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Posted on August 27, 2012 by Steve

From Barry Hessenius at Barry's Blog:

This is the fifth annual Barry’s Blog listing of the Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in the Nonprofit Arts. It has become far and away the most popular of my postings (last year it attracted 5,000 page hits in addition to the subscriber base circulation)... This year there are a couple of changes in the format. First, this year’s list includes 50 people. And rather than do a rigid ranking (in past years the list has been a ranking of 1 - 25 — including in the past couple of years — multiple people under some of the numbers
Posted on August 23, 2012 by Steve

The James Irvine Foundation has reinvented their annual report with an interactive design intended to be more inviting and accessible.

At the heart of the report is the Program Impact section, which offers highlights of key developments in each of our three grantmaking programs and Special Initiatives. In the Leadership section, we describe ways we have used Irvine's voice to enhance the work we're supporting through grants. And finally, we look at Irvine's financial and organizational health using a variety of quantitative measures.
Posted on August 23, 2012 by Steve

Philanthropy Northwest will host a four-session series of webinars this Fall to explore in depth issues of evaluation. The series, Embedding Evaluation Thinking & Practices into Your Strategy and Programs begins Wednesday, September 19, with the session Current Thinking and Practices in Evaluation.

Posted on August 17, 2012 by Steve

From Kim Cook, Nonprofit Finance Fund, for #artsmgtchat:

In a recent Huffington Post exchange, Michael Kaiser, President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Adam Huttler, Executive Director of Fractured Atlas squared off on the topic of new business models in the arts. As a colleague (and I hope friend) of both, I thought I might navigate the “both are true” spaces between their arguments. While Adam is careful to say that he does agree on some points with Michael, they diverge when it comes to thinking about institutions.
Posted on August 16, 2012 by Steve

From Hallie Sekoff at Huffington Post:

There’s something special about Arthur Dixon Elementary School on Chicago’s South Side. Over two-hundred works of art fill the building and spill outside into the schoolyard. Sculptures, oil paintings, watercolors, mosaics, and textiles present an education experience filled with color, texture, and creativity.
Posted on August 16, 2012 by Steve

From Rinku Sen at Colorlines:

I was at the Sundance Resort in Utah recently, attending the annual Creative Change retreat that the Opportunity Agenda hosts for people working at the intersection of arts and social justice. Lots of interesting discussions took place about the purpose of art, the differences/similarities in artistic process and political process, and what makes good/effective political art—or if there is even such a category.
Posted on August 15, 2012 by Tommer

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, which has been gathering data on arts graduates since 2008, has published its annual update, accessible through a cool online dashboard.  Or, there's a quick executive summary by Sally Gaskill on ArtsBlog.

Posted on August 14, 2012 by Steve

The CDP’s upcoming transition to an independent nonprofit will put the organization in an even stronger position to serve the arts and cultural community. With the recent election of a 14-member national board, a search is underway to select the Cheif Executive Officer who will lead the newly independent CDP. Securing this new leader is among the board’s top priorities. Applications are being accepted through August 31, 2012.

Posted on August 14, 2012 by Steve

From Charles McMahon for Seacoastonline.com (Portsmouth, New Hampshire):

Despite the recession, arts and culture nonprofit organizations have had a major impact on the local economy over the last five years, as their industry accounted for more than $41 million in total economic activity in fiscal year 2010, according to a recent report released by the city's cultural commission, Art-Speak.
Posted on August 14, 2012 by Steve

From Angela Francis, Senior Associate at the Nonprofit Finance Fund, for the ASU Lodestar Center blog:

We often talk about nonprofit executive compensation in skeptical terms: how much is too much? While no one supports wasteful public spending or abuse of power, the cases that grab headlines and provoke legislation are actually far from the norm. At Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), what we see far more often is staff turnover due to burnout and low pay.
Posted on August 14, 2012 by Steve

From Frank J. Barrett at Fast Company:

Nurturing spontaneity, creativity, experimentation, and dynamic synchronization is no longer an optional approach to leadership. It's the only approach. The current velocity of change demands nothing less. It demands paying attention to the mental models, the cultural beliefs and values, the practices and structures that support improvisation. Following practices can help your organization emulate what happens when jazz bands improvise.
Posted on August 10, 2012 by Janet

By Janet Brown from her blog Better Together:

I enthusiastically encourage anyone who has ever been involved with an arts organization that renovated, expanded or built new;  a board that said, “if we only had more seats, we could sell more tickets;” a feasibility study that overstated the need for the building and understated the community’s ability to raise funds; an elected official who said, “what our small city needs is a world-class __________ facility;” or a funder that has been asked to support a building project to read Set in Stone, a recently released report from the University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center and NORC.

Posted on August 8, 2012 by Steve

From Richard Dare at Huffington Post:

The predominant market way of life with its addictive seductions and pacifying pastimes seems to have sapped our collective energy for meaningful analysis and logical decision-making. Art can change that if we have the courage to let it play a more active role.

It's so much easier though to hold difficult questions at bay — to talk about art and music only in vague pseudo-academic terms, to pontificate about protecting the treasures of the past when we should be working instead to connect our most profound ideas, ambitions and dreams to our future. One cannot speak publicly about the meaning of great art or great music or great ideas without raising terrifying questions about who we are and why we have become this way and what the next chapter of our life should be. Fortunately though, these are the very questions that art is most well equipped to answer for us.

Posted on August 6, 2012 by Steve

The Boeing Company announced today that Ms. Deepa Gupta has joined The Boeing Company as Director of Education Initiatives and Strategy. Based in Chicago, Deepa will concentrate on enhancing Boeing's support of early learning, primary and secondary education aimed at developing the future work force. Prior to Boeing, Deepa served as a program officer for The MacArthur Foundation, and in May she joined the National Council on the Arts.

Posted on August 4, 2012 by Steve

Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue announced on August 3 the appointment of Carolyn Ramo as Executive Director. Ramo assumed the post as of July 24, 2012. Ramo brings over ten years of experience as a senior manager at a range of prominent New York galleries and institutions, where she has gained invaluable experience in innovative programming and artist-focused infrastructure.

Posted on August 3, 2012 by Steve

The Board of Directors of the Bush Foundation announced on July 30 that Jennifer Ford Reedy will join the organization as its next president. Reedy is the current chief of staff and vice president of strategy for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners (MN Partners), a network of organizations including The Saint Paul Foundation, Minnesota Community Foundation, F.R. Bigelow Foundation and the Mardag Foundation.

Posted on August 2, 2012 by Steve

From Elizabeth Quaglieri at technology In the Arts:

Looking for a well-worth-it distraction? Check out Art & Money, an animated art auction infographic by Jean Abbiateci. It visualizes metrics for the top 270 most expensive artworks sold in auction between 2008 and 2011.
Posted on August 2, 2012 by Steve

From Lorna Kneeland, Executive Director of PONCHO, guest blogging at 4Culture:

In the past few years, there has been a fair amount of public attention (but not enough) on the dire state and inequity of arts learning for K-12 students. The expectation that arts are an essential aspect to student education has been lost. This year in Seattle, not a single arts organization was deemed qualified for the Families and Education Levy. This is surprising given the great deal of research demonstrating the strong link that arts education has to academic success and social development.
Posted on August 2, 2012 by Steve

From Kelly Chen and Imani M. Cheers at PBS Newshour:

During tough economic times, arts and music programs are often some of the first programs cut in schools. But at Wolf Trap's Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, investing in arts education has been a priority for the past 31 years.
Posted on August 2, 2012 by Steve

From The Wall Street Journal News Graphics feed comes this illustration of how New York City ranks culturally to other major world cities.

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