In July and August, GIA will present a series of web conferences, “Practices for Advancing Racial Equity in Arts Grantmaking.” The first session will provide an update on GIA’s racial equity work, while the following three will explore practices funders can use to advance racial equity throughout the grant cycle. This series will feature examples from public, private, and intermediary grantmakers.
Posted on March 21, 2013 by Steve

From Erinn Roos-Brown, writing for the ArtsFwd blog:

I recently attended the Innovations: Intersection of Art and Science symposium hosted by Wesleyan University, which explored collaborations between artists and scientists and the effects on scientific research, teaching and artmaking practices.
Posted on March 19, 2013 by Steve

From Scott Cunningham, founder of the O, Miami festival, writing for Knight Arts blog:

Three years ago, I and a group of friends started to dream up what a lot of people considered impossible: a festival that would bring poetry to all 2.6 million residents of Greater Miami. At that time, Miami’s cultural scene was exploding. Art Basel was in full force, and we wanted to do a festival that was the opposite of the “pipe-and-blazer” readings that most people associate with poetry. We wanted to do a festival that reflected Miami’s diversity and personality.
Posted on March 19, 2013 by Steve

Springboard for the Arts is getting the jump on the individual health insurance requirements that go into effect on January 1, 2014 as part of the continuing implementation of the Affordable Care Act. A crash course info page is now available with preliminary information.

The individual health insurance requirement is a complex thing to understand, so the best way to prepare for the upcoming changes is to get familiar with them today! Below are three things to know about the requirement and how artists’ access to health insurance is expanding in 2014.
Posted on March 18, 2013 by Steve

Animating Democracy has a new Funder Portrait by Ann McQueen that profiles the East Bay Community Foundation from Oakland, CA. The portrait includes an audio interview with Diane Sanchez, Director of Community Investment at the East Bay Community Foundation as well as a report, “Weaving Artists into Community Fabric,” that investigates the foundation's arts grantmaking programs:

In the arts, East Bay’s grantmaking is entirely donor supported. Three separate funds—the Open Circle Foundation, a supporting organization; Macpherson Fund for Small Arts Organizations, an endowment; and the East Bay Fund for Artists, a funder initiative and field of interest fund — together distribute close to $250,000 annually through separate grant making rounds.
Posted on March 13, 2013 by Steve

Robert Lynch writes for Huffington Post:

With immigration reform at the forefront of political life and the ongoing discussion about equity in our workplaces and military, I was pleased to participate in a recent gathering in Detroit called SphinxCon, which took a look at diversity in our lives and in the arts. It couldn't have come at a more important time in our national consciousness. Regardless of specific demographic numbers or predicted change, every community right now holds within itself an extraordinary amount of difference, diversity and smaller sub-communities that make up the whole. And we are more fortunate for it.
Posted on March 11, 2013 by Steve

Roberto Bedoya's guest-blog post last month for the Engaging Matters blog raised questions that carried the discussion to other blogs, including a pair of great posts from Nina Simon from her Museum 2.0 blog and Clay Lord from his New Beans blog:

I think it’s important to say that I feel a little like a lamb in the woods on this diversity stuff, not so much because I am innocent to the effects (or causes) of casual racism as because I was naïve about the extent of the issue. As I continue to delve into this data, much of which (at least in relation to race—other forms of diversity, which I’m also looking at, are not really touched on here) paints a picture where whiteness, this giant mass that surrounds almost all institutional arts presenting in the US today, should be excruciatingly obvious, and is instead so large and ever-present as to become invisible, like air.
Posted on March 9, 2013 by Steve

From Katie Koch for The Harvard Gazette:

Americans themselves, as repeated Gallup polls have found, say that the variety of social offerings — primarily arts and culture — is the most important factor in keeping them attached to the place they live. But as many artists and cultural groups know all too well, public money hasn’t always followed public sentiment. With that in mind, the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations is launching a multiyear project to analyze links among funding, participation, and the vitality of the arts in six U.S. urban centers, starting with Detroit and the San Francisco Bay area. The hope, its leaders say, is to use hard data to develop bold policies to support the arts at the local and national level.
Posted on March 8, 2013 by Steve

Gladstone Payton posts to ARTSblog on the latest information regarding the effects of the sequester on arts and culture funding:

As you have no doubt been following in the headlines, specific parts of the federal budget, including that of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), have been impacted by a budgetary control called “sequestration” beginning last Friday.

This sequester, totaling $85 billion, will reduce funding to almost all areas of domestic social programs by about 5 percent, which would mean about $7.3 million at the NEA.

Posted on March 8, 2013 by Steve

Beginning in 2013, ten St. Louis artists will each be awarded a $20,000 Fellowship. This new funding of individual artists from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) is based on the results of Artists Count, a comprehensive survey of regional artists and creatives which was conducted and analyzed by William Cleveland, principal of the Center for the Study of Art and Community along with his research associate Dr. Patricia Shifferd. The Kresge Foundation funded the survey.

“This is a sea change for RAC because we only have funded nonprofit organizations and consortiums since we were created in 1985,” said Jill McGuire, executive director of RAC. “This decision is in step with our visionary plan to support an environment in which artists are valued and thriving as part of a robust creative community.”

Posted on March 8, 2013 by Steve

The Association of American Cultures (TAAC) has a call for session proposals out for Open Dialogue: People, Places, and Policy. Deadline for submitting a proposal is Monday, March 25. The event will take place August 2-4, 2013 at the Providence Biltmore Hotel in Providence, RI.

Posted on March 6, 2013 by Steve

The McKnight Foundation's arts program officer, Laura Zimmermann, also a member of the GIA Board of Directors, will will step down from her position in May, according to this note from Vickie Benson, Arts Program Director:

Dear colleague: I am writing today to let you know that Laura Zimmermann has decided to leave her role as arts program officer and director of artist fellowships at The McKnight Foundation. Laura’s last day at McKnight will be May 3. Of course, I am sad to lose Laura as a colleague, but happy to know she is leaving to concentrate on other important loves in her life. In her own words, she and her family have “hatched a plan to buy some time to write regularly, think expansively, and parent conscientiously.”
Posted on March 6, 2013 by Steve

EVALUATION IN ACTION! is a series of four webinars to be presented in the coming months by Animating Democracy, and co-presented by M. Christine Dwyer of RMC Research with guest arts practitioners and evaluators. The goal of the series is to sharpen evaluative thinking and build confidence and can-do capacity in evaluation methods that produce meaningful, useful information.

Posted on March 6, 2013 by Steve

From Caroline Preston at The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

Luis Ubiñas, a former McKinsey & Company executive whose 2007 appointment to lead the Ford Foundation came as a surprise to many in philanthropy, announced yesterday that he will step down from the post in September. During his tenure, Mr. Ubiñas refocused the 77-year-old foundation’s grant-making programs and oversaw sharp staff cuts amid the recession.
Posted on March 6, 2013 by Steve

From Eleanor Goldberg, writing for Huffington Post:

After noticing that few others were pushing young African-Americans to give charity, Ebonie Johnson Cooper, founder of Friends of Ebonie, started her marketing firm in 2009 to serve as a philanthropic resource for black millennials, according to her website. She's now working on ramping up her efforts through her networking and panel events and her blog to redefine the face of philanthropy by pushing black millennials to give more money to causes, the Washington Post reported.
Posted on March 5, 2013 by Tommer

A thoughtful overview of the CDP by Talia Gibas and Amanda Keil posted on Createquity.

For all of the predictions flying back and forth about what 2013 holds for the arts and culture sector in the United States, one of the few things we can say with near-certainty is that 2013 will be a year of major transition for the Cultural Data Project (CDP).
Posted on March 5, 2013 by Steve

Jesse Rosen blogs for Huffington Post:

I have been reflecting on diversity and orchestras lately, prompted by some work we are doing at the League of American Orchestras and my recent participation in SphinxCon 2013 in Detroit, which examined diversity, inclusion and equity in the arts. Many of you are likely familiar with Aaron Dworkin, the gifted violinist, founder and executive director of the sponsoring non-profit Sphinx Organization. Aaron is one of the important voices in our field today and a colleague who serves as a board member of the League. In a concentrated and cut-to-the-chase fashion, the conference focused on a broad range of current issues, lessons learned, and best practices aimed at transforming the arts in a truly meaningful and measurable way.
Posted on March 4, 2013 by Tommer

Barry Hessenius is hosting a week-long blog discussion on Research and Data in the Nonprofit universe, with guests Margaret Wyszomirski, Bryce Merrill, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, Randy Cohen, and Sunil Iyengar.

Posted on March 2, 2013 by Steve

Nonprofit Finance Fund has released a new report as well as a set of case studies that share the results of their five-year Leading for the Future: Innovative Support for Artistic Excellence program. The new report, Change Capital in Action: Lessons from Leading Arts Organizations highlights features of the LFF initiative, profiles of individual change efforts, participants' financial and program outcomes, and lessons relevant for arts organizations and their funders. NFF also released ten case studies of the change efforts undertaken by each participant in the program.

Posted on March 1, 2013 by Abigail

Throughout March our photo banner will feature organizations, initiatives, and individuals supported by GIA member the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The Commission provides leadership in cultural services for Los Angeles County, including information and comprehensive resources for the community, artists, educators, arts organizations, and municipalities. Below, in their own words, Commission staff reflect on past successes and future promises:

We all know that the past few years have been financially challenging for arts organizations. As we move into 2013, we're all encouraged by the fact that the California State budget is balanced. Budgetary projections for Los Angeles County are looking good, and the general rebound of the economy is sure to shape interesting opportunities for creative growth.
Posted on February 22, 2013 by Steve

A letter from Vikki Spruill, president and CEO, Council on Foundations:

Dear Colleagues,

A few minutes ago I shared a message with Council members regarding our redesign. Since I first announced this redesign in December, I have had the opportunity to visit and talk with many of you and share more details about this ongoing transformation. I firmly believe that my efforts to reposition the Council as a network hub will prove successful only if the Council has strong partnerships with funder networks and affinity groups serving our field.

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