For the month of October, GIA’s photo banner features artists and work supported by Target. Target’s support of the arts and culture dates back to 1946 when the company first began giving 5 percent of its profit to local communities. Today, this giving equals more than $4 million each week. Target is a Leadership Sponsor of the 2016 GIA Conference taking place this month in Saint Paul, neighbor to Target’s headquarters in Minneapolis. Read more here.
Posted on October 9, 2013 by Steve

As part of Creative Time Reports’ Summit Series, musician, artist and bicycle diarist David Byrne considers New York City’s present and future ahead of the 2013 Creative Time Summit: Art, Place & Dislocation in the 21st Century City (which can be viewed via Livestream on October 25–26).

This city doesn’t make things anymore. Creativity, of all kinds, is the resource we have to draw on as a city and a country in order to survive.
Posted on October 6, 2013 by Steve

From Lauri Baskin, writing for TCG Circle:

As you know, because the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives were unable to reach a deal on funding federal government operations as the new fiscal year started today, the federal government was forced to shutdown for the first time in 17 years. We hope the stalemate is resolved quickly, and in the meanwhile, this is what we know.

Read the full post.

Posted on October 1, 2013 by Abigail

With the conference upcoming, Philadelphia is on our minds this month — and on the GIA website. Images featured on the photo banner throughout October were provided by GIA member the William Penn Foundation. Founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, the William Penn Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that close the achievement gap for low-income children, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region.

Posted on October 1, 2013 by Steve

Barry Hessenius will be on the team of bloggers covering the GIA 2013 Conference. He posts to the GIA Conference Blog on the issues he hopes to see discussed.

As I look forward to the GIA Conference next week, and the speakers and panels and sessions that will attempt to address some of the issues arts funders face, I know that much of the serious discussion will go on outside of those planned activities — in the lobbies and hallways, at the bar, and during the breaks and at breakfasts, lunches, dinners and receptions. I know that there are scores of issues on the minds of the different attendees — issues they grapple with all year. I know too that there are no easy answers to most of the challenges funders face; no necessarily right or wrong answers.
Posted on September 28, 2013 by Tommer

"Thanks to the arts, Philadelphia feels different today. But now that the building boom of new facilities is over, the question is whether the city and its benefactors can muster the support to become savior to the arts. With operating costs up and philanthropy and ticket sales failing to keep pace, stress cracks are appearing in institutions all over town. Some groups, saddled with debt payments, are adjusting offerings to become more commercial.

Posted on September 26, 2013 by Tommer

Following closely, but not in response to, the NEA's participation study, is related commentary by Doug Borwick on the Metamission of Arts Organizations.

Posted on September 26, 2013 by Tommer

The 2012 survey on public participation scheduled to be released today by the National Endowment for the Arts, reports that one out of every three Americans, or about 78 million people, visited an art exhibition or attended a performing arts event in 2012. That figure represents a drop across the board since the last survey in 2008, but the slide was steepest for musicals and plays.

Posted on September 25, 2013 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts has released guidelines and application materials for Our Town, the agency's primary creative placemaking grants program. Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000. Application deadline is January 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET, and a webinar to learn more about this funding opportunity will be held on November 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM ET.

Posted on September 25, 2013 by Steve

The 2013 MacArthur Fellows include pinist/composer Vijay Iyer, choreographer Alexi Ratmansky of American Ballet Theatre, author Karen Russell, and photographer Carrie Mae Weems (who was featured in the GIA Reader in 2010).

Posted on September 24, 2013 by Steve

Announced by President Clinton at this June’s Clinton Global Initiative America, the US2020 City Competition seeks to capitalize on the role of cities as centers for innovation, supporting outstanding efforts to build STEM mentoring capacity at the local level. 3-5 cities from across the country will share over $1 million in resources from US2020, based on their plans to significantly increase STEM mentoring for girls, low-income youth, and students of color. Proposals will be accepted from self-organized coalitions including representatives from city government, corporations, nonprofits, schools, and philanthropy.

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Steve

AFTA's Randy Coen on ARTSblog:

This week Americans for the Arts released its 2013 National Arts Index report—the annual measure of the health and vitality of the arts industries in the U.S. This year’s report provides the fullest picture yet of the impact of the Great Recession on the arts—before, during, and after. The Index losses during 2008-09 were swift and measurable: the two-year drop from 2007-09 far exceeded the five-year gains made between 2002 and 2007 (-5.4 percent vs. +3.6 percent, respectively).
Posted on September 19, 2013 by Steve

EmcArts Inc. will host the National Innovation Summit for Arts + Culture, October 20 - 23. The Summit will take place in Denver, Colorado, with 250 pioneering arts leaders and funders from 14 communities. A Virtual Summit will be streamed online where you can experience all 27 Summit Talks via an Internet connection. While you watch the online talks, you may join the conversation using the Twitter hashtag #ArtsFwd.

Posted on September 19, 2013 by Steve

The folks at The Center for Disaster Philanthropy have sent out this notice regarding the serious situation in northern Colorado.

We have been continuing to follow the floods in Colorado and the response from the philanthropic community and donors. Here is a quick run-down of the situation:
  • There are six confirmed fatalities (FEMA just announced this revised number) and 200 people unaccounted for, many of them in mountainous areas, and unreachable by telephone.
  • About 13,500 people were evacuated and 26 shelters were opened.
  • Close to 3,000 homes, 500 businesses and 5,000 other minor structures have been destroyed.
  • Flash floods remained a threat to about 20,000 homes.
  • Emergency responders continue to make airlift rescues of people now that the rain has stopped.
  • The community and the nation are coming together to support the victims, making commitments to immediate relief and long-term recovery.
Posted on September 17, 2013 by Janet

By Janet Brown from her blog Better Together

The phrase “data-driven decision-making” has become popular with funders.  What decisions are being made based on data and how relevant is the data being collected?  Does the data reflect the reality in which we each work and how does it inform our actions? Does data merely answer questions of how funding proved successful based on outcomes, or does it inform how funders should be changing their portfolios, application guidelines and goals based on the successes or failures of the nonprofit arts field? These are the challenges for researchers and practitioners.

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Steve

Role-modeling alone does not appear to be as effective as talking to children about giving, the researchers (for a new IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy study) found. Parents who want to raise charitable children should talk intentionally with them about their own philanthropic values and practices throughout childhood and adolescence in addition to role-modeling, they say.

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Steve

Carla Escoda posts to Huffington Post:

A beloved New York City institution is losing its home after 34 years, its impending demise another reminder that this world capital of arts and culture has become inhospitable to all but the behemoths. The small but illustrious New York Theatre Ballet, which runs a school and outreach program and rehearses its company of 12 dancers on the fifth floor of the parish house of the Madison Avenue Baptist Church at 30 East 31st Street, has been given until September 30th to move out.
Posted on September 9, 2013 by Steve

From Stephanie Ebbert, for The Boston Globe:

Boston’s power constituencies typically hail from the fields of construction and real estate, firefighting, and law. Poets and painters do not usually register as table-thumping political forces with which to be reckoned. But the first wide-open mayor’s race in three decades has motivated Boston’s arts community to form a political movement unlike any in recent memory.

Posted on September 7, 2013 by Steve

The National Guild for Community Arts Education is presenting its 2013 Conference for Community Arts Education in Chicago, October 30 through November 2. It will bring together more than 500 arts education leaders from 350+ organizations and feature nationally renowned speakers and dozens of professional development and networking opportunities designed to help you increase participation and impact, raise more money, sustain and grow key programs, and advocate for equitable access to arts education. Early registration rates end on Thursday, September 19.

Posted on September 6, 2013 by Steve

Grantmakers In Aging CEO, John Feather, PhD, posts to Huffington Post:

To paraphrase rock and R&B legend Tina Turner (an artist who will turn 74 this fall), “what’s art got to do with it?” (“It” refers here to aging.) This question arose after I attended a conference on aging, health, and the arts and was sharing my excitement with some colleagues in the aging services field. After listening politely for a while, one of them finally blurted out what the others may also have been thinking: “What’s art got to do with aging?”
Posted on September 6, 2013 by Steve

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters is looking for student volunteers for its annual conference, happening next in New York City, January 10-14:

Every year, APAP is pleased to extend a special invitation to full-time students (undergraduate and graduate) interested in attending the APAP|NYC conference. Qualified students are asked to volunteer at the conference 20 hours in any combination of shifts before or during the five days of the conference.
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