For the month of October, GIA’s photo banner features work from arts organizations supported by The Kresge Foundation. Established by Sebastian Kresge in 1924, the $3.5 billion foundation works nationally to “establish opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development in Detroit.” The Kresge Foundation is the proud Anchor Sponsor for the 2017 GIA Conference happening this month in Detroit.
Posted on June 9, 2014 by Steve

A post from the Minnesota Council on Foundation Philanthropy Potluck website:

In May 2014, MCF’s Government Relations and Public Policy committee invited Holly Sampson, president of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, and Erik Torch, grant program manager of the Northland Foundation, to share their experiences and lessons-learned since extensive flooding in 2012.
Posted on June 8, 2014 by Steve

From Colin Moynihan, at The New York Times:

Battles between artists and landlords are nearly as plentiful in New York City as galleries themselves. But a recent spate of attempted evictions and other conflicts in a three-story brick building in Ridgewood, Queens, is buffeting a young outpost of the art world just as the area is earning a reputation for affordable studio space and vibrant openings.
Posted on June 6, 2014 by Steve

The California Arts Council awarded contracts to seven organizations for Arts-in-Corrections programs in fourteen state correctional facilities. Arts-in-Corrections services will be provided by The Actors' Gang, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Dance Kaiso, Marin Shakespeare Company, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and the William James Association.

Posted on June 6, 2014 by Steve

A report from the UK, and the initiative behind the report, is working to highlight the flow of money in the art world and especially how little the artists receive. Paying Artists: Securing a future for visual arts in the UK states that their mission “is about transforming opportunities for artists, galleries, funders and policy-makers alike.”

Posted on June 6, 2014 by SuJ'n

The NonProfit Quarterly has published Part I of an article this morning on the state of black museums in the United States:

From a brief review of self-identified African-American museums, it is clear that there are many more than most people realize. Most of them are relatively small, and several struggle—like many institutions of arts and culture—to find their way to sustainable financial futures. They also often appear to be remarkable community assets with important and widely recognized exhibitions and collections.

Posted on June 5, 2014 by Tommer

Arts Integration as Pathway to Unity in the Community: The (Ongoing) Journey of Pillsbury House + Theatre tells the story of how a nonprofit theater and a social service agency that happened to reside in the same building rediscovered their shared history as a 19th century Settlement House, and unified operations to become a 21st Century Center for Creativity and Community.

Posted on June 5, 2014 by Steve

Nonprofit Finance Fund has a new publication, authored by Rebecca Thomas and Holly Sidford. Critical Steps Toward Capital Health in the Cultural Sector offers cultural organizations and their supporters a set of action-oriented tips that have been developed by NFF over more than three decades of partnership with both organizations and grantmakers.

Posted on June 4, 2014 by Steve

The Arts Education Partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers invites you to register for the AEP 2014 National Forum. The event is Preparing Students for the Next America in and through the Arts. It takes place Thursday, September 11 through Friday, September 12, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA. Early registration rates are effective through June 30.

Posted on June 3, 2014 by Steve

A new report by the D5 coalition and Forward Change, Philanthropic Paths: An Exploratory Study of the Career Pathways of Professionals of Color in Philanthropy, explores the various paths professionals of color take as they advance to leadership positions in philanthropy as well as the tools that helped them get there and gave them staying power. It provides a nuanced picture of the career experiences of 43 philanthropic professionals of color ranging from Program Officers to CEOs working in an array of foundations.

Posted on June 2, 2014 by Steve

From Brian Bell, writing for HowlRound:

There has been a lot of writing lately about the artist versus the institution, most notably by Todd London, and Diane Ragsdale. The fact is that producing on a show-by-show basis also leads to an enormous amount of wasted energy and resources at the institutional level. Similarly the working conditions for the artists in the regional theater system might be good business practice but they are not conducive to making good art.
Posted on June 2, 2014 by Steve

The San Francisco Arts Commission has a position opening for Senior Program Officer, one that manages the grants portfolio for the San Francisco Arts Commission. A complete description of the positions and requirements for consideration are online.

Posted on June 2, 2014 by Steve

The Artist Trust Board of Directors has announced the official launch of an Executive Director search. The search committee will include members of Artist Trust's Board of Directors along with key staff. The next step will be to enlist several Seattle community leaders and artists from around the state of Washington to participate in mid-summer candidate interviews. All candidate resumes and inquiries should be sent to

Posted on June 2, 2014 by Steve

From Nancy Ng, writing for The Huffington Post:

Dance is everywhere, dance is anywhere, yet, dance is nowhere. I have been musing on the place dance holds in our society and in our cultural landscape. Television is filled with dance images more so than ever — programs such as “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars” are popular with dancers and non-dancers; I can't remember the last time I saw a commercial that did not have dance imagery included in a scene. In the Bay Area, the San Francisco Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in America.
Posted on June 2, 2014 by Steve

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine, joined the PBS show Moyers and Company to discuss his article, published last month, “The Case for Reparations”:

In it, Coates argues that we have to dig deeper into our past and the original sin of slavery, confronting the institutional racism that continues to pervade society.
Posted on May 28, 2014 by Tommer

The Center on Wealth and Philanthropy has released a new study, A Golden Age of Philanthropy Still Beckons: National Wealth Transfer and Potential for Philanthropy, which updates research conducted on wealth transfer in 1999.

Posted on May 27, 2014 by SuJ'n

From Alicia Akins at Createquity:

As the globe’s richest and most heavily armed nation, the United States is in a unique position relative to the rest of the world. Looking at examples beyond our borders shows how other countries handle limited budgets, growing or diminishing international stature, and the desire to be competitive. The four countries compared here—Korea, China, Cambodia, and Brazil—are in different phases of development and provide an important contrast to the industrialized European nations to which cultural policy in the United States is so often compared.
Posted on May 27, 2014 by Steve

By Maria Di Mento, writing for The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

Assets at small to midsize foundations grew by 14 percent in 2013 and gave out more than 7 percent of their assets, according to a report released (last week). Those grant makers, which have holdings of less than $50-million, account for 98 percent of all U.S. foundations but only about 30 percent of all foundation wealth nationally, according to the study by Foundation Source, a firm that provides advice and administrative support to grant makers.
Posted on May 23, 2014 by Steve

From Christian L. Frock, writing for KQED Arts:

San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts announced today that it will dramatically restructure its organization, suspend programs, and lay off key staff by the end of this month. Included among those furloughed are Visual Arts Program Director Kevin B. Chen, Outreach and Community Engagement Program Director Rebeka Rodriguez, and Theatre Program Director Sean San José, as well as all communications staff.
Posted on May 21, 2014 by Steve

From Michael Cooper, at The New York Times:

Sometimes the musicians post behind-the-scenes tidbits, like some decades-old advice a viola player found penciled into her part for “Andrea Chénier” by one of her predecessors: “whatcha da mice!” — meaning watch the maestro in one tricky passage. But the recently revamped website by the musicians of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra — imagine a cross between Opera News and BuzzFeed — also has info-graphics
Posted on May 21, 2014 by Steve

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts announces its 2014 Grants to Individuals, which will award over $520,000 to 68 projects that demonstrate innovative and thought-provoking ideas in architecture. The grants will provide direct support to individuals for the research, development, and presentation of publications, exhibitions, films, new media initiatives, and other programs.

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