For the month of October, GIA’s photo banner features a selection of artists and projects funded by Houston Endowment. Houston Endowment is the Anchor Sponsor for the annual GIA 2014 Conference happening this month. Learn more about the foundation here.

Posted on December 10, 2011 by Steve

Arlene Goldbard essays the Equity in Arts Funding blog:

Most of the GIA bloggers make modest suggestions as to how funders can channel more resources to the artists and organizations whose social and cultural contributions are now so disproportionately underfunded. Several point to their own organizations’ or allies’ work as models. Understandably, most position themselves as ahead of the curve, already taking steps to increase equity.

So far, at least, there are few comments (the online forum ends on 16 December, so there’s still time). My hunch is that is because there aren’t so many entry points in most of the posts: what is to be debated in a group of thoughtful funders and researchers mostly affirming what they already know?

Posted on December 9, 2011 by Steve

From Graydon Royce at the Star-Tribune:

If you don't cross every t and dot every i, you can kiss your cultural Legacy Amendment money goodbye.

More than a dozen Twin Cities groups that received Legacy Amendment-funded grants through the Minnesota State Arts Board in past years were stunned this year to find their applications rejected on what some say are technicalities.

Posted on December 9, 2011 by Steve

Teaching Artists and the Future of Education: A report on the Teaching Artist Research Project, the final outcome of the Teaching Artists Research Project, a three-year study by NORC at the University of Chicago, is now in the GIA online library. The extensive report was authored by Nick Rabkin and Michael J. Reynolds along with Eric Hedberg and Justin Shelby, and published in September of 2011.

Posted on December 9, 2011 by Steve

Surely the Arts funding community has a role in a discussion such as this. If you're on Twitter, join in!

Last month, the Rockefeller Foundation, in partnership with Resource Alliance and the Institute for Development Studies, convened a major summit in Bellagio, Italy, on the future of philanthropy and development in the pursuit of well-being. The summit—the culmination of a process involving regional consultations around the globe, the commissioning of papers on relevant topics, and more—generated key messages for institutions and individuals working in, and with, the development and philanthropy sectors.

Now, these individuals and others in the field of global grantmaking have a chance to weigh in and respond to those messages by joining the Council on Foundations, the Rockefeller Foundation, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy during a special Twitter Chat, December 12, 1–2 p.m. ET, using the hashtag #PhilChat.

Posted on December 9, 2011 by Tommer

Congratulations to the 2011 United States Artists Fellows, and in particular to Roger Shimomura, profiled in Fall 2011 issue of the GIA Reader.

Posted on December 8, 2011 by Steve

The online Forum on Equity in Arts Funding has added posts from thought leaders across the community. Today's new entries include:

  • William Cleveland, director, Center for the Study of Art & Community
  • Teresa Eyring, executive director, Theatre Communications Group, Inc.
  • Lynn Stern, program officer for Thriving Cultures, Surdna Foundation
  • Lisa Cremin, director, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
  • Jonathan Herman, executive director, National Guild for Community Arts Education
  • Ken Grossinger, chairman, CrossCurrents Foundation
  • Carol Bebelle, co-founder and executive director, Ashe Cultural Arts Center
  • Barbara Schaffer Bacon, co-director, Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts

Join the conversation today.

Posted on December 8, 2011 by Steve

ArtsBeat at The New York Times reports:

Adrian Ellis, the executive director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, has told that organization’s board he will step down in early January.

“I’m coming up on five years,” he said in an interview. “I’ve had an absolute blast. Maybe I’m sort of restless.”

Posted on December 7, 2011 by Steve

The blog Cultural Equity Matters is covering the developments in the San Francisco Arts Commission problems surrounding the CEG program, including the announcement of Tom DeCaigny as the new Director of Cultural Affairs. Also see a personal response to the situation from Cora Mirikitani, President and CEO of the Center for Cultural Innovation.

Posted on December 7, 2011 by Tommer

As you may be aware, former GIA president Marian Godfrey recently announced her retirement after 23 years at the Pew Charitable Trusts. As part of her farewell celebration in Philadelphia today, GIA contributed a short video that we thought you might enjoy!

Posted on December 7, 2011 by Steve

On Tuesday, Grantmakers in the Arts launched the online Forum on Equity in Arts Funding. The forum will include posts from a great list of thought leaders and launched with entries from F. Javier Torres of the Boston Foundation, MK Wegman from National Performance Network, Jesse Rosen from the League of American Orchestras, and Aaron Dorfman from National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.

Today, the forum adds six new entries to the forum:

  • Marta Moreno Vega, president and founder, The Carribean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute; adjunct professor, arts and public policy, Tisch School for the Arts, New York University
  • Judi Jennings, executive director, Kentucky Foundation for Women
  • Justin Laing, program officer, Arts & Culture Program, The Heinz Endowments
  • Barbara Schaffer Bacon, co-director, Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts
  • Maria Rosario Jackson, senior research associate, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Holly Sidford, president, Helicon Collaborative

Visit the Forum today and join the discussion

Posted on December 7, 2011 by Steve

From the Nonprofit Finance Fund's Social Currency blog, Rebecca Thomas and Rodney Christopher examine change capital:

Today, with the help of a particular kind of money--Change Capital--Alvin Ailey American Dance Foundation is attracting new revenue by building a technology platform and internal capabilities that maximize opportunities for patron and audience engagement. Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation is raising money upfront to wind down its operations in a graceful way and leave a meaningful legacy.

Posted on December 6, 2011 by Steve

Arlene Goldbard's comprehensive report on the situation facing the San Francisco Arts Commission's Cultural Equity Grants (CEG) program:

The city creates a special initiative to respond to residents’ deep desire for cultural equity, one small step toward equalizing access to resources. It is housed at the Arts Commission, along with many other programs and initiatives. This initiative supports artists and groups—mostly grounded in communities of color or other marginalized categories—who have not been able to obtain meaningful resources from mainstream sources. As the story unfolds, the host organism falls into disarray, rotting from the head. Supposedly objective (i.e., astoundingly under-informed and therefore unprepared) auditors are summoned to diagnose and recommend, but they are given a brief that covers only a few questions. Their recommendations are mostlly administrative and general, but they single out the special initiative for significant cuts.

Posted on December 6, 2011 by Janet

Equity is at the core of this moment in our country's history.  Occupy America continues to remind us of the inequities that have become the reality of the American dream.  Once held in esteem because it was within reach of all Americans, the dream is fading in a country where poverty continues to increase, jobs are at a premium and politicians don’t realize their “team” is not one party but an entire country, and it’s losing.

Posted on December 6, 2011 by Steve

Aaron Dorfman writes for Stanford Social Innovation Review:

Philanthropy frequently justifies its independence by invoking capacities it seldom displays. Philanthropy, we are told, is the vaunted passing gear. “Social action is usually a slow process,” wrote Paul Ylvisaker, who championed the poor through his long career in government, philanthropy and the academy. “Foundations by stepping in can speed up the process, acting as ‘society’s passing gear.’” But where Ylvisaker saw potential for grantmakers to be catalysts and agents for change, we too often today see foundation leaders who prefer to be neutral conveners.

Posted on December 6, 2011 by Steve

Today, Grantmakers in the Arts launches a two-week Online Forum on Equity in Arts Funding. GIA designed the Forum to expand the dialogue around funding equity in the arts and to encourage a response to the systemic issues of equity identified during sessions at the recent GIA national conference and in Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change, a 2011 report published by the National Committee on Responsive Philanthropy. Bloggers represent an exciting cross section of the country's arts funding, service, and equity thought leaders. Beginning today, new blogs will be posted and announced daily. The Forum is designed to run through December 16 and the discussion is open to all who wish to participate.

Posted on December 6, 2011 by Steve

Kelly Kleiman, principal of NFP Consulting, posts in her blog The Nonprofiteerabout the public benefits of art-making and the framing of an argument for arts subsidies around real-estate values:

The Nonprofiteer had a fascinating conversation with Margy Waller, a special advisor to Cincinnati’s ArtsWave, which leads the nation in evidence-based approaches to advocating for arts funding. Ms. Waller had reached out to correct The Nonprofiteer’s misunderstanding (and therefore misreporting) of ArtsWave’s efforts, noting that the argument is not that the public should fund the arts to promote economic recovery but that it should fund the arts to promote neighborhood vibrancy. This nuance turns out to make all the difference.
Posted on December 6, 2011 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Fast-Track (CAFT) program supports projects from primarily small and mid-sized arts organizations that extend the reach of the arts to underserved audiences—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Chairman Landesman announced today that 162 Challenge America grants totaling $1,620,000 will be awarded to organizations in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Posted on December 6, 2011 by Steve

United States Artists has announced its 2010 Fellows. Every year, 50 USA Fellowship grants of $50,000 each are awarded to outstanding performing, visual, media, and literary artists. Nominators submit names of artists they believe show extraordinary talent and commitment to their craft. To be considered for fellowships, artists must be at least 21 years of age and U.S. citizens or legal residents in any U.S. state.

See the 2010 USA Fellowship recipients here.

Posted on November 30, 2011 by Tommer

VP for Research at the Foundation Center, Larry McGill, shares some cogent thinking on the limits of measuring impact.

In an op-ed piece in the Chronicle of Philanthropy earlier this year, William Schambra asserted that "measurement is a futile way to approach grantmaking." He further argued that foundations' track record when it comes to outcome and impact measurement has been unimpressive over the years, and that the costs and burdens such measurement places on both foundations and nonprofit organizations heavily outweigh any benefits gained.
Posted on November 30, 2011 by Steve

From Narric Rome at ARTSblog:

Last month, I wrote a post that described the work of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee on a bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, last authorized as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. Since that time, we have gathered new information through further examination of the bill text and through meetings with congressional staff.
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