Grantmakers in the Arts extends its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who died in the Oakland fire. Although this tragedy occurred in Oakland, it is a reflection of the rising costs of housing and artist work spaces in cities across America. Thank you to the GIA members, both public and private, working to find solutions.
Posted on November 21, 2013 by Abigail

This new publication presents updated findings of the Aspen Institute National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations, reflecting the field's continued growth since release of the Study's initial findings based on 2005 data. Drawing on new data through 2010, Study Report Supplement 2013 details this growth, analyzes factors shaping it, and explores ramifications for foundation practice.

Posted on November 20, 2013 by Tommer

The James Irvine Foundation today announced that President and CEO James E. Canales has accepted a position as the first President of the Barr Foundation in Boston, effective May 2014. He will step down from his position at the Irvine Foundation in the early spring of 2014.

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Tommer

There is an old joke that Kentucky is known for fast women and beautiful horses, but feminist artists are now presenting new visions of women, beauty and positive social change throughout the state, especially in rural areas. A new feature on the Atlas of Rural Arts and Culture maps their work and invites readers to re-examine their understanding of the Bluegrass state.

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Tommer

A long and thoughtful essay of the role of the arts sector in addressing racism by Ian David Moss on Createquity.

Posted on November 18, 2013 by Abigail

Jeff Clarke, a senior advisor with The Giving Practice, Philanthropy Northwest’s consulting team, has been appointed CEO of Philanthropy Northwest effective January 2014. Prior to joining The Giving Practice, Jeff served as interim president and CEO of Council on Foundations and as vice president at Rasmuson Foundation in Alaska.

Posted on November 18, 2013 by Tommer

Jamie L. Bennett has been appointed Executive Director of ArtPlace America (ArtPlace), effective January 6, 2014, it was announced today by Rip Rapson, CEO of The Kresge Foundation and Chairman of the ArtPlace Presidents Council.

Posted on November 12, 2013 by Steve

A major new report from The Wallace Foundation examines the challenges of after-school arts programs in low-income neighborhoods. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with young people, their families, leaders of exemplary programs and others nationwide, this report offers some answers, including 10 principles for developing effective programming. The report's authors—Denise Montgomery, Peter Rogovin and Nero Persaud—will present their research in a free webinar on Thursday, November 14.

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Steve

If you missed the live or streamed video of the presentations from the National Innovation Summit for Arts & Culture in October, you can now watch video of those presentations (27 of them!) at the ArtsFwd website.

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Abigail

Images featured on the website throughout November and December were provided by GIA member Illinois Arts Council Agency. Created by the Illinois General Assembly in 1965, the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is governed by a board of private citizens appointed by the Governor who are charged with developing the state’s public arts policy, fostering quality culturally diverse programs, and approving grants expenditures. Resources to support the Illinois Arts Council Agency are provided by the Governor and General Assembly of Illinois, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Steve

Altarum Institute and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation have released a report detailing the economic impact of racism, and the benefits of advancing racial equity as the demography of our nation changes.

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts announces the expansion of its landmark arts partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense to bring art therapy to military patients at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital’s satellite center of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Posted on November 6, 2013 by Steve

Max Fisher pens a comprehensive article on the story of the recently discovered art stash in Germany:

In 2011, German investigators found more than 1,400 pieces of art, some by famous painters such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, in the Munich home of Cornelius Gurlitt, a discovery that was made public only this week with a German news report. Gurlitt's father had been an art collector during World War II, when much of Europe's art was confiscated by the Nazis or otherwise went missing. The Munich trove is historic in its own right but is also part of the continent's seven-decade rediscovery of an artistic heritage that is still recovering from the Nazis' efforts to wipe it out.
Posted on November 5, 2013 by Tommer

More commentary on the recent National Innovation Summit for Arts and Culture from Gary Steuer, president ande CEO of the Bonfils Stanton Foundation in Denver.

Posted on November 5, 2013 by Tommer

Lily Janiak of Theater Bay Area writes an extensive look at equity in the administrative side of nonprofit theater. A couple of GIA folk are quoted.

Posted on November 5, 2013 by Steve

From the Arts for LA website:

Olga Garay-English announced today she will be stepping down from her post as executive director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs effective January 4, 2014. Ms. Garay-English assumed leadership of DCA in 2007 when she was appointed by then-Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa.
Posted on November 1, 2013 by Abigail

Toolkit: A Look Inside the Artist Selection Process is a new web resource developed by members of GIA's Individual Artists Support Committee. Responding to feedback received at the 2012 GIA Conference, the Committee undertook to design web resources, or Toolkits, to help inform and create dialogue around best practices in providing support to individual artists; this Toolkit is their first.

Selection processes, including open application and nomination-jury formats, are from four different kinds of funders: a nonprofit grantmaker, a public agency, a family foundation, and a private foundation. Each resource paper provides a snapshot of direct funding for individual artists within the context of each organization’s programs and includes a timeline, information about jury panels and applications, and reflections on the various approaches and challenges.

Posted on October 31, 2013 by Steve

From Tamar Lewin at the New York Times:

The future of the humanities has been a hot topic this year, both in academia and the high-culture media. Some commentators sounded the alarm based on federal data showing that nationally, the percentage of humanities majors hovers around 7 percent — half the 14 percent share in 1970. As others quickly pointed out, that decline occurred between 1970, the high point, and 1985, not in recent years.
Posted on October 31, 2013 by Tommer

Diane Ragsdale ofers some observations on the evolution of arts funding on Jumper.

Posted on October 29, 2013 by Steve

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

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) just came out with a new report, “Nonprofit Challenges: What Foundations Can Do.” There were some dismaying findings. CEP’s survey of nonprofit leaders found that 52 percent felt that foundations are unaware of the challenges that nonprofits face. Less than 33 percent felt that foundations use their resources in ways that help nonprofits actually meet challenges. And, perhaps the most alarming finding is that nonprofit leaders felt more challenged to attract foundation support than any other kind of support.
Posted on October 28, 2013 by Steve

ArtPlace America recently began taking applications for 2014 Innovation Grants. At the end of the 2013 grantmaking cycle, proposal notes were analyzed to pull out the most common questions driving the recommendations of reviewers with the intention to provide future prospective grantees with tools that bolster their ability to develop strong creative placemaking ideas and craft more robust proposals. A set of important questions are discussed here to help with the crafting of proposals.

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