SEPTEMBER SPOTLIGHT ON ANONYMOUS WAS A WOMAN

For the month of September,GIA’s photo banner features a selection of projects funded by Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW), a program of FJC - A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds and administered by Philanthropy Advisors, LLC. In its 20th year, AWAW provides awards to women artists over 40. Learn more about AWAW here.

Posted on January 25, 2012 by Steve

From The New York Times Art Beat blog:

The American version of London’s annual Frieze Art Fair, which makes its debut in New York in May, wants to be more than just another place to see and buy contemporary art. Using its unusual and remote location – the 256-acre Randall’s Island, in the East River between East Harlem, the South Bronx and Astoria, Queens – it has commissioned eight artists to construct what is calls “a temporary pop-up village.”

Posted on January 23, 2012 by Tommer

Arts Journal has launched a discussion on leadership featuring a number of familiar and new voices.

Posted on January 23, 2012 by Steve

The Media Arts funding area of the National Endowment for the Arts continues to evolve in tandem with the dynamic nature of the media arts field. Public feedback on our approach to this funding category will be taken and discussed during a webinar on Thursday, January 26. You’ll be able to hear directly from NEA staff and members of the Arts in Media panels and text to us your questions and comments.

Posted on January 22, 2012 by Steve

Filmmaker David Hoffman set up his dream studio on a hilltop in the Monterrey Bay area of California, complete with his archive of almost 200 films, his equipment, and other collections, including his father's photography. As he was completing his fifth film his studio burned down. Only a week after the fire he spoke at a TED talk about his very bad week. Another film maker, John Vincent Barrett, created this hour-long video that portrays an artist coping with the aftermath of the loss of a life's work.

Posted on January 22, 2012 by Steve

The online documentary Here Comes the Neighborhood is a seven-part series that examines Wynwood Walls, a mural and graffiti project in Miami, Florida. The project was designed in 2009 to revitalize a warehouse district and began with the idea that “Wynwood's large stock of warehouse buildings, all with no windows, would be my giant canvases to bring to them the greatest street art ever seen in one place,” according to Tony Goldman, the project creator. Murals by renowned street artists have covered the walls of the Wynwood Walls complex since 2009, and to create more canvases and bring more artists to the project, Goldman opened the Wynwood Doors in 2010 with 176 feet of roll-up storefront gates. The painted exteriors and interiors of the doors reveal a portrait gallery.

Posted on January 20, 2012 by Abigail

On his blog, The Artful Manager, Andrew Taylor reflects on a recurring theme of the recent Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference in New York: boundary crossing, the unexpected unions between arts organizations and a variety of non-art planning and service organizations. Rather than discussing these unions as silo breakers, he coins a new term, "edge-perts," to describe the individuals who are successfully fostering and navigating these collaborations.

Posted on January 19, 2012 by Steve

From Chris Jones at The Chicago Tribune:

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was feted in Washington, D.C., Thursday morning for his support of the arts by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit arts-advocacy group.

Posted on January 18, 2012 by Steve

From illustrator and author Margaret Chodos-Irvine, in her blog Pebbles in the Jar:

If you are traveling in the realm of arts education today, you will likely hear reference to Habits of Mind. This is a good term to familiarize yourself with if you are interested in advocating for the arts in education.
Posted on January 17, 2012 by Steve

An “Up For Discussion” post from the Zócalo Public Square website:

Philanthropy has a good name, but it doesn’t always make friends. Every foundation has its own mission, and these missions can be in conflict with one another. They can also, in the opinions of critics, play too large a role in democracy, usurping the power of the state and the ordinary citizen. In advance of “Is Philanthropy Too Powerful?”, a Zócalo event, several close observers of philanthropy offer their views on the same question.

Posted on January 16, 2012 by Steve

Diane Ragsdale posts to her Jumper blog:

...the past couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about the problem of chronic undercapitalization and its effects on the sector in the context of the final performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company on New Year’s Eve. The planned closure (aka Living Legacy Plan) of this renowned company has been both refreshing and disconcerting to a field that has become accustomed to dance companies struggling to sustain themselves and preserve the legacies of their founders after death. Merce had witnessed the disappointing trajectories of more than a few companies; he understood what could happen to his own company over time if it tried to persevere without the infusion of new works and his presence.

Posted on January 16, 2012 by Steve

From Dylan Schenker at The Creators Project:

How much time do we spend looking at a work of art when we’re in a museum or gallery? Do we really take the time to reflect and let the work sink in? Or do we simply breeze by in an effort to see as much as possible? Some studies suggest that the average visitor only spends about 5 seconds looking at each work, but Mexican media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer has found a different way of measuring this interaction.

Posted on January 16, 2012 by Steve

From James R. Oestreich at The New York Times:

(O)n Tuesday, the Juilliard School is announcing a $20 million gift to endow its graduate-level program in historical performance. The sheer size of the gift is enough to make heads snap in the early-music world, whose practitioners typically struggle to stay a step ahead of poverty.

Posted on January 16, 2012 by Steve

From the blog Technically Philly:

A quick scan of the 55 recently announced Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia finalists for 2012 (listed below) reveals a rainbow of ideas aiming for the edge of arts and technology in Philadelphia.

Posted on January 12, 2012 by Steve

Today, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) released a new report, Cultures of Giving: Energizing and Expanding Philanthropy by and for Communities of Color with support from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Posted on January 12, 2012 by Tommer

The Native Arts and Culture Foundation has launched its first artist fellowships program for Native artists to promote further development of their talents. 2011 NACF Artist Fellowships honor Native artists that have made a significant impact in their discipline, are respected by their colleagues and in the greater arts field, and who are emerging as powerful voices in the arts.

Posted on January 11, 2012 by Steve

Americans for the Arts will present a series of seven hour-long webinars that will support The Arts Education Field Guide, an upcoming publication that “will illuminate ways to navigate the complex web of citizens, policymakers, government entities, and organizations that influence arts education from the school house to the White House and from the living room to the board room.” The seven webinars will be presented by Narric Rome and Kristen Engebretsen and the first, Understanding Federal Constituents in Arts Education will take place on Thursday, January 26, and will coincide with the publication of the Field Guide.

Posted on January 10, 2012 by Janet

Grantmakers in the Arts started to look at how organizations are capitalized in 2010.  This was inspired by member studies that reported that a majority of their grantees were under-capitalized…meaning their didn’t have enough resources, primarily financial resources, to fulfill their missions over time.  Big surprise?  Not for anyone working in the nonprofit world for more than six months.

Posted on January 10, 2012 by Steve

Grantmakers in the Arts has posted an opening for the position of Development & Membership Associate.

Supervised by the Director of Development & Membership, the Development & Membership Associate is responsible for maintaining accurate and up-to-date member and donor records and membership and funding partner files; conducting timely membership renewals and member and donor acknowledgements; and assisting with all aspects of member/donor recruitment, retention, engagement, and acknowledgement.

Posted on January 9, 2012 by Steve

From Diane Ragsdale in her Jumper blog:

Direct grants to artists may make it possible for an artist, at a particular point in his or her career, to make (better or more ambitious) work (by removing the necessity to maintain a day job). Funds may be used to help an artist acquire a critical resource or asset that has longer term returns (a marketable artistic output, knowledge and skills, marketing and promotion, staff, representation, a piece of equipment, a studio, a car, etc.). And often direct grants (particularly if competitve or associated with awards) send a signal to other gatekeepers (funders, donors, producers, press, intermediaries, curators, etc.) that a particular artist is worthy of time and support and may result in more resources and attention flowing to that artist.

Posted on January 6, 2012 by Steve

The Bush Foundation announced today that President Peter Hutchinson has resigned and will transition from his leadership role with the Foundation in January of 2012. After joining the Foundation in November of 2007, Hutchinson led a dramatic redesign of the organization and its work. He will serve in an advisory capacity on select Foundation initiatives.

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