Registration is now open for the 2017 GIA Conference taking place Saturday, October 28 – Tuesday, October 31 in Detroit, MI. The GIA Conference provides the only national opportunity for arts grantmakers from across the country to come together to share knowledge and ideas, develop collective strategies, and learn about the latest initiatives in arts grantmaking. Learn more and register.
Posted on March 12, 2014 by Tommer

The 2013 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California, Los Angeles Region, is now available online. The report was carried out by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), a lobbying organization funded by LA businesses. There's also some great commentary on the Hyperallergic blog.

Posted on March 12, 2014 by Steve

On Tuesday, March 4, President Obama released his FY 2015 budget proposal, which outlines priorities that could have a profound effect on both our nation’s fiscal policy and the work of our sector. On Thursday, March 13, 2pm EDT / 11am PDT, Independent Sector will host a webinar featuring tax experts along with a panel of sector policy specialists — including Rob Collier, Council of Michigan Foundations; Jennifer Ney, City Year/Voice for National Service; and Brandon Gryde Dance USA and OPERA America — as we analyze and discuss the impact of the spending provisions in the president’s plan and potential actions by Congress.

Posted on March 12, 2014 by Steve

The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) has issued a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges — such as Main Street revitalization, how to manage and direct growth, design community-supportive transportation systems, preserve natural and historic landscapes and buildings, protect working agricultural lands, and provide adequate and affordable housing — who are interested in hosting a local workshop in 2014-2015. Successful applicants will receive a $7,000 stipend and in-kind professional design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000. The Request for Proposals is posted on the CIRD website.

Posted on March 7, 2014 by Supporting Today's Artists

Posted to Supporting Today’s Artists by Caitlin Strokosch, executive director, Alliance of Artists Communities

One of the reasons I love serving on Grantmakers in the Arts’ Individual Artists Support Committee is that every conversation centers on how we can do more to support artists. Again and again we ask: What else do artists need (besides more money)?

For the Alliance of Artists Communities—an international coalition of artist residency programs—our currency is time and space. Few artists have in their everyday lives the luxury of concentrated time to dive deep into their work with the focus it deserves, even when granted the funds to develop new work. As such, residencies form a critical part of the artist support ecosystem by offering an environment that combines nobody’s-looking-over-your-shoulder solitude with a community of other artists engaging in the challenging R&D work that occurs during a residency. And while time and space are extraordinary, time+space+money is even better!

Posted on March 6, 2014 by Tommer

Lawrence J. Simpson, board chair of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), announced that executive director Rebecca Blunk has stepped down as of March 1, 2014, for health and personal reasons. A national search will commence in the coming weeks. Ms. Blunk came to NEFA from the Nebraska Arts Council in 1985 as the director of performing arts and then served as deputy director for ten years before being named executive director in 2004.

Posted on March 5, 2014 by Tommer
Posted on March 4, 2014 by Steve

Aditi Kapil posts to HowlRound:

Since the 2011–2012 season, Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis has practiced Radical Hospitality, providing no-cost access to all mainstage productions for any audience member. Part two of this series curated by Aditi Kapil, playwright-in-residence at Mixed Blood, examines the pragmatics of how Radical Hospitality works, “The Financial or Business Case,” in a conversation with Managing Director Amanda White Thietje, Community Outreach & Marketing Manager Brie Jonna, and Artistic Director Jack Reuler.
Posted on March 4, 2014 by Steve

President Obama released his fiscal year 2015 budget request of $146.021 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, the same amount as the current year's budget. In fiscal year 2013 with a budget of $138.383 million, the agency awarded 2,153 grants totaling $112.734 million.

Read the full announcement.

Posted on March 3, 2014 by Abigail

During the month of March, our photo banner features grantees of GIA member The Herb Alpert Foundation. Founded by musician, producer, and artist Herb Alpert and his wife, Grammy-award winning singer Lani Hall, the Foundation’s mission is to support young people in the discovery and development of their creative potential, an objective they achieve through the Herb Alpert Scholarships for Emerging Young Artists, a program administered by the California State Summer School for the Arts, and support of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, which is devoted to the performance and study of music in all of its global diversity.

Posted on February 28, 2014 by Steve

New York City public high school students are not getting the arts education required by state regulations, according to an audit released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

“Our audit reveals too many New York City schools may be cutting corners with arts education,” DiNapoli said. “Students should be taught by certified teachers for the required number of hours each week. We all want to find the right formula to improve education and improving arts instruction needs to be part of that equation.”

Posted on February 28, 2014 by Tommer

Evidence-based philanthropy. To some, that phrase offers the promise of long-overdue rigor. If the first principle of philanthropy and social impact is to do good, then evidence-based philanthropy ensures that we honor its corollary: Do no harm.

To others, that phrase represents all that is going wrong with philanthropy and social innovation—the rise of the ivory-tower theorists and technocrats whose logic models and fixation with metrics blind them to real-world knowledge and common sense.

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Tommer

Robert Booker, executive director, Arizona Commission on the Arts connects the dots for nonprofit arts board members: "Often, when I meet with the Board of Directors of an Arizona arts organization or institution, I am asked to provide more money to the organization.

Posted on February 26, 2014 by Supporting Today's Artists

Since 1998, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation has supported contemporary art exhibitions through its biennial Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. This opportunity provides funding for thematic exhibitions that are fresh and experimental in nature, and for which other funding is not yet forthcoming. The award provides assistance at the beginning stage of the exhibition’s development and offers the curator the support needed to realize the concept.

Posted on February 26, 2014 by Tommer

A new study by Music Machine aggregated data  on streaming music from Spotify users and broke down musical preferences by state and region. Previous research has analyzed the same data by gender and age.

Posted on February 25, 2014 by Steve

From Mark W. Anderson, reporting for NBC Chicago:

A new survey of 170 Chicago public elementary schools by Raise Your Hand Illinois found that 65 percent do not offer the expected minimum of two hours of arts education per week, as stated by both Mayor Emanuel and CPS officials.

The web-based survey of 444 respondents, conducted in January and February, includes information from parents and teachers representing nearly one-third of CPS schools. The survey found:

  • 14 percent have no arts instruction
  • 51 percent have less than two hours of arts instruction per week
  • 26 percent have two hours of art instruction
  • 9 percent have more than two hours of arts instruction
  • 31 percent saw a decline in arts instruction this year

The findings are in marked contrast to the promises and proposals the mayor and CPS officials have touted in recent years.

As part of its arts education plan, for example, the “Arts Abstract 2012-2015” states the first goal of its the CPS District Arts Policy is to "make arts a core subject by dedicating 120 minutes of arts instruction per week for elementary schools.” The plan goes on to set “minimum staffing requirements in the arts at once certified full-time employee per school, or an improved ratio such as one teacher for every 350 students.”

Read the full report.

Posted on February 21, 2014 by Steve

The 15th Annual WESTAF Cultural Policy Symposium, co-hosted by the California Arts Council and Frank Gehry Partners, will be available online via a live stream. Creativity and Innovation in Public Education: Areas of Need, Mechanisms for Change will take place on March 4, beginning at 8:45am PST, when arts and policy experts will gather at architect Frank Gehry’s studio in Santa Monica, California for a thought provoking symposium addressing critical issues facing the arts and education. A series of six sessions will follow throughout the day.

Posted on February 21, 2014 by Steve

Arlene Goldbard reports from the Staging Sustainability 2014 conference, recently held in Toronto:

In her concluding keynote for Staging Sustainability 2014, Adrienne Goehler exhorted conference attendees to support a “basic income grant” as a universal right. She put it succinctly: the current system forces overproduction in all realms, even art. The current system of grants for artists, inadequate in so many other ways, operates almost exclusively on a project basis, forcing artists who seek support to think in terms of novelty and output rather than allowing adequate time for work to evolve and emerge organically.
Posted on February 21, 2014 by Steve

From Jon Wojciechowski, writing for HowlRound:

My marketing director, Alicia Grasso, and I conceived a photographic tableau to illustrate the often hidden costs of producing professional theater. We pulled key figures from our annual budget—expenses we wanted to illustrate—and chose key members of our staff and Resident Intern Company to participate. Cape May Stage was producing Freud’s Last Session at the time, so we opted to stage the photograph on that show’s set. We even seated Dr. Freud himself (Equity actor Joel Rooks) front and center.
Posted on February 19, 2014 by Tommer

Professor Ann Collins Johns at the University of Texas at Austin was just as peeved as many people were about President Barack Obama’s knock on art history majors. So she did what any self-assured art historian would do and wrote a letter to Obama on January 31, shortly after the President’s remarks, and sent it using the White House website. Then came the surprising part: Obama responded with a handwritten note on February 12.

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Steve

GIA President & CEO Janet Brown, writing for ARTSblog:

I’ve been a community arts developer for over 26 years. Most of that time was spent working in rural communities in South Dakota and the Great Plains. Moving back to South Dakota after a stint in New York City and San Francisco, I became increasingly aware of how people passionate about the arts impact rural and small communities making certain that art is a part of the lives of their children and their neighbors. Community arts councils, community theatres, visual art galleries, community choruses and bands...all defined the word “community” for me.
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