Registration is now open for the 2017 GIA Conference taking place Saturday, October 28 – Tuesday, October 31 in Detroit, MI. The GIA Conference provides the only national opportunity for arts grantmakers from across the country to come together to share knowledge and ideas, develop collective strategies, and learn about the latest initiatives in arts grantmaking. Learn more and register.
Posted on February 19, 2014 by Tommer

The Ford Foundation announced today the election of Lourdes Lopez to serve as a member of its Board of Trustees. Lopez, who will be the first artist to join the foundation’s board, is the artistic director of Miami City Ballet, chairwoman of Miami City Ballet School, and a strong proponent of arts education and the transformational power of arts and culture to improve lives.

Posted on February 14, 2014 by Steve

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History will host its 2014 Museum Camp with the theme of social impact assessment, Wednesday July 30 – Saturday August 2, 2014. The goal of the event is to develop creative ways to evaluate the work we are all doing to build and transform our communities by bringing together teams of diverse people from across many disciplines in shared learning and doing around research and social impact. The museum has partnered with Fractured Atlas to produce the camp.

Posted on February 12, 2014 by Steve

Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. Jane Chu as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. President Obama said, “Jane’s lifelong passion for the arts and her background in philanthropy have made her a powerful advocate for artists and arts education in Kansas City.

Posted on February 12, 2014 by Steve

From Judy Woodruff at PBS Newshour:

North Carolina mandates that all elementary school students have equal access to art instruction, but enforcement of the law appears inconsistent across the state. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on two elementary schools' different approaches to arts education and the effects on student performance.
Posted on February 12, 2014 by Tommer

Phillip Kennicott raises some questions about public subsidies and privilege in The Washington Post.

Posted on February 7, 2014 by Steve

In February and March 2014, the Joyce Foundation’s Angelique Power will travel for multi-day trips to four cities in the Great Lakes region where the Joyce Foundation funds the Joyce Awards. She will also host an online eCity Salon to answer questions about the Joyce Award application process. The Joyce Awards give artists of color and nonprofit organizations catalyzing funds to commission new work and engage the community in its development.

Posted on February 6, 2014 by Steve

The Board of Directors of the William Penn Foundation announced on Thursday that Peter J. Degnan, Vice Dean of Finance and Administration at the Wharton School will be the Foundation’s new Managing Director as of March 3, 2014.

Posted on February 6, 2014 by Abigail

The California Arts Council, headquartered in Sacramento, will be hiring two arts grant administrators. Qualified applicants are invited to participate in step one of a four-step hiring process. More information here.

Posted on February 6, 2014 by Steve

The latest post from Angie Kim, on her blog Private Foundations Plus:

For those foundation leaders who want their decision making to be insulated from public scrutiny, this is a moment of growing anxiety. There are signs that foundations will need to do more to demonstrate their public good value. For foundations in California, this anxiety reached an apotheosis in 2008 when legislation was introduced—California AB 624—that would have made it easier to find out how much or how little foundations were supporting the interests of the underserved.
Posted on February 5, 2014 by Tommer

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has announced its first group of Allen Distinguished Educators. While each awardee has their own unique approach, they share a focus on entrepreneurship and engineering education taught in more engaging, practical ways.

Posted on February 5, 2014 by Steve

What can the latest psychological research teach us about creativity, how it's expressed, and how it can be measured? Join this discussion hosted by the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development. It will include Dr. James C. Kaufman, president of the American Psychological Association’s Division 10, the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

Posted on February 4, 2014 by Steve

From Jillian Steinhauer at Hyperallergic:

An organization called ArtsHub has conducted an arts jobs survey in the UK, and the results make clear just how difficult and unsustainable it is to work in the arts. The survey is based on the responses of only 448 participants, admittedly not a huge sample. But even with a limited pool of respondents, the trends are clear: arts workers are overeducated, underpaid, and have little to no job security.
Posted on February 4, 2014 by Steve

Jim Canales sunsets his tenure at The James Irvine Foundation and prepares to head to the east coast with some reflection on the types of people who have contributed to his growth:

In a few weeks, I will conclude what has been an enormously satisfying tenure as Irvine’s CEO since 2003. Since the announcement of my appointment as President of the Barr Foundation, I have found myself reflecting a great deal upon gratitude.
Posted on February 4, 2014 by Tommer

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation program officer Ron Ragin has been appointed as a program officer for the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, an inaugural role that will manage a multi-sector portfolio of grantees working at the intersection of arts and social issues.

Posted on February 3, 2014 by Abigail

During the month of February, GIA's photo banner features grantees of GIA Member Historic & Cultural Affairs Division - City of Roswell, GA. The Division's mission is to enhance quality of life by strengthening the community's cultural enviroment through support of the arts, preservation of its historic resources, and facilitation of access for all—objectives accomplished through cultural programs and events, oversight of historical and cultural facilities in Roswell, and more.

Posted on January 30, 2014 by Steve

From Mary Stegmeir writing for the Des Moines Register:

The fine arts deserve an equal footing in Iowa’s schools with math, reading and other core subjects, a group of teachers told state lawmakers Wednesday. When times are tight, cuts often hit music, art and drama first, the teachers said. Federal policies that rate schools based on student test scores have also taken their toll, with some districts in Iowa and across the nation reducing arts offerings to carve out more time for math and reading instruction. The Iowa Alliance for Arts Educators urged lawmakers to fight that trend by adding state standards for fine arts education to the Iowa Core.
Posted on January 29, 2014 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts, Office of the Senior Deputy Chairman, Research & Analysis Division is seeking to fill the position of Program Analyst. This position application period will close on Monday, February 3. More infomation here.

Posted on January 24, 2014 by Tommer

A new paper, Diversity on Cultural Boards: Implications for Organizational Value and Impact, by Francie Ostrower, is available on th NEA website.

Posted on January 22, 2014 by Tommer

The Year of the Rural Arts is a biennial program of events, conversations, and online features celebrating the diverse, vital ways in which rural arts and culture contribute to American life. This inaugural effort will connect citizens, artists, scholars, designers, and entrepreneurs and meet with audiences on the grounds of universities, museums and galleries, cultural organizations, and across rural and urban communities.

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