Arts Funding Snapshot: GIA’s Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture

Tuesday, September 11, 2:00 EDT/ 11:00 PDT  [PASSED]

  • Kelly J. Barsdate, Chief Program and Planning Officer, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
  • Steven Lawrence, Director of Research, Foundation Center

Session 6 of the  2012 Web Conference Series
A recording of this presentation is available here.

This series is free to the staff and board members of GIA member organizations. The fee for nonmembers is $35 per session.


The 2012 issue of GIA’s annual Arts Funding Snapshot, slated for publication in September, will include Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture 2010, based on Foundation Center data, and Public Funding for the Arts 2011 Update, prepared by the National Assembly of State Art Agencies. Join representatives of these organizations for a summary of key findings, as well as insight into what these findings reveal about the current arts grantmaking environment. Web conference registrants will receive advance copies of these reports.

Presented by Kelly Barsdate, Chief Program and Planning Officer, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies; Steven Lawrence, Director of Research, Foundation Center.

Presenter Bios:
Kelly Barsdate has been on staff at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) since 1991. She oversees NASAA’s knowledge services, including research, planning, policy analysis, and member education programs. Barsdate directs NASAA’s tracking of public funding for the arts including NASAA’s work as a national data repository of state agency grant making data, a role the association has played since 1982. In addition to designing NASAA’s own web seminars and convenings, Barsdate is a frequent speaker and trainer at other national and state arts conferences. Prior to joining NASAA, Barsdate was a researcher at Educational Research Services, Inc. Her arts background includes formal training in music, dance and ceramics. Born and raised in Alaska, she is an avid angler and enthusiastic amateur naturalist.
Steven Lawrence joined the Foundation Center’s research staff in 1991 and currently serves as director of research. Steven is author and editor of numerous reports on national, regional, and special-topic trends in the field of philanthropy, among them Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates, Social Justice Grantmaking, and various research advisories on the impact of the economic crisis on foundations. Steven serves on the GivingUSA advisory committee and the board of directors of Funders for LGBTQ Issues. He received a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.A. from the University of Chicago.