APRIL SPOTLIGHT ON THE SUSTAINABLE ARTS FOUNDATION

During the month of April, our photo banner features grantees of the Sustainable Arts Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization that just completed the second year of its pilot residency grant program. Read about the Foundation’s work in support of artists who are maintaining their creative endeavors while also raising children here.

Posted on September 12, 2011 by Steve

The NEA Chairman blogs from Alaska:

Last week I was in Alaska as part of the Rasmuson Foundation’s annual Grantmakers Tour. It was quite a trip, both exhaustive and exhausting. We had non-stop 12-hour days, which allowed us to learn and see a lot. We were exposed to every conceivable aspect of Alaska, particularly the Native cultures there. It was really a total education and immersion into their culture, their situation, and their issues.

Read the full post.

Posted on September 12, 2011 by Steve

The Creative Center at University Settlement Training Institute for Artists and Administrators in Creative Aging will be held on November 13-18, 2011 in Speyer Hall at the University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, New York City, NY.

This Institute will focus on the growing field of creative aging and will provide both a theoretical and didactic approach to implementing and sustaining high quality arts programming in a variety of settings serving older adults, from senior centers to long term residential settings for the frail elderly. Artists, as well as arts, senior center and nursing home administrators, will be given everything they need to implement and sustain an arts program in healthcare facilities, senior centers, residential settings, and other senior programs.

Posted on September 12, 2011 by Steve

As a guest blogger for The Communications Network, Larry Blumenthal of Open Road Advisors recommends that foundations show their human side through their social media channels.

As they move into the less-buttoned-down world of social media, foundation staff face an interesting challenge. Success with social media tools (and in life) requires that you loosen up a bit, let a little of your personality peek through – even offer a little self-deprecating humor. These are not things we foundation folk are traditionally comfortable indulging in. It’s like asking a bullfighter to wear a tutu.

I am here to tell you, however, that it can be done. Foundations, and similar policy-oriented, research-based organizations, can provide a little glimpse behind the scenes, offer some humor, some light-heartedness, even admit they don’t have all the answers, without letting go of their serious missions to make the world a better place.

Posted on September 12, 2011 by Steve

The Opinion section of The New York Times is hosting a discussion on the subject of admission increases at the Museum of Modern Art as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Museum of Modern Art, citing rising operational costs, has raised its adult admission price to $25 from $20. The new ticket price will make MoMA—a private, nonprofit institution—one of the most expensive museums in New York City, matching the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which in July raised its recommended price for adults to $25.

Grumbling over the rising cost of admission at MoMA is a New York tradition. But it remains one of the city's most popular sites, attracting a record 3.1 million visitors last year. And it is growing, with a deal in 2007 that will add 40,000 square feet of gallery space and a decision in May to buy the American Folk Art Museum building next door for $31 million.

Posted on September 12, 2011 by Steve

From Elizabeth Kramer at the Louisville Courier-Journal:

The headline last month in The New York Times may have been news in the Empire State: “Groups Advocating for the Arts Feel the Pinch.” But here in the Bluegrass State, that kind of news is old hat.

More than a year ago, Kentucky’s arts advocacy organization bit the dust. It ran out of money when the economy went into recession, and by last summer what was known as Arts Kentucky was dissolved.

Posted on September 12, 2011 by Steve

From James C. McKinley Jr. at The New York Times:

Monster Island (on the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn) is shutting down this month because the landlord wants to redevelop the property and has not renewed the lease. Its fans marked its passing with a block party on Saturday. The end of this haven for struggling artists and musicians is a sign of broader changes in the neighborhood, where new condominiums are replacing the dilapidated warehouses, and upscale bars and restaurants have appeared on streets where once there were only underground clubs in vacant commercial buildings.
Posted on September 12, 2011 by Abigail

Please join us tomorrow, September 13, at 2:00 EDT/11:00 PDT for Arts Funding Snapshot: GIA's Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture, a web-based presentation by Steven Lawrence, Kelly J. Barsdate, Holly Sidford, and Alexis Frasz, moderated by our own Tommer Peterson.

About this webinar:
The 2011 issue of GIA’s annual Arts Funding Snapshot, slated for publication in late September 2011, will include Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture 2009, based on Foundation Center data; Public Funding for the Arts 2011 Update, prepared by NASAA; and An Overview of Private Arts Philanthropy's Response to Changes in Public Funding, produced by Helicon Collaborative. Web conference registrants will receive these publications in advance.

Posted on September 9, 2011 by Steve

From nonprofit marketing consultant Pamela Grow:

When it comes to foundation grants, researching prospective foundations is crucial for locating the ideal match. And there is no finer tool for truly observing the inner workings of a grant-making foundation — and whether or not their mission provides a match with your organization — than with a thorough investigation of a foundation’s federal 990-PF form. What, exactly, should you be looking for? Let’s take a walk through a typical grantmaking foundation’s 990-FP.
Posted on September 9, 2011 by Janet

This is a nicely written piece reminding us of the great work of the Lower Manhattan Arts Council and the many artists who created in their space in the World Trade Center. An entire country grieved for those lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and as is always the case, we came together through music, photographs, poems, drawings, and other art forms that could express that grief when words were not enough.

Posted on September 9, 2011 by Steve

The Technology Affinity Group has announced that registration is now open for the TAG annual conference. The conference will be held November 7th - 10th in Charleston, SC at the Francis Marion Hotel. The theme of the conference is Powering Philanthropic Innovation. Keynote speaker will be Scott Oki, Chairman and Co-Founder of www.seeyourimpact.org.

See complete conference details.

Posted on September 8, 2011 by Steve

“Experiential relationships in cyberspace are the next frontier for the arts community,” states John Killacky in his new post on ARTSBlog. The post explores the participatory nature of art today's media climate, and how arts organizations are “behind the curve” in opening programs to audience involvement.

Audiences today are drawn, not merely to a performance, but to an arts experience in which they participate. The experience does not begin and end at the performance curtain, but long before and after: at home, in the lobby, online, and sharing with friends.

Word of mouth has always been potent for box office, so it is essential that the arts marshal the power of online participatory media. However, this calls for a paradigm shift in thinking about what cultural participation means for audiences, live and viral.

Posted on September 8, 2011 by Steve

A session from the currently-running SOCAP11 conference in San Francisco explores social engagement in the current technology environment. Presenters are filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, Christina M. Samala from the Story of Stuff project, and game designer Jane McGonigal. Lot's of interesting stuff is discussed. Here's the session description:

As the limits between our virtual and off-line worlds continue to blur, we have an opportunity to create a united vision reflecting our true values. We deconstruct new models that leverage the link between social interaction and commerce while monitoring the evolving relationship between technology, trust, and personal privacy.
Posted on September 8, 2011 by Steve

Emiko Ono, a veteran California arts grantmaker and administrator, will join The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as an officer in the Performing Arts Program, Foundation officials announced today. Ono comes to the Foundation from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, where she managed a portfolio of 350 grantees from all artistic disciplines with budgets ranging from $5,000 to more than $10 million.

As Performing Arts Program Officer at the Foundation, Ono will manage a diverse portfolio across the full range of grants that the Program makes.

Posted on September 6, 2011 by Steve

As one component of its Artists Revenue Streams project, the Future of Music Coalition is conducting an online survey from September 6 through October 28, 2011 to gather crucial information about the ways that US-based musicians and composers are currently generating income from songs, recordings or performances, and how this has changed over the past five years.

Posted on September 6, 2011 by Steve

From Kevin Griffin at The Vancouver Sun:

One of the artworks in the Vancouver Art Gallery‘s Surrealism exhibition illustrates an ongoing story among many aboriginal groups in B.C. about reclaiming physical objects and artefacts from their past.

The artwork is the impressive frontlet in the first exhibition room. It was worn on the top of the head with the downy-material covering the sides and back of the neck.

Posted on September 6, 2011 by Steve

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation is offering the Board Leadership Training Series, beginning in October and running through May 2012. The series of workshops provide an intensive program to build a stronger, more effective Board of Directors for an organization.

Posted on September 3, 2011 by Steve

From Maria Di Mento at The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

The number of nonprofit jobs grew by just under 1 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to a study of figures in 45 states by the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Civil Society Studies, in Baltimore. Year-to-year nonprofit job totals increased by 1.2 percent in 2009 and 2.6 percent in 2008.

However, nonprofits fared better in 2010 than for-profit companies, which saw a 0.9 percent decrease in jobs last year.

Posted on September 2, 2011 by Steve

Mary Trudel continues to explore the subject of social media in the arts with a blog post on AFTA's National Arts Marketing Project website:

Though there are of course best practices where digital and social media are concerned, we’re careful not to dispense too much advice until we know an organization well, since there are no one-size-fits-all answers. What we do typically say, though, is that it’s not about the tools. Yes, digital and social media have unique attributes and should change the way you interact (emphasis on interact) with your audiences. But, like any communications channel, they are most effective when integrated into a holistic strategy and policy.
Posted on September 2, 2011 by Steve

Cornelia Carey, Executive Director of Craft Emergency Relief Fund, sends this message today:

As you know, the east coast from North Carolina through New England is just taking count of the devastation resulting from Hurricane Irene. The flooding and resulting destruction in Vermont, where CERF+ is located, has been particularly intense and has fragmented roads that once connected Vermont, isolating entire communities.
Posted on September 2, 2011 by Steve

The Line, a Minneapolis/St. Paul-based website focused on the "new economy," features Oakland artist and community activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, who will be a keynote speaker at the 2011 GIA Conference in San Francisco next month.

In mid-August, the multifaceted California artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph was in residency at the Walker Art Center, asking the question: “What sustains life in your community?” He asked this question of such local artists as Leah Cooper, Desdamona, Allison Herrera, Wing Young Huie, Marlina Gonzalez, Robert Farid Karimi, Rick Lowe, Leah Nelson, and Tish Jones to learn more about the intersections of artistic engagement, sustainability, and community in the Twin Cities.
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