GIA has uploaded content and video from our Racial Equity Forum that took place on June 2, 2015 in Atlanta. Sixty participants attended this day-long forum entitled “Supporting ALAANA Organizations” which explored why funders should increase funding and access to funding for African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) organizations.
Posted on June 29, 2012 by Steve

From The Huffington Post, Adam Hutler, Executive Director of Fractured Atlas, outlines why the survival of the Affordable Care Act is good news for artists in the U.S.:

Our community offers a preview of the 21st century labor force. Untethered by traditional employment relationships, artists are mobile, independent, and compensated based on the fruits of their intellectual labors. They are also chronically underpaid and, when it comes to traditional employment benefits like health insurance, largely expected to fend for themselves.
Posted on June 28, 2012 by Steve

On July 1 the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) will commence as a partnership among the NEA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Project for Public Spaces, along with the Orton Family Foundation and the CommunityMatters® Partnership. CIRD works to enhance the quality of life and economic viability of rural areas. CIRD does this through design workshops that gather local leaders together with experts in planning, design, and creative placemaking to assist with locally identified issues.

Posted on June 28, 2012 by Steve

From Rebecca Thomas and Rodney Christopher at Nonprofit Finance Fund:

A piece in yesterday's New York Times sounded a note that's all too familiar to our consultants at Nonprofit Finance Fund. “For Arts Institutions, Thinking Big Can Be Suicidal” highlighted a new study by the Cultural Policy Center at The University of Chicago showing that the enthusiasm for fancy new buildings and extensive renovations has put an incredible strain on arts institutions.
Posted on June 28, 2012 by Tommer

David Bornstein writes on "For Ambitious Nonprofits, Capital to Grow" in the New York Times.

Imagine that you’re an entrepreneur running a chain of coffee bars and you want to raise capital to open up in new locations. You meet a potential investor, and he says, “I’d love to finance your business, but only the chai latte operation, not the coffee, and only to support drinks you sell in Cleveland next year.”

Posted on June 28, 2012 by Tommer

Ian David Moss continues his discussion of Creative Placemaking and Outcomes, and takes a left turn into an exploration of Logic Models. Don't run for the hills. It is actually an elightening and entertaining explanation of a sometimes sleeper of a topic.

Posted on June 27, 2012 by Steve

From Jim Redden at the Portland Tribune:

The City Council will consider placing a measure on the ballot to collect a $35 tax on Portlanders to help fund school art programs and non-profit art organizations on Wednesday.

If approved by the council, the measure would be placed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. If it is ratified by a majority of voters, the tax would apply to all city residents 18 and older who earn incomes above federal poverty guidelines.

Posted on June 27, 2012 by Steve

Arts, culture, and official-language organizations will help create jobs and growth throughout Alberta, thanks to investments from the Government of Canada. Today, the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced support for 69 projects. Minister Moore made the announcement at the Art Gallery of Alberta in the presence of representatives of Edmonton's arts and culture community.

Posted on June 26, 2012 by Steve

A year ago the James Irvine Foundation announced a dramatic new strategy for arts grantmaking. And yesterday the first crop of grants under this strategy was announced.

The group of 20 inventive arts nonprofits funded in this first round of the Exploring Engagement Fund are linked together in that they: represent a new or expanded engagement for the organization toward underserved audiences and participants; investigate active engagement as a way of involving audiences in the artistic process; and/or that explore nontraditional kinds of venues for arts presentations and activities.
Posted on June 26, 2012 by Steve

Diane Ravitch responds, on her blog, to a piece in Education Week that asserts that multiple-choice standardized tests are sufficient to assess arts education:

I understand and embrace the idea of cultural literacy, but I don’t think that multiple-choice standardized tests are the best way to teach it or to assess it. If a teacher of music wants students to understand the differences between Mozart and Schoenberg, the best way to do that is to listen to their music and discuss the differences. If the teacher of the arts wants students to understand the differences between classical Greek and Roman architecture, the best way to do it is to view it and discuss it.
Posted on June 25, 2012 by Tommer

Commentary on an approach to funding innovation by Nina Stack, President, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, on the Dodge Blog.

Posted on June 25, 2012 by Steve

From Dan Duray at GalleristNY:

Artnet magazine, an online publication that has served as the journalistic arm of the German-based tech company by that name, will cease publication today, after 16 years as a leading voice in the field of arts journalism.
Posted on June 25, 2012 by Steve

From Geri Stengel at The Huffington Post:

In a world where social needs are increasing and resources decreasing, it's critical to scale organizations that efficiently and effectively address social problems. For the last three years, the Social Impact Exchange has been convening leaders in the field to address this issue.
Posted on June 25, 2012 by Steve

According to the consulting firm FSG, there has been resounding agreement on the basic premise of the ideas behind collective impact: that no organization acting alone can solve large-scale issues. Collective impact is more than just collaboration. It is a rigorous approach with five conditions that, together, are a lever for deep and lasting social change. FSG created a series of three short videos, which describe the idea of collective impact and show two examples of collective impact in action: The Elizabeth River Project, and The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

Posted on June 22, 2012 by Steve

From Nicholas Ferroni at The Huffington Post:

In 1780, during some of the most crucial years of the Revolution, John and Sam Adams, and John Hancock felt it necessary to charter an academy in Cambridge, even before America won its independence. It seems obvious that only a military academy would be that important to create in the midst of a war, but it was not a military academy. In fact, they founded the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, one of the most prestigious societies of research and study in the United States. Adams penned the Academy's motto himself; it read “To cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honour, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.”
Posted on June 22, 2012 by Steve

The Board of Trustees of Indiana University has approved a plan to establish the nation’s first School of Philanthropy. The degree will carry the same weight as a degree from one of the university’s other schools, such as liberal arts. The School of Philanthropy will combine under one umbrella academic and research on the philanthropic sector. The research arm will be the Center on Philanthropy (CoP), which was established in 1987 and has been the university’s hub for philanthropic studies.

Posted on June 22, 2012 by Steve

From Alison Nastasi, at Flavorwire:

This Sunday marks the 111th anniversary of Picasso’s [first] Paris exhibition. The few critics that did attend the show gave him favorable reviews. Years later, the painter’s exhibit in Switzerland drew enormous crowds and the criticisms of some very prominent figures. Find out who after the break, and see what other reviewers had to say about famous artists throughout history during the early part of their careers.
Posted on June 20, 2012 by Janet

On June 11-13, 2012, thirty individuals met at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh for a Grantmakers in the Arts Thought Leader Forum on Racial Equity Grantmaking. They were all there because they were experienced arts funders working in social justice. Some are relatively new to their positions, others have been around for a while leading discussions in and outside of GIA on the topic of the arts, equity, and social justice.

Posted on June 18, 2012 by Noah

Over the past 30 years, The McKnight Foundation has supported more than 1,100 individual artists through its Artist Fellowships program. To mark the program’s anniversary, the foundation hosted a celebration on June 16 with hundreds of artist fellows in attendance, work commissioned from former fellows for the event, and remarks by NEA Chair Rocco Landesman and nationally renowned storyteller Kevin Kling.

Posted on June 15, 2012 by Steve

From BBC, brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder affect tens of thousands of US veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is known that art therapies can help with the psychological effects of these invisible wounds, but can they promote physical healing? A top military hospital near Washington is conducting the first comprehensive clinical tests to find out how art works. The National Intrepid Center of Excellence is carrying out the study as part of a broader effort to measure the value of creative endeavours in all stages of human development.

Watch the video piece.

Posted on June 13, 2012 by Steve

Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media (GFEM) will host its annual funder conversation on June 27-28 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Special guests include vocalist Renée Fleming; Frontline executive producer David Fanning; NPR's Terry Gross; and Gary Knell, president of National Public Radio. Further details and registration information is available at

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