NOVEMBER/DECEMBER SPOTLIGHT: RASMUSON FOUNDATION

For the months of November & December, GIA’s photo banner features a selection of artists and projects funded by Rasmuson Foundation. The foundation was founded in 1955 with a mission to promote a better life for Alaskans. In 2014, it awarded more than $14 million in grants to programs and organizations that serve Alaskans, including those that promote and preserve Alaska's rich arts and cultural offerings. Learn more about the foundation here.

Posted on July 3, 2014 by Tommer

The Massachusetts Cultural Council received a budget increase from $11.1 million to $12 million. The bump-up appears to indicate a growing awareness of the importance of arts and culture to the economic health of the state. As originally recommended by the House Ways and Means Committee, the budget would have actually cut arts spending — by 13 percent, from $11.1 million to $9.6 million.

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Tommer

Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, today announced the appointment of Richard Kessler as the new chair of its board of directors, effective July 1, 2014. Before joining the Board in 2013, Mr. Kessler facilitated CMA’s “National Conversations,” a research project involving musicians and presenters across the country to better understand how their lives had changed since the Great Recession began in 2008.

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Tommer

Poetry is no longer something we curl up to with a cup of tea. Instead, we take it in through earbuds. And America has never loved it more. One hears a certain baleful cry regularly in writerly circles that Americans don’t care about poetry anymore. A widely read Atlantic piece by Dana Gioia in 1992 was a signature statement.

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Steve

The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, a £7 million fund created to support collaboration between organizations — supported by the Arts Council England along with the organizations Nesta and Arts & Humanities Research Council — have begun a new publication, Native: Magazine of the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. Though digital is the word here, there is a limited print edition that you can request (presumably on a per-issue basis). Both describe the projects being funded currently by the publisher as well as features profiling people and organizations, including a piece about Diane Ragsdale.

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Steve

From Keith Schneider, for The New York Times:

The Arts and Design District set the stage for much of Carmel’s development over the last decade. Since 2005, just over $70 million has been invested by the city and private developers in nearly 300 new residences and dozens of new businesses that encompass almost 900,000 square feet of renovations and new construction, according to city records. The district is anchored by the $25 million, 156,000-square-foot Indiana Design Center…
Posted on July 2, 2014 by Tommer

NASAA is pleased to announce the release of the State Arts Agency Fiscal Year 2015 Legislative Appropriations Preview report. This document summarizes how state arts agencies fared during this year's budget deliberations and includes information on the appropriations each state arts agency expects to receive for FY2015.

Posted on July 1, 2014 by SuJ'n

During the months of July and August, GIA’s photo banner features artists and projects supported by Arts & Science Council (ASC) of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina.

Culture connects people and strengthens communities. With the public and private sectors investing more than a billion dollars in arts, science, history and heritage since 1977, cultural development has played a significant role in the growth, globalization and long-term economic prosperity of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community and the work of the Arts & Science Council (ASC).
Posted on June 28, 2014 by Tommer

"Changing the course of conversations has been at the heart of Jennings' work at the foundation and her career with philanthropic organizations.Over that career, she has become widely known in arts and social justice circles for focusing conversations on the power of art in empowering women and disenfranchised populations.

Posted on June 26, 2014 by Steve

GIA members and other grantmakers can now register for the GIA 2014 Conference online! As planning for the 2014 Conference in Houston continues, the conference website will hold complete and detailed information on the schedule, plenary speakers, and special events happening on the conference dates of Sunday, October 12-15. Details of eligibility and online registration are there, as well. See it all at conference.giarts.org.

Posted on June 25, 2014 by Tommer

Arts Midwest has released Capacity building and resilience: What participants learned through ArtsLab featuring a summary essay and profiles of eight organizations participating in the program that provides key insights on leadership development and takeaways for grantmakers that inform both the field of organizational development, as well as the larger field of arts and culture.

Posted on June 23, 2014 by Tommer

Rebecca Blunk Of Brookline and Provincetown, died on June 22, 2014, at the age of 60. She was the beloved spouse of Marcie Hershman for 27 years. Born in Kansas to Robert and Katherine Blunk, sister to Scott and Judd, she moved to Boston in 1985 to be the director of performing arts for the New England Foundation for the Arts; in 2004, she became NEFAs Executive Director and for the past ten years worked regionally, nationally and internationally; accomplishments include the National Dance Project, Native Arts programs, National Theater Project, and Center Stage.

Posted on June 23, 2014 by Tommer

This strategy sampler summarizes funding trends, policy goals and key programmatic issues of state arts agency individual artist fellowships, including eligibility parameters and application evaluation criteria and protocols. The information herein is based on publicly available fellowship program guidelines in fiscal year 2014 as well as 10 years of data tracking fellowship awards.

Posted on June 23, 2014 by Steve

From Patrick Sullivan, at The NonProfit Times:

The people of Seattle gave more online per 1,000 residents in 2013 than residents of any other city, at a rate of $53,542 per 1,000 residents. Residents generated $33.2 million from 201,502 donations. Those are some results from the Most Generous Online Cities 2013 report, produced by Charleston, S.C. software firm Blackbaud.
Posted on June 20, 2014 by Steve

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has signed a state budget that includes a one-time $5 million increase in general fund support for the California Arts Council. This is the first time in over ten years the arts have seen an increase of general fund monies, after support for the Arts Council was cut by 94% in 2003.

Posted on June 20, 2014 by Steve

The McKnight Foundation has named Minnesota visual artist, performer, designer, director, and teacher Sandy Spieler as the 2014 McKnight Distinguished Artist, in recognition of artistic excellence spanning four decades. Now in its 17th year, the annual honor includes a $50,000 cash award and recognizes individual Minnesota artists who have made significant contributions to the quality of the state’s cultural life.

Posted on June 19, 2014 by Steve

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has nominated Danielle Brazell as General Manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Brazell has led Arts for LA since 2006, transitioning it from an ad-hoc steering committee composed of local executive arts leadership to a highly visible arts advocacy organization serving the greater Los Angeles region. Brazell’s nomination is subject to confirmation by the City Council.

Posted on June 18, 2014 by Steve

From by Geoff Decker, writing for Chalkbeat New York:

The city should subsidize the salaries of new arts teachers for up to three years to make sure schools are complying with state arts requirements, a coalition of education advocates says. In a letter sent to Chancellor Carmen Fariña on this week, the group outlined tips for how the Department of Education should spend an extra $23 million that’s likely to be allotted to the arts budget next year. Arts spending has fallen over the past decade amid shifting priorities, hovering at around $300 million in recent years.
Posted on June 18, 2014 by Tommer

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) CEO Jonathan Katz received a special Distinguished Achievement Award from Americans for the Arts (AFTA) at that organization's annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 14.

Posted on June 16, 2014 by Steve

Freedom Funders: Philanthropy and the Civil Rights Movement, 1955-1965 was commissioned by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, authored by Sean Dobson, president of Dobson Consulting. The report examines four foundations that played a critical, but often-overlooked, role in passage of the Civil Rights Act.

Posted on June 16, 2014 by Tommer

Some wise humor from Andrew Taylor.

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