For the month of September, GIA’s photo banner features projects supported by New Mexico Arts, New Mexico’s state arts agency. New Mexico Arts is advised by a 15-member, governor-appointed arts commission. It provides financial support for arts services and programs to non-profit organizations and administers the 1% pubic art program statewide. Among the agency priorities is quality arts education. Read more about it here.
Posted on January 14, 2014 by Tommer

It isn't over, but this ruling in favor of telecoms could change the internet. Here are some reports:

The Guardian


New York Times

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Tommer

In the first weeks of the administration of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, art and culture observers await the appointment of a new Commissioner for Cultural Affairs. The new commissioner will replace the outgoing Kate Levin, who served from 2002 to 2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Steve

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies sends notice that with funding for the federal government set to expire tonight (January 14), budget leaders in the House of Representatives and Senate announced late on January 13 that they have reached a compromise on legislation that will fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2014. The bill provides for $1.1 trillion in funding and would reduce the scope of the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester, which remains in effect until FY2021.

Posted on January 13, 2014 by Steve

From Randy Kennedy and Steven Yaccino, writing for The New York Times:

National and local philanthropic foundations have committed $330 million toward a deal that would help preserve the Detroit Institute of Arts’ renowned collection by bolstering the city’s employee pension funds, federal mediators involved in the city’s bankruptcy proceedings announced Monday.
Posted on January 10, 2014 by Steve

Eileen Cunniffe writes for Nonprofit Quarterly:

In the waning days of 2013, an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer cited examples of performing arts organizations experimenting with curtain times, holding some weeknight performances as early as 6:30 pm instead of the long-accepted standard of 8:00 pm. The reasons given included appealing to younger audiences, who might want to go somewhere else after the show; appealing to older audiences, who might appreciate getting home earlier; and appealing to everyone in between, who might find it easier to hire a babysitter or just to show up for work the next day. One of the early trends from this experimentation is that some midweek performances with earlier curtain times are pulling even with or outpacing once-hot Friday evening ticket sales.
Posted on January 9, 2014 by Steve

A post from the Policy Analysis for California Education:

Access to education in visual art, music, theatre, and dance is varied and unequal across public schools in the United States. Yet the extent of this inequality is largely undocumented. In a recent report from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the committee concluded that policymakers lack a basic understanding of access to arts education because there is no required data collection of the courses schools offer.
Posted on January 9, 2014 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that application guidelines are now available for Art Works and Challenge America Fast-Track at the NEA’s website. These guidelines are for projects anticipated to take place in 2015. The Art Works and Challenge America Fast-Track programs constitute 75 percent of the NEA’s annual direct grantmaking. In order to offer potential applicants the highest level of technical assistance, the NEA has scheduled webinars covering the basics of the Art Works funding category, how to apply to the NEA, how to select work samples, and how to prepare a strong application. After each presentation, there will be time for Q and A with NEA staff.

Posted on January 6, 2014 by Abigail

During the month of January, GIA's photo banner features grantees of GIA member the Sacatar Foundation. Founded in 2000, Sacatar created the first international artist residency program in South America. Under the auspices of Sacatar's sister organization, the Brazilian nonprofit Instituto Sacatar, 250 artists from over fifty countries have enjoyed airfare, studio, room, and board for eight-week residencies at Sacatar's beachside estate in Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil.

Posted on December 30, 2013 by Tommer

Steven J. Tepper, associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy and associate professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University, has been named dean of Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, effective July 1, 2014.


Posted on December 30, 2013 by Tommer

The work of GIA's Arts Education Funders Coalition is reported on Createquity.

Posted on December 18, 2013 by Steve

Foundation Center has released its annual publication “Key Facts on U.S. foundations.” In a new and more streamlined format, the 2013 edition includes estimates of giving by U.S. foundations in 2012 and it forcasts the direction of giving changes for 2013 based on survey data collected by Foundation Center. The report also documents the overall size of the U.S. foundation community and analyzes the funding priorities of the largest foundations.

Posted on December 18, 2013 by Steve

On December 17, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed Intro 925 into law. This law will require the Department of Education to provide detailed reporting on the provision of state instructional requirements for the arts in city public schools and will not only help inform education policy-makers, but will also provide parents, students and the public with the knowledge to make informed decisions and advocate for resources to be provided for their schools.

Posted on December 18, 2013 by Steve

Sarah Kendzior writes for Al Jazeera:

New York — and San Francisco, London, Paris and other cities where cost of living has skyrocketed — are no longer places where you go to be someone. They are places you live when you are born having arrived. They are, as journalist Simon Kuper puts it, “the vast gated communities where the one percent reproduces itself.”
Posted on December 17, 2013 by Steve

In January 2013, the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California hosted its fifth National Leadership Forum, Philanthropy: Imagination, Innovation, and Impact. A new report is now available from the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy that summarizes the proceedings of the forum.

Posted on December 17, 2013 by Steve

The McKnight Foundation has produced a report, What Artists Say, of findings from a survey of fellowship recipients and artists receiving McKnight funds regranted by the state’s 11 Regional Arts Councils (RACs) in 2011. The survey was conducted by the Center for the Study of Art & Community and was designed to give artists an opportunity to reflect on the environment, conditions, and motivations that affect their work.

Posted on December 17, 2013 by Tommer

The Washington Post reports on leadership transitions at a number of Washington, D.C., arts institutions.

Posted on December 11, 2013 by Steve

NCRP research and policy director Niki Jagpal posts to The NonProfit Times:

As I listened to a webinar hosted by Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) on its report Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture, I was relatively unsurprised to hear from Steven Lawrence of the Foundation Center that their research found the largest share of arts grants went to the performing arts (36.8 percent) and museums (27.6 percent).
Posted on December 10, 2013 by Steve

From Katherine Boyle, reporting for The Washington Post:

Deborah F. Rutter, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, will become the third president of the Kennedy Center in September. The center made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday, after an 11-month national search for a new president to manage the country’s busiest performing arts center.
Posted on December 9, 2013 by Steve

Lucy Bernholz has the list of top-10 buzzwords from 2013 on The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

“Selfie” may be the Oxford English Dictionary’s choice for word of the year, but the nonprofit world is abuzz with other language that reveals what’s on the minds of people working to promote the common good. Here’s my list of the words that capture 2013 and beyond.

Read the full article.

Posted on December 5, 2013 by Steve

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) will host a free webinar on Thrusday, December 19, 2pm EST, to discuss the report Smashing Silos in Philanthropy: Multi-Issue Advocacy And Organizing for Real Results, which was released last month. Presenters will be Niki Jagpal, Research and Policy Director, NCRP; Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; and John Esterle, Executive Director, The Whitman Institute. You can get the report here and register for the webinar here.

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