On behalf of the GIA Board and staff, we want to wish all our members a very happy holiday and new year! Your devotion to artists and their art forms helps, every day, to make this a better world. (L-R Noah Barnes, Steve Cline, Kathy Lindenmayer, Tommer Peterson, SuJ'n Chon and Janet Brown. Not pictured are Jim McDonald and Jan Bailie.)

Posted on April 3, 2012 by Janet

There comes a point when our professional lives are informed not just by statistics, consultants or wise mentors but also by plain common sense based on personal knowledge and experience. The survey released April 2 by the Department of Education has my common sense antenna about ready to explode. Just one example: 94% of all American elementary schools offer music programs. Really? What does that mean?

Posted on April 3, 2012 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts announces a new literature review, Audience Impact Study Literature Review. This literature review is one of the NEA's latest efforts to conduct and commission research that examines evidence of the value and impactof the arts in other domains of American life, such as education, health and well-being, community livability, and economic prosperity.

Posted on April 2, 2012 by Steve

From Alice Korngold at Fast Company:

The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) 2012 State of the Sector Survey fourth annual survey of nonprofits nationwide was released on Monday, showing responses from 4,607 nonprofits. Nonprofits have been reporting a steady rise in demand for services over the course of the survey’s four years, with 85% reporting an increase in 2011, compared to 67% of nonprofits in 2009. Financially, however, the picture continues to decline. Only 43% of nonprofits have more than three months of cash reserves, and only 56% broke even at year end.
Posted on April 2, 2012 by Steve

From the Culture Monster blog at the Los Aneles Times:

Google Art Project, which launched last year with virtual tours and digitized artworks from 17 museums, has added 134 new museums to its site, including four from California.

Initially, no museums from the state were included in the project; now the Getty Museum, the L.A. County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the De Young Museum in San Francisco are participating.

Posted on April 2, 2012 by Steve

Barry Hessenius has advice for using Kickstarter:

Kickstarter is enormously appealing if you want to raise money for a single project and do it relatively quickly. Yet, just having a good idea and / or a worthy cause isn't necessarily enough to succeed. Like any appeal for funding, you can increase your odds of success by listening to the sound advice of those who have successfully used the platform.

Read the full post.

Posted on April 2, 2012 by Abigail

The April slide show of member-supported projects is provided by our colleagues at The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, NJ. For almost forty years, the foundation has funded arts, education, environment, and media initiatives that are innovative, take a big-picture view, and promote collaboration and community-driven decision making—all in service of a mission to foster a better New Jersey.

Posted on April 2, 2012 by Abigail

Registration is still open for the next installment of GIA's 2012 Web Conference Series. Arts Education: Local Impact of Federal Policy, presented by Alex Nock, executive vice president at Penn Hill Group, a Washington, D.C.-based education policy firm. The webinar begins tomorrow, April 3, at 11:00 PDT, 2:00 EDT.

Posted on March 31, 2012 by Steve

Michelle Boone, Commissioner Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and a member of the GIA Board of Directors, talks to Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune:

In her first extended interview since taking office, Boone, 50, recently shared her own vision of Chicago's cultural future. She trumpeted a dramatically re-envisioned Chicago Gospel Music Festival that will unfold both downtown and on the South Side. She emphasized the return of the World Music Festival, Chicago SummerDance, Downtown Sound and other programs that some have feared would be eliminated in this year's budget crunch (the Music Without Borders series will not be returning).
Posted on March 30, 2012 by Steve

At-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement, according to a new NEA report, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies. The study reports these and other positive outcomes associated with high levels of arts exposure for youth of low socioeconomic status.

Posted on March 29, 2012 by Steve

From Brian M. Rosenthal at The Seattle Times:

Seattle school officials are using a $1 million grant to try to craft a comprehensive, K-12 arts curriculum — something that the district hasn't had in decades, if ever...

In general, white students in wealthy areas are more likely to have access (to arts education). Seattle Public Schools officials recently received a $1 million grant from The Wallace Foundation to confront that reality. The money comes with a January 2013 deadline for the district to develop a districtwide arts curriculum — essentially, minimum requirements for visual arts, music, dance and theater — as well as strategies to enlist support from principals and community partners.

Posted on March 29, 2012 by Steve

From Sean Bowie at Technology in the Arts:

While some may feel that cuts to the arts in Europe would have little effect on the arts here in the United States, one of the expenses artists in Europe are cutting back on are trips and performances overseas, to countries like the United States. Artists are canceling trips and forcing festivals to find alternative performers.

Another effect this is going to have on the American arts community is over the issue of fundraising. As we discussed with the Consulate of the Netherlands on Friday, there are different views towards art funding in Europe than there are here. In a country like the Netherlands, a resident pays higher taxes to pay for additional services like health care, transportation, and safety net measures. Another element of those increased taxes is funding for the arts; with the government taking a higher percentage out of every paycheck, many Dutch residents feel they are less inclined to donate their own money to the arts because they feel like the government is already doing it for them.

Posted on March 28, 2012 by Steve

The Board of Directors of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced today that it has selected Larry Kramer to be the Foundation’s next president. Mr. Kramer, a noted constitutional lawyer, has been dean of Stanford Law School since 2004.

Posted on March 27, 2012 by Janet

What does it mean to “support a creative America?” Do we think of major arts institutions that are the pride of many communities? Do we think of the music we listen to, books we read, film we just saw, or building design that impressed us? Do we think about innovators and designers who create systems and products that drive markets and trends? Do we think about the choir at our church or our children’s performances in the play at school? At Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA), we think of it all.

Posted on March 26, 2012 by Steve

Angelique Power, senior program officer for Culture at the Joyce Foundation, writes for the McKnight Foundation blog State of the Artist:

The art world cannot continue to expect visitors to cross barriers, enter unknown territories, and seek out artists on view in their hallowed halls. It ain’t a 1.0 world. While I do not deny the importance of curators and artist programmers, their intellect, their research, their knowledge base—we also can no longer deny that the world is large, and the majority of artists that are doing important, sophisticated, resonant work are outside of these institutions.
Posted on March 25, 2012 by Steve

From Joann Pan at Mashable:

A small Philadelphia-based company called New Paradise Laboratories is re-creating theater for the connected generation. It’s incorporating social networks like Facebook, Skype and Chatroulette into the production and presentation of shows, pulling theater into the virtual space.
Posted on March 25, 2012 by Tommer

Europe’s economic problems, and the austerity programs meant to address them, are forcing arts institutions there to curtail programs, tours and grants. As a result, some ensembles are scaling down their productions and trying to raise money from private donors, some in the United States, potentially putting them in competition with American arts organizations.

Posted on March 23, 2012 by Steve

Just added to the GIA Library is Creating Pennsylvania’s Future Through the Arts and Education, a report from The Education Policy and Leadership Center. The report follows a year-long process of discussions by a 32-member Study Group, a comprehensive review of relevant public policies in Pennsylvania and other states, eight regional community forums, and surveys of several stakeholder groups by EPLC.

Posted on March 23, 2012 by Steve

Quick roundup of commentary on the Mike Daisey controversy:

Posted on March 22, 2012 by Steve

New York Foundation of Arts has selected five artists to be the 2012 NYFA Hall of Fame Honorees. Architects Elizabeth Diller + Ricardo Scofidio; multi-media artist Christian Marclay; playwright Suzan-Lori Parks; and patron of the arts Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas will be so honored on Monday, April 30, 2012.

Posted on March 22, 2012 by Steve

From Erik Robelen at Education Week:

Several education experts recently made the case for the importance of ensuring topics such as history, science, and the arts get adequate classroom time and attention as states and districts begin to implement the Common Core State Standards. The issue was the focus of a March 15 event hosted by the Washington-based research and advocacy group Common Core, which has just announced plans to create a set of curriculum maps
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