Grantmakers in the Arts invites interested and qualified consulting firms or individuals through an RFP process to submit a proposal to conduct an organization-wide audit of GIA’s internal documents and policies and external communication as they pertain to the organization’s goals of racial equity in arts philanthropy. Deadline for proposals is October 26, 2015.
Posted on July 21, 2012 by Steve

From David Segal at The New York Times:

How much art is stockpiled in the 435,000 square feet of the Geneva Freeport? That’s a tough one. The canton of Geneva, which owns an 86 percent share of the Freeport, does not know, nor does Geneva Free Ports and Warehouses, the company that pays the canton for the right to serve as the Freeport’s landlord. Swiss customs officials presumably know, but they aren’t talking. Suffice it to say, there is wide belief among art dealers, advisers and insurers that there is enough art tucked away here to create one of the world’s great museums.
Posted on July 18, 2012 by Steve

From Chris Barton at the Los Angeles Times:

In a move whose timing feels appropriate as we head into an election season sure to draw many voices to campaign rallies, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics announced that it received its first federal funding to present protest posters in exhibitions and online.
Posted on July 18, 2012 by Steve

From Elysabeth Alfano for Huffington Post:

In tough economic times, it is hard to justify large expenditures on art -- or is it? This summer, the city of Chicago has several large scale temporary art sculptures installed in the heart of the city, paid for by non-governmental organizations.
Posted on July 17, 2012 by Steve

From Robert Everett-Green at The Globe and Mail:

For Canadian artists, Europe often looks like the land of plenty, where governments subsidize cultural activities on a fantastic scale. But these days, European culturati are an embattled lot, especially in the euro states now writhing under the austerity diktats of the IMF and the euro zone’s own bailout agency. While they hack away at pensions, welfare and unemployment benefits, some governments feel they have no choice but to do a hard prune of cultural spending too.
Posted on July 17, 2012 by Steve

League of American Orchestras Chair Lowell J. Noteboom has announced the appointment of Burton Alter, Angelo Fatta, Jim Hasler, John Hayes, James Mabie, and Robert Peiser to the League’s Board of Directors. The six new board members, who will each serve three-year terms, were elected by the League board during its annual meeting in June.

Posted on July 16, 2012 by Steve

From David Ng at the Los Angeles Times:

Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates, is being honored for his cultural philanthropy at this year's annual National Arts Awards. The list of honorees also includes stage actor Brian Stokes Mitchell, artist James Rosenquist, singer Josh Groban and arts patron Lin Arison.
Posted on July 16, 2012 by Steve

From Theater Critic Chris Jones at the Chicago Tribune:

Last week in Chicago, we all seemed to suddenly hit a kind of tipping point when it comes to shootings. It has taken a long time coming, in part because of the concentrated nature of the gang-related violence in certain areas of the city that are easy for some to ignore, and that allow more privileged lives to continue, seemingly unaffected, in the parallel beauty of a sunbaked city with its summer-turquoise lake.

Still, last week, the steady drumbeat finally became a more widespread alarm. You could hear it ringing all over town.

Posted on July 16, 2012 by Steve

Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has announced a draft version of the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012.

The Plan describes the major needs identified in the process that must address:

  • A focus on neighborhoods
  • Accessibility
  • Capacity growth of the cultural sector
  • Global cultural positioning
  • Profound civic impact
  • Broad commitment to cultural sustainability
Posted on July 16, 2012 by Steve

Barry Hessenius has a Q & A with the Knight Foundation's Dennis Scholl:

I’ve been involved in the arts for decades, but these last three years has been an immersive experience. It’s like drinking from a fire hose every day. I feel that coming from outside the field has allowed me to try some things that might be a little out of the box and to make some grants to artists and organizations that are not necessarily traditional arts grantees. All great arts ideas don’t originate inside the 501(c)(3) structure.
Posted on July 15, 2012 by Steve

From Elizabeth Kramer for USA Today:

Many long-established local arts groups acknowledge an aging audience base and are seeing significant drops in the number of season ticket-holders. But they say they're creating new ways to attract diverse crowds and are seeing some positive results.
Posted on July 15, 2012 by Steve

From the Los Angeles Times editorial page:

Aiming higher on academics shouldn't have to mean leaving deeper or more open-ended thinking skills behind. No one in the American school reform movement ever told teachers they had to abandon their own creative instructional skills or drop critical-thinking lessons from the school day, but the relentless emphasis on covering tested material obviously pushed them in that direction.

Read the full article

Posted on July 13, 2012 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts yesterday announced 80 Our Town grant awards representing the NEA's latest investment in creative placemaking, totaling $4.995 million and reaching 44 states and the District of Columbia. Combined with grants from 2011, the NEA has invested $11.58 million in Our Town projects in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Posted on July 11, 2012 by Steve

From Bianca Hall at The Age:

For the first time, all Australian students will study dance, drama, media arts, music and the visual arts until year 10, under a draft new national curriculum released yesterday.
Posted on July 11, 2012 by Tommer
An increasing number of artists are becoming philanthropists. Setting up a foundation is one option but there is another way...
Posted on July 10, 2012 by Janet

Diane Ragsdale’s recent blog entitled “When did being pro-artist make one anti-institution?” is a thought-provoking response to a speech she heard at the Theatre Communication Group conference in Boston a couple weeks ago.

Posted on July 10, 2012 by Steve

The Boston Foundation and the Barr Foundation today announced that twelve organizations will share $650,000 in grants to begin a new phase of Culture for Change. The program, originally piloted in 2008 by the Barr Foundation, is a unique approach to out-of-school time youth development. Centering on partnerships between professional artists and youth workers, Culture for Change enables youth to build fluency in an art form while both exploring and taking leadership on issues of racial justice that are of importance to them.

Posted on July 10, 2012 by Steve

From Elizabeth Quaglieri at Technology in the Arts:

On Thursday, the University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center released the report, “Set in Stone: Building America’s New Generation of Arts Facilities, 1994-2008.” The research examines the boom of major cultural building projects (museum, performing arts centers, and theaters) between 1998 and 2004, specifically looking at the decade between 1990 and 2000. The findings indicate during that period, “the level of investment in bricks and mortar as a percentage of total revenue and assets was disproportionate.”
Posted on July 10, 2012 by Steve

The Montana Arts Council embarked on an online survey project to inventory the state of the arts and healthcare in Montana to determine where that state's technical and financial assistance might best be directed. MAC has surveyed artists, arts organizations, medical direct-care providers and administrators of healthcare settings separately. You can download and review the executive summary for the survey here.

Posted on July 9, 2012 by Abigail

Registration is still open for the next installment of GIA's 2012 Web Conference Series. Arts and Health: New Momentum for Artists and Communities is presented by Anita Boles, executive director of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, and Gay Powell Hannah, executive director of the National Center for Creative Aging. The webinar begins tomorrow, July 10, at 11:00 PDT, 2:00 EDT.

Posted on July 9, 2012 by Abigail

Reporting for the Charleston Regional Business Journal, James T. Hammond writes:

Gov. Nikki Haley on Friday vetoed 81 line items in the General Assembly fiscal year 2012-2013 budget, including all funding for two state agencies: the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Sea Grant Consortium...the S.C. Arts Commission will be closed pending Legislative action, accordig to the organization's website...In order to overturn Haley's vetoes, the House and the Senate must each vote by a two-thirds majority to keep the General Assembly's version of the vetoed line item.

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