For the month of January, GIA's photo banner features work and projects supported by The McKnight Foundation. McKnight, a Minnesota-based family foundation, seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. In 2013, the Foundation gave approximately $86 million in grants, focusing its assistance primarily in the state of Minnesota. Learn more about the foundation here.

Posted on February 21, 2012 by Steve

Americans for the Arts wil host a webinar on the topic of Arts Education on Thursday, February 23, at 3:00pm EST/12:00pm PST.

The hour-long webinar will be moderated by Narric Rome, Senior Director of Federal Affairs and Arts Education for AFTA, and is one of a seven part series as Americans for the Arts rolls out a toolkit, The Arts Education Field Guide, which will illuminate ways to navigate the complex web of citizens, policy-makers, government entities, and organizations that influence arts education from the school house to the White House and from the living room to the board room.

Posted on February 20, 2012 by Steve

Diem Jones has been tapped for the position of Director of Grants at the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA). Jones comes to the HAA post after an 8-year stretch as deputy director at Arts Council Silicon Valley, where he supervised their Artsopolis program and managed the agency’s grants, arts education and marketing programs.

Posted on February 17, 2012 by Steve

From Ron Evans at Group of Minds:

As an arts marketing and technology guy, I get asked about tech a lot. I help people choose online ticketing systems, new website content management systems, email marketing software — if it is online technology, I’ve probably helped an arts group choose and implement it. When I first started consulting, I thought my job would be to help people make the right choices, and then be on my way. But I’ve found over the years that this is only half of what’s needed to implement new technology.
Posted on February 15, 2012 by Steve

From Simone Wilson at LA Weekly:

Of all the crucial LAUSD programs on the chopping block at today's board meeting—like the entire adult-education department and after-school tutoring—perhaps the most heart-wrenching was art education for elementary schoolers.
Posted on February 14, 2012 by Steve

Today, Itzhak Perlman spoke in support for continued funding for the Arizona Arts Commission. Also he played with a group of student musicians. Watch the video below.

Posted on February 14, 2012 by Steve

More on the Obama budget from Narric Rome at ArtsBlog:

While the NEA’s budget proposal increases several grant categories, it is the Our Town initiative that receives the most significant support: doubled from $5M to $10M. The Our Town program made a big debut in 2011 with 51 grantees from 34 states receiving a total of $6.5M. More than half of these grants were awarded to communities with a population of less than 200,000 and seven went to places with fewer than 25,000 people. With $10M to spend in 2013, the NEA could make Our Town grants to 115 communities. Some further details...
Posted on February 14, 2012 by Steve

From The Los Angeles Times Culture Monster blog:

President Obama’s proposed 2013 budget, released Monday, calls for a 5% increase in spending for three cultural grantmaking agencies and three Washington, D.C., arts institutions. Obama aims to boost outlays from $1.501 billion to $1.576 billion, encompassing the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities (NEA and NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Smithsonian Institution, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Gallery of Art.
Posted on February 13, 2012 by Steve

From Justin Davidson at New York Magazine:

A few years ago, an architect with a global reputation was walking me through his busy studio, boasting of his exhaustive experience. I asked if he had ever designed in the suburbs; he looked at me as if I were out of my mind. Architects tend to treat the zones where half of all Americans live as a backward, inhospitable wilderness. The suspicion is mutual: Who needs a fancy designer when builders all over the country know how to construct a peaked-roof single-family house?
Posted on February 10, 2012 by Steve

From Rick Cohen at Nonprofit Quarterly:

When a nonprofit implodes, the tendency is to avert one’s gaze and hope that it was simply that one nonprofit or its specific cast of characters that made it a “one-off.” When the nonprofit International Humanities Center (IHC), a fiscal sponsor for over 200 projects around the world, imploded, it’s estimated that it took with it more than $1 million in donations that never made it to the intended recipients in what begins to look like a nonprofit version of a Ponzi scheme.
Posted on February 9, 2012 by Abigail

Grantmaker CDP is a new online interface designed by the Cultural Data Project (CDP) to provide strategic planning and program evaluation tools to help funders in the arts and cultural sector.

Posted on February 9, 2012 by Steve

Katherine Gressel, who has just completed her stint as a Writing Fellow for the blog Createquity, published last week a deep-dive review and analysis of the Urban Institute report from 2003, Investing in Creativity: A Study of the Support Structures for U.S. Artists (full report is here). The research and publication of the report, as Katherine explains in her review, led to the formation of the 10-year national initiative Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) that is in its final stages now, as well as the expansion of NYFA Source into the online database we know today.

Posted on February 8, 2012 by Steve

From Colin A. Young at The Boston Globe:

The Boston public schools have received a $4 million grant to maintain and expand arts education for students across the city.

Superintendent Carol R. Johnson said the grant, from the Wallace Foundation in New York, will greatly enhance an initiative launched three years ago by the school district, the city, and outside partners to provide more instruction in the visual and performing arts.

Posted on February 8, 2012 by Steve

The Minnesota Council on Foundations Philanthropy Potluck blog provides an overview of a recent webinar with arts grantmakers who focused on community vibrancy, support for individual artists, and avenues of non-cash support for organization:

Yesterday in MCF's fourth – and final – webinar in our 2012 grantmaking outlook series, leading arts grantmakers expressed their dedication to supporting the arts and individual artists. Recent giving trends show that grantmaking to arts has declined 7.6 percent since 2004. MCF’s outlook for 2012 indicates that arts funding will remain relatively stable. Bill King, MCF president, discussed arts funding challenges and opportunities
Posted on February 8, 2012 by Steve

From Bradford K. Smith, president of the Foundation Center on the PhilanTopic blog:

Q: Exactly how much do America's foundations spend each year to benefit Hispanic and Latino populations?

A: We don't really know.

Posted on February 6, 2012 by Steve

The McKnight Foundation has a new blog for the community to follow. State of the Artist made its first post today from Laura Zimmermann. Here's a bit about the blog's focus:

Within the cultural sector, conversations about artists often derail in one of two ways: Either the discussion quickly turns to one about “the arts” rather than artists, spinning unspecific platitudes about “intrinsic value” or building wobbly arguments about the economic benefits of having a big theater next door to your restaurant.
Posted on February 6, 2012 by Steve

Wendell E. Berry, noted poet, essayist, novelist, farmer, and conservationist, will deliver the 2012 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. The annual lecture, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.

Posted on February 6, 2012 by Steve

From Seth Cohen, the Director of Network Initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, for Working Wikily:

There is no question that there are many lessons to be learned from Komen’s unplanned Planned Parenthood experience. Politics aside, even while assessing all of the steps and missteps Komen has made (and, we hope, continues to learn from), the Pink Ribbon Rebellion demonstrated one thing Komen actually did right: it built a social network of activists bound together by a collective identity built on education, empowerment and interconnectedness. And this network, as we saw, doesn’t need Komen at its center—it is quite capable of taking on a life all its own.
Posted on February 6, 2012 by Janet

The role of a chief executive officer (CEO) of a nonprofit organization is challenging in very interesting ways.  We are asked to lead an organization without actually being the leadership or governing entity of the organization. We are asked to be visionaries and managers, transformational and transactional leaders at the same time.

Posted on February 6, 2012 by Abigail

Registration is still open for GIA's inaugural 2012 Web Conference, kicking off tomorrow, February 7 at 11:00 PST, 2:00 EST. Demographics, Equity, and the Arts is Manuel Pastor's reprisal of his crowd-pleasing 2011 GIA Conference keynote in San Francisco, revised and updated to include non-California-specific data.

Posted on February 5, 2012 by Steve

From Diane Ragsdale on her Jumper blog:

While it may make everyone feel better in the short term is it possible this tendency to make it appear that donor gifts (large and small) can accomplish far more than is realistic has long term negative impacts on the organization and its relationship with its donors and the community-at-large? Is it possible we avoid telling the real truth because we don’t want to confront or invite others to look to closely at the total cost of ownership of our buildings, or the real costs of running our institutions and particular programs, or how much and how little (relatively speaking) is spent on various areas of operation and resources?
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