Online registration is now open for the GIA 2015 Conference that will be held Sunday, October 18 through Wednesday, October 21 at the Milennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Check for full details and to register.
Posted on June 22, 2012 by Steve

From Alison Nastasi, at Flavorwire:

This Sunday marks the 111th anniversary of Picasso’s [first] Paris exhibition. The few critics that did attend the show gave him favorable reviews. Years later, the painter’s exhibit in Switzerland drew enormous crowds and the criticisms of some very prominent figures. Find out who after the break, and see what other reviewers had to say about famous artists throughout history during the early part of their careers.
Posted on June 20, 2012 by Janet

On June 11-13, 2012, thirty individuals met at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh for a Grantmakers in the Arts Thought Leader Forum on Racial Equity Grantmaking. They were all there because they were experienced arts funders working in social justice. Some are relatively new to their positions, others have been around for a while leading discussions in and outside of GIA on the topic of the arts, equity, and social justice.

Posted on June 18, 2012 by Noah

Over the past 30 years, The McKnight Foundation has supported more than 1,100 individual artists through its Artist Fellowships program. To mark the program’s anniversary, the foundation hosted a celebration on June 16 with hundreds of artist fellows in attendance, work commissioned from former fellows for the event, and remarks by NEA Chair Rocco Landesman and nationally renowned storyteller Kevin Kling.

Posted on June 15, 2012 by Steve

From BBC, brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder affect tens of thousands of US veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is known that art therapies can help with the psychological effects of these invisible wounds, but can they promote physical healing? A top military hospital near Washington is conducting the first comprehensive clinical tests to find out how art works. The National Intrepid Center of Excellence is carrying out the study as part of a broader effort to measure the value of creative endeavours in all stages of human development.

Watch the video piece.

Posted on June 13, 2012 by Steve

Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media (GFEM) will host its annual funder conversation on June 27-28 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Special guests include vocalist Renée Fleming; Frontline executive producer David Fanning; NPR's Terry Gross; and Gary Knell, president of National Public Radio. Further details and registration information is available at

Posted on June 13, 2012 by Steve

From Patrick Hussey at The Guardian:

Let's end with the big picture of what New Curation and this Open Art movement could achieve, breaking down the silos of human knowledge and uniting art with sciences like sociology, archaeology – heck, even chemistry. Imagine you are a scientist researching a project that could be informed by hidden gems from our thousands of years of culture, like the researchers who used Thoreau's journals to track climate change. That connection was spotted by a well-read human brain. With Open Art we could create insights like this more often, more easily, creating a kind of meta-criticism.
Posted on June 12, 2012 by Steve

The League of American Orchestras announced yesterday the receipt of a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation to administer a re-granting program that supports orchestras in deepening their involvement with their communities. The Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Program will fund orchestras’ educational and community engagement work, helping to fuel new practices or support longstanding model programs.

Posted on June 8, 2012 by Tommer

Americans for the Arts released the findings from Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted.  Like the past three iterations, it documents the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry in strengthening our nation's economy. But this time around, the results of this study are a bit more extraordinary.

Posted on June 8, 2012 by Tommer

From Patricia Brandes, executive director of the Barr Foundation....

"We are delighted to announce the appointment of San San Wong as Senior Program Officer in the Arts, effective August 13, 2012. San San brings rich experience in arts administration, innovative program development, and philanthropy to Barr. 

Posted on June 6, 2012 by Abigail

The next installment of the 2012 GIA Web Conference Series, Arts and Journalism in the Digital Age, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 19 at 11:00 PDT/2:00 EDT. Join Douglas McLennan, ArtsJournal, and Bill O'Brien, National Endowment for the Arts, for an overview of the field of arts journalism and initiatives supporting its evolution in a changing culture. The 50-minute Web Conferences is free to members and open to everyone. The non-member rate is $35.

Posted on June 6, 2012 by Abigail

The business section of the most recent Sunday New York Times featured an article by Caitlin Kelly on artists' relief funds and the significant impact they have on an artist's ability to recover from a career-threatening emergency. The article includes interviews with emergency funders like Cornelia Carey, executive director of GIA member CERF+. The article can be found on the Times website, here.

Posted on June 6, 2012 by Abigail

In June, GIA's photo banner features projects supported by Mertz GIlmore Foundation in New York. Founded as the Mertz Foundation in 1959 by Joyce Mertz Gilmore and her parents, Harold and LuEsther Mertz, the foundation was renamed in 2002 to honor the memory of Joyce’s husband, Robert Wallace Gilmore, an active steward of the foundation. The foundation’s program areas, climate change solutions and support for New York City arts and communities, reflect the interest of the founders.

Posted on June 5, 2012 by Janet

I spoke at the Association of Arts Administration Educators(AAAE) annual conference at Claremont University, in Claremont, CA last week. Since I taught in a masters in arts administration program for 12 years and chaired an undergraduate performing and visual arts department for four, I was delighted to be part of this conference and to attempt to connect my current world of arts philanthropy with those who are teaching arts managers and leaders.

Posted on June 5, 2012 by Tommer

Reports are available from the recent international seminar, Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture which was convened by the Salzburg Global Seminar in collaboration with the Washington-based Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Posted on June 3, 2012 by Steve

Linda Essig, director of the Arizona State University arts entrepreneurship program, posts to her blog Creative Infrastructure:

I attended the annual conference of the Association of Arts Administration Educators for the first time, having now taught arts entrepreneurship for three semesters and seeing a course in arts management and another on arts policy on the not-too-distant horizon. This was not only an opportunity for me to share the work we’ve been doing on arts entrepreneurship in the Pave Program, but a far larger opportunity to learn what colleagues across the country (and some internationally) think about what is important to teach, learn, and research in arts management and administration and cultural policy. Here are some highlights from the formal programming.
Posted on June 2, 2012 by Tommer

Yesterday, a great victory has been won by everyone in the state of Kansas who loves the arts. The Governor this morning signed the budget, which includes $700,000 for the newly-created Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission.

Posted on May 30, 2012 by Steve

For the first time in the 47-year history of the National Endowment for the Arts, the agency's Office of Research & Analysis will award grants to 15 research projects to investigate the value and impact of the arts in the United States. These grants, totaling $250,000, support projects designed to use existing, high-quality datasets to examine novel and significant research questions about the arts. The grantees are from 11 states and their awards range from $10,000 to $30,000.

Posted on May 30, 2012 by Tommer

The region’s cultural organizations are showing signs of recovery from the fiscal crisis and deep recession that began in 2007, according to an annual survey conducted by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

Individual giving is up, foundation support is up, earned income is up, and even some hiring is under way, the survey shows.

Posted on May 24, 2012 by Steve

The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation have announced a $300,000 fund for the creation and production of new plays by California playwrights. The works are to be commissioned and premiered by Bay Area nonprofit organizations that can apply for grants of $50,000 each. These grants will support projects that encourage the creative endeavors and professional development of promising California playwrights. The resulting works will have their world premieres in Bay Area public performances between June 2013 and June 2015.

Posted on May 23, 2012 by Steve

On Wednesday May 30, the National Endowment for the Arts will host a public webinar to extend the conversation of the Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, an alliance of 15 federal agencies, offices, divisions, and departments to encourage more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life.

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