Grantmakers in the Arts is now accepting session proposals for the GIA 2015 Conference in Los Angeles, October 18-21. If you are a member, you can outline your idea(s) and submit them via an online form. Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 3. Details on how to submit proposals is here.

Posted on March 27, 2012 by Janet

What does it mean to “support a creative America?” Do we think of major arts institutions that are the pride of many communities? Do we think of the music we listen to, books we read, film we just saw, or building design that impressed us? Do we think about innovators and designers who create systems and products that drive markets and trends? Do we think about the choir at our church or our children’s performances in the play at school? At Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA), we think of it all.

Posted on March 26, 2012 by Steve

Angelique Power, senior program officer for Culture at the Joyce Foundation, writes for the McKnight Foundation blog State of the Artist:

The art world cannot continue to expect visitors to cross barriers, enter unknown territories, and seek out artists on view in their hallowed halls. It ain’t a 1.0 world. While I do not deny the importance of curators and artist programmers, their intellect, their research, their knowledge base—we also can no longer deny that the world is large, and the majority of artists that are doing important, sophisticated, resonant work are outside of these institutions.
Posted on March 25, 2012 by Steve

From Joann Pan at Mashable:

A small Philadelphia-based company called New Paradise Laboratories is re-creating theater for the connected generation. It’s incorporating social networks like Facebook, Skype and Chatroulette into the production and presentation of shows, pulling theater into the virtual space.
Posted on March 25, 2012 by Tommer

Europe’s economic problems, and the austerity programs meant to address them, are forcing arts institutions there to curtail programs, tours and grants. As a result, some ensembles are scaling down their productions and trying to raise money from private donors, some in the United States, potentially putting them in competition with American arts organizations.

Posted on March 23, 2012 by Steve

Just added to the GIA Library is Creating Pennsylvania’s Future Through the Arts and Education, a report from The Education Policy and Leadership Center. The report follows a year-long process of discussions by a 32-member Study Group, a comprehensive review of relevant public policies in Pennsylvania and other states, eight regional community forums, and surveys of several stakeholder groups by EPLC.

Posted on March 23, 2012 by Steve

Quick roundup of commentary on the Mike Daisey controversy:

Posted on March 22, 2012 by Steve

New York Foundation of Arts has selected five artists to be the 2012 NYFA Hall of Fame Honorees. Architects Elizabeth Diller + Ricardo Scofidio; multi-media artist Christian Marclay; playwright Suzan-Lori Parks; and patron of the arts Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas will be so honored on Monday, April 30, 2012.

Posted on March 22, 2012 by Steve

From Erik Robelen at Education Week:

Several education experts recently made the case for the importance of ensuring topics such as history, science, and the arts get adequate classroom time and attention as states and districts begin to implement the Common Core State Standards. The issue was the focus of a March 15 event hosted by the Washington-based research and advocacy group Common Core, which has just announced plans to create a set of curriculum maps
Posted on March 20, 2012 by Steve

The Nonprofit Finance Fund is hosting a webinar called The Case for Change Capital in the Arts: Building Vibrant and viable Cultural Organizations. Presented by NFF's Rodney Christopher and Rebecca Thomas, the webinar will take place 3:00pm EDT / noon PDT on Thursday, April 19. Also participating in the webinar presentation are Cynthia Hedstrom and Jamie Poskin of The Wooster Group, and Amanda Nelson and Thomas Cott of Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation.

Register for the webinar.

Posted on March 17, 2012 by Steve

From Patricia Cohen at The New York Times:

Online financial crowd-sourcing of artists still represents only a smidgen of the more than $8 billion that private individuals donate to the arts each year. Nonetheless, the speedy proliferation of such Web sites has attracted notice. “Everybody right now is looking for ways to exploit technology to maximize and customize the ways people engage with the arts,” said Sunil Iyengar, research director at the National Endowment for the Arts.
Posted on March 16, 2012 by Steve

The Friday installment of the weeklong Clout: A Blogfest on Art and Political Power is penned by Dudley Cocke, artistic director of Roadside Theater and a former GIA Board member:

...So the question is: What would it take for a theater like Roadside to have real political clout? Part of the answer: For low income, working class, and middle class audience members like ours to have real political clout.

This raises the question of how, in our democracy, the majority of us have become subjugated to a wealthy minority of us. When we talk about the arts gaining political power, I think this is the bigger problem we need to address, and I’m worried that we’ve lost the democratic infrastructure to pursue a solution.

Posted on March 15, 2012 by Steve

Ariel Schwartz for Co.Exist:

Stick a bunch of artists, web designers, developers, and hackers in a room, and what do you get? A visual and acoustic representation of Bay Area earthquake data, a sound collage of randomly dialed phone numbers, and on-the-fly digital art created from MP3 files.
Posted on March 15, 2012 by Steve

The latest installment of the online discussion Clout: A Blogfest on Art and Political Power is Ra Joy, executive director of Arts Alliance Illinois:

The best way to move the needle on arts policy issues (whether it’s Barry’s NEA budget or Arlene’s WPA 2.0 idea) is to create strong grassroots and grasstops networks that transcend age, race, ethnicity, geography, and other factors.
Posted on March 15, 2012 by Steve

Theatre Bay Area has published Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of Art, a book that builds from “Measuring the Intrinsic Impact of Live Theatre,” the final report of a two-year national research study, prepared by research firm WolfBrown. Interviews with 20 prominent artistic directors, as well as essays by Diane Ragsdale, Arlene Goldbard, Rebecca Novick and others, are all available in the book.

Posted on March 14, 2012 by Steve

From Marjorie Pritchard at

At a time of great stress on Boston’s school budget, private philanthropists and charitable foundations launched an initiative to raise $10 million to increase access, equity and quality of arts learning for all students. The city and its schools stepped up with increased public funding for arts teachers... This year, 14,000 more Boston students are experiencing the arts in schools than three years ago. Nine of 10 students in the elementary and middle grades now receive weekly, year-long arts instruction in school, up from two-thirds in 2009. In the same period, twice as many high school students are accessing arts learning during the school day.
Posted on March 13, 2012 by Steve

The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (ACAC) announced that Lisa Cremin is the recipient of the third annual Nexus Award. Cremin is the founding director of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund at The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. She will receive the Nexus Award at a celebration at ACAC on Thursday, May 24, 2012.

Read the full announcement.

Posted on March 13, 2012 by Steve

First up to respond to the discussion points brought forth yesterday by Barry Hessenius and Arlene Goldbard is Roberto Bedoya, executive director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council:

So advocacy for me is not about arts advocacy, it advocating for and defending the very meaning of public—of the public good embedded in civil society. I believe strongly that my charge is to build and defend civil society through the tools at my disposal—the creative community that the arts council serves and our collective passionate belief in democracy. It also has to deal with how complicity is constructed through laws and policy that says you belong, you don’t belong. How the cultural sector plays into the politics of belong/dis-belonging is a charged topic that we must engage in with more rigor and vigor, if we want our advocacy efforts to have weight and soul.
Posted on March 12, 2012 by Steve

Barry Hessenius and Arlene Goldbard have launched a week-long “blogfest” around the theme of art and political power. From Arlene Goldbard:

The series begins with a dialogue between Barry and myself. Subsequent entries will be authored by Roberto Bedoya, executive director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council; Dudley Cocke, director of Roadside Theater; Ra Joy, executive director of Arts Alliance Illinois, and Diane Ragsdale, creator of the Jumper blog.
Posted on March 12, 2012 by Steve

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations has published a field-wide survey of 755 staffed grantmaking foundations in the U.S., conducted by TCC Group. In light of the global economic downturn, Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter? builds on a similar study conducted in 2008 to highlight some of the shifts in grantmaking and what they mean for supporting resilience in the nonprofit sector.

Posted on March 12, 2012 by Steve

The guidelines for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Artist Residency Program are now available online. The program is designed to support artists and organizations with annual income of at least $300,000 to work together to increase demand for jazz, theatre and/or contemporary dance. These residencies are not designed to support creative time or the creation of new work as the primary residency goal.

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