For the month of September, GIA’s photo banner features a selection of projects funded by Anonymous Was A Woman (AWAW), a program of FJC—A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds and administered by Philanthropy Advisors, LLC. In its 20th year, AWAW provides awards to women artists over 40. Learn more about AWAW here.

Posted on November 22, 2011 by Steve

The Board of Directors of Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media announced today the appointment of Vincent Stehle as executive director. Mr. Stehle has served on the GFEM Board of Directors since 2008.

Posted on November 22, 2011 by Steve

Artist Trust Executive Director Fidelma McGinn announced today her resignation to assume the position of Vice President of Philanthropic Services at The Seattle Foundation. She will remain at Artist Trust through mid-January 2012 to support its search for a new executive director. Under McGinn’s leadership, Artist Trust deepened its relationships with arts supporters and engaged new funders. She maintained a balanced annual budget of more than $1 million over six successive years, leaving the organization in a strong financial position despite industry-wide effects of the recession.

Posted on November 22, 2011 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts will present the first-ever federal Interagency Research Task Force on the Arts and Human Development at a free webinar on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 10:00am EST / 7:00am PST.

Earlier this year, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman and Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius convened a day-long research summit to explore the role of the arts and human development across the life span. A white paper published from that convening pointed to many studies that have found links between the arts and positive cognitive, behavioral, and social outcomes.

Posted on November 20, 2011 by Steve

Arts Journal blogger Doug Borwick, President of the Board of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, looks at the issues addressed in the play “A Night at the Opera” that was performed at the GIA 2011 conference in San Francisco, as part of the session “Too Progressive, Too Elite: Public Value and the Paradox of the Arts.” Watch the video of the performance below, if you haven't already seen it.

Based on interviews with arts funders, artists, arts managers, and (a few) politicians, A Night at the Opera addresses two basic questions. Are the arts elitist? and Are the arts leftist propaganda? (Well “leftist propaganda” is not the word they used. They said “progressive” to be less confrontational, I’m sure.)
Posted on November 19, 2011 by Steve

David Dombrosky has assembled, via Storify, the best of the NAMP Conference: "Thoughts, content, zingers, multimedia, and more from the 2011 National Arts Marketing Project Conference in Louisville, Kentucky."

Posted on November 18, 2011 by Steve

The Quixote Foundation's Tiltings post for November 2011 addresses the growing “We are the 1%. We stand with the 99%” movement and focuses on the complicated relationships foundations have with the Occupy movement. It's a must-read for its thoughtfulness and for a pragmatic examination of what foundations can do positively in this political climate:

What do foundations have in common with the 1%? We’re organizations, not individuals, it’s true; but our raison d’être is using untaxed wealth to carry out the wishes of its “former owners.” As long as we stick to a few regulations, only the founders or their heirs and appointees can have a say in what we do. If this tax break can pay for itself by channeling riches into the public good, why is there no equivalent deduction for ordinary folks who make nonprofit gifts, unless they have sufficient income or assets to itemize?
Posted on November 17, 2011 by Steve

At a public panel discussion in Rapid City, South Dakota, today, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman announced that the agency will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country. The awards total $22.543 million, encompass 15 artistic disciplines and fields, and support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Posted on November 15, 2011 by Steve

From Nathaniel James at co.exist:

Lucy Bernholz wants the giant organizations that dole out millions in funds to start embracing becoming more transparent, open, and democratic. It’s an uphill battle, but the Open Philanthropy movement is gaining steam.

Read the full article.

Posted on November 15, 2011 by Steve

Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media (GFEM) has posted presentations and resources from the 2011 GIA Conference Art & Technology Preconference. Presentations slides and video material are available for downloading. To see what that preconference entailed, visit the archived 2011 conference website.

Posted on November 15, 2011 by Steve

More on the debate over Ticket Discounting from Future of Music Coalition:

Back in May, Live Nation and online discount service Groupon announced a joint venture to bring live event tickets to the deal-a-day online discounting space. The service, dubbed GrouponLive, is meant to combine the local distribution power of Groupon’s online coupons with Live Nation’s broad reach as concert promoter and ticket broker...

With the initial success of the model, many believe that ticket discount sales will continue to grow in popularity and frequency. Benn, in an interview with BBC’s Radio 1, continued, “It’s definitely emerging. In tough economic times people will look at varying ways of pricing their tickets.” But others in the artist and promoter communities are concerned.

Posted on November 15, 2011 by Steve

From The Chronicle of Philanthropy, as the campaign for the GOP nomination progresses, keep track of the Republican candidates’ nonprofit activities, their records on philanthropic issues and stances on tax policy.

Posted on November 15, 2011 by Steve

This week, BBC premiered the film "Art for Heroes," an examination of the role of art therapy in the rehabilitation of military persons who are now combating post-traumatic stress disorder. From Cathy Malchiodi at Psychology Today:

Art making is pitched as an "unlikely weapon" against trauma reactions and presenter Tim Samuels explores just how drawing, painting and imagination are helping veterans to repair and recover from the psychological wounds of war.
Posted on November 15, 2011 by Steve

From Jan Masaoka at Blue Avocado:

In the blink of 15 years, we've gone from a time when there was hardly any nonprofit infrastructure support to one where it feels as if the infrastructure—we coined the term Philanthropic-Consultant Industrial Complex—outweighs the nonprofits doing the actual work.
Posted on November 15, 2011 by Steve

From Sean Bowie at Technology in the Arts:

Last month, I wrote about what I consider to be the most important public policy issue affecting the arts/technology community, the issue of net neutrality. Since then, a wave of new developments have shifted the playing field and ratcheted up the fight over what is quickly becoming one of the most contentious policy issues in all of Washington. With the new FCC regulations slated to go into effect this Sunday, the legal and political wrangling over the issue is far from over, and the very future of the Internet as we know it is at stake.
Posted on November 14, 2011 by Steve

The Alaska State Council on the Arts has selected Shannon Daut from Denver, Colorado, as the new Executive Director, effective January 9, 2012. Daut, 37, currently serves as Deputy Director of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) a regional membership organization comprised of the 13 western state arts agencies. She replaces Executive Director Charlotte Fox, who has announced her retirement.

Posted on November 11, 2011 by Steve

From Mike Boehm at the Los Angeles Times:

Earlier this month, candidate [Mitt] Romney targeted two federal arts and cultural grantmaking agencies, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, for “deep reductions.”
Posted on November 11, 2011 by Steve

Jesse Rosen, President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, posts to the American Orchestra Forum about Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change, a report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy:

Since participating in our panel on the question of orchestras and community, I have been giving some thought to a new report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy that challenges the extent to which orchestras serve their communities and suggested that small organizations might be a better outlet for support.
Posted on November 11, 2011 by Abigail

To wrap up 2011, a new slide show of member-supported projects on the GIA homepage! Through the end of the year, our featured member is Rasmuson Foundation. Based in Anchorage, AK, Rasmuson Foundation promotes a better quality of life for all Alaskans by making grants in the areas of arts and culture, health, and social services. Our thanks to Jayson Smart, Rasmuson's acting vice president, for his photo selection.

Posted on November 10, 2011 by Abigail

New to the TED site last week: Neuroeconomist Paul Zak uses his talk on the hormone oxytocin to explore the biological impulse behind empathy, morality, and generosity. Providing an overview of his lab activities, as well as charming evidence gathered in the field (at a wedding, for instance), Zak explains the social benefits of a population flush with oxytocin-rich individuals.

Posted on November 10, 2011 by Steve

Americans for the Arts Action Fund has issued a report on the outcomes of Tuesday's elections:

The 2011 election proved to be a fairly good year for incumbents. Many candidates who are supportive of the arts and creative economies within their state or region were elected into office. There were only two gubernatorial elections this year. In Kentucky, Democratic Governor Steve Beshear won re-election over his republican contender. Earlier this year in May, Beshear announced the creation of a statewide cultural district certification program.
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