HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM GIA

On behalf of the GIA Board and staff, we want to wish all our members a very happy holiday and new year! Your devotion to artists and their art forms helps, every day, to make this a better world. (L-R Noah Barnes, Steve Cline, Kathy Lindenmayer, Tommer Peterson, SuJ'n Chon and Janet Brown. Not pictured are Jim McDonald and Jan Bailie.)

Posted on July 31, 2014 by Steve

Bill O'Brien, NEA Senior Adviser for Program Innovation, reports from the Santa Fe Institute:

Sunil Iyengar (NEA Director of Research and Analysis) and I had the privilege of attending a Nature of Creativity in the Brain working group at the Santa Fe Institute earlier this month. We co-organized the event with Jennifer Dunn, the Institute’s faculty chair. The purpose of the meeting was to “evaluate the legacy of creativity research and to look for ways to mine new knowledge at the intersections of cognitive psychology, neurobiology, neurotechnology, learning, and the arts.”
Posted on July 28, 2014 by Steve

An initiative is underway to stimulate a broader conversation within the field of philanthropy to articulate the values and practices of justice funders. This conversation is being facilitated through a weekly blog series that seeks new voices for inspiration, stimulation, and provocation that will “generate contemplation and discussion now, as well as serve to generate content for a framework for social justice philanthropy that we can begin layering with examples of existing practice over the course of the next year.” Do join this conversation and tag your social media with #justicefunder.

Posted on July 25, 2014 by Steve

GIA, on behalf of the Arts Education Funders Coalition, commented on how arts education and the arts generally could be better infused into a number of the priorities proposed by the Department of Education. DoE will now consider our comments as well as other public comments in fashioning final priorities to be used for its discretionary grant programs.

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Posted on July 25, 2014 by Steve

Online registration for the National Guild for Community Arts Education 77th annual Conference for Community Arts Education is now open! The Conference will be held November 20-22 at the Westin Bonaventure, in Los Angeles, with preconference institutes on grantwriting, board development, evaluation, leadership, and creative youth development on Wednesday, November 19. The early registration deadline is August 21.

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Steve

President Barack Obama will present the National Medals of Arts in conjunction with the National Humanities Medals on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. ET, in an East Room ceremony at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama will attend. The event will be live streamed at WH.gov/Live.

The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the federal government. It is awarded by the President of the United States to individuals or groups who are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the United States.

Posted on July 21, 2014 by Steve

National Arts Strategies, the Virginia-based arts leadership organization, has announced that Gail Crider will take the position of President and CEO at the beginning of 2015. After having served as Vice President at NAS for over a decade, Crider will replace Russell Willis Taylor. In her tenure at NAS she has been integral to the organization’s transition from the National Arts Stabilization Fund to National Arts Strategies as well as the development of the range of services they offer currently.

Posted on July 20, 2014 by Steve

Reuben Roqueñi will join The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as a program officer in the Performing Arts Program beginning September 2, the Foundation has announced. Since 2010, Roqueñi has worked as program director at the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF), a national indigenous arts foundation based in Vancouver, Washington. In that position, he was responsible for program development and managing over 85 grants to individuals, organizations, and communities.

Posted on July 18, 2014 by Steve

From Randy Lewis, at the Los Angeles Times:

First Lady Michelle Obama took to an entertainment-industry pulpit in Los Angeles to stump for expanding the role of arts in education, saying that 6 million children in the U.S. have no exposure to any form of arts in school. Speaking before an audience of several hundred including L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Sen. Holly Mitchell, Mrs. Obama stressed that music and other forms of art often connect with students and enhance their interest in core subjects such as math, science and history.
Posted on July 16, 2014 by Steve

The Arts Education Partnership 2014 National Forum, Preparing Students for the Next America in and through the Arts, takes place Thursday, September 11 through Friday, September 12, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA. Online registration is available now.

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Steve

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that it is expanding its support of arts-based community development with recommended grants for the fourth year of the Our Town program. Chairman Jane Chu said the agency will award 66 Our Town grants totaling $5.07 million to organizations in 38 states, investing in local efforts to leverage arts assets to drive community development.

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Steve

Southern California Public Radio station KPCC has performed an analysis of arts instruction at Los Angeles Unified elementary schools. It found 87 percent of these schools won’t offer comprehensive access in the coming school year, in violation of California law. Only about 70 of the district’s more than 500 elementary schools will provide all four art forms: dance, visual arts, music and theater. But most of those only provide arts access to a portion of each school’s students.

Posted on July 15, 2014 by Steve

From Isaac Brown, legislative council to NASAA:

In a somewhat surprising development, the House Appropriations Committee voted today to approve a budget for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at its current funding level, $146 million, for fiscal year 2015. The action comes less than a week after the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee voted to reduce funding for the NEA to $138 million.
Posted on July 13, 2014 by Tommer

Comments by Daniel Siepmann on New Music Box. "In the past four years, however, a new cash spigot has been cranked open for contemporary arts funding across the nation. Titled “creative placemaking,” this approach purports to culturally and economically reinvigorate American “places” of all stripes, rescuing them from their derelict status through the arts.

Posted on July 10, 2014 by Tommer

James Hamblin writes a compelling piece in the Atlantic. "It has been three years since the spectacular video of Lil Buck dancing to Yo-Yo Ma brought jookin—which draws from hip-hop, ballet, jazz, and modern dance—into mainstream consciousness. Ma would later call Buck a genius; and, he is. According to the theory of multiple intelligences, which posits nine distinct dimensions, Buck is clearly off the charts in intelligences like spatial, musical/rhythmic, and bodily/kinesthetic."

Posted on July 10, 2014 by Steve

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has announced that Laura Packer will leave the foundation, where she has served for 13 years, to become the new executive director at the Howard Gilman Foundation, effective on July 22. The Gilman Foundation makes grants to performing arts organizations in New York City. Laura will have the opportunity to grow the organization into an innovative and leading supporter of the arts in the city.

As the Arts Program Director at Dodge, Laura worked to connect the arts and community and implemented new and creative ways to strengthen the sector throughout the state of New Jersey. Prior to joining Dodge, her career in New Jersey had taken her from General Manager at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival to the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, where she spent 13 years as its first executive director.

Posted on July 10, 2014 by Steve

The United States Senate today voted to confirm William D. “Bro” Adams as the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Adams is expected to begin as Chairman in the coming days. He was president of Colby College in Waterville, Maine from 2000 until his retirement on June 30, 2014.

Posted on July 8, 2014 by Tommer

Diane Ragsdale comments on Devon Smith: — “Devon Smith has written a smart, provocative post on a debate she engaged in at the recent Americans for the Arts Conference in Nashville. It’s called We Should Allow Failing Arts Organizations to Die and it has lit up the arts blogosphere, Twitter, and Facebook the past few days.

Posted on July 7, 2014 by Tommer

"People are joined to the land by work. Land, work, people, and community are all comprehended in the idea of culture. These connections cannot be understood or described by information — so many resources to be transformed by so many workers into so many products for so many consumers — because they are not quantitative. We can understand them only after we acknowledge that they should be harmonious — that a culture must be either shapely and saving or shapeless and destructive."

Posted on July 3, 2014 by Steve

Articles from the Summer 2014 edition of GIA Reader, Volume 25, No. 2, are available on the GIA website. Contributors include photographer Lisa Hamilton, Charles Finn, and Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, who put a focus on artists and grantmakers working in rural places. Finn, editor of High Desert Journal, interviews four rural poets. And we include a poem from each interviewee. John R. Killacky talks to Meredith Monk about her fifty years of art making. Justin Laing and his brother Alex Laing have a conversation on race, identity, and transformative arts practice. See the complete online Reader at www.giarts.org/reader-25-2.

Posted on July 3, 2014 by Tommer

The Future of Arts Journalism panel included Michael Norris, interim executive director of the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Merilyn Jackson, Philadelphia Inquirer dance critic, and Lois Welk, DanceUSA Philadelphia executive director. During the panel, Michael Norris noted that newspapers and classical arts organizations are similarly suffering from aging and shrinking audiences. Merilyn Jackson articulated that making a living as an arts writer can’t be a goal of professionals today.

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