Edwin Torres, deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, has been selected by the Grantmakers in the Arts board of directors as the organization’s new president & CEO. Torres will become GIA’s third CEO after a national search for a successor to current CEO Janet Brown, who will step down at the end of 2017.

Read the full announcement.

Posted on April 30, 2014 by Steve

It started as a conversation in the bar at the GIA Conference in Philadelphia…

The East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF), the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) and CultureStrike came together to present the first Business of Art entrepreneurial training workshops solely for undocumented artists on April 18 & 19 in Oakland, California. CultureStrike is an Oakland-based grassroots network of artists and activists working on issues of immigration and social change. The goal of the workshop was to create a formal opportunity for undocumented artist to access business knowledge resulting in greater individual visibility and empowerment that will help to advance their careers.

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Steve

Council on Foundations President and CEO Vikki Spruill will join First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and grantmakers from around the country on Wednesday, April 30, for the announcement of the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge. Made by over 30 funders, this pledge aims to bring support to service members, veterans, and military family causes over five years.

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Steve

From Ray Mark Rinaldi, for the Denver Post:

The cultural revolution that is making marijuana part of everyday Colorado life conquers another established front Tuesday as the Colorado Symphony Orchestra announces a series of performances sponsored by the cannabis industry. The concerts, organized by pro-pot promoter Edible Events, will start May 23 with three bring-your-own marijuana events at the Space Gallery in Denver’s Santa Fe arts district and culminate with a large, outdoor performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sept. 13.
Posted on April 28, 2014 by Steve

Funding for 39 projects undertaken by many of America’s most vital artists working in the fields of contemporary performance was announced today by the MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional support by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The MAP Fund, among the longest-standing nongovernment grants programs in the nation, has supported new works in performance that challenge the conventions of contemporary performance, particularly those that address issues of cultural difference in race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, generation or any other aspect of diversity since 1989.

Posted on April 28, 2014 by Steve

Over the course of five years, the National Endowment for the Arts brought together teams from 29 states to collaborate on ways to strengthen states’ arts education policies. The Education Leaders Institute Alumni Summit Report shares the significant findings of what the NEA, its partners, and eight participating alumni states learned together and how it informed the NEA’s arts education strategic plan.

Posted on April 24, 2014 by Steve

Since 1995, I have been a huge fan of A+ Schools based on Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences and using art specialist working with classroom teachers to develop joint curriculum. Here's a great video on how and why it works. Janet Brown, President & CEO

Posted on April 24, 2014 by Steve

The Cleveland-based Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, a research and advocacy service organization, documents the growing number of intersections between Cuyahoga County’s arts and culture sector and its health and human services sector in a new report, “Creative Minds in Medicine: A Cleveland Creative Intersection.” Kristin Puch, director of research and advancement for the Community Partnership writes that Creative Minds in Medicine will be a useful tool for those already doing work related to arts and health and to those of you who are interested in becoming involved in such work.

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Steve

Mark Yost, writing for Houston Business Journal:

On April 17, the Houston Symphony agreed to a new contract with its musicians. The symphony’s musicians will get a 2.85 percent annual raise under terms of the four-year deal, which will take their annual salary from $86,840 today to $97,240 during the 2017-18 season, the symphony said. The current contract was scheduled to expire Oct. 4. The Houston Symphony has 87 professional musicians, one of the largest performing arts organizations in Houston.
Posted on April 23, 2014 by Steve

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the first-ever recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards and the third group of individuals to receive Doris Duke Artist Awards. Both awards are part of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, a special ten-year initiative of the foundation to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts. Doris Duke Artist Award recipients receive $275,000, and Doris Duke Impact Award recipients receive $80,000.

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Steve

The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust in Vancouver, Washington, is pleased to announce Lorin Dunlop who joins the staff as Program Director beginning in late June. Dunlop comes to the Murdock Trust with a rich, diverse background in Arts & Culture, health, education and, most recently, coordinating the Oregon Criminal Justice grants program in public safety and offender re-entry. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she double majored in Art History and International Affairs.

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Steve

An article from Foundation Review — authored by Gary L. Cunningham, Northwest Area Foundation; Marcia L. Avner, University of Minnesota-Duluth and Romilda Justilien, BCT Partners — explores the multiple approaches that foundations can use to advance racial equity and prosperity. “The Urgency of Now: Foundations’ Role in Ending Racial Inequity” is built on the premise that if we remain on the current trajectory with no significant change in the socioeconomic position of low income people of color, everyone will pay a price.

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Tommer

The Walter & Elise Haas Fund, working together with the Foundation Center and Mission Minded, has developed an open-source, free solution that any grantmaking entity can use to make its grantmaking data searchable, publishable, sharable, and fully accessible.

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Steve

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that the NEA plans to award $74.85 million in 971 grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide as part of the second half of its fiscal year 2014 funding. In addition to direct grants through the Art Works category, this round of funding also supports the state arts agencies and regional arts organizations – the NEA's partners in bringing the arts to all parts of the nation – as well as grants for research projects that build evidence on the value and impact of the arts.

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Steve

Emiko Ono writes for ArtsBlog:

In the past, a productive arts organization was understood to contribute to a community’s quality of life and help drive its economy — it was inherently perceived to be a public good. This “social contract” is fraying based on a growing awareness of the very real inequities that exist in the United States... The nonprofit arts sector, including its funders, is increasingly expected to do more for distressed and marginalized communities if it is to merit designation as a public good.
Posted on April 13, 2014 by Steve

From Graham Bowley and Patricia Cohen, writing for the New York Times:

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, tucked into a quiet corner of a college campus here in the hills of the Pacific Northwest, is hardly the epicenter of the art world. Yet major collectors, fresh from buying a Warhol or a Basquiat or another masterpiece in New York, routinely choose this small, elegant redbrick building at the University of Oregon to first exhibit their latest trophy. The museum’s intimacy and scholarship are likely to play some role in their choice. But a primary lure for the collectors is often something more prosaic: a tax break.
Posted on April 11, 2014 by Tommer

President Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. William “Bro” Adams as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Adams is President of Colby College, a position he has held since 2000. Previously, he was President of Bucknell University from 1995 to 2000.

Posted on April 10, 2014 by Steve

EmcArts, the social enterprise for learning and innovation in the arts, is taking proposals for Innovation Lab, their 16-month-long immersion programs for U.S.-based arts and arts service organizations seeking to uncover adaptive strategies and responses to their most complex challenges. The program was launched in 2008 and will deliver two more rounds of the program to eight participating organizations from across the country in 2014 and 2015. These new rounds are funded by a $1.58 million grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Four organizations from across the country will be selected for each of these two rounds.

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Steve

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has released a new report, “State of the Arts: A Plan to Boost Arts Education in New York City,” a first-of-its-kind, school-by-school breakdown that reveals unequal access to arts education for children living in some of the City’s lowest-income communities and violations of State Education mandate governing middle and high school arts teachers. The report gathered the most recent data available from the Department of Education’s (DOE) Annual Arts in Schools Reports to assess public schools’ capacity to deliver arts services and programs, focusing on whether schools employ full- or part-time certified arts teachers, have dedicated rooms for arts instruction, or have formal partnerships with arts and cultural organizations.

Get the full report.

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Steve

New York City Mayor de Blasio today appointed Tom Finkelpearl as Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs. A sculptor by training, he most recently served as executive director of the Queens Museum, where he completed a major expansion that doubled the size of the museum. Finkelpearl began his career in arts management at Long Island City’s PS 1 Contemporary Art Center in 1982, which he joined as a public affairs officer, and then went on to organize a number of major exhibitions. In 1990, he joined the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs as Director of the Percent for Art Program, overseeing more than 100 public art projects across all five boroughs.

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