(09-21-10) Grantmakers in the arts will gather in Chicago, October 17-20 for their annual conference. This is actually the organization’s 25th conference. It is my second. The first eleven or so were put together solely by members (in the grass roots tradition) without staff. Anne Focke, my predecessor and GIA staff managed the next ten years.
(9-17-10) After a successful three-year stint in Miami, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will be giving for- and nonprofits in Philadelphia three opportunities (one per annum) to apply for $9 million in available arts grants. Proposed projects must benefit both the arts and Philadelphia, and applicants must provide proof of matching funds. There is no limit on the number of applications or ideas an individual or organization can submit, nor is there a limit on how much the foundation may bestow in a single grant.
(9-17-10) Art meets science at the 3rd annual "Dance Your Ph.D." competition wherein Ph.D. candidates explain their work in dance, sponsored by Science Magazine. You can see the finalists here.
(9-16-10) Washington State Arts Commission will host an online webinar on September 23, 2010, 10 am-11 am, to review and further discuss the recent successful Arts Participation Leadership Forum and Workshops presented in partnership with The Wallace Foundation. Arts organizations may gather their staff to participate in a discussion of emerging practices in Audience Engagement with nationally recognized researcher and consultant Alan Brown of WolfBrown together.
(9-16-10) The Board Leadership Training series is an intensive step-by-step program to build a stronger and more effective Board of Directors. The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has teamed up with The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University's Business School, Nonprofit Finance Fund, and LaPiana Consulting to present a free and comprehensive series that has three components:
- Overview: Two mandatory introductory full-day workshops: Assessment/Lifecycles and the Board Bootcamp
Check out Lucy Bernholz's Philanthropy 2173 Blog for several recent insightful posts on philanthropy and foundation practices.
(9-13-10) Grantmakers in the Arts Board member Ann McQueen recently announced her departure from the Boston Foundation to explore new options in the philanthropic sector.
(9-13-10) Robert Gard was a leading figure in the development of community arts work in America. His work and writings have been a great inspiration to me. On September 24-25 there is a symposium in Wisconsin honoring his work and looking towards the future. Janet Brown, GIA Executive Director
Where Is Community Arts Development Headed?
Altering the Face and the Heart of America: The Gard Symposium
September 24-25, 2010
Lowell Center, UW-Madison Campus
(9-10-10) League of American Orchestras Information Brief: September 2010
(9-9-10) In a blog post for the Chicago Tribune, reporters Mark Caro, Julie Keller, and Greg Kot begin to answer the question: "What happens to the arts now?" The post is an outline of Daley's successes, the lauded and the controversial, and features input from members of the city's arts community who will soon be down "one very powerful arts advocate." Of Daley, the reporters note: "The mayor soon to climb out of that saddle is a prosaic but privately romantic man who prefers artists to aldermen and is willing to publically assert that the story of a city isn't told by politicians, but