For the month of April, GIA’s photo banner features artists and projects sponsored by the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Established in 1966, the Commission is in its 50th year of supporting a statewide arts network that delivers grants and support to cultivate sustainable arts communities and promote statewide public access to arts and cultural activities in Arizona. Learn more here.
Posted on April 10, 2012 by Steve

Richard Dare, CEO and Managing Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, writes at Huffington Post:

On my first day in the nonprofit world, I was introduced as “the new suit.” Short shrift indeed for the years I'd spent undergoing rigorous formal musical training. My decades of hard-won success in the for-profit sector, it seemed, had marked me with a sort taint in certain corners of the art world — had made me seem somehow less artistically chaste than I had been considered in my younger days. After all, I must have sold out by choosing to create companies rather than compositions over the intervening span of years. And now here I was suggesting we, as artists, ought to figure out a better way to pay for what we do.
Posted on April 5, 2012 by Steve

From Ashley Niedringhaus at REDBOOK:

When Suzanne Nichols, a mom and drama teacher in Los Angeles, found out that her district was planning to lay off art teachers and kill programs, she stepped up to save them. "It was so unfair to the children," says Suzanne. "When music, drama, and visual arts are a part of the curriculum, children perform better in reading and math, too. My daughter is very artistic, and it broke my heart to think she wouldn't have the chance to develop her talents." So Suzanne launched Save the Arts to inform parents about the staff cuts
Posted on April 5, 2012 by Steve

NCRP's Yna C. Moore looks for the hard answers:

Award-winning broadcast journalist Charlie Rose is a tough interviewer. And because philanthropy can benefit from some tough love, Nonprofit Nate's 29 Questions for Better Philanthropic Conversations made me wonder: If Charlie Rose were to interview an executive from a major U.S. foundation, what are the kinds of questions would he ask? In channeling Mr. Rose, here are ten questions that a number of my colleagues and I came up with.
Posted on April 3, 2012 by Steve

Writer Eboni Senai Hawkins posts on ARTSblog about the current work of Marc Bamuthi Smith and Theaster Gates:

I am stunned at the synergy in practices between Bamuthi (artist/educator and director of performing arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts) and Theaster (artist/urban planner and director of arts and public life at the University of Chicago). For both Bamuthi and Theaster, the “relationship economy” is intrinsic to their work. As I become immersed in Emerging Leaders Network – Chicago (ELN) and the city as a whole, I’ve observed three areas highlighted by rbGb, activated in ELN and others, and rich with opportunities for greater impact in the arts.
Posted on April 3, 2012 by Steve

A ten-year study of arts education in public schools was released on April 2 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10 presents selected findings from a congressionally mandated study with data collected through seven Fast Response Survey System surveys during the 2009-10 school year. Comparisons with data from the 1999–2000 FRSS arts education study are included where applicable. Here are some responses to the study from the Arts Ed community

Posted on April 3, 2012 by Steve

The report Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10 was released Monday, April 2 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The report presents selected findings from a congressionally mandated study on arts education in public K–12 schools. The data were collected through seven Fast Response Survey System surveys during the 2009-10 school year. This report provides national data about arts education for public elementary and secondary schools, elementary classroom teachers, and elementary and secondary music and visual arts specialists. Comparisons with data from the 1999–2000 FRSS arts education study are included where applicable.

See complete details about the report here.

Posted on April 3, 2012 by Janet

There comes a point when our professional lives are informed not just by statistics, consultants or wise mentors but also by plain common sense based on personal knowledge and experience. The survey released April 2 by the Department of Education has my common sense antenna about ready to explode. Just one example: 94% of all American elementary schools offer music programs. Really? What does that mean?

Posted on April 3, 2012 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts announces a new literature review, Audience Impact Study Literature Review. This literature review is one of the NEA's latest efforts to conduct and commission research that examines evidence of the value and impactof the arts in other domains of American life, such as education, health and well-being, community livability, and economic prosperity.

Posted on April 2, 2012 by Steve

From Alice Korngold at Fast Company:

The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) 2012 State of the Sector Survey fourth annual survey of nonprofits nationwide was released on Monday, showing responses from 4,607 nonprofits. Nonprofits have been reporting a steady rise in demand for services over the course of the survey’s four years, with 85% reporting an increase in 2011, compared to 67% of nonprofits in 2009. Financially, however, the picture continues to decline. Only 43% of nonprofits have more than three months of cash reserves, and only 56% broke even at year end.
Posted on April 2, 2012 by Steve

From the Culture Monster blog at the Los Aneles Times:

Google Art Project, which launched last year with virtual tours and digitized artworks from 17 museums, has added 134 new museums to its site, including four from California.

Initially, no museums from the state were included in the project; now the Getty Museum, the L.A. County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the De Young Museum in San Francisco are participating.

Posted on April 2, 2012 by Steve

Barry Hessenius has advice for using Kickstarter:

Kickstarter is enormously appealing if you want to raise money for a single project and do it relatively quickly. Yet, just having a good idea and / or a worthy cause isn't necessarily enough to succeed. Like any appeal for funding, you can increase your odds of success by listening to the sound advice of those who have successfully used the platform.

Read the full post.

Posted on April 2, 2012 by Abigail

The April slide show of member-supported projects is provided by our colleagues at The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, NJ. For almost forty years, the foundation has funded arts, education, environment, and media initiatives that are innovative, take a big-picture view, and promote collaboration and community-driven decision making—all in service of a mission to foster a better New Jersey.

Posted on April 2, 2012 by Abigail

Registration is still open for the next installment of GIA's 2012 Web Conference Series. Arts Education: Local Impact of Federal Policy, presented by Alex Nock, executive vice president at Penn Hill Group, a Washington, D.C.-based education policy firm. The webinar begins tomorrow, April 3, at 11:00 PDT, 2:00 EDT.

Posted on March 31, 2012 by Steve

Michelle Boone, Commissioner Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and a member of the GIA Board of Directors, talks to Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune:

In her first extended interview since taking office, Boone, 50, recently shared her own vision of Chicago's cultural future. She trumpeted a dramatically re-envisioned Chicago Gospel Music Festival that will unfold both downtown and on the South Side. She emphasized the return of the World Music Festival, Chicago SummerDance, Downtown Sound and other programs that some have feared would be eliminated in this year's budget crunch (the Music Without Borders series will not be returning).
Posted on March 30, 2012 by Steve

At-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement, according to a new NEA report, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies. The study reports these and other positive outcomes associated with high levels of arts exposure for youth of low socioeconomic status.

Posted on March 29, 2012 by Steve

From Brian M. Rosenthal at The Seattle Times:

Seattle school officials are using a $1 million grant to try to craft a comprehensive, K-12 arts curriculum — something that the district hasn't had in decades, if ever...

In general, white students in wealthy areas are more likely to have access (to arts education). Seattle Public Schools officials recently received a $1 million grant from The Wallace Foundation to confront that reality. The money comes with a January 2013 deadline for the district to develop a districtwide arts curriculum — essentially, minimum requirements for visual arts, music, dance and theater — as well as strategies to enlist support from principals and community partners.

Posted on March 29, 2012 by Steve

From Sean Bowie at Technology in the Arts:

While some may feel that cuts to the arts in Europe would have little effect on the arts here in the United States, one of the expenses artists in Europe are cutting back on are trips and performances overseas, to countries like the United States. Artists are canceling trips and forcing festivals to find alternative performers.

Another effect this is going to have on the American arts community is over the issue of fundraising. As we discussed with the Consulate of the Netherlands on Friday, there are different views towards art funding in Europe than there are here. In a country like the Netherlands, a resident pays higher taxes to pay for additional services like health care, transportation, and safety net measures. Another element of those increased taxes is funding for the arts; with the government taking a higher percentage out of every paycheck, many Dutch residents feel they are less inclined to donate their own money to the arts because they feel like the government is already doing it for them.

Posted on March 28, 2012 by Steve

The Board of Directors of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced today that it has selected Larry Kramer to be the Foundation’s next president. Mr. Kramer, a noted constitutional lawyer, has been dean of Stanford Law School since 2004.

Posted on March 27, 2012 by Janet

What does it mean to “support a creative America?” Do we think of major arts institutions that are the pride of many communities? Do we think of the music we listen to, books we read, film we just saw, or building design that impressed us? Do we think about innovators and designers who create systems and products that drive markets and trends? Do we think about the choir at our church or our children’s performances in the play at school? At Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA), we think of it all.

Posted on March 26, 2012 by Steve

Angelique Power, senior program officer for Culture at the Joyce Foundation, writes for the McKnight Foundation blog State of the Artist:

The art world cannot continue to expect visitors to cross barriers, enter unknown territories, and seek out artists on view in their hallowed halls. It ain’t a 1.0 world. While I do not deny the importance of curators and artist programmers, their intellect, their research, their knowledge base—we also can no longer deny that the world is large, and the majority of artists that are doing important, sophisticated, resonant work are outside of these institutions.
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