WEBINAR: Implementing ESSA in Your State and Local Community
Alex Nock

With the new Administration in office, there are many new questions about the future of public education in the US and how the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), including provisions integrating the arts, will unfold. On Tuesday, February 28, Alex Nock from Penn Hill Group will discuss the most up-to-date developments with ESSA implementation and arts education policy and how organizations can advocate at the local level. Register to attend this webinar.

Posted on May 7, 2014 by Steve

Philamplify — an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy — is, at its heart, a series of comprehensive reports conducted by highly regarded researchers assessing foundation grantmaking and operations. Assessments include key findings and recommendations, along with in-depth analysis of foundations’ funding strategies. By keeping these assessments public, Philamplify seeks to build a culture of transparency, mutual accountability and knowledge sharing.

Posted on May 7, 2014 by Steve

From Craig Watson, director of the California Arts Council, writing for Western City:

When the concept of creativity is combined with “community,” it evokes images of vibrancy, activity and prosperity. In terms of economic development, how important is California’s creative economy? Quite important, according to the Otis Report on the Creative Economy, released in late January 2014. The report notes that 7.8 percent of California’s gross state product is directly attributable to the creative industries, with an impact of more than $270 billion annually. The creative economy employs some 1.4 million people, either directly or indirectly.
Posted on May 5, 2014 by Steve

Barry Hessenius posts to Barry’s Blog:

There is fairly decent sector support for the effort required to protect the funding for the NEA. But that support (the response to rally cries to lobby one’s elected officials) is hardly universal. The quid pro quo for a lot of those who are willing to collaborate on a national advocacy platform to protect the Endowment’s funding is to be a recipient of that funding. Both large and small states benefit as do virtually all discipline areas. While the NEA’s budget isn’t huge, it is large enough so that a lot of people get something. Would the challenge of protecting that funding be easier if more organizations and people (including those that are not direct recipients of the funding – but might someday be) were willing to collaborate on the advocacy necessary to convince elected officials that the value of the agency justifies the expenditure of the money to fund it?
Posted on May 2, 2014 by Steve

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Arts Council are seeking artists to work for a rehabilitative arts program opening at prisons statewide. The Arts in Corrections programs will offer an array of performing, literary and visual arts disciplines, such as theater, music, creative writing, poetry, painting, drawing and sculpture.

Posted on May 1, 2014 by SuJ'n

During the month of May, GIA’s photo banner features work of GIA member Staten Island Arts.

Founded in 1992 by a group of community artists, Staten Island Arts is the borough’s local arts council serving a variety of artistic disciplines through its Grants Program for local artists and small arts organizations; Arts Education Program in schools and senior centers; Folklife Program with new & historic immigrant communities; and Contemporary Art Program such as LUMEN, a one-night video and performance art festival that attracts around 3,000 people each year.

Melanie Franklin Cohn, executive director of Staten Island Arts, shares about an exciting new venture that will serve as a nexus between creative enterprise, community-building, and the arts:

This summer, we will be opening a 2,500 square foot space at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George called Culture Lounge. Culture Lounge is a multiform program space and an artist retail market located in a ferry transit hub that sees over 75,000 passengers a day. The goal of Culture Lounge is to create a nurturing space for local artists, heritage bearers, and small arts organizations to gain skills, whether through exhibits, productions, workshops, or retail market experience, while engaging new audiences.

Posted on April 30, 2014 by Steve

It started as a conversation in the bar at the GIA Conference in Philadelphia…

The East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF), the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) and CultureStrike came together to present the first Business of Art entrepreneurial training workshops solely for undocumented artists on April 18 & 19 in Oakland, California. CultureStrike is an Oakland-based grassroots network of artists and activists working on issues of immigration and social change. The goal of the workshop was to create a formal opportunity for undocumented artist to access business knowledge resulting in greater individual visibility and empowerment that will help to advance their careers.

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Steve

Council on Foundations President and CEO Vikki Spruill will join First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and grantmakers from around the country on Wednesday, April 30, for the announcement of the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge. Made by over 30 funders, this pledge aims to bring support to service members, veterans, and military family causes over five years.

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Steve

From Ray Mark Rinaldi, for the Denver Post:

The cultural revolution that is making marijuana part of everyday Colorado life conquers another established front Tuesday as the Colorado Symphony Orchestra announces a series of performances sponsored by the cannabis industry. The concerts, organized by pro-pot promoter Edible Events, will start May 23 with three bring-your-own marijuana events at the Space Gallery in Denver’s Santa Fe arts district and culminate with a large, outdoor performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sept. 13.
Posted on April 28, 2014 by Steve

Funding for 39 projects undertaken by many of America’s most vital artists working in the fields of contemporary performance was announced today by the MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional support by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The MAP Fund, among the longest-standing nongovernment grants programs in the nation, has supported new works in performance that challenge the conventions of contemporary performance, particularly those that address issues of cultural difference in race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, generation or any other aspect of diversity since 1989.

Posted on April 28, 2014 by Steve

Over the course of five years, the National Endowment for the Arts brought together teams from 29 states to collaborate on ways to strengthen states’ arts education policies. The Education Leaders Institute Alumni Summit Report shares the significant findings of what the NEA, its partners, and eight participating alumni states learned together and how it informed the NEA’s arts education strategic plan.

Posted on April 24, 2014 by Steve

Since 1995, I have been a huge fan of A+ Schools based on Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences and using art specialist working with classroom teachers to develop joint curriculum. Here's a great video on how and why it works. Janet Brown, President & CEO

Posted on April 24, 2014 by Steve

The Cleveland-based Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, a research and advocacy service organization, documents the growing number of intersections between Cuyahoga County’s arts and culture sector and its health and human services sector in a new report, “Creative Minds in Medicine: A Cleveland Creative Intersection.” Kristin Puch, director of research and advancement for the Community Partnership writes that Creative Minds in Medicine will be a useful tool for those already doing work related to arts and health and to those of you who are interested in becoming involved in such work.

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Steve

Mark Yost, writing for Houston Business Journal:

On April 17, the Houston Symphony agreed to a new contract with its musicians. The symphony’s musicians will get a 2.85 percent annual raise under terms of the four-year deal, which will take their annual salary from $86,840 today to $97,240 during the 2017-18 season, the symphony said. The current contract was scheduled to expire Oct. 4. The Houston Symphony has 87 professional musicians, one of the largest performing arts organizations in Houston.
Posted on April 22, 2014 by Steve

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the first-ever recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards and the third group of individuals to receive Doris Duke Artist Awards. Both awards are part of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, a special ten-year initiative of the foundation to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts. Doris Duke Artist Award recipients receive $275,000, and Doris Duke Impact Award recipients receive $80,000.

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Steve

The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust in Vancouver, Washington, is pleased to announce Lorin Dunlop who joins the staff as Program Director beginning in late June. Dunlop comes to the Murdock Trust with a rich, diverse background in Arts & Culture, health, education and, most recently, coordinating the Oregon Criminal Justice grants program in public safety and offender re-entry. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she double majored in Art History and International Affairs.

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Steve

An article from Foundation Review — authored by Gary L. Cunningham, Northwest Area Foundation; Marcia L. Avner, University of Minnesota-Duluth and Romilda Justilien, BCT Partners — explores the multiple approaches that foundations can use to advance racial equity and prosperity. “The Urgency of Now: Foundations’ Role in Ending Racial Inequity” is built on the premise that if we remain on the current trajectory with no significant change in the socioeconomic position of low income people of color, everyone will pay a price.

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Tommer

The Walter & Elise Haas Fund, working together with the Foundation Center and Mission Minded, has developed an open-source, free solution that any grantmaking entity can use to make its grantmaking data searchable, publishable, sharable, and fully accessible.

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Steve

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that the NEA plans to award $74.85 million in 971 grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide as part of the second half of its fiscal year 2014 funding. In addition to direct grants through the Art Works category, this round of funding also supports the state arts agencies and regional arts organizations – the NEA's partners in bringing the arts to all parts of the nation – as well as grants for research projects that build evidence on the value and impact of the arts.

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Steve

Emiko Ono writes for ArtsBlog:

In the past, a productive arts organization was understood to contribute to a community’s quality of life and help drive its economy — it was inherently perceived to be a public good. This “social contract” is fraying based on a growing awareness of the very real inequities that exist in the United States... The nonprofit arts sector, including its funders, is increasingly expected to do more for distressed and marginalized communities if it is to merit designation as a public good.
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