GIA has uploaded content and video from our Racial Equity Forum that took place on June 2, 2015 in Atlanta. Sixty participants attended this day-long forum entitled “Supporting ALAANA Organizations” which explored why funders should increase funding and access to funding for African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) organizations.
Posted on September 21, 2012 by Steve

From Gary Drevitch at Next Avenue:

We know exercise helps strengthen our minds and our bodies. We know that taking on new challenges keeps the brain sharp through middle age and beyond. But now new research — and a new public television documentary — make a strong case that engagement with music, dance and other arts may be just as powerful for preserving mental health and acuity throughout our lives.
Posted on September 17, 2012 by Steve

From The NonProfit Times:

Indiana University has received approval to establish a School of Philanthropy on the Indiana University-Purdue University campus in Indianapolis (IUPUI). The Indiana Commission for Higher Education approved the university’s proposal to create what is believed to be the world’s first school dedicated to the study and teaching of philanthropy. The School of Philanthropy will combine under one umbrella academic and research on the philanthropic sector.
Posted on September 17, 2012 by Steve

South Arts and Americans for the Arts have announced a partnership to bring the ArtsReady online planning tool to local arts organizations nationwide. September is National Preparedness Month, and this collaboration marks a significant step forward in the national arts readiness movement.

ArtsReady is a Web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post crisis sustainability. ArtsReady guides organizations through developing (or updating an existing) customized business continuity plan via four key steps

Posted on September 17, 2012 by Steve

A podcast from (New York Public Radio) WQXR's Conducting Business program that aired Friday, September 14, features Jesse Rosen, president and chief executive of the League of American Orchestras; Drew McManus, an orchestra consultant and blogger at; and Graydon Royce, music critic at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Recently, polled listeners on what's needed to help troubled orchestras in several major American cities. Focusing on major symphonies in Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, St. Paul and San Antonio — all of which face contract disputes and bulging deficits
Posted on September 14, 2012 by Steve

A new report details how one grantmaking foundation’s early funding for StoryCorps helped initiate the project, giving it a “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” which in turn attracted the support of additional funders; a second grant some years later enabled the organization to help New Yorkers reflect on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Posted on September 14, 2012 by Steve

The Canadian Conference of the Arts will release its annual federal budget analysis on September 18, 2012. The report is regarded as an authoritative source of information on federal investments in arts and culture funding patterns in Canada. In the past, the report was made freely available online. This year CCA will charge $250 to non-members. CCA members will still receive the report without charge.

Posted on September 13, 2012 by Steve

From Nancy Dahlberg for The Miami Herald:

The LAB Miami, the Wynwood co-working space that stands for Love Art Business, says Miami’s first hackathon for the arts will take place Sept 14-16. Hack The Bass will be a weekend-long event in partnership with the Bass Museum of Art and Knight Foundation to develop a mobile app for Bass’ Temporary Contemporary art project, where various public art will begin surfacing starting Nov. 2 in Miami Beach — in parks, on the sides of buildings, in stores, etc.
Posted on September 12, 2012 by Steve

From Lucas Kavner for Huffington Post:

This hasn't been a good month for concert musicians. As orchestras across the country continue to tighten their belts, players are being asked to make do with less. And if agreements aren't reached soon, mounting tensions could leave a handful of America's top orchestras without any actual players on their stages in the coming season.
Posted on September 12, 2012 by Steve

The NEA will host a forum to announce and discuss the topics raised in a new report. How Art Works describes the agency's five-year research agenda, framed and informed by a groundbreaking “system map” and measurement model. Andrew Taylor, assistant professor at American University's Arts Management Program, and author of the blog The Artful Manager, will lead the panel which also will include NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, NEA Director of Research & Analysis Sunil Iyengar; and Tony Siesfield, lead project consultant and partner, Monitor Institute.

The public forum takes place on Thursday, September 20, from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center at American University.

Posted on September 10, 2012 by Tommer

"We are sad to lose one of the great champions for the arts in our community, " said Kathy Scherer, acting director of the arts council. "Derek's work elevated Baton Rouge's profile on the national stage. His legacy will continue through the signature programs that he created including the River City Jazz Masters series, revitalization efforts of the Old South Baton Rouge community through the arts, and through providing greater access to the arts for the entire community."

Posted on September 7, 2012 by Steve

From Alex Aldrich, executive director, Vermont Arts Council:

For the sixth time since arriving in Vermont I am working on the Arts Council’s Partnership Application to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). It is, in the truest sense of the word, a labor of love. When else does one have the opportunity to cram what could easily amount to a 150-page discourse on programs and services offered to artists, arts organizations, schools, and communities into a mere 11 pages?
Posted on September 7, 2012 by Steve

From Vickie Benson, Arts Program Director, The McKnight Foundation:

In the early 1990s, I worked for the legendary Advancement Program at the National Endowment for the Arts. I loved that program. It had its flaws, but it was a trail blazer for all of the other adaptive capacity building programs. I loved working at the NEA then. Lee Wick Dennison, the Assistant Director of Challenge and Advancement, was my supervisor. Lee taught me how to read the notes to the audit before looking at the line items. Although Lee was a Certified Public Accountant, she always looked for the story in the numbers and in the notes. I learned this from Lee. She also imparted her understanding of the many challenges of successfully running an arts organization--she dealt with them all, small and large. Her deep knowledge of organizational development and finance combined with humor and patience has stayed with me for more than twenty years. I became a thoughtful and discerning grantmaker because I had strong mentors. I will never forget Lee Wick Dennison and the wonderful, whimsical way that she walked in the world.
Posted on September 6, 2012 by Steve

From Alexis Clements at Hyperallergic:

It can be a subtle thing — the way in which an organization or collective comprised of ambitious and purposeful people working toward a clear set of goals starts to slip into something a bit murkier; something that seems to be more about self-perpetuation and outsiders’ goals than about that original impetus to come together. Oftentimes growth is the reason for change. Our society applauds and encourages growth at every level — personal, familial, organizational, economic and political — despite the increased time and resources that growth demands. And many people in the US take the corporate structures of most businesses and nonprofits for granted, without questioning the ways that hierarchical models concentrate power among small groups of people and can easily get in the way of achieving goals and benefits for society.
Posted on September 5, 2012 by Steve

From Ian David Moss at Fractured Atlas Blog:

This Friday, new research on fiscal sponsorship in the dance world will be released. Produced by Fractured Atlas for Dance/NYC as an extension of last year’s State of NYC Dance report, “Discovering Fiscally Sponsored NYC Dancemakers” examines quantitative and qualitative data from five fiscal sponsors that collectively represent more than 250 “dancemaker”-led projects in New York City, and makes comparisons where possible to information on nonprofits from the Cultural Data Project.
Posted on September 5, 2012 by Steve

From Robin Pogrebin at The New York Times:

Beginning this fall the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts will disperse its entire collection of Warhols, donating some and selling others through Christie’s auction house as it shifts almost exclusively into a grant-making organization, foundation officials said in interviews. The sales will take several years to complete and are expected to garner about $100 million, increasing the foundation’s endowment, from which it makes grants to nonprofit arts organizations.
Posted on September 5, 2012 by Steve

The Arts & Democracy Project is hosting a conference call on Thursday, September 20 at 1pm EST. Participants are encouraged to share nonpartisan election work or listen in to learn about opportunities to get involved. The Project's intent for this call is to help connect civic participation opportunities with creative organizing by artists and cultural organizations, both before the election and after.

Posted on September 5, 2012 by Steve

Grantmakers in the Arts commissioned a play for the Council on Foundations Conference in the spring of 2007 from KJ Sanchez that was called Four Short Plays, Four Big Ideas. The performances of those four plays was release later on DVD. But if you've not seen Four Short Plays, you can now stream the entire performance from our website. Check it out here. And remember that Sanchez, as part of the American Records Theater Company is producing a new short play, Duck Soup: A Play on Equity as part of the Monday Plenary session at the 2012 GIA Conference, next month in Miami Beach. We hope to see you there!

Posted on September 5, 2012 by Noah

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has put together reports on where the presidential candidates stand on issues of importance to nonprofits and foundations, including their positions on arts and culture funding.

Posted on September 4, 2012 by Abigail

In September, GIA's website photo banner features organizations supported by the Cleveland Foundation. Established in 1914, the Foundation is the world's first community foundation and one of the largest, with assets of $1.8 billion and 2011 grants of nearly $80 million.

Posted on September 4, 2012 by Steve

From Beth Kanter, writing for Stanford Social Innovation Review:

The environment in which nonprofits are doing their social change work has changed dramatically over the past five years. It’s more complex, online networks are central to our lives and work, and stakeholders want more involvement. Seeing tangible results from your organization’s social change efforts now requires two things to be successful: leading with a network mindset, and using measurement and learning to continuously improve.
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