in Marginalized Communities: Reflections and Implications for the Field” is a new report from LINC and the Urban Institute, authored by Maria Rosario Jackson. The report seeks to distill important issues in the creation of these spaces beginning with discussion of why artists work in marginalized communities and followed by examination of issues related to resources, leadership, relations to community stakeholders, and sustainability.

Get the report from our library.

Posted on November 5, 2012 by Janet

By Janet Brown from her blog Better Together

On behalf of Grantmakers in the Arts, I want to express how saddened we are by the terrible losses brought on by Hurricane Sandy. GIA has created a special site, Hurricane Sandy Recovery Resources, to list relevant resources as they become available to us. Please contact us at with new information so we can pass it on to our members and the public.

Posted on November 5, 2012 by Abigail

Throughout November and December, our website photo banner will feature artists supported by GIA member Creative Capital. Founded in 1999, Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Working in long-term partnership with artists, Creative Capital’s pioneering approach to support combines funding, counsel, and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster sustainable practices for its grantees.

Posted on November 3, 2012 by Steve

After twenty-four years as the only executive director of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture (Commission), Victoria Hamilton will step down at the end of this month. San Diego was a very different place when Hamilton arrived from Santa Barbara in 1988 to head up the newly formed Commission and her impact and influence have reverberated throughout the community. Today, it is a vibrant cultural destination with a fair and transparent funding process that benefits over 120 arts and culture organizations.

Hamilton has earned national recognition by forging strategic alliances, empowering volunteer leadership boards, and advancing an entrepreneurial approach to innovative arts and culture programs and partnerships.

Posted on November 2, 2012 by Tommer

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) has released a report on the “Strengthening the Bones” convening held in the fall of 2011 that brought together over 100 individuals representing a cross section of arts services organizations, cultural centers, museums, artists and artist collectives, foundation and government funding agencies to learn and build around the community of Native art.

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