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 October 12, 2016 by Monica

As part of a lecture series at Rothko Chapel, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker recently spoke with Sarah Lewis, author and Harvard professor, about the intersection of the arts and human rights. Audio and video recordings of the talk are available online.

Posted on October 12, 2016 by Monica

Lisa Cremin, a director with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and former GIA board member, has been recognized with a 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities. Cremin began working with the Community Foundation in 1993 and under her guidance its arts fund has grown to its current size of $9.2 million and in its lifetime has given away more than $12 million. She has been a dedicated advocate and evangelist for small to mid-sized arts organizations — groups producing powerful work — that provide access to the arts to underserved communities.

Posted on October 11, 2016 by Monica

From The Advocate:

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is offering Creative Relief grants to professional artists and nonprofit arts and culture organizations that were adversely affected by the flood.

Individuals and organizations with a history of arts programming whose sites, materials, equipment or collections were damaged in the recent flooding may apply.

Read the full article.

Posted on October 7, 2016 by Monica

The League of American Orchestras has released two reports on diversity in orchestras. The first, Forty Years of Fellowships, analyzes the efficacy and impact of fellowship programs for African American and Latino musicians. The second report, Racial/Ethnic and Gender Diversity in the Orchestra Field examines diversity among orchestra staff, boards, conductors and instrumentalists.

Read the reports.

Posted on October 6, 2016 by Monica

South Arts has published a list of resources for artists and arts venues in preparation for Hurricane Matthew in the southeastern United States. Resources include AgilityRecovery’s hurricane readiness checklist, the CERF+ Studio Protector online guide, and resources from FEMA and American Red Cross.

Read more

Posted on October 6, 2016 by Monica

The passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states with increased flexibility to include the arts as a component of a well-rounded education. A new report from the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a center within Education Commission of the States, ESSA: Mapping Opportunities for the Arts, highlights the ways that states can engage the arts in the ongoing implementation of ESSA.

Read the report.

Posted on October 5, 2016 by Monica

The New York State Council on the Arts had announced Mara Manus as the agency’s new executive director. Manus has served as executive director of the Public Theater in New York City as well as a program officer at the Ford Foundation. Previous roles also include director of Playwrights of New York, executive director of The Film Society of Lincoln Center and founding director of the Arthur Miller Foundation and Southampton Arts Center.

Posted on October 4, 2016 by Monica

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts have opened applications for school districts, foundations, or nonprofits to apply to join Turnaround Arts, a program to assist school reform through high-quality and integrated arts education. Selected organizations will partner with Turnaround Arts: National to build locally-based technical assistance programs, bringing in national and regional resources to use the arts as an intervention strategy in clusters of low-performing schools, and their work will begin in March 2017.

View the application.

Posted on October 1, 2016 by SuJ'n

For the month of October, GIA's photo banner features artists and work supported by Target. Target's support of the arts and culture dates back to 1946 when the company first began giving 5 percent of its profit to local communities. Today, this giving equals more than $4 million each week. Target is a Leadership Sponsor of the 2016 GIA Conference taking place this month in Saint Paul, MN, neighbor to Target's headquarters in Minneapolis.

Posted on September 29, 2016 by Monica

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and The Kresge Foundation are partnering to expand support of creative placemaking through the launch of a pilot technical assistance program in collaboration with Local Initiatives Support Corporation's National Creative Placemaking Program (LISC) and PolicyLink. Specialized technical assistance will be given to 14 organizations and their partners with the goal of advancing each organization’s ability to lead successful projects that result in positive short- and long-term outcomes for their community.

Posted on September 29, 2016 by Monica

Esteemed arts administrator Arlynn “Arni” Fishbaugh will retire at the end of September after serving as executive director of Montana Arts Council for 25 years. On September 30, Arni will be honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Montana. Arni served on the board Grantmakers in the Arts for six years (2011–2016) and has also served the boards of the National Assembly of Arts Agencies, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and the Western States Arts Federation.

Posted on September 28, 2016 by Monica

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, Michael Warlum, who worked for Robert E. Gard at Wisconsin Idea Theatre, reflects on the continued influence of Gard's The Arts in the Small Community fifty years after its publication.

Posted on September 27, 2016 by Monica

A new report commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation surveys the efforts of 15 foundations, including Ford Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and Surdna Foundation, that are working to “incorporate equity — both in their internal operations and in their grantmaking.” The Road to Achieving Equity presents key findings from the survey, challenges the foundations have faced, and recommendations for foundations looking to begin their own work toward equity.

Read the report.

Posted on September 22, 2016 by Monica

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the names of the 2016 MacArthur Fellows. Among the awardees are author Claudia Rankine, who presented an inspiring keynote at the 2015 GIA Conference, and theatre artist and educator Anne Basting, who has worked with GIA to support arts and aging. Each of the 23 MacArthur Fellows will receive a stipend of $625,000.

View the announcement.

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, “Impact Investing 101,” Rosalie Sheehy Cates and Shin Yu Pai of Philanthropy Northwest offer a primer for funders interested in exploring impact investing.

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Monica

A recent article in Education Week highlights efforts to encourage schools in various states to use Title I funds for arts education programs:

The $1 million Title I Arts Integration Pilot Program, announced earlier this month, is offering grants to schools in the state to create programs that will serve as models for how to use arts to improve schools.

Bob Morrison, the director of the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, said that the state is hoping to remind schools that Title I money can be used for the arts, and that Title I funds are intended to help improve more than just math and reading test scores.

Read the full article.

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Monica

Grantmakers in the Arts has released an expansion of its landmark Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy Statement of Purpose with new definitions, recommendations, and resources to support arts funders in taking up and continuing this important work. Highlights of this release include sets of actionable steps that individuals and institutions can take to advance racial equity in arts philanthropy, recordings of GIA’s highly attended web conference series on racial equity in grantmaking, and the results of GIA’s internal racial equity audit.

Posted on September 19, 2016 by Monica

National Endowment for the Arts and the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) have launched a new report examining the needs and values of artists. Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists examines artist funding and training, as well as the effect of other forces shaping the work environment for artists including technology, the gig economy, student debt, and the growth of cross-disciplinary work.

Read the report.

Posted on September 16, 2016 by Monica

A recent article in The Wichita Eagle states that the Wichita Arts Council is moving to a membership-based funding model:

The nonprofit that advocates for arts and culture in the community is rolling out a way for businesses and people to become official members. [Wichita Arts Council] hopes money raised from memberships will expand existing arts programs, scholarships and grants, potentially paving the way for new projects. The effort comes after cuts in state and county funding for the arts.
Posted on September 15, 2016 by Monica

A recent article in CityLab describes how Rebuild Foundation, a nonprofit run by renowned artist Theaster Gates, has contributed to neighborhood revitalization in Chicago’s South Side. The organization has purchased and converted vacant buildings into art-inspired community hubs, including a community arts center, a movie theater, a cafe, and a bookstore.

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