APRIL SPOTLIGHT ON THE SUSTAINABLE ARTS FOUNDATION

During the month of April, our photo banner features grantees of the Sustainable Arts Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization that just completed the second year of its pilot residency grant program. Read about the Foundation’s work in support of artists who are maintaining their creative endeavors while also raising children here.

Posted on October 19, 2011 by Steve

From Shawn C. Harris for TCG Circle:

Inspired by the film currently playing at a theater near you, the idea is to peel away layers of assumptions that go into our collective wisdom about how to make theatre then replace them with processes that incorporate the scientific method and statistical analysis. The goal is to reveal true value as opposed to guestimating and hoping for the best.
Posted on October 19, 2011 by Steve

Arts and culture blogger Ellen Berkovitch for the Santa Fe Reporter:

Since 2010... two distinct arts funding initiatives have marched off the federal and private-sector collaborative fields: respectively Our Town and ArtPlaceAmerica. These exemplify the latest linguistic leaps in turning “creative” into a verb: “creative placemaking.”

Just as at the beginning of any new movement, much effort goes to understanding beyond the slogans and into the meaning.

Posted on October 18, 2011 by Janet

The blogesphere and pressophere (I made that word up) lit up on Monday, October 10 with the release of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s (NCRP) essay on private foundation arts funding to marginalized communities.

Posted on October 17, 2011 by Steve

Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer's latest post to the conference blog:

In 2011 and 2012, the New York Community Trust made grants to middle and high schools that linked youth, art, science, museums, libraries and new partners with the intent to gain insight to the community, extend into the five boroughs and to serve the most disadvantaged kids. Was it possible to create an innovative process where learning happened anytime, anywhere that could scale? And could this happen on their preferred devices where they become creators?
Posted on October 16, 2011 by Steve

Conference blogger Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer sat in on the conference session Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens, a salon discussion facilitated by GIA Board member Justin Laing of The Heinz Endowments. For this year's conference, GIA initiated the Salon Session as a way of providing more participatory discussions around a topic.

No question, racial equity is a highly charged topic that brings people together with complex emotions simmering beneath their conference badges. No question, we work in a dominant society that is managing our system of race and culture. It is structured racialism, poverty and colonization, all the time.
Posted on October 15, 2011 by Steve

Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer reports on the session on Art and Aging, The Big Shift: The Velocity of Change in America's Aging Society, presented on Monday morning at the GIA conference in San Francisco:

“Age is a time to bloom, a time of great fertility, a time to celebrate their best work when they are ‘over the hill’,” said Marc Freedman, founder and CEO, Civic Ventures. “People think genius happens early in life but actually many artists were late bloomers such as Paul Cézanne.
Posted on October 14, 2011 by Tommer

Appropriart! A graphic article about copyright by Susie Cagle, commissioned by GIA and the Media Democracy Fund for the Fall 2011 GIA Reader is featured on Boing Boing this week.

Posted on October 13, 2011 by Steve

Conference blogger Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer reports on Mondays' morning plenary keynote performance from Marc Bamuthi Joseph:

As a conference blogger, I sat at Marc’s Keynote Performance at the Plenary Breakfast Session on Monday at the Grantmakers for the Arts 2011 Conference, confident in capturing the essence of the experience while having my morning coffee with a ballroom full of my colleagues.

It became very clear that Marc operates at speeds unfamiliar to most people and I was left both delighted and bewildered by his message.

Posted on October 13, 2011 by Steve

The inimitable Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, our third official conference blogger, checks in post-conference with a rundown of her preconference experience. Photos, and Hoong Yee drawings enrich the report. Look forward to more from her as she documents her San Francisco Conference experience.

Posted on October 13, 2011 by Steve

Barry Hessenius' final blog for the GIA 2011conference.

My take-away from this conference is that the arts funder’s legacy of acting pretty much alone is no longer thought to be the preferred way to approach goals, and certainly not a viable way to deal with the “velocity of change” that was the theme of the gathering. I think the potential of this sleeping giant may in the not too distant future surprise even themselves.
Posted on October 13, 2011 by Steve

Richard Kessler's final blog post of the GIA 2011 conference:

While this will be my final post as one of the three official conference bloggers, I have no doubt that so very much of what I encountered idea-wise will infiltrate not only my blogging on Dewey21C, but also my work for quite some time. That statement should tell you a lot about how I experienced the three days.
Posted on October 12, 2011 by Steve

Richard Kessler gives his high points on Tuesday at the San Francisco conference:

Mason Bates represents change in a vitally important way. He is, in so many respects, representative of the modern American composer. He’s hip, smart, also a DJ, draws upon a palatte that is not limited, by a long shot, by what most consider to be “classical” music, and here’s the best part, he’s one of two composers in residence with the orchestra that I consider to be among the most tradition bound. It’s the orchestra considered by many to be the standard bearer of quality and tradition. Not known for relationships with the American experimentalists nor great shape shifters of the 20th and 21st centuries, in my mind, the appointment of Mason Bates should be enough for people to rethink their long held opinions of what canonical organizations are and aren’t. Oh, and yes, by the way, he can compose.
Posted on October 12, 2011 by Steve

Barry checks in from San Francisco on Tuesday:

(Tuesday) started out with a continental breakfast that included scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and croissants—a definite step up from the usual hotel continental fare—served in the Fairmont’s Venetian Room—once a high end night club in San Francisco where Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey (look her up all you Millennials out there—she was the real deal) and Tony Bennet held court.
Posted on October 11, 2011 by Steve

Richard Kessler, one of three official bloggers for the GIA conference (which is happening now in San Francisco) has posted his Day 1 report:

The opening plenary featured Marc Bamuthi Joseph, sporting one heck of a stingy brim fedora.
“I am a grantmaker, I give and receive, I sustain culture, I am an artist, I give and receive, I sustain culture.”

Getting quickly to a sweeping review of the history of the NEA, Marc got to his point, a good way to set the tone for the entire conference and underscore the theme: Embracing the Velocity of Change.

Posted on October 11, 2011 by Steve

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has released the report Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change, written by Holly Sidford of Helicon Collaborative and a report in which Grantmakers in the Arts served an advisory role.

From the NCRP website:

Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change outlines compelling demographic, aesthetic and economic reasons for foundations to rethink their grantmaking practices to stay current with changes in the cultural sector and to continue to be relevant to the evolving needs of our communities. Regardless of its history or primary philanthropic focus, every foundation investing in the arts can make fairness and equity core principles of its grantmaking. It can do so by intentionally prioritizing underserved communities in its philanthropy and by investing substantially in community organizing and civic engagement work in the arts and culture sector. By doing so, arts funders—individually and collectively—can make meaningful contributions toward a more inclusive and dynamic cultural sector, and a fairer, more democratic world.
Posted on October 10, 2011 by Steve

Read Barry's Day 1 Report:

My overall impression of this first (long day) was that despite the bad news of the last year—all the cuts to state arts agencies, all the organizations struggling to stay alive, all the money that is no longer available, the drop in audience attendance, the competition for ever scarce individual donations—there is ample evidence of just how resilient the arts sector is, and there are a lot of success stories too.
Posted on October 10, 2011 by Steve

Richard Kessler from San Francisco:

Can any of us remember a time where so many things were changing all at the same time? I am not so sure it’s the velocity of change that I find most remarkable, but rather the sheer mass of what’s been tossed up into the air, all while we wait for it to fall to the ground so we can begin to understand what it all really means. That’s right, it feels to me like we’re trying to understand things while they are still up in the air. Think about it, the economy, the politics, the technology, the Arab Spring, nations on the verge of default, at least one decade long war, and more. It’s a time where business models are challenged, relevancy is called into greater question than ever before, the charitable contribution is scrutinized, and issues of equity rise no matter who you define the term or to which particular context you place it. You have a Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. You have those calling for an expansion of K-12 curriculum while creating and implementing policies that accelerate the narrowing.
Posted on October 10, 2011 by Steve

Barry Hessenius from San Francisco:

I had a great time at GIA’s Chicago gathering last year, and I have been waiting in eager anticipation for this conference all year. Having been a major funder at one point in California when I was at the helm of the California Arts Council, and having had the pleasure to know and work with a lot of arts program officers at foundations of all sizes and stripes over a decade or more now – AND as this conference is in my own back yard – it is been on my radar screen as something I have been looking forward to covering.
Posted on October 6, 2011 by Abigail

No coincidence that the photos featured on the banner this month are provided by a Bay Area GIA member! The San Francisco Arts Commission was established in the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco in 1932 to ensure that the arts would be incorporated into the civic infrastructure for the City’s residents. SFAC meets these responsibilities through an extensive set of programs and special projects, including community arts and education, civic design review, and cultural equity grants.

Posted on October 6, 2011 by Abigail

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