GIA PODCAST: Philanthropy Northwest’s Momentum Fellowship
Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz

New on the GIA Podcast, we speak with Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz from Philanthropy Northwest about their Momentum Fellowship, a regional program designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities for careers in the philanthropic sector. The GIA Podcast is a new and ongoing program featuring brief interviews with leaders in the field of arts philanthropy.

Posted on August 10, 2013 by Steve

From Katrina Schwartz, for the blog Mind/Shift:

The average teenager consumes about 10 hours of media per day according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report, and that’s often through a gadget like smartphone or tablet. But depending on what we choose to focus on, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The same devices that are used to consume art have also allowed students to create on their own, often with little instruction or direction.
Posted on August 10, 2013 by Steve

By Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer:

The Cleveland Museum of Art is scheduled to finish its eight-year, $350 million expansion and renovation in December. Already, however, it’s getting kudos for the new educational framework it’s wrapping around its world-renowned collection.
Posted on August 8, 2013 by Tommer

McKnight Foundation's Vickie Benson writes a compelling case for artists' travel on Open Road: Open Mind.

Posted on August 7, 2013 by Tommer

A timely question from Patricia Cohen in The New York Times:

More than eight months have elapsed since Mr. Landesman announced that he was stepping down from the nation’s top arts post. The only time a search has taken longer was in 2002, after the conductor and composer Michael P. Hammond died after just six days in office.
Posted on August 7, 2013 by Steve

From Courtney Balestier, for The New York Times:

Detroit’s dismal financial situation has been a subject of minimal regard for many artists, who said that their city is far from the ghost town some might assume from the news. They point out that a rich cultural undercurrent has grown only stronger in recent years, with a rise in contemporary art. They say that the arts, in the end, may propel economic development in Detroit, as it has from Asheville, N.C., to Bilbao, Spain.
Posted on August 6, 2013 by Steve

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) has released SnaapShot 2012, updating the annual report with 2011 data on arts graduates careers, salaries, and other data from over 33,000 arts alumni in America. SNAAP has also produced the report, An Uneven Canvas: Inequalities in Artistic Training and Careers, that details findings from more than 65,000 arts alumni of all ages from 120 institutions in the United States and Canada.

Posted on August 6, 2013 by Janet

By Janet Brown, from her blog Better Together:

Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) initiated discussions among a group of social justice funders a year ago in an effort to begin to understand structural racism and to analyze how institutionalized racism may affect arts philanthropy.

Posted on August 5, 2013 by Steve

The latest post from Angie Kim’s blog Private Foundations Plus:

As the nonprofit sector has had to shift in response to “small government” by diversifying revenues and responding to greater social needs, there is one type of nonprofit entity that has remained largely overlooked as a potential change agent. I’m talking about membership associations that support groups of nonprofits unified by a common geography, type of entity, or cause.
Posted on August 2, 2013 by Steve

From Deborah Vankin and the Los Angeles Times:

The London-based Institute of Contemporary Arts will launch a Twitter-like social media platform on Aug. 21 dedicated entirely to art, the Guardian reported. The site, called Art Rules, aims to draw a younger, more digitally-focused audience and spark their interest in art.
Posted on August 2, 2013 by Steve

Arts Alliance Illinois and the Illinois Arts Council Agency held the 2013 One State Together in the Arts conference in late July for arts leaders, advocates and practitioners in Illinois. Video of the speakers is now available online

Posted on August 1, 2013 by Steve

From Tim Delaney and Lisa Maruyama at Huffington Post:

As Congress begins to dive deeper into comprehensive tax reform, much depends on unproven projections and economic theories. Americans would be served better if Congress instead considered the real world lessons that states have learned by experimenting with limits on charitable tax deductions: local communities lose far more than governments gain.
Posted on July 30, 2013 by Tommer

Some timely thinking on the arts, populism, and equity by Ian David Moss on Createquity.

Posted on July 29, 2013 by Steve

From Jeff Sommer, writing for The New York Times:

We have undervalued creativity and research. And despite the hoopla whenever Apple or Google releases a new product, we haven’t grasped the full significance of innovation.

That critique wouldn’t be surprising if it came from an underappreciated artist, scientist or technologist. But it’s being made in what may seem an unexpected quarter: the offices of the federal government. It’s the verdict of the experts who measure the American economy.

Posted on July 29, 2013 by Steve

From Mary Plummer, scpr.org:

As budgets worsened over the past several years, schools throughout California cut where they could, slashing arts budgets so deeply some students have been left with no arts education at all.

Arts educator Carl Schafer of Upland, has been on a campaign to increase that instruction for a year. And in his effort, he found a line in the California education code that shocked him: the state requires arts to be taught to California students.

Posted on July 29, 2013 by Steve

James V. Toscano responds to the Peter Buffett editorial on the blog The Good Counsel:

Let’s establish some social wealth incubators, capitalize and staff them, open doors, do the due diligence necessary within the risk environment and welcome all comers.
Posted on July 28, 2013 by Steve

Peter Buffett pens this editorial for The New York Times:

I HAD spent much of my life writing music for commercials, film and television and knew little about the world of philanthropy as practiced by the very wealthy until what I call the big bang happened in 2006. That year, my father, Warren Buffett, made good on his commitment to give nearly all of his accumulated wealth back to society. In addition to making several large donations, he added generously to the three foundations that my parents had created years earlier, one for each of their children to run.
Posted on July 25, 2013 by Tommer

On Thursday, Darren Walker, 53, will take the next step in a career that has taken him from Harlem to world-famous foundations five and a half miles away in Midtown Manhattan. He is to be named president of the Ford Foundation, the nation’s second-largest philanthropic organization.

Posted on July 24, 2013 by Tommer

Here's a concise description of how the budget process plays out by Andrew Finch, director of policy for the Association of Art Museum Directors, posted on CultureGrrl.

Posted on July 23, 2013 by Tommer
The bill includes $75 million for each for the NEA and NEH, which is a reduction of $71 million (49%) per endowment compared to the fiscal year 2013 enacted level.

Posted on July 22, 2013 by Steve

From Caleb Winebrenner, writing for Howl Round:

Augusto Boal says in The Rainbow of Desire that theater is an inherently human vocation. It’s something we all are, but something “some of us also do.” What I find so compelling about this distinction is Boal’s emphasis on what theater can make possible for an individual person. Theater is like a mirror, it’s dichotomizing. We can act as ourself, and we can see ourselves acting. We can have past, present, and even future versions of ourselves on stage—and reflect on what this means. As someone who also does theater, this also means that I’m not just focused on what theater can be for me—asserting my own individual rights, exercising my freedoms of speech and assembly—but what it can be for other people.
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