MAY MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: WHITAKER FOUNDATION
For the month of May, GIA’s photo banner features work and projects sponsored by the Whitaker Foundation, a St. Louis, Missouri based foundation established in 1975 by Mrs. Mae Whitaker. The foundation makes grants in support of projects in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area that enrich lives through the arts and that encourages the preservation and use of parks. Learn more here.
Posted on July 11, 2012 by Tommer
An increasing number of artists are becoming philanthropists. Setting up a foundation is one option but there is another way...
Posted on July 10, 2012 by Janet

Diane Ragsdale’s recent blog entitled “When did being pro-artist make one anti-institution?” is a thought-provoking response to a speech she heard at the Theatre Communication Group conference in Boston a couple weeks ago.

Posted on July 10, 2012 by Steve

The Boston Foundation and the Barr Foundation today announced that twelve organizations will share $650,000 in grants to begin a new phase of Culture for Change. The program, originally piloted in 2008 by the Barr Foundation, is a unique approach to out-of-school time youth development. Centering on partnerships between professional artists and youth workers, Culture for Change enables youth to build fluency in an art form while both exploring and taking leadership on issues of racial justice that are of importance to them.

Posted on July 10, 2012 by Steve

From Elizabeth Quaglieri at Technology in the Arts:

On Thursday, the University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center released the report, “Set in Stone: Building America’s New Generation of Arts Facilities, 1994-2008.” The research examines the boom of major cultural building projects (museum, performing arts centers, and theaters) between 1998 and 2004, specifically looking at the decade between 1990 and 2000. The findings indicate during that period, “the level of investment in bricks and mortar as a percentage of total revenue and assets was disproportionate.”
Posted on July 10, 2012 by Steve

The Montana Arts Council embarked on an online survey project to inventory the state of the arts and healthcare in Montana to determine where that state's technical and financial assistance might best be directed. MAC has surveyed artists, arts organizations, medical direct-care providers and administrators of healthcare settings separately. You can download and review the executive summary for the survey here.

Posted on July 9, 2012 by Abigail

Registration is still open for the next installment of GIA's 2012 Web Conference Series. Arts and Health: New Momentum for Artists and Communities is presented by Anita Boles, executive director of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, and Gay Powell Hannah, executive director of the National Center for Creative Aging. The webinar begins tomorrow, July 10, at 11:00 PDT, 2:00 EDT.

Posted on July 9, 2012 by Abigail

Reporting for the Charleston Regional Business Journal, James T. Hammond writes:

Gov. Nikki Haley on Friday vetoed 81 line items in the General Assembly fiscal year 2012-2013 budget, including all funding for two state agencies: the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Sea Grant Consortium...the S.C. Arts Commission will be closed pending Legislative action, accordig to the organization's website...In order to overturn Haley's vetoes, the House and the Senate must each vote by a two-thirds majority to keep the General Assembly's version of the vetoed line item.

Posted on July 5, 2012 by Steve

From Diane Ragsdale on her Jumper blog:

I attended the Theatre Communications Group conference in Boston a couple weeks ago. On the first day of the conference Michael Maso, managing director of the Huntington Theatre, was presented with an award recognizing his contributions to the American theater. Towards the end of a humorous and lovely acceptance speech, Maso switched gears and used the opportunity to share thoughts on those that would question the priorities and processes of large institutional theaters.
Posted on July 5, 2012 by Steve

From Soren Peterson at The Huffington Post:

Developing creative individuals takes a society that values and promotes curious, proactive qualities, interdependence, responsibility and accountability. The process of building these well-rounded citizens starts with kindergarten and continues throughout life, constantly disseminating and transferring learning to the next generation.
Posted on July 3, 2012 by Steve

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art has been awarded $100,000 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation’s Digital Resources grant program to support a project to preserve, arrange and create Web-searchable online electronic finding aids for 10 archival collections that are central to provenance research for the history of art during World War II.

Posted on July 3, 2012 by Tommer

Adam Huttler takes on the "New Models" mythology on the Fractured Atlas blog.

Who knows if I meet the definition of “expert”, but I’m happy to offer a few thoughts about what exactly is broken with the traditional arts organization construct: administrative bloat, unhealthy risk-aversion, and chronic undercapitalization, to name the first three that spring to mind.
Posted on July 2, 2012 by Tommer

NASAA has released the annual State Arts Agency Fiscal Year 2013 Legislative Appropriations Preview report. This document summarizes how state arts agencies fared during this year's budget deliberations and includes information on the appropriations each state arts agency expects to receive for FY2013.

Posted on June 30, 2012 by Steve

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), an annual online survey, data management, and institutional improvement system out of Indiana University, and a program designed to enhance the impact of arts-school education, has produced a nicely visualized online resource for the data collected in 2011. The data comes from 33,801 respondents to the SNAAP survey, and shows information on the degrees received, their current occupation, income, and debt, among other things. See the SnaapShot here.

Posted on June 30, 2012 by Steve

From Chad Bauman at Arts Marketing:

As managers, we like to mitigate risk, thinking that if we could just control our variables just a little more, that we would reach a utopia of risk free theater producing. It's a fool's errand. Since the beginning of the global economic crisis in 2008, the stakes have risen so high that it can feel like we don't have room to fail. But in failure, we find success.
Posted on June 29, 2012 by Steve

For All Ages: The GIA Guide to Funding Across the Lifespan is an expanded and updated version of a previous Grantmakers in Aging toolkit. It contains real-life programming, grantmaking strategies, and issues-based approaches to identifying, researching, and funding the multitude of needs arising from the aging of our society, and offers Grantmakers in Aging's own online tutorial on what to fund, guidance on demographic research, and profiles of foundations that are committed to aging as well as others just getting started in the field.

Posted on June 29, 2012 by Steve

From The Huffington Post, Adam Hutler, Executive Director of Fractured Atlas, outlines why the survival of the Affordable Care Act is good news for artists in the U.S.:

Our community offers a preview of the 21st century labor force. Untethered by traditional employment relationships, artists are mobile, independent, and compensated based on the fruits of their intellectual labors. They are also chronically underpaid and, when it comes to traditional employment benefits like health insurance, largely expected to fend for themselves.
Posted on June 28, 2012 by Steve

On July 1 the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) will commence as a partnership among the NEA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Project for Public Spaces, along with the Orton Family Foundation and the CommunityMatters® Partnership. CIRD works to enhance the quality of life and economic viability of rural areas. CIRD does this through design workshops that gather local leaders together with experts in planning, design, and creative placemaking to assist with locally identified issues.

Posted on June 28, 2012 by Steve

From Rebecca Thomas and Rodney Christopher at Nonprofit Finance Fund:

A piece in yesterday's New York Times sounded a note that's all too familiar to our consultants at Nonprofit Finance Fund. “For Arts Institutions, Thinking Big Can Be Suicidal” highlighted a new study by the Cultural Policy Center at The University of Chicago showing that the enthusiasm for fancy new buildings and extensive renovations has put an incredible strain on arts institutions.
Posted on June 28, 2012 by Tommer

David Bornstein writes on "For Ambitious Nonprofits, Capital to Grow" in the New York Times.

Imagine that you’re an entrepreneur running a chain of coffee bars and you want to raise capital to open up in new locations. You meet a potential investor, and he says, “I’d love to finance your business, but only the chai latte operation, not the coffee, and only to support drinks you sell in Cleveland next year.”

Posted on June 28, 2012 by Tommer

Ian David Moss continues his discussion of Creative Placemaking and Outcomes, and takes a left turn into an exploration of Logic Models. Don't run for the hills. It is actually an elightening and entertaining explanation of a sometimes sleeper of a topic.

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