Posted on October 23, 2012 by Steve

Sphinx, the Detroit-based performing arts organization, is launching its inaugural international convening on diversity, SphinxCon, which will take place in Detroit, February 15-17, 2013. The event will bring together leaders from all disciplines of the performing arts to share ideas, challenges, successes and lessons learned in pursuit of increased diversity in all aspects of the sector. SphinxCon aims to illuminate the critical topic of diversity, doing so in an unprecedented manner and scope.

Posted on October 22, 2012 by Tommer

Grantmakers in the Arts and Melanie Beene are pleased to provide this republished digital edition of the seminal report, Autopsy of an Orchestra. Originally published in 1988, before the advent of digital technology, for years this research has been available only in hard copy, and has been largely unseen by a generation of funders and orchestra management professionals. The post-recession economy has left many orchestras and other arts nonprofits struggling to find new models of operation, and the lessons of the past have never been more timely.

Posted on October 22, 2012 by Steve

The Grantmakers In Health (GIH) Board of Directors has selected Faith Mitchell, Ph.D. as the organization's next president and CEO. She will assume the position on December 1, 2012, succeeding Lauren LeRoy, who has led GIH for the past 14 years.

Posted on October 15, 2012 by Steve

From Heather Gillers at the Chicago Tribune:

City officials Monday morning announced two plans aimed at supporting increased arts programming — one for the city as a whole and one for Chicago Public Schools. The citywide plan — a draft of which was hailed as "an amazing document" by National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman in July — calls for more flexibility in city regulations governing the arts and aims to use Chicago's arts attractions to draw international tourists.
Posted on October 8, 2012 by Steve

From Matthew Lasar for Ars Technica:

He appeared before the Personal Democracy conference in New York City on June 12 of this year. Such was the tension in the audience as Cary Sherman approached the stage that the moderator offered some cautionary words.
“The world changed this winter with the fight over SOPA and PIPA, and everybody is evaluating what that means,” his introduction to the guest began. “To some degree it is a cliche; it is a little bit like Daniel entering the lion's den... I also think we owe him the same civility that we would respond to any controversial speaker no matter how controversial their views, so I'm expecting you all to treat him with respect.”

With that, the CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America took the podium and, to no one's surprise, inveighed against copyright infringement and piracy. No sparks flew. The audience treated Sherman in a cordial and friendly manner. They even laughed at his jokes, which is probably why his presentation didn't get much immediate news play.

One factoid from the speech, however, has taken on a life of its own. Sherman offered it alongside a chart about 14 minutes into the speech.

Posted on October 8, 2012 by Abigail

On Barry's Blog Sunday, a post by Barry Hessenius on the upcoming Grantmakers in the Arts 2012 Conference in Miami, including an overview of session topics, his experience of the last two GIA conferences, and comments on GIA's new capitalization, arts education, and equity initiatives. Also included is an interview with GIA Chair and Senior Program Officer at The Kresge Foundation Regina Smith, who discusses GIA's evolving programs and Kresge's Creative Placemaking initiatives.

Posted on October 3, 2012 by Steve

Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will present the 2012 National Accessibility Leadership Award to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) on October 5, 2012 at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) annual conference in Washington, DC. Sponsored by the NEA and NASAA, the National Accessibility Leadership Award recognizes exceptional initiatives or programs that make the arts accessible and inclusive for older adults and individuals with disabilities. The award comes with a $25,000 grant.

Posted on October 3, 2012 by Steve

From Richard Florida for Atlantic Cities:

To what degree are the world's leading financial centers also leading centers for the arts? A new study by Monika Skórska and Robert Kloosterman of the University of Amsterdam takes an empirical look. Many have noted a possible connection between the two. While some believe leadership in arts and finance are twin characteristics of leading global cities, others, mainly economists, argue that leadership in the arts comes only after and as a byproduct of economic leadership. Despite these assertions, the study points out, there has has been little systematic empirical research of the connection between finance and arts across global cities.
Posted on October 3, 2012 by Steve

From Elizabeth Quaglieri for technology InTheArts:

It’s a hot-topic today, complete with nifty acronyms, but the great debate about the “Two Cultures” is hardly a new one. The movement to incorporate “Art” in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program curriculum recalls the historic debate between the Sciences and the Arts (for more information on the debate, read C.P Snow’s short essay, “The Two Cultures”). The irony of their supposed polarity is the fact they are completely interrelated.
Posted on October 3, 2012 by Steve

From the Ford Foundation:

Today marks the highly anticipated groundbreaking of El Barrio’s Artspace P.S. 109, a project the Ford Foundation has supported since its early planning stages. When construction is complete, the former public school building—located in the East Harlem community of El Barrio in Manhattan—will offer affordable housing for artists and their families, and creative spaces for community and arts groups like the Hip Hop Theater Festival.

Read the full post.

Posted on October 2, 2012 by Abigail

With the conference upcoming, Miami is on our minds this month - and on the GIA website. Images featured on the photo banner throughout October were provided by GIA member John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Founded in 1950, Knight Foundation promotes informed and engaged communities by supporting transformational ideas in journalism and media innovation, community engagement, and the arts.

Posted on October 1, 2012 by Steve

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced its 2012 class of MacArthur Fellows. The following 23 fellows each will receive $500,000 over the next five years:

  • Natalia Almada, 37, Mexico City. Documentary filmmaker who captures complex and nuanced views of Mexican history, politics and culture.
  • Uta Barth, 54, Los Angeles, California. Conceptual photographer who explores the nature of vision and the difference between seen reality and how a camera records it.
  • Claire Chase, 34, Brooklyn, New York. Arts entrepreneur who engages audiences in the appreciation of contemporary classical music and opens new avenues of artistic expression through her International Contemporary Ensemble.
Posted on October 1, 2012 by Steve

From Matthew Fluharty, Director of Art of the Rural:

Today we are excited to launch The Rural Arts and Culture Map. As readers may be familiar, we shared news of the Map this summer as — with all of your help — the project won the crowd-source vote for a Rural Digital Advocacy Grant, an opportunity provided by the Rural Policy Action Partnership with funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. We are deeply grateful for your support.
Posted on September 27, 2012 by Steve

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has announced Randy Engstrom as the interim director of Seattle's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Engstrom is founder and president of Reflex Strategies, a cultural and community based consulting services business, and is known for his work as the founding director of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. He will begin as interim director on October 3.

Read the full announcement.

Posted on September 26, 2012 by Steve

The PBS program Arts & the Mind explores the vital role the arts play in human development throughout our lifetimes. Part One, “Creativity,” features stories and the latest scientific research from experts around the country illuminating how the arts are critical in developing healthy young minds and maintaining them as we age. Part Two, “The Art of Connection,” depicts the positive effects of the arts for children in hospitals, veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, building community in Appalachia, and warding off dementia. Hosted by Lisa Kudrow.

Posted on September 25, 2012 by Steve

From Christine J. Vincent for The Art Newspaper:

Always the most visible member in this small but fast-growing community, the Warhol Foundation has just demonstrated that artist-endowed foundations are not all alike and that it is, as always, among the most distinctive. Indeed, research by The Aspen Institute’s National Study of Artist-Endowed Foundations, the first comprehensive examination of the topic, confirms that we presume one-size-fits-all for these entities at the risk of misunderstanding this important, emerging field.
Posted on September 25, 2012 by Janet

From "Better Together," a blog by Janet Brown

As we prepare the final details for Grantmakers in the Arts’ 2012 national conference in Miami, October 14-17, “communities of practice” have been at the top of my mind.  Associations like Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) serve the valuable purpose of convening members to discuss important topics, trends, challenges and solutions.

Posted on September 25, 2012 by Steve

Fromy Geri Jeter for California Literary Review:

For small performing arts companies like Diablo Ballet, social media has come into the forefront as a cost-effective vehicle to get audiences involved in the arts in a new and interactive way.
Posted on September 25, 2012 by Steve

From Ginger Murray for her blog “The Sweet Spot” for SF Weekly:

“Arts education can literally save lives. I work with kids that are struggling with a lot in life whether it is poverty or violence or trauma,” [writer and youth educator Carrie Leilam Love] says. “Having an outlet and a teacher to guide them to express themselves creatively as opposed to internalizing or responding to violence with violence is vital. It is, in fact, an intervention.”
Posted on September 25, 2012 by Steve

Beth Kanter reflects on past weekend's Mashable #sgsGLOBAL:

A theme I heard throughout the day on multiple panels was a call to action for people in the room to serve the world by following their passion. This was particularly true in Maria Bello’s story about her work in Haiti with creating a women’s network called We Advance. What better way to see this in action is to hear it and see it from the young people themselves. The audience got a performance by J.D. Malkin, known as jdviolinboy on YouTube. In addition to being gifted musically, Malkin is also the newest youth ambassador of Save the Children, an institution that serves children in need in around the world.
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