For July & August, GIA’s photo banner features a selection of projects funded by the Arts & Science Council (ASC) of Charlotte-Mecklenburg in North Carolina. Through significant support from both the public and private sectors, ASC invests about $14 million annually into the community through individuals, neighborhood projects, organizations, and education efforts in the arts, science, heritage, history, and culture. Learn more about ASC here.

Posted on October 26, 2011 by Steve

On her blog Bridging Differences, Diane Ravitch examines the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind:

Most people now recognize that NCLB is a train wreck. Its mandates have imposed on American public education an unhealthy obsession with standardized testing.
  • It has incentivized cheating, as we have seen in the well-publicized cheating scandals in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.
  • It has encouraged states to game the system, as we saw in New York state, where the state tests were made easier and more predictable so as to bolster the number of children who reached "proficiency."
  • It has narrowed the curriculum; many districts and schools have reduced or eliminated time for the arts, physical education, and other non-tested subjects.
  • It has caused states to squander billions of dollars on testing and test preparation, while teachers are laid off and essential services slashed. Now we will squander millions more on test security to detect cheating.
Posted on October 26, 2011 by Tommer

Unsurprising comments on philanthropy from the late Steve Jobs, consistent with his practice. From the new biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

Posted on October 25, 2011 by Steve

Since 2003, the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers have co-sponsored Foundations on the Hill, an annual opportunity for grantmakers to meet with their federal lawmakers in Washington, D.C. This partnership effectively combines the Council's expertise on legal and legislative matters with the regional associations' expertise on local philanthropy and the leverage they bring as local constituents.

Posted on October 25, 2011 by Steve

AFTA's ARTSblog has begun a series of posts covering their take on the GIA 2011 Conference in San Francisco. Marete Wester got things started yesterday with an introductory post. Today, Pam Korza, co-director of the Animating Democracy program, writes about the Individual Artists & Social Justice Preconference.

The marriage of two now staple Grantmakers in the Arts preconferences—Individual Artists and Art & Social Justice—was a perfect energizing union of kindred artist-activists, field movers, and supporters as well as a highlight of the Bay Area as a perpetual vanguard of arts and social change.
Posted on October 24, 2011 by Tommer

Diane Ragsdale adds some historic perspective to the discussion on Fusing Arts, Culture, and Social Change.

Read the full post, The times may be a-changin’ but (no surprise) arts philanthropy ain’t.

Posted on October 23, 2011 by Steve

The Arts & Education Exchange is a new online directory for arts providers to post details, pictures, audio, and video about their programs. These can range from learning about Abraham Lincoln through song to finding out about recycling through dance.

Educators can tap into this user-friendly Exchange to search for arts programming that helps them encourage student success.

Posted on October 23, 2011 by Steve

Elizabeth Kramer explores local issues relating to the NCRP Report “Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change” in an article for the Louisville Courier-Journal:

Some community-based funding groups have already looked at issues the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy addresses in its report. One is Cincinnati’s ArtsWave, a new name for what was called the Fine Arts Fund that was founded in 1949.
Posted on October 21, 2011 by Steve

Famed New York painter Chuck Close and other artists are suing Sotheby’s, Christie’s and eBay, contending the auctioneers willfully violated a California law requiring royalty payments on sales of their works.

The three federal suits filed Tuesday seek class-action status to represent many other artists and demand unspecified royalties and damages — which could total hundreds of thousands of dollars given current art prices.

Posted on October 21, 2011 by Steve

The Surdna Foundation announced Judilee Reed as the new Director of its Thriving Cultures Program. Ms. Reed will join the Foundation in mid-November, and succeeds Ellen B. Rudolph who served the Foundation for nearly 18 years.

Posted on October 21, 2011 by Steve

Arts participation is being redefined as people increasingly choose to engage with art in new, more active and expressive ways. This compelling trend carries profound implications, and fresh opportunities, for a nonprofit arts sector exploring how to adapt to demographic and technological changes.

Posted on October 20, 2011 by Steve

Michael Edwards writes for The Guardian UK:

Foundations do have power, and their influence is growing. But they also have an obligation to use it in ways that help others to choose the future that is best for them – even if this takes more time, differs from standard templates, and encounters detours along the way. Balancing the demands of democracy with the determination to address global problems in a focused and energetic manner is the key issue facing philanthropy in the century to come.
Posted on October 20, 2011 by Tommer

The Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative is a special initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF), providing pioneering support to individual artists while adding $50 million to the Foundation’s substantial existing commitment to contemporary dance, jazz, theatre and related interdisciplinary work.

Posted on October 20, 2011 by Steve

The latest post from Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer for the San Francisco conference blog covers a session on video game design that featured Alyce Myatt of the NEA and Jonathan Blow, an independent video game developer:

They say the fastest growing population of video game players are women over 60.

“Oh my God I’ll never get there!” a woman in the back of the room was clearly overwhelmed by the thought of disappointing her demographic.

Posted on October 19, 2011 by Steve

The Andy Warhol Foundation announced on Wednesday that it will end its authentication board early next year. In a statement, the foundation said the move reflects its intent to shift focus toward maximizing “grant-making and other charitable activities in support of the visual arts.” In recent years, the foundation has been involved in legal disputes over its authentication process for works whose owners said they were by Warhol.

Posted on October 19, 2011 by Steve

Lucy Bernholz writes for Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas about philanthropy beyond Foundations:

What does it mean to be Jewish and philanthropic in 2011? Larry Moses wisely addresses this question from the perspective of the Jewish tradition of tzedakah. I am not a religious scholar; I am a philanthropy wonk. I study, write about, and consult with philanthropists on the changing ways we can create, fund, and distribute shared social goods such as education, health services, elder care, and cultural and artistic endeavors. My perspective on this question is to look at the modern business of giving, and to seek to apply those tools to the pursuit of justice.
Posted on October 19, 2011 by Steve

From the MAEA blog, a plea to Arts educators to leverage technology tools for self-advocacy:

Although this is a challenging time for Visual Arts teachers because these classes are often viewed as being an "extra" part of the day, it is also a great opportunity to show how critical this subject area is to fostering student success and achievement.
Posted on October 19, 2011 by Tommer

Britain is turning away countless non-European writers, artists and performers at its borders, a result of cumbersome and unevenly interpreted immigration rules that are making it increasingly difficult for many arts organizations to include foreigners in their programs.

Posted on October 19, 2011 by Tommer

S. 978 makes unauthorized web streaming of copyrighted content a felony with a possible penalty of up to 5 years in prison. Illegal streaming of copyrighted content is defined in the bill as an offense that "consists of 10 or more public performances by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works" and has a total economic value, either to the copyright holder or the infringer, of at least $2,500.

Post a video of yourself singing "Happy Birthday" - a potential 5 years in the slammer. This song is protected by copyright until the year 2030.

Posted on October 19, 2011 by Steve

From Shawn C. Harris for TCG Circle:

Inspired by the film currently playing at a theater near you, the idea is to peel away layers of assumptions that go into our collective wisdom about how to make theatre then replace them with processes that incorporate the scientific method and statistical analysis. The goal is to reveal true value as opposed to guestimating and hoping for the best.
Posted on October 19, 2011 by Steve

Arts and culture blogger Ellen Berkovitch for the Santa Fe Reporter:

Since 2010... two distinct arts funding initiatives have marched off the federal and private-sector collaborative fields: respectively Our Town and ArtPlaceAmerica. These exemplify the latest linguistic leaps in turning “creative” into a verb: “creative placemaking.”

Just as at the beginning of any new movement, much effort goes to understanding beyond the slogans and into the meaning.

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