For the month of October, GIA’s photo banner features a selection of artists and projects funded by Houston Endowment. Houston Endowment is the Anchor Sponsor for the annual GIA 2014 Conference happening this month. Learn more about the foundation here.

Posted on January 6, 2012 by Steve

The Bush Foundation announced today that President Peter Hutchinson has resigned and will transition from his leadership role with the Foundation in January of 2012. After joining the Foundation in November of 2007, Hutchinson led a dramatic redesign of the organization and its work. He will serve in an advisory capacity on select Foundation initiatives.

Posted on January 6, 2012 by Abigail

A new year, a new month, and a new slide show of member-supported projects on the GIA website! Our January featured member is 3Arts. Based in Chicago, 3Arts works to sustain and promote Chicago artists through validation, promotion, residencies, and unrestricted cash grants. The organization focuses on women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities in order to encourage a diversity of voices and visions in the communities it serves.

Posted on January 4, 2012 by Steve

Socialbrite has assembled a listing of 2012 events relevant to the nonprofit and social change sector.

Posted on January 3, 2012 by Steve

In March 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services hosted a first-of-its-kind event to showcase and discuss recent research on the arts and human development. The one-day forum examined the relationship between the arts and positive health and educational outcomes at various segments of the lifespan — from early childhood, to youth and adolescence, to older adult populations. A white paper, The Arts and Human Development: Framing a National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning, and Individual Well-Being summarizes major themes from the forum, and highlights related studies. It also makes recommendations toward establishing a long-term federal partnership to promote research and evidence-sharing nationwide.

Posted on January 3, 2012 by Steve

The Board of Directors of The Center for Arts Education has announced the selection of Eric G. Pryor as Executive Director. Pryor replaces Richard Kessler who left CAE in August to become Dean of Mannes College the New School for Music.

Before joining CAE, Pryor served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey State Museum where he successfully revitalized the institution with the re-opening of three major galleries, the Planetarium in 2009, and the Cultural History Collection gallery and the Fine Art Collection Gallery in 2010.

Posted on January 3, 2012 by Steve

From Richard Florida at The Atlantic Cities:

In case you missed it last week, Matt Yglesias wrote a provocative piece for Slate arguing that while Washington, D.C., is thriving, it's not all that terrific for artists. In particular, he singles out young artists at the formative stage in their careers, writing that “if you're a semi-employed artist or guitar player it's much more expensive than Philadelphia or Baltimore and still smaller and less interesting than New York City, which has less than one-third our murder rate.”

Posted on December 23, 2011 by Steve

Oliver Zunz, author of Philanthropy in America: A History, writes for the opinion pages of The New York Times about the origins of the Christmas Seals campaign to fight tuberculosis:

CHRISTMAS SEALS, first sold 104 years ago in a Delaware post office, transformed the treatment and control of tuberculosis, one of the most feared killers of the age.

Just as important, they produced a revolution in philanthropy. At that time, the 1 percent of the late Gilded Age, men with names like Carnegie and Rockefeller, were creating major new philanthropic institutions. Christmas Seals, in a way, was the response from the other 99 percent: by marketing something as inexpensive as a stamp and using the proceeds to attack a major disease, the founders of the Christmas Seals program demonstrated the collective power of the American public.

Posted on December 21, 2011 by Tommer

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Posted on December 19, 2011 by Steve

Arlene Goldbard continues to drill down on the issues around Equity in Arts funding:

Let’s have a national El Sistema in all art forms, a new WPA, a teaching artists corps, an infusion of artists’ work in every social and educational system! What are your ideas?

But before the makeovers start flying, its really important to look at first principles. The current system is astoundingly inequitable in sharing resources with rich and poor, rural and urban, genders, races, practices, ethnicities, and so on: however you slice it. But that’s not all that’s wrong. The system fails because it is built on faulty wiring, with significant tangles where there should be flow. Below, I single out three big ones: the private-public toggle, the means-and-ends muddle, and the public-interest pickle.

Posted on December 15, 2011 by Steve

The staff of the San Francisco Arts Commission published a statement on their website following a second public hearing on the recent Controller’s Report that was an evaluation of the Arts Commission’s programs and fiscal policies.

This week at City Hall, a Special Meeting of the Full Arts Commission was convened to provide further discussion of a recent report from the Office of the Controller. It was the second hearing the SFAC convened on the matter, and was as much an opportunity for concerned citizens and stakeholders to share their thoughts with commissioners as it was a chance to hear more about the report, what it is, and what it isn’t.

Posted on December 15, 2011 by Steve

Nick Rabkin writes today for Huffington Post:

There's never been a golden age of arts education in American schools. Back in 1930, less than a quarter of 18-year olds had taken classes or lessons in any art form. There was much progress after that, but by the early 1980s more than a third still had none. And for the last thirty years, arts education for American children has declined sharply again. By 2008, fewer than half of 18-year olds had any arts classes or lessons, about the level of the 1960s. Most of the decline has been concentrated in schools that serve low-income black and Latino students. Many of their schools have become veritable arts deserts. Why have the arts been so marginalized in education? There are three big reasons. We might think of them as the three horsemen of arts education, just one short of an arts education Armageddon.

Posted on December 15, 2011 by Steve

Doug Borwick from his Engaging Matters blog delves into the state of the conversation on Equity:

The categories of inequity are multiple: class, culture, ethnicity, gender, race, etc., etc. Awareness of and response to each varies hugely depending on which side of the have/have-not divide one finds oneself. The have-not side always has a far greater awareness and understanding of inequity than is ever possible on the have side. As an over-educated white male of a certain age, it’s astonishing that I can ever see clearly enough to get out of bed in the morning. (And for all my effort to “see,” in the few short months I’ve been blogging here, Roberto Bedoya has already had to call me out, justifiably, once here.) The have side predictably sees all the good it is doing (in its own eyes). The have-nots see much more clearly how far there is to go.

Posted on December 15, 2011 by Steve

The Continuing Innovation Convening on Technology and Audience Engagement is currently underway in New York City. And you can follow the proceedings via the live blog hosted by EmcArts. Events conclude on Friday.

Posted on December 14, 2011 by Steve

From Ruthie Ackerman in The Wall Street Journal:

Proponents of small foundations say smaller donors often have closer relationships with the nonprofit organizations they fund, which allows them to see firsthand how donations are being used. (Suzanne) Skees, for example, says she visits her foundation's partners in California and beyond, getting to know everyone at the organization from the executive director on down, and familiarizing herself with the programs the organizations run.

Posted on December 13, 2011 by Janet

In 2012, Grantmakers in the Arts will form the Arts Education Funders’ Coalition. The Coalition will consist of funders concerned with the inequities of our public education system and determined that their investments should not be undermined by federal policy that ignores those inequities. Simply put, arts education is not equitably offered to all American children. Although there are national and state standards and regulations, we have been unsuccessful in creating an educational system where arts education is delivered to every child, in every school, every day.

Posted on December 13, 2011 by Steve

Ken Bernstein writes in Daily Kos about Diane Ravitch's speech (full text of the speech is available here) to the National Opportunity to Learn Education Summit on December 9:

For me the key of the speech by Ravitch appears in a series of the basic services that every child needs, that we could afford were the system not tilted so heavily towards the 1%, were we not wasting trillions in the military industrial complex, were we not so committed to bailing out the financial sector at the expense of the rest of us.
Posted on December 13, 2011 by Steve

From Sean Bowle at Technology in the Arts:

In the world of public policy, ideas are a dime a dozen. From issues ranging from education to trade issues, everyone has their opinion about the best course of action the government should take. What’s often missing, however, are new and exciting ways to present these ideas, taking formally bland issues and finding new ways to solve them.

This is where the arts community comes in.

Posted on December 12, 2011 by Steve

Barry Hessenius addresses the Equity Forum on Barry's Blog:

It isn't helpful to characterize this in any pejorative sense as evil or conspiratorial — rather it is really just the natural tendency to support one's “own” — the familiar, that with which one grew up. And that legacy of how things are done favors what it has always favor — the larger Euro-centric cultural institutions. The bottom line is this: we are not likely to change private decision-making as the same governs equity considerations until we change the culture of leadership currently (still) existent in the Board rooms where the decisions about who-gets-how-much-are made.

Posted on December 10, 2011 by Steve

Arlene Goldbard essays the Equity in Arts Funding blog:

Most of the GIA bloggers make modest suggestions as to how funders can channel more resources to the artists and organizations whose social and cultural contributions are now so disproportionately underfunded. Several point to their own organizations’ or allies’ work as models. Understandably, most position themselves as ahead of the curve, already taking steps to increase equity.

So far, at least, there are few comments (the online forum ends on 16 December, so there’s still time). My hunch is that is because there aren’t so many entry points in most of the posts: what is to be debated in a group of thoughtful funders and researchers mostly affirming what they already know?

Posted on December 9, 2011 by Steve

From Graydon Royce at the Star-Tribune:

If you don't cross every t and dot every i, you can kiss your cultural Legacy Amendment money goodbye.

More than a dozen Twin Cities groups that received Legacy Amendment-funded grants through the Minnesota State Arts Board in past years were stunned this year to find their applications rejected on what some say are technicalities.

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