WEBINAR: GIA’s Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture
Reina Mukai

The latest edition of GIA’s annual Arts Funding Snapshot presents “Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture, 2014,” based on the most recent completed year of Foundation Center data, and “Government Funding for the Arts, 2016,” prepared by the National Assembly of State Art Agencies. Join Reina Mukai and Ryan Stubbs for a summary of key findings, as well as insight into what these findings reveal about the current arts grantmaking environment. Register to attend this webinar.

Posted on November 5, 2013 by Steve

From the Arts for LA website:

Olga Garay-English announced today she will be stepping down from her post as executive director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs effective January 4, 2014. Ms. Garay-English assumed leadership of DCA in 2007 when she was appointed by then-Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa.
Posted on November 1, 2013 by Abigail

Toolkit: A Look Inside the Artist Selection Process is a new web resource developed by members of GIA's Individual Artists Support Committee. Responding to feedback received at the 2012 GIA Conference, the Committee undertook to design web resources, or Toolkits, to help inform and create dialogue around best practices in providing support to individual artists; this Toolkit is their first.

Selection processes, including open application and nomination-jury formats, are from four different kinds of funders: a nonprofit grantmaker, a public agency, a family foundation, and a private foundation. Each resource paper provides a snapshot of direct funding for individual artists within the context of each organization’s programs and includes a timeline, information about jury panels and applications, and reflections on the various approaches and challenges.

Posted on October 31, 2013 by Steve

From Tamar Lewin at the New York Times:

The future of the humanities has been a hot topic this year, both in academia and the high-culture media. Some commentators sounded the alarm based on federal data showing that nationally, the percentage of humanities majors hovers around 7 percent — half the 14 percent share in 1970. As others quickly pointed out, that decline occurred between 1970, the high point, and 1985, not in recent years.
Posted on October 31, 2013 by Tommer

Diane Ragsdale ofers some observations on the evolution of arts funding on Jumper.

Posted on October 29, 2013 by Steve

The latest post from Angie Kim’s blog, Private Foundations Plus:

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) just came out with a new report, “Nonprofit Challenges: What Foundations Can Do.” There were some dismaying findings. CEP’s survey of nonprofit leaders found that 52 percent felt that foundations are unaware of the challenges that nonprofits face. Less than 33 percent felt that foundations use their resources in ways that help nonprofits actually meet challenges. And, perhaps the most alarming finding is that nonprofit leaders felt more challenged to attract foundation support than any other kind of support.
Posted on October 28, 2013 by Steve

ArtPlace America recently began taking applications for 2014 Innovation Grants. At the end of the 2013 grantmaking cycle, proposal notes were analyzed to pull out the most common questions driving the recommendations of reviewers with the intention to provide future prospective grantees with tools that bolster their ability to develop strong creative placemaking ideas and craft more robust proposals. A set of important questions are discussed here to help with the crafting of proposals.

Posted on October 28, 2013 by Steve

From the HowlRound blog, an essay from Todd London, author of The Artistic Home:

Artists innovate every day, because what they make, they make up. How do they innovate? Trial and error, mostly, boring hours alone or with other artists. Years facing their own limitations. The real work of innovation is theirs, alone or together. It is organic and ongoing, one bold or tentative foot in front of another. Try to find funding in innovation-land for persistent effort and incremental breakthrough.
Posted on October 28, 2013 by Tommer

An interview with GIA 2013 conference keynote speaker, Nikky Finney, on Poetry Foundation.

Posted on October 25, 2013 by Steve

The seven-part video conversation “Dinner-Vention at Djerassi” is now available. Hosted by Barry Hessenius, the dinner gathers a large group of thinkers to dine and converse. Guests include:

  • Salvador Acevado, Contemporenea
  • Tamara Alvarado, School of Arts & Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza
  • Kimberly Howard, Oregon Cultural Trust
  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
  • Lex Leifheit, SOMArts
  • Clayton Lord, Americans for the Arts
  • Nina Simon, Snata Cruz Museum of Art and History
  • Devon Smith, Three Spot
  • Kristin Thomson, Future of Music Coalition
  • Margy Waller, Topos Partnership and Art on the Streets
  • Meiyin Wang, Public Theatre's Under the Radar Festival
  • Laura Zabel, Springboard for the Arts
Posted on October 21, 2013 by Steve

Lori Pourier—an Oglala/Mnicoujou Lakota from South Dakota and the president of First Peoples Fund, as well as a former member of the GIA Board of Directors—is the recipient of the 2013 Women’s World Summit Foundation Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life. She is one of 10 laureates to receive the award this year, and the only honoree from the United States.

Posted on October 18, 2013 by Tommer

The full report from the Future of Music Coalition's Artists and Health Insurance Survey is now available online.

Posted on October 18, 2013 by Steve

Meredith May writes for the San Francisco Chronicle:

It seems true that singing in a choir can be therapeutic, especially for older adults, but a groundbreaking clinical trial is under way in San Francisco to see whether science agrees. Over the next five years, researchers at UCSF will create a dozen senior choirs throughout the city to compare the physical strength, balance, memory and moods of singers versus non-singers.
Posted on October 16, 2013 by Steve

Daniel Reid, part of the great stable of bloggers of the Philadelphia conference, posts his post-op entry:

To this newcomer, the 2013 Grantmakers in the Arts conference in Philadelphia was a whirlwind tour through dozens of ideas and themes that have currency among arts funders, from creative placemaking to creativity and aging, from combatting racism in our own practice to ensuring all students receive a robust arts education. A few days after the final breakfast, I’ve achieved some distance from the details, and from that vantage, I want to reflect on a fundamental question that cropped up in various plenary presentations, breakout sessions, and side conversations throughout the conference: How can we as grantmakers most effectively support excellence in the arts? The question has special resonance for me as I step into a new role as Executive Director of the Whiting Foundation, which gives to individual writers.

Read the full post and check out Daniel’s posts at the 2013 Conference Blog.

Posted on October 16, 2013 by Steve

From Brian Wise, at WQXR, New York Public Radio:

American orchestras are falling backwards when it comes to hiring black and Latino musicians. Aaron Dworkin, the president and founder of the nonprofit Sphinx Organization, offered a stinging critique of the orchestra field in a speech Tuesday night at Carnegie Hall, saying that symphonies aren’t doing nearly enough to diversify their ranks through recruitment or fellowship programs.
Posted on October 13, 2013 by Steve

Janet Langsman, CEO of ArtsWestchester, writes this editorial for the Daily Voice of Bedford, New York:

Conferences are great tools for encouragement, inspiration and in some cases confirmation. The Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) conference this week in Philadelphia did not disappoint.
Posted on October 12, 2013 by Steve

Diane Ragsdale wraps up her coverage of the GIA 2013 Conference on the conference blog:

Rather than writing up a daily roundup of the sessions I attended at GIA I decided to reflect upon them thematically. The overarching theme of this year’s conference was “The New Creative Community.” In my last post I discussed how this theme seemed to manifest in a general orientation toward the role of the individual artist in moving the field forward. I wrote:
For the first time in a long time I was at an arts conference in which artists (rather than organizations) seemed to have primacy. Where are the new ideas going to come from? Artists. Where does the energy to create community organically originate? Artists. Who are the entrepreneurs in the arts and culture sector? Artists.
Posted on October 11, 2013 by Steve

Regine A. Webster, Vice President, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, reports on her session at the Philadelphia conference:

I’ve just returned from a two-day trip to Philadelphia where I attended the Grantmakers in the Arts conference and served on a panel entitled “What Will Your Sandy be? Using Disaster-Related Philanthropy to Strengthen Communities.”
Posted on October 9, 2013 by Steve

As part of Creative Time Reports’ Summit Series, musician, artist and bicycle diarist David Byrne considers New York City’s present and future ahead of the 2013 Creative Time Summit: Art, Place & Dislocation in the 21st Century City (which can be viewed via Livestream on October 25–26).

This city doesn’t make things anymore. Creativity, of all kinds, is the resource we have to draw on as a city and a country in order to survive.
Posted on October 6, 2013 by Steve

From Lauri Baskin, writing for TCG Circle:

As you know, because the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives were unable to reach a deal on funding federal government operations as the new fiscal year started today, the federal government was forced to shutdown for the first time in 17 years. We hope the stalemate is resolved quickly, and in the meanwhile, this is what we know.

Read the full post.

Posted on October 1, 2013 by Abigail

With the conference upcoming, Philadelphia is on our minds this month — and on the GIA website. Images featured on the photo banner throughout October were provided by GIA member the William Penn Foundation. Founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, the William Penn Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that close the achievement gap for low-income children, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region.

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