WEBINAR: Implementing ESSA in Your State and Local Community
Alex Nock

With the new Administration in office, there are many new questions about the future of public education in the US and how the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), including provisions integrating the arts, will unfold. On Tuesday, February 28, Alex Nock from Penn Hill Group will discuss the most up-to-date developments with ESSA implementation and arts education policy and how organizations can advocate at the local level. Register to attend this webinar.

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Steve

AFTA's Randy Coen on ARTSblog:

This week Americans for the Arts released its 2013 National Arts Index report—the annual measure of the health and vitality of the arts industries in the U.S. This year’s report provides the fullest picture yet of the impact of the Great Recession on the arts—before, during, and after. The Index losses during 2008-09 were swift and measurable: the two-year drop from 2007-09 far exceeded the five-year gains made between 2002 and 2007 (-5.4 percent vs. +3.6 percent, respectively).
Posted on September 19, 2013 by Steve

EmcArts Inc. will host the National Innovation Summit for Arts + Culture, October 20 - 23. The Summit will take place in Denver, Colorado, with 250 pioneering arts leaders and funders from 14 communities. A Virtual Summit will be streamed online where you can experience all 27 Summit Talks via an Internet connection. While you watch the online talks, you may join the conversation using the Twitter hashtag #ArtsFwd.

Posted on September 19, 2013 by Steve

The folks at The Center for Disaster Philanthropy have sent out this notice regarding the serious situation in northern Colorado.

We have been continuing to follow the floods in Colorado and the response from the philanthropic community and donors. Here is a quick run-down of the situation:
  • There are six confirmed fatalities (FEMA just announced this revised number) and 200 people unaccounted for, many of them in mountainous areas, and unreachable by telephone.
  • About 13,500 people were evacuated and 26 shelters were opened.
  • Close to 3,000 homes, 500 businesses and 5,000 other minor structures have been destroyed.
  • Flash floods remained a threat to about 20,000 homes.
  • Emergency responders continue to make airlift rescues of people now that the rain has stopped.
  • The community and the nation are coming together to support the victims, making commitments to immediate relief and long-term recovery.
Posted on September 17, 2013 by Janet

By Janet Brown from her blog Better Together

The phrase “data-driven decision-making” has become popular with funders.  What decisions are being made based on data and how relevant is the data being collected?  Does the data reflect the reality in which we each work and how does it inform our actions? Does data merely answer questions of how funding proved successful based on outcomes, or does it inform how funders should be changing their portfolios, application guidelines and goals based on the successes or failures of the nonprofit arts field? These are the challenges for researchers and practitioners.

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Steve

Role-modeling alone does not appear to be as effective as talking to children about giving, the researchers (for a new IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy study) found. Parents who want to raise charitable children should talk intentionally with them about their own philanthropic values and practices throughout childhood and adolescence in addition to role-modeling, they say.

Posted on September 12, 2013 by Steve

Carla Escoda posts to Huffington Post:

A beloved New York City institution is losing its home after 34 years, its impending demise another reminder that this world capital of arts and culture has become inhospitable to all but the behemoths. The small but illustrious New York Theatre Ballet, which runs a school and outreach program and rehearses its company of 12 dancers on the fifth floor of the parish house of the Madison Avenue Baptist Church at 30 East 31st Street, has been given until September 30th to move out.
Posted on September 9, 2013 by Steve

From Stephanie Ebbert, for The Boston Globe:

Boston’s power constituencies typically hail from the fields of construction and real estate, firefighting, and law. Poets and painters do not usually register as table-thumping political forces with which to be reckoned. But the first wide-open mayor’s race in three decades has motivated Boston’s arts community to form a political movement unlike any in recent memory.

Posted on September 7, 2013 by Steve

The National Guild for Community Arts Education is presenting its 2013 Conference for Community Arts Education in Chicago, October 30 through November 2. It will bring together more than 500 arts education leaders from 350+ organizations and feature nationally renowned speakers and dozens of professional development and networking opportunities designed to help you increase participation and impact, raise more money, sustain and grow key programs, and advocate for equitable access to arts education. Early registration rates end on Thursday, September 19.

Posted on September 6, 2013 by Steve

Grantmakers In Aging CEO, John Feather, PhD, posts to Huffington Post:

To paraphrase rock and R&B legend Tina Turner (an artist who will turn 74 this fall), “what’s art got to do with it?” (“It” refers here to aging.) This question arose after I attended a conference on aging, health, and the arts and was sharing my excitement with some colleagues in the aging services field. After listening politely for a while, one of them finally blurted out what the others may also have been thinking: “What’s art got to do with aging?”
Posted on September 6, 2013 by Steve

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters is looking for student volunteers for its annual conference, happening next in New York City, January 10-14:

Every year, APAP is pleased to extend a special invitation to full-time students (undergraduate and graduate) interested in attending the APAP|NYC conference. Qualified students are asked to volunteer at the conference 20 hours in any combination of shifts before or during the five days of the conference.
Posted on September 4, 2013 by Steve

From Paul T. Hogan, writing for Nonprofit Quarterly:

Two critical factors seriously limit our ability to measure “impact and outcomes.” One is time. Change takes a very long time to achieve, especially in the behavior of humans, and measuring what happens to people within a 12- or 24-month period based on an intermittent (at best) intervention is not likely to reflect true or lasting change.
Posted on September 4, 2013 by Steve

Raya Sehgal covers the SOCAP13 conference for Creative Capital’s blog The Lab:

The idea of artists structuring their practice as an organization or enterprise was explored in a series of Focus Sessions at the recent Creative Capital Artist Retreat. Organized with independent arts consultant Laura Callanan, the “Artist to Enterprise” series included sessions on creative entrepreneurship, structures for artist-run organizations and the importance of protecting intellectual property.
Posted on September 3, 2013 by Abigail

During the month of September, GIA's photo banner features grantees of GIA member The New York Community Trust. Founded in 1924, the Trust supports the vitality and security of New York City through grants in a wide range of program areas, including community development, health, education, and human justice. Below, in their own words, Trust staff outline their arts and culture funding program:

Artists and their institutions make New York unique—and add thousands of jobs and billions in revenue. The New York Community Trust, the City’s community foundation, is dedicated to making this sector even stronger.

Posted on August 29, 2013 by Steve

From Pablo Eisenberg, writing for The Chronicle of Philanthropy:

The debate over whether “strategic philanthropy” is a good idea was ignited again this month when the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation — a key pioneer and promoter of the approach — invited William Schambra, head of the Hudson Institute’s philanthropy center, to visit the fund and give an unvarnished view of whether it works.

Mr. Schambra, who is a Chronicle columnist, is not a fan. But the debate on nonprofit blogs and elsewhere that ensued after his remarks were published by Nonprofit Quarterly fails to grapple with the real issues raised by strategic philanthropy: It marks a fundamental shift in control and power by donors to call all the shots and exclude nonprofits with great new ideas.

Posted on August 28, 2013 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts will host a public webinar on how to begin and build collective impact initiatives on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. EDT. NEA Arts Education Director Ayanna Hudson will be joined in the conversation by two leaders in the field: Giselle “Gigi” Antoni, president/CEO of Big Thought in Dallas, Texas, and Denise Grande, director of Los Angeles County’s Arts for All initiative. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A discussion.

Posted on August 27, 2013 by Steve

The MacArthur Foundation has released its latest review of the Fellows Program that includes a decision to increase the no-strings-attached stipend from $500,000 to $625,000, beginning with the next class of Fellows scheduled to be announced on September 25.

Posted on August 27, 2013 by Steve

Environmental Grantmakes Association will host a webinar on Wednesday, August 28 entitled “The Role of Philanthropy in Disaster Relief Legislation.” The presentation will have a specific focus on the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act), which dedicates 80 percent of all Clean Water Act penalties paid by those responsible for the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil disaster to “Gulf Coast restoration.”

Posted on August 27, 2013 by Tommer

The sixth annual Barry’s Blog listing of the Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in the Nonprofit Arts.


Posted on August 23, 2013 by Abigail

From ArtsWave's My.Arts.Blog, posted August 22:

Mary McCullough-Hudson, President and CEO of ArtsWave, announced today her intent to retire at the end of the organization's fiscal year in August 2014. With this announcement, the Board of Trustees agreed to implement a succession plan that began with the hiring of Alecia Kintner as Chief Operating Officer in 2012. At the October Annual Meeting for ArtsWave, Kintner is expected to be promoted to President and COO. McCullough-Hudson will continue as CEO of the organization.

Posted on August 22, 2013 by Janet

By Janet Brown from her blog Better Together

Peter Singer’s Sunday, August 11 New York Times opinion piece entitled “Good Charity, Bad Charity” was a shocker. One would expect something a bit more far-reaching and not quite so simplistic from a bioethicist.

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