WEB CONFERENCE: Advocacy and Lobbying: How Foundations Can Change Public Policy

GIA finishes its 2015 Web Conference series with Advocacy and Lobbying: How Foundations Can Change Public Policy on Tuesday, December 8, 2:00 pm EST/11:00 PST. Private foundations have long been active in changing public policy to champion their missions and support the greater good. The return on investment in policy work can be huge and long-lasting. Join GIA's own President & CEO Janet Brown who will present this important session on the importance of policy development and the difference between advocacy and direct lobbying.

Learn more and register here.

Posted on December 20, 2012 by Abigail

In The New York Times, a story about Roosevelt School in Bridgeport, CT, one of eight schools participating in the federal government's Turnaround Arts initiative, which was designed to "test the hypothesis that high-quality and integrated arts education can be an effective tool to strengthen school reform efforts-boosting academic achievement and increasing student motivation in schools facing some of the toughest educational challenges in the country."

Posted on December 20, 2012 by Tommer

"There is a gift within the gift—the greatest of gifts is when it transcends the evidence upon which it is based. Its mystery is in the relationships between donor, recipient, and the community of interest that is served. It is a dynamic that operates on multiple levels." – Peter Karoff in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.


Posted on December 19, 2012 by Tommer

Lynn Stern, Thriving Cultures Senior Program Officer, has announced her departure from the Surdna Foundation as of January 1, 2013. In her tenure of over half a decade, Lynn was an integral part of the design and delivery of programs that gave expression to the foundation’s ongoing, deep commitment to the field of arts and culture.

Posted on December 19, 2012 by Noah

From Associated Press via New York Times:

Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said Tuesday that he would donate nearly $500 million in company stock to a Silicon Valley charity with the intention of providing funds for health and education issues.

Posted on December 17, 2012 by Steve

From Associated Press via Washington Post:

Artists, galleries and lofts, many that helped bring about a renaissance in the ribbon of all-but-abandoned warehouses that line New York’s coastal areas, face tens of thousands of dollars in repairs. Though no major museums reported damage, the toll among smaller operations and individual artists is steep. In response, various institutions and foundations are offering recovery help ranging from grants to free advice on how to rehabilitate damaged works of art.
Posted on December 14, 2012 by Tommer

Does new research reveal a surprising trend?

There are two truths arts advocates have long taken for granted:

• Arts education is in decline in public schools.
• When budgets tighten, art is usually the first to get the ax.

Attempting to quantify just how arts education has fared over the past 15 years suggests the reality is a lot more difficult to pin down.

Posted on December 13, 2012 by Tommer

Diane Ragsdale takes on Michael Kaiser on Jumper.

Posted on December 6, 2012 by Steve

From Nick Rabkin writing for Huffington Post:

When students study the arts, they develop their abilities to be creative, plan, explain their thoughts, work together effectively, build theories, make predictions, create analogies, solve complex problems and assess their own work. These are commonly understood as “21st-century skills.” What's more, a growing body of research has also shown that arts education correlates strongly with basic competencies — literacy and numeracy — and a wide range of other positive outcomes for young people. The bottom line is that children who have more arts education do better in school and in life. Significantly, the correlation happens to be strongest for low-income youth, the students most often failed by our schools.
Posted on December 5, 2012 by Tommer

This easy-to-use, interactive data hub, presented by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, provides a demographic snapshot of the foreign-born population by county in the United States.

Posted on December 4, 2012 by Tommer

This new report titled “Painting with Broader Strokes: Reassessing the Value of an Arts Degree" authored by SNAAP researchers Danielle Lindemann and Steven J. Tepper of Vanderbilt University and funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, focuses on the career paths of arts graduates and counters prevailing views on the value of a college education.

Posted on December 3, 2012 by Tommer

Animating Democracy’s blog salon, Does Size Matter?, will run December 3-7. Join 20 leaders in the field as they present diverse perspectives, questions, and ideas about increasing impact by scaling.

Posted on November 29, 2012 by Tommer

Michael DiFonzo discusses the the LC3 (Low-Profit Limited Liability Corporation)on HowlRound.   Video from a recent conference at Columbia University, L3C and the Arts: Understanding the Potential of Low-Profit Limited Liability Corporations, can also be seen online.

Posted on November 29, 2012 by Steve

Nonprofit Fianance Fund CEO Antony Bugg-Levine writes for Stanford Social Innovation Review on a new framework for Impact Investing:

The rise of the impact investment movement is poised to unlock substantial new capital for social purpose. Innovative nonprofits are already rethinking the way they do business and are going to heroic lengths to extract maximum impact from every dollar. And increasingly, we have the data and knowledge we need to tackle social ills.

But the ultimate contribution of impact investing, and similar innovations, will not come in the form of interesting investments or channeling grant money more efficiently. Instead, it will come by addressing two fundamental challenges of our moment: How will developed countries sustain a safety net in the wake of macroeconomic and demographic pressures? And how will developing countries ensure that economic growth is more equitably shared?

Posted on November 28, 2012 by Tommer

There has been some thoughful discussion online on the Creative Placemaking front of late:

Posted on November 27, 2012 by Tommer

The application for the NYFA Emergency Relief Fund for artists in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York affected by Hurricane Sandy is now available. Visit www.nyfa.org or www.artspire.org for details.

Posted on November 27, 2012 by Tommer

Barrty Johnson unpacks the long and complex story of Oregon's new arts education tax, and how the media got it all wrong.

Posted on November 20, 2012 by Steve

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman confirmed his plans to step down at the end of the calendar year. “My intention has always been to serve one term, and we have been able to accomplish more than I had ever thought possible: sparking a national movement around creative placemaking, forging significant relationships with other federal agencies, creating an unprecedented healing arts partnership with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and increasing both the scope and impact of our research office.” NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa will serve as the acting head of the agency until a permanent successor is confirmed.

Posted on November 20, 2012 by Steve

The Arts & Democracy Project will host a national conference call on Wednesday, November 28, 3:00pm EST / Noon PST. You are invited to join the conference call if you have a project to share, are looking to connect with other projects, or just want to learn about creative responses to Superstorm Sandy and other disasters. If you would like to present a project on the call, please email rsvp@artsanddemocracy.org by Friday, November 23. Go here to register to attend the call.

Posted on November 20, 2012 by Steve

South Arts has announced the appointment of Suzette (Susie) Surkamer as executive director effective December 6, 2012. Since January, 2012, Surkamer has been the membership consultant for South Arts’ ArtsReady project. Surkamer earned a M.Ed. in dance education from George Washington University and a B.A. in dance from the University of Maryland.

Posted on November 16, 2012 by Steve

In the election on November 6th, 2012, Portland, Oregon residents approved ballot measure #26-146 with 62% voting to approve. The success of the measure means a new income tax of $35 per income-earning resident will generate an estimated $12.5 million every year, starting in 2013 to be dispersed to Portland schools and to the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) to fund the arts and music and art education.

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