The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed Kristin Sakoda to head its Countywide Arts Initiatives as Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The Los Angeles County Arts Commission provides funding for over 350 nonprofit arts organizations through a $9 million grant program and runs the nation’s biggest internship program. The Commission’s free community programs advance diversity and accessibility for the County’s 88 municipalities and 137 unincorporated areas. Ms.
Grantmakers in the Arts
In the latest issue of the GIA Reader, Claudia Bach discusses how artists and their estates make intentional, long-term, or sustained commitments to arts philanthropy, including artist-endowed funds and planned giving, and considers some of the challenges artists face in estate planning and management. Read “Virtuous Circles of Support: Artists Funding the Arts.”
The latest annual report from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) reveals the results of a survey of arts graduates conducted in 2015 and 2016. Responses from over 65,000 arts alumni show that 67% currently work in the arts. The survey also asked how skills acquired at their institutions compared to those needed for their jobs, what resources those institutions provided for career advancement, and how satisfied respondents were with those institutions.
The Center for Effective Philanthropy has published a report examining funder-grantee relationships and how program officers can support and strengthen these relationships. The report also recognizes 10 highly rated program officers based on a survey of grantees, including Sarah Lovan of The McKnight Foundation, Elizabeth Love of the Houston Endowment, and Emiko Ono of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations, have announced the launch of the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund (AACHAF). The multi-year national initiative is aimed at uplifting the largely overlooked contributions of African-Americans by establishing a grant fund for the protection and restoration of African-American historical sites. From the protection of Shockoe Bottom in Richmond to Fort Huachuca Black Officer’s Club in Arizona, the fund will help to support direct action needed to protect threatened sites of historic significance, address critical funding gaps for the preservation of African-American historic sites, and help uncover hidden stories of African-Americans connected to historic sites across the nation.