For the months of November & December, GIA’s photo banner features a selection of artists and projects funded by Rasmuson Foundation. The foundation was founded in 1955 with a mission to promote a better life for Alaskans. In 2014, it awarded more than $14 million in grants to programs and organizations that serve Alaskans, including those that promote and preserve Alaska's rich arts and cultural offerings. Learn more about the foundation here.

Posted on May 16, 2012 by Tommer

CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists' Emergency Resources), a national artists’ service organization, has produced a useful new tool for artists. The Business Insurance Guidebook for Artists distills the key points of business property, liability, and disaster insurance into a pocket-sized booklet.

The booklet responds to information gathered by CERF+ in a national survey of nearly 3,000 craft artists that found that:

Posted on May 15, 2012 by Abigail

President Barak Obama has nominated Maria López De León, executive director at the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC), to become a member of the National Council on the Arts. The fourteen-member National Council advises the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, who acts as chair of the council, on agency policy and programs.

Posted on May 15, 2012 by Abigail

In April, The David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation jointly launched a free online training for program staff at private foundations to help them navigate the rules of advocacy and lobbying. Authored by the legal staff at these foundations, Learn Foundation Law, is a three-part course that take less than hour to complete.

Posted on May 14, 2012 by Tommer

Trends in Northwest Giving is Philanthropy Northwest's biennial report on organized philanthropy in our six state region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming). The 2012 edition analyzes over $1.08 billion in grants made to Northwest nonprofits in 2010, offering the first in-depth look at the recession's effect on giving to the region.

Posted on May 14, 2012 by Tommer

While Kansas plans to overhaul its arts agency this summer to focus it on generating new jobs, state funding for arts programs remained uncertain as legislators continued discussing budget issues Saturday.

Posted on May 11, 2012 by Tommer

An update on the state of arts education, a primer on how to engage in public policy and an inspirational speech by GIA's Janet Brown about the rewards of doing so were on tap in Trenton on Thursday, where nearly 200 artists and arts, civic and political leaders came together for "ArtsDay 2012."

Posted on May 10, 2012 by Tommer

The Obama administration has proposed new rules designed to encourage foundations to spend money to promote the social good in ways other than grants, for example through low-interest loans or stock purchases in for-profit companies.

Posted on May 10, 2012 by Tommer

With concerns over job creation and business growth holding a prominent—and persistent—position on policy agendas today, governors are increasingly finding innovative ways to support economic growth, according to a new report, New Engines of Growth:  Five Roles for Arts, Culture, and Design  from the National Governors Association (NGA).

Posted on May 9, 2012 by Tommer

Ian David Moss unpacks the theories and myths around the slippery relationship between investing in the arts and economic development, starting with the the recent reporting on "vibrancy indicators" of the ArtPlace program.

Posted on May 8, 2012 by Abigail

In memory of Maurice Sendak, who wrote In the Night Kitchen just in time for child me to adore it, an entry in the exceptional blog Letters of Note on Sendak's publisher's response to the news that public librarians were censoring the book, which features a sometimes nude child protaganist. Some books were burned, others were doctored by hand, with tiny diapers added to the illustrations. Included in the post (here) are publisher Ursula Nordstrom's letter to one of the offending librarians and a formal press release.

Posted on May 8, 2012 by Tommer

The Hollywood, Health & Society program has helped shape more than 300 stories on television shows in the last two years, according to Ms. de Castro Buffington. She said the stories can be more successful than other types of publicity.  Some of America’s biggest philanthropies are helping to shape those kinds of storylines in an effort to educate the public about global health and other causes they care about.

Posted on May 8, 2012 by Tommer

Jeff Chang examines music pre- and post-LA riots in the Los Angeles Review of Books in I Gotta Be Able to Counterattack: Rap and the Los Angeles Riots.

Posted on May 7, 2012 by Steve

The Topeka Capital-Journal Advisory Board gets behind legislation to restore State arts funding:

After a year of turmoil and anxiety about Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision last year to eliminate public funding for the arts in Kansas, a solution is at hand that appears to be acceptable to the governor, members of the arts community and an overwhelming majority of the state’s legislators.
Posted on May 7, 2012 by Steve

The Radio program Studio 360 explores the Obama administration's Turnaround Arts Initiative in an interview with Diane Ravitch.

Posted on May 7, 2012 by Abigail

This month's slideshow of member-supported grantees was provided by The Leeway Foundation in Philadelphia. Funded by a gift from Philadelphia-based artist Linda Lee Alter in 1993, the foundation's initial focus was support for women artists in the metro area. Now approaching its 20th anniversary, Leeway supports women and trans artists and cultural producers working in communities at the intersection of art, culture, and social change.

Posted on May 7, 2012 by Steve

From Peter Plagens at The Wall Street Journal:

To be blunt, Portland's art scene has a lot of no-no on its lips but yes-yes in its eyes.
Posted on May 2, 2012 by Steve

The New York Times has opened a Room for Debate on its Opinion Pages to discuss arts funding:

What can we do to stabilize funding for the arts? Can we learn from other countries’ examples? While arts funding is drying up in parts of Europe because of austerity measures, it’s flourishing in Brazil because of a tax on Brazilian companies.

Follow the discussion.

Posted on May 2, 2012 by Steve

The Cleveland Foundation has partnered with EmcArts through the Engaging the Future program to work with 12 Cleveland cultural institutions that range from Museum of Contemporary Art to Karamu House as they generate innovative approaches for engaging younger and more diverse audiences. To explore their journeys so far, 12 short audio postcards were produced about their starting conditions and current priorities, featuring images from each group with audio narration.

Posted on May 1, 2012 by Steve

From the National Governors Association website:

With concerns over job creation and business growth holding a prominent—and persistent—position on policy agendas today, governors are increasingly finding innovative ways to support economic growth, according to a new report out today from the National Governors Association (NGA).
Posted on May 1, 2012 by Steve

From Brian Hinrichs for ArtsFwd:

When the internationally renowned contemporary dance company the Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) needed a permanent home in 2008, they chose Boise, Idaho, a place where they felt they could thrive artistically while building a new type of community-integrated organization. Many in the industry thought they were crazy. But the city of Boise has since become TMP’s greatest cheerleader and inspiration, leading to a 2010 New York Times headline, “Dancers Adopt a City and Vice-Versa”.
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