For the month of May, GIA’s photo banner features artists and projects supported by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF). Launched in 2009, NACF is a unique, national organization dedicated to strengthening Native arts, perpetuating culture resilience, and bringing together diverse communities to drive social impact. Its main areas of focus include individual artist fellowships and community inspiration projects.
Posted on March 2, 2013 by Steve

Nonprofit Finance Fund has released a new report as well as a set of case studies that share the results of their five-year Leading for the Future: Innovative Support for Artistic Excellence program. The new report, Change Capital in Action: Lessons from Leading Arts Organizations highlights features of the LFF initiative, profiles of individual change efforts, participants' financial and program outcomes, and lessons relevant for arts organizations and their funders. NFF also released ten case studies of the change efforts undertaken by each participant in the program.

Posted on March 1, 2013 by Abigail

Throughout March our photo banner will feature organizations, initiatives, and individuals supported by GIA member the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The Commission provides leadership in cultural services for Los Angeles County, including information and comprehensive resources for the community, artists, educators, arts organizations, and municipalities. Below, in their own words, Commission staff reflect on past successes and future promises:

We all know that the past few years have been financially challenging for arts organizations. As we move into 2013, we're all encouraged by the fact that the California State budget is balanced. Budgetary projections for Los Angeles County are looking good, and the general rebound of the economy is sure to shape interesting opportunities for creative growth.
Posted on February 22, 2013 by Steve

A letter from Vikki Spruill, president and CEO, Council on Foundations:

Dear Colleagues,

A few minutes ago I shared a message with Council members regarding our redesign. Since I first announced this redesign in December, I have had the opportunity to visit and talk with many of you and share more details about this ongoing transformation. I firmly believe that my efforts to reposition the Council as a network hub will prove successful only if the Council has strong partnerships with funder networks and affinity groups serving our field.

Posted on February 21, 2013 by Steve

From Anne Midgette for The Washington Post:

Savoy Elementary is one of eight in the country earmarked by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities as a “turnaround” school — one in dire need of help. For three years, each of the eight is “adopted” by a well-known artist (in Savoy’s case, the actress Kerry Washington) and receives a tremendous funding boost to institute arts programs ($14.7 million for the eight). This is based on a new belief — after years of emphasis on standardized testing — in the power of the arts.
Posted on February 21, 2013 by Steve

Rodney Christopher, vice president of advisory services for Nonprofit Finance Fund, and presenter for a GIA Web Conference in April 2011, will become the F.B. Heron Foundation’s first practice innovation fellow, starting March 4, 2013 for the period of one year. The F.B. Heron fellowship in Social Investment Practice is intended to allow highly talented senior practitioners from leading social sector organizations to explore and advance innovative ideas for new areas of investment in their sector. Visiting fellows work with F. B. Heron, their home institutions and allied parties to advance field-wide innovation.

Posted on February 20, 2013 by Steve

From Elizabeth Quaglieri for Technology in the Arts:

At The Economist World in 2013 Festival in December, Paola Antonelli, senior curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, sat down with Steve Crossan, director of the Google Cultural Institute, and discussed the challenges, trends, and opportunities awaiting the intersection of arts and technology this year. Antonelli emphasized the need for policy makers and politicians to view culture as a foundation for our nation’s development, not as a political and economic football.
Posted on February 20, 2013 by Steve

Roberto Bedoya, executive director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council, guest-posts for Doug Borwick's blog Engaging Matters:

Whiteness is the dominant ideological framework that exists in the cultural sector. It is the default frame that defines cultural value and worth; it is used (mostly unconsciously) to analyze, classify and quantify both what is understood as the norm and the notions of “other” – of diversity. Both Ian [Moss] and Clayton [Lord] acknowledge Whiteness in their commentaries and I appreciate that because to understand the ideology of Whiteness and how it operates in our sector, white folks must spend time unpacking it. Doing so is essential to advancing our field. Yet, it must be more than acknowledging the whiteness of the aforementioned bloggers; some critical analysis of how Whiteness operates in the sector must be undertaken, as difficult as that may be.
Posted on February 19, 2013 by Steve

Kaiser writes for his blog at Huffington Post:

It is official: I am a lame duck. My contract as President of the Kennedy Center expires at the end of next year and the board has just assembled a search committee to look for my successor. I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to lead this amazing institution and have enjoyed (almost) every minute of my tenure. But after 12 years as President, it is time for someone with a new and different vision to run the national cultural center.
Posted on February 19, 2013 by Tommer

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, EST      As the U.S. population ages, it faces more age-related diseases.  How can the arts serve to treat, prevent, or improve these conditions?  Representatives from the National Institutes of Health , the U.S.

Posted on February 18, 2013 by Steve

From Cristina Ruiz at The Art Newspaper:

The British artist Stuart Semple has signed a contract for worldwide representation with the fashion agency Next Management, a move that highlights again how the traditional artist-gallery relationship is changing. Several artists, including Damien Hirst and Keith Tyson, have agents or managers who provide financial advice and handle their business dealings with galleries, but Semple says his collaboration with Next Management will more closely resemble relationships in the music industry, where managers act as a buffer between their acts and the outside world, helping to promote their work and negotiate their projects.
Posted on February 15, 2013 by Steve

From Lucy Bernholz on her blog Philanthropy 2173:

I had a colleague years ago who used to respond to every new big idea in school reform with “Sounds real good if you say it real fast.” The point being that the devil is in the details on doing anything new. I have a feeling a few foundation leaders may be feeling this way about transparency right about now.
Posted on February 15, 2013 by Steve

From B. David Zarley for Atlantic Cities:

Chicago is losing its artists, to New York City and Los Angeles and San Francisco. This is admitted, from various members--with varying statures--of the art community, either begrudgingly or with ease, but in the end, is always admitted.
Posted on February 15, 2013 by Tommer

The inquiry described in Philanthropy and the Regeneration of Community Democracy is located within a current debate in philanthropy and among its critics about the behavior of public foundations (including community foundations) and private foundations alike. The underlying assumption among foundations of all kinds has been that productive change comes from technical intervention through programs and services.

Posted on February 13, 2013 by Steve

Last week, the Community Foundation of New Jersey announced the guidelines for the New Jersey Recovery Fund, which was established in the days following Hurricane Sandy to support the nonprofit sector and its long term recovery work.

The Fund focuses on five overarching areas:

  • Public information and community engagement
  • Reframing the conversation: policy reform to support resiliency and sustainability
  • Innovative community/regional planning demonstration projects
  • Environmental protection and restoration
  • Community-driven/participatory arts projects
Posted on February 13, 2013 by Tommer

Southern Methodist University announced today that its Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business are leading a collaboration with the Cultural Data Project (CDP) and numerous other partners to create a National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at SMU.

Posted on February 13, 2013 by Tommer

Funders for LGBTQ Issues recently released a new report, which found that U.S. foundation funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities grew by 27% in 2011, reaching a record-breaking high of $123 million.  The report, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by US Foundation (2011), is the latest edition of the funding network’s annual tracking report on the scale and character of U.S.

Posted on February 12, 2013 by Tommer

The Founding Fathers Write a Grant Proposal

“Just look at this second sentence!” groaned Samuel Adams. “'We hold these truths to be self-evident…' This flies in the face of 'evidence-based practice'! We'll never get funded!” Another delegate had a different complaint: “This mission statement is way too long!” he wailed. “Mr. Jefferson, no one will ever read this 'Declaration of Independence' of yours.”

Posted on February 11, 2013 by Steve

Grantmakers for Education will host a webinar on Tuesday, February 26 titled Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: Non-cognitive Factors and OST. The webinar is free for GFE members and $40 for non-members. New York Times writer Paul Tough’s latest book has sparked a conversation in education reform circles about the role of “grit, curiosity, and character” in helping at-risk children succeed. But what does the research say? A recent report funded by Raikes Foundation and Lumina Foundation and produced by the Consortium on Chicago School Research, examines the evidence about the role of noncognitive factors in shaping academic performance and persistence.

Posted on February 11, 2013 by Steve

Education Week magazine will host a webinar on Tuesday, February 19 titled Art and the Common Core. Presenters are Susan M. Riley, expert in arts integration, curriculum innovation and resource development specialist, Anne Arundel County public schools; and Lynne Munson, president and executive director, Common Core.

Posted on February 11, 2013 by Steve

The GRAMMY® Foundation and The Recording Academy are partnering to present their first-ever Music Educator Award to recognize music educators for their contributions to our musical landscape and their positive influence on their students' musical experiences. The nomination process is open now and the deadline for nominations is April 15, 2013.

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