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 September 16, 2016 by Monica

A recent article in The Wichita Eagle states that the Wichita Arts Council is moving to a membership-based funding model:

The nonprofit that advocates for arts and culture in the community is rolling out a way for businesses and people to become official members. [Wichita Arts Council] hopes money raised from memberships will expand existing arts programs, scholarships and grants, potentially paving the way for new projects. The effort comes after cuts in state and county funding for the arts.
Posted on September 15, 2016 by Monica

A recent article in CityLab describes how Rebuild Foundation, a nonprofit run by renowned artist Theaster Gates, has contributed to neighborhood revitalization in Chicago’s South Side. The organization has purchased and converted vacant buildings into art-inspired community hubs, including a community arts center, a movie theater, a cafe, and a bookstore.

Posted on September 15, 2016 by Monica

President Obama will present the 2015 National Medals of Arts in conjunction with the National Humanities Medals on September 22, 2016 at the White House. Awards will be presented to Mel Brooks, Sandra Cisneros, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Morgan Freeman, Philip Glass, Berry Gordy, Santiago Jiménez, Jr., Moises Kaufman, Ralph Lemon, Audra McDonald, Luis Valdez, and Jack Whitten.

Posted on September 14, 2016 by Monica

By Ana Sofia Knauf, writing for The Stranger:

The [Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS)] launched a series of racial equity workshops in August to raise "community-wide awareness about existing inequities" and to ensure arts organizations had the training to discuss racial issues. . . . To meet [high] demand, ARTS officials announced they commissioned two more workshops, which will be held in late September. Carmen Morgan, national speaker on diversity issues and founder of artEquity, will lead the discussions, both of which focus on supporting people of color as organizations grapple with racial equity.

Read the article.

Posted on September 14, 2016 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader entitled “The Charitable Deduction,” author Bronwyn Mauldin of Los Angeles County Arts Commission discusses how future tax reforms might affect deductions for charitable contributions to the arts.

Posted on September 13, 2016 by Monica

A new article in Nonprofit Quarterly details changes to the accounting standards for nonprofits as recommended by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). The new standards are "meant to help nonprofits to tell their story more transparently through their financials" and will take effect for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2017. Key changes include "the simplification of the classification of net assets, the tracking of liquidity, and changes in the presentation of expenses."

Read the article.

Posted on September 13, 2016 by Monica

SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) has released its most comprehensive report to date on national fundraising trends in the arts and cultural sector, the latest in the Center’s series of evidence-based insights on the health of the industry. It is based on 2014 data provided by over 4,200 organizations across 11 arts disciplines, with trends for a subset of over 2,700 organizations over the four-year period 2011-2014.

Read the full announcement.

Posted on September 8, 2016 by Monica

The National Endowment for the Arts has released new research that for the first time offers a complete state-by-state perspective on how Americans participate in the arts. In addition, the data reveal that despite decades of declining arts attendance by U.S. adults in the performing and visual arts, more recent rates are holding steady.

Posted on September 7, 2016 by Monica

A new online tool, MuseumStat, and its corresponding iOS app called MuseumFinder map out museums across the United States and the communities they serve. The project was funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Neville Vakharia, an assistant professor and research director of arts administration in Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design led this research and development effort with a goal of not only gathering important data, but visualizing that data through an easily accessible tool to help the museum field make data-driven decisions.

Posted on September 7, 2016 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, Creating Space: Performing Artists in Sacred Spaces, Neville K. Vakharia and Karen DiLossi report on the use of churches and other sacred spaces as venues for the performing arts at large.

Posted on September 2, 2016 by Monica

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) has announced a new, pilot grant initiative that will support the expanding definition of craft-based research and promote collaboration between the fields of craft, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The program is supported by the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

Posted on September 1, 2016 by SuJ'n

For the month of September, GIA’s photo banner features projects supported by New Mexico Arts, New Mexico’s state arts agency. New Mexico Arts is advised by a 15-member, governor-appointed arts commission. It provides financial support for arts services and programs to non-profit organizations and administers the 1% pubic art program statewide.

Posted on September 1, 2016 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, New York City Addresses Diversity in the Cultural Workforce, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Torres reflects on the results of a recent survey of the racial demographics of arts and culture organizations in New York City.

Posted on August 31, 2016 by Monica

A recent article from Createquity identifies and discusses four different visions for cultural equity:

The further we delved into the literature around cultural equity, and the more we consulted experts and connected with some of the activists who precede us, the more we came to realize that shared understanding simply doesn’t exist. . . . But in our own conversations, we found it helpful to divide the visions for success we were reading and hearing from advocates into four archetypes: Diversity, Prosperity, Redistribution, and Self-Determination.

Read the full article.

Posted on August 30, 2016 by Monica

A new blog post from the Johnson Scholarship Foundations highlights the work of four Native American women in nonprofits and philanthropy who are driving change in their communities. Lori Pourier, executive director of First People’s Fund, is recognized as “a leader in the field – not just for Native arts and culture – but arts and culture period. She is the go-to person for the ‘creative economy’ in Indian Country."

Read the article.

Posted on August 29, 2016 by Monica

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission has released a new literature review on Public Engagement in the Arts. The report explores different ways in which “public engagement” can be defined and practiced, the purposes public engagement has been used for in the arts, and how the terms “audience” and “participant” have evolved and blurred over time. It also places public engagement in the context of one of the most urgent conversations taking place in arts and culture today, that of cultural equity and inclusion.

Read the report.

Posted on August 29, 2016 by Monica

By Tom Teicholz, writing for Forbes:

The Los Angeles City College Foundation announced a $10.1 million gift from The Herb Alpert Foundation, creating an endowment that will provide tuition free attendance at Los Angeles City College to all music majors. This is the largest gift ever for a Southern California Community College.

Read the full article.

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Monica

Roberto Bedoya has been appointed as the City of Oakland’s first Cultural Affairs Manager. Bedoya will oversee the City’s Cultural Affairs Unit, housed in the City’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development. The unit includes the City’s public art program and cultural funding program. He will also provide leadership for new initiatives such as completing a cultural plan for the city, supporting cultural districts within the City of Oakland, and growing a technical assistance program to help artists and arts organizations build capacity.

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Steve

In the spring of 2016, GIA hosted a forum of thought leaders to discuss how funders can better support artists working in community settings such as teaching artists and artists working in cross-sector environments. For the summer edition of the GIA Reader, Margaret Hasse summarizes the fruitful conversation from that day in “Artists in Community Settings: Supporting the Movement.”

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Monica

In a recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Justin Laing writes about grantee inclusion as “a critical and important step toward mutual accountability; when implemented deeply, it lets us imagine even more far-reaching practices of accountability, transparency, and partnership between grantmakers and grantees.” The article highlights work that The Heinz Endowments has done to develop mutual accountability between the organization and its Transformative Arts Process advisory board.

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