For the month of October, GIA’s photo banner features artists and work supported by Target. Target’s support of the arts and culture dates back to 1946 when the company first began giving 5 percent of its profit to local communities. Today, this giving equals more than $4 million each week. Target is a Leadership Sponsor of the 2016 GIA Conference taking place this month in Saint Paul, neighbor to Target’s headquarters in Minneapolis. Read more here.
Posted on May 5, 2016 by Monica

Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion has released a new publication, Dancing to the Top: How Collective Action Revitalized Arts Education in Boston. This case study of the Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion (BPS-AE), a program supported by Barr Foundation and others, examines the expansion of quality in-school arts instruction as a means to increase equity of opportunity in Boston Public Schools.

Read the report.

Posted on May 3, 2016 by Monica

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, made in partnership with Creative Capital:

Twenty-one remarkable performing artists will each receive $275,000 in flexible, multi-year funding as an investment in and celebration of their ongoing contributions to the fields of contemporary dance, theatre, and jazz. In addition to their funds, awardees get the opportunity to participate in professional development activities, financial and legal counseling, and regional gatherings—all designed to help maximize the use of their grants.
Posted on May 2, 2016 by Monica

By Hilda H. Polanco and John Summers, writing for Nonprofit Quarterly:

[Reserve grantmaking] bypasses operations altogether and instead looks to strengthen the financial position of grantees by providing funding for financial reserves and liquidity. … In this article, we will examine a few examples of reserve grantmaking by funders who have experimented with the practice, sharing lessons of what to do—and not to do—to make these grants effective in supporting nonprofit sustainability.
Posted on May 2, 2016 by Monica

As announced by The Wallace Foundation, a new report from RAND Corporation outlines how public schools can utilize funding from the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to support leadership improvement:

This RAND report describes major ESSA funding programs that can be used to pay for school leadership improvement efforts; the law’s categories of acceptable evidence, and where and how they come into play; and activities supported by research in the top three evidence categories.

Read the report.

Posted on May 1, 2016 by SuJ'n

For the month of May, GIA’s photo banner features artists and projects supported by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF). Launched in 2009, NACF is a unique, national organization dedicated to strengthening Native arts, perpetuating culture resilience, and bringing together diverse communities to drive social impact. Through philanthropy and partnership, its main areas of focus include individual artist fellowships and community inspiration projects.

Posted on April 29, 2016 by Monica

Sundance Institute has announced a new initiative for films and emerging media projects exploring stories related to the environment, conservation and climate change. These grants to support new projects are led by founding support from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and include additional support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Kendeda Fund, Discovery Channel, Code Blue Foundation and the Joy Family Foundation.

Posted on April 28, 2016 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader entitled “Starting a Movement: Building the Field of Teaching Artistry,” author Beth Feldman Brandt outlines eight recent projects that arose out of a preconference session at the Conference for Community Arts Education.

Posted on April 28, 2016 by Monica

The Bay Area Justice Funders Network (BAJFN) has created a tool for funders called “The Choir Book: A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy.” Using this framework, BAJFN invites funders to join a “choir” of foundations with shared social justice strategy and coordinated impact. The framework includes values, competencies, and practices for grantmakers and illustrates steps that funders can take at each stage of their grant cycle.

Posted on April 28, 2016 by Monica

From Kenneth Rainin Foundation:

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has announced that it is launching a new public art program. The Open Spaces Program will support temporary place-based public art projects in Oakland and San Francisco that engage communities, showcase artistic experimentation and energize public spaces. The Foundation invites Letters of Inquiry for new visionary projects that demonstrate collaboration between artists and nonprofit organizations. Up to four grants will be awarded in the fall and funding will range from $50,000-$200,000 per project.

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Steve

New on the GIA Podcast, we speak with Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz from Philanthropy Northwest about their Momentum Fellowship, a regional program designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities for careers in the philanthropic sector.

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Monica

By Robert Everett-Green, writing for The Globe and Mail:

The Canada Council for the Arts plans to create a separate granting stream for indigenous arts and artists and to use its programs and influence “to engender a new relationship between Canada’s indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.”

Reconciliation through the arts is one of four main priorities in the council’s new five-year plan, which was released on Tuesday. The other three are about helping Canadian artists thrive in a digital environment, raising their profile internationally and giving them more money.

Posted on April 25, 2016 by Monica

In the summer of 2015, Creative Capital, in conjunction with Ann Markusen (Markusen Economic Research) and Anne Gadwa Nicodemus (Metris Arts Consulting), launched a survey of artists who received awards from 2000 to 2013 to explore the impact of its support on the artists’ creative work and professional success. The results of the survey have been released in “Creative Capital Artists Look Back: 1999-2013.”

Posted on April 22, 2016 by Monica

Lifetime Arts has released a "Year Two Evaluation Report for Creative Aging in America's Libraries," conducted by Touchstone Center for Collaborative Inquiry. The report presents findings based on 50 completed arts education programs across the 20 participating library systems. It includes outcomes for older adult participants, library systems and for the library communities, as well as interim findings on the usefulness of Lifetime Arts resources and services.

Posted on April 21, 2016 by Steve

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader entitled “In Appreciation of Words,” Irene Borger, Eleanor Savage, and Travis Laughlin examine the body of knowledge embedded in words such as “story” and “activate.”

Posted on April 21, 2016 by Monica

Arts Education Partnership has updated its State of the States report for 2016. The State of the States 2016 summarizes state policies for arts education identified in statute or code for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Information is based on a systematic search of state statutes and administrative regulations completed in March 2015 and updated in March 2016.

Posted on April 20, 2016 by Steve

In the first installment of GIA Podcast, we speak with former GIA board member Justin Laing from The Heinz Endowments about his recent service on the GIA board, racial equity, and his hopes for the future of our field.

Posted on April 19, 2016 by Monica

Americans for the Arts has announced the release of the sixth and final publication of the National Arts Index:

The 2016 National Arts Index delivers a score of the health and vitality of arts and culture in the United States, covering the 12-year span of 2002-13. The National Arts Index is composed of 81 national-level indicators—the latest annual data produced by the federal government and private research organizations.
Posted on April 19, 2016 by Monica

ArtPlace America has released its first two “field scan” documents looking at the intersection of the arts and culture with other sectors of community development. The first two reports examine public safety and affordable housing. Each represents an exploratory first step that aims to surface:

  • Key goals or needs in that community development sector that arts and culture might address,
  • A typology or framework for understanding the ways that arts and culture has and might partner with that community development sector,
  • Barriers to integrating arts and culture within that community development sector, and
  • Strategies or tactics to advance collaborations with arts and culture in that sector.
Posted on April 19, 2016 by Monica

From The Nathan Cummings Foundation:

The Nathan Cummings Foundation today announced that Loren S. Harris, a philanthropic leader with more than 20 years experience challenging structural barriers to equality and creating economic opportunity and social inclusion, will join the Foundation as Vice President of Programs. Harris, who will begin work on May 18, will report to the Foundation’s President and CEO, Sharon Alpert.

Posted on April 19, 2016 by Monica

By Serge F. Kovaleski, writing for The New York Times:

The Ford Foundation, other philanthropic groups and some private donors have given nearly $20 million to United States Artists, an organization that makes grants to artists. … The money will serve as an operational endowment to support United States Artists’ staffing, conferences and the cultivation of nominators and the administration of grants, among other things. It will cover everything except the grants to artists themselves, which are financed separately.
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