On behalf of the GIA Board and staff, we want to wish all our members a very happy holiday and new year! Your devotion to artists and their art forms helps, every day, to make this a better world. (L-R Noah Barnes, Steve Cline, Kathy Lindenmayer, Tommer Peterson, SuJ'n Chon and Janet Brown. Not pictured are Jim McDonald and Jan Bailie.)

Posted on February 4, 2012 by Steve

A Q&A with John Maeda, president, Rhode Island School of Design from Molly Petrilla at Smart Planet:

While some have touted science, technology, engineering and math (often shortened to “STEM”) as the foundations for a high-achieving country, John Maeda believes that true innovation requires an additional letter—an “A” for art and design. Since becoming president of the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, Maeda has championed a “STEM to STEAM” movement in education and research. He recently spoke with me about what he’s accomplished so far, what still lies ahead and why Apple is the best example of STEAM at work. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation.

Posted on February 3, 2012 by Steve

How Do We Engage the Next Generation of Arts Lovers? A recent series of studies supported by The Wallace Foundation offers some “21st century answers.” For arts organizations nationwide, the challenge has been engaging new and younger audiences without alienating loyal and likely older constituencies. The new studies offer findings showing that bridging both groups may not be as divergent as feared:

Posted on February 3, 2012 by Steve

From Nick Rabkin for The Huffington Post:

The practice of teachers in classrooms is what matters most when it comes to students learning in school. The principle strategies of school reform — 'higher' standards, school and teacher 'accountability', intensified testing, and 'choice' — may affect teacher practice indirectly, but the the relatively poor record of school reform over the last three decades, especially in schools serving low-income students, suggests that those strategies are of no great consequence to the quality of teaching. They may even be counterproductive.
Posted on February 2, 2012 by Abigail

New on the GIA website: The 2012 Web Conference Series schedule. This year's lineup of arts philanthropy leaders and innovators will address key topics of interest to arts grantmakers, including arts and health, arts journalism, and GIA's new Arts Education Funders' Coalition. Read about the presentations and register here. As always, all Web Conferences are free to GIA members.

Posted on February 2, 2012 by Abigail

This month's GIA website slide show of member-supported projects was provided by our colleagues at ArtsWave in Cincinnati. Founded in 1927 as the Cincinnati institute of Fine Arts, the organization has evolved several times in response to changing economic and cultural conditions. Today, through advocacy, partnerships, and grantmaking, ArtsWave acheives its mission of acting as a leader in advancing the vitality of Greater Cincinnati by mobilizing the creative energy of the entire community.

Posted on February 1, 2012 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts will host Improving Arts Learning through Standards & Assessment: A National Endowment for the Arts Research Roundtable, a webcast and roundtable discussion, on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 beginning at 8:30AM and running to 3:00PM EST. No pre-registration is necessary. To view the webcast simply log on to the NEA’s website at the scheduled date and time.

Posted on January 31, 2012 by Steve

From Glenn Peoples at Billboard:

The first results of the Future of Music Coalition's Artist Revenue Stream project show the average musician gets more from fans and grants than merchandise and corporate sponsorships. The cross-genre research project collected data on over 5,000 US-based musicians and composers.

Posted on January 31, 2012 by Steve

ArtsJournal.com has a rich discussion underway with many contributors. The question being considered is this:

Increasingly, audiences have more visibility for their opinions about the culture they consume. Cultural institutions know more and more about their audiences and their wants. Some suggest this new transparency argues for a different relationship between artists and audience. So the question: In this age of self expression and information overload, do our artists and arts organizations need to lead more or learn to follow their communities more?

Posted on January 29, 2012 by Steve

Matt Chaban at The New York Observer takes another look at how artists affect gentrification of neighborhoods:

Everybody knows the old saw about how artist migrations and subway access help drive gentrification in the city, but we never realized the two were quite so intertwined.

Posted on January 28, 2012 by Steve

The Nonprofit Quarterly has published the text of remarks made by Bill Schambra to the Wallace Foundation on January 12, 2012. Schambra offers a critical examination of The Wallace Foundation's focus on measurement and evidence-based approach to philanthropy:

This should be the moment when foundations realize that metrics, no matter how promising, do very little to sway policy decisions. Instead, they tell themselves that were it not for this one little election or unfavorable school board vote or budget crisis, the project would have worked wonderfully.

Posted on January 26, 2012 by Steve

The Future of Music Coalition looks at the state of the legislation:

In the aftermath of Congress delaying further action on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA), there’s been a rush to summarize what the debate might mean for the future of technology and copyright policy. Naturally, we have a few thoughts.

Posted on January 26, 2012 by Steve

From Kia Makarechi at Huffington Post:

According to a press release from the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, executive director Sharon Gersten Luckman will step down in 2013 to pursue other plans. Luckman has held her position at Ailey for 16 years and is largely credited with breathing new life into a program which was on the verge of bankruptcy when she took over.

Posted on January 25, 2012 by Steve

From The New York Times Art Beat blog:

The American version of London’s annual Frieze Art Fair, which makes its debut in New York in May, wants to be more than just another place to see and buy contemporary art. Using its unusual and remote location – the 256-acre Randall’s Island, in the East River between East Harlem, the South Bronx and Astoria, Queens – it has commissioned eight artists to construct what is calls “a temporary pop-up village.”

Posted on January 23, 2012 by Tommer

Arts Journal has launched a discussion on leadership featuring a number of familiar and new voices.

Posted on January 23, 2012 by Steve

The Media Arts funding area of the National Endowment for the Arts continues to evolve in tandem with the dynamic nature of the media arts field. Public feedback on our approach to this funding category will be taken and discussed during a webinar on Thursday, January 26. You’ll be able to hear directly from NEA staff and members of the Arts in Media panels and text to us your questions and comments.

Posted on January 22, 2012 by Steve

Filmmaker David Hoffman set up his dream studio on a hilltop in the Monterrey Bay area of California, complete with his archive of almost 200 films, his equipment, and other collections, including his father's photography. As he was completing his fifth film his studio burned down. Only a week after the fire he spoke at a TED talk about his very bad week. Another film maker, John Vincent Barrett, created this hour-long video that portrays an artist coping with the aftermath of the loss of a life's work.

Posted on January 22, 2012 by Steve

The online documentary Here Comes the Neighborhood is a seven-part series that examines Wynwood Walls, a mural and graffiti project in Miami, Florida. The project was designed in 2009 to revitalize a warehouse district and began with the idea that “Wynwood's large stock of warehouse buildings, all with no windows, would be my giant canvases to bring to them the greatest street art ever seen in one place,” according to Tony Goldman, the project creator. Murals by renowned street artists have covered the walls of the Wynwood Walls complex since 2009, and to create more canvases and bring more artists to the project, Goldman opened the Wynwood Doors in 2010 with 176 feet of roll-up storefront gates. The painted exteriors and interiors of the doors reveal a portrait gallery.

Posted on January 20, 2012 by Abigail

On his blog, The Artful Manager, Andrew Taylor reflects on a recurring theme of the recent Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference in New York: boundary crossing, the unexpected unions between arts organizations and a variety of non-art planning and service organizations. Rather than discussing these unions as silo breakers, he coins a new term, "edge-perts," to describe the individuals who are successfully fostering and navigating these collaborations.

Posted on January 19, 2012 by Steve

From Chris Jones at The Chicago Tribune:

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was feted in Washington, D.C., Thursday morning for his support of the arts by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit arts-advocacy group.

Posted on January 18, 2012 by Steve

From illustrator and author Margaret Chodos-Irvine, in her blog Pebbles in the Jar:

If you are traveling in the realm of arts education today, you will likely hear reference to Habits of Mind. This is a good term to familiarize yourself with if you are interested in advocating for the arts in education.
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