Online registration is now open for the GIA 2015 Conference that will be held Sunday, October 18 through Wednesday, October 21 at the Milennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Check for full details and to register.
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.

Posted on August 2, 2012 by Steve

From Kathleen Massara at The Huffington Post:

The Central Utah Art Center (CUAC), one of the only nonprofit arts centers in the state of Utah, is facing eviction and serious funding cuts at an Ephraim city council meeting Wednesday night.
Posted on August 1, 2012 by Steve

A new session has been added to the 2012 Web Conference Series to discuss the new K-12 Arts Education Policy Agenda being worked on by the GIA Arts Education Funders Coalition (AEFC). GIA formed the AEFC in the spring of 2012 for funders concerned with arts education. One of the purposes of the group is to investigate ways to embed the arts into current federal education policy. Working with the Penn Hill Group, an education policy firm in Washington, DC, the coalition's Advisory Committee has created an agenda that encompasses several opportunities for arts education.

Posted on August 1, 2012 by Steve

From Elizabeth Day at The Guardian:

The statistics make for uncomfortable reading. Almost a third of visual and applied artists earn less than £5,000 a year from their creative work, according to a survey conducted last year by Artists' Interaction and Representation (AIR); 57% of the 1,457 respondents said that less than a quarter of their total income was generated by their art practices and only 16% of them paid into a private pension fund, raising questions about how professional artists will support themselves once they reach retirement age.
Posted on July 30, 2012 by Steve

From Joseph Stromberg at

For the first four decades of competition, the Olympics awarded official medals for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and music, alongside those for the athletic competitions. From 1912 to 1952, juries awarded a total of 151 medals to original works in the fine arts inspired by athletic endeavors. Now, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the first artistic competition, even Olympics fanatics are unaware that arts, along with athletics, were a part of the modern Games nearly from the start.
Posted on July 28, 2012 by Steve

From Marianne Combs at Minnesota Public Radio:

This week President Obama announced his intent to nominate Ranee Ramaswamy to the National Council on the Arts. The NCA advises the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (currently Rocco Landesman) on agency policies and programs.
Posted on July 26, 2012 by Steve

New research by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) shows that when it comes to social media, nonprofits aren’t closely following their foundation funders or their funders’ staff. “While foundations and their grantees are both using social media—Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and blogs—the nonprofits simply are not following their funders,” said Ellie Buteau, vice president of research for CEP and co-author of the report.

Posted on July 25, 2012 by Steve

From Micheline Maynard at Forbes:

As the recession grew deeper, states across the country took aim at budgets for the arts. In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback used his line-item veto power to eliminate funding for the for the Kansas Arts Commission, making his state the first to eliminate arts money altogether. At the time, Brownback called the commission a luxury his state couldn’t afford. Now, Brownback has quietly changed course — but in a different guise.
Posted on July 24, 2012 by Janet

What do you think the general public thinks these days when they hear the words “the arts?” Does it conjure up images of what they do on a daily basis: listening to music, watching television, singing in church choir, reading a book, attending the theatre? Or do most people think of an elite special interest group for people with money? I’m thinking about language again because it gets us into so much trouble.

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Tommer

The University of Chicago Cultural Policy Center has published Set in Stone: Building America's New Generation of Arts Facilities, 1994-2008. This study of cultural building began in 2006 as a response to inquiries from arts consultants who had for some time been working on dozens of building projects across the country and found themselves confronting the same sets of problems with each new client.

Posted on July 24, 2012 by Tommer

The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) in Winona, Minnesota has created an inventive capitalization instrument that will interest the broader field. The Festival’s “Legacy Bond Investment Program,” launched in September, 2011 is a state-approved investment offer for Festival patrons that provides GRSF with significant working capital. 

Posted on July 23, 2012 by Tommer

Philanthropy Northwest has published Journey Into Indian Country, a new report that chronicles five years of work to build and strengthen relationships between organized philanthropy and Native Americans and First Alaskans in the region. With pictures, poetry and stories, the report explores how Philanthropy Northwest members are seeking to better understand Native history and culture, and to expand opportunities for deeper, strategic philanthropic partnerships between Natives and non-Natives.

Posted on July 22, 2012 by Steve

From the Aspen Ideas Festival, held recently in Aspen, Colorado, comes this session panel discussion with NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, the Knight Foundation's Dennis Scholl, and the Ford Foundation's Darren Walker with facilitator Richard Florida. The 50-minute discussion titled “Making Cities Sing” focuses on urban development and the arts, the creative economy and placemaking. Video of the full discussion is now available.

Posted on July 21, 2012 by Steve

From David Segal at The New York Times:

How much art is stockpiled in the 435,000 square feet of the Geneva Freeport? That’s a tough one. The canton of Geneva, which owns an 86 percent share of the Freeport, does not know, nor does Geneva Free Ports and Warehouses, the company that pays the canton for the right to serve as the Freeport’s landlord. Swiss customs officials presumably know, but they aren’t talking. Suffice it to say, there is wide belief among art dealers, advisers and insurers that there is enough art tucked away here to create one of the world’s great museums.
Posted on July 18, 2012 by Steve

From Chris Barton at the Los Angeles Times:

In a move whose timing feels appropriate as we head into an election season sure to draw many voices to campaign rallies, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics announced that it received its first federal funding to present protest posters in exhibitions and online.
Posted on July 18, 2012 by Steve

From Elysabeth Alfano for Huffington Post:

In tough economic times, it is hard to justify large expenditures on art -- or is it? This summer, the city of Chicago has several large scale temporary art sculptures installed in the heart of the city, paid for by non-governmental organizations.
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