(4-23-10) National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman today announced the NEA’s latest round of funding for fiscal year 2010 in the categories of Access to Artistic Excellence, Learning in the Arts, Arts on Radio and Television, and Partnership Agreements (State and Regional). The Arts Endowment will distribute $97,632,100 through 1,323 grants to nonprofit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide.
(4-22-10) Writing for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Phil Buchanan and Ellie Buteau discuss the pros and cons of adjusting operations to respond to data-driven expert advice and assessment results.
(4-21-10) Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announced today that it has received a grant of $700,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The funding will support the USArtists International (USAI) program and represents a significant increase over Mellon's previous grant of $500,000.
(4-21-10) The Senate Appropriations Committee restored the $890,735 that the governor had recommended for GCA, but the House had cut out. The Senate version of the budget keeps the agency going, but with about $1.6 million less in state backing than it has in fiscal year 2010.
(4-21-10) From the New York Times..... An obscure upstate New York theater group that receives far more state aid than any of New York’s world-renowned cultural institutions is rife with corruption, mismanagement, nepotism and possibly illegal conduct, according to a scathing report released on Tuesday by the state inspector general’s office.
(4-20-10) A nearly $70,000 grant from Cherokee Preservation Foundation is enabling the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts (OICA) to purchase a vintage letterpress and cast new type-sets that will consist of the 85 characters of the Cherokee syllabary (originally there were 86). Art students will then learn how to operate the press and begin producing printed materials for use in the Cherokee language preservation program.
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(4-20-10) "A Cargill heiress' massive fortune is about to change the face of Minnesota philanthropy," reports Jean Hopfensperger in the Star Tribune. Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies will be headquartered in Eden Prairie and will employ a staff of up to 75.
(4-19-10) GIA Member Susan Coliton (Paul G. Allen Family Foundation) and Patricia A. Wasley (Dean of the College of Education at the University of Washington) in an Op-Ed in the Seattle Times...
"OUR state's economy thrives on innovation. That innovation exists in many sectors — from engineers and designers, to writers and architects — and all of them depend on creative-thinking skills in order to succeed.
(4-19-10) America's nonprofits expect that 2010 will be financially more difficult or as difficult as 2009, according to a survey released by Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF). The survey of more than 1,300 nonprofit leaders in markets nationwide also found strong evidence of the dramatic and creative steps that organizations are taking in order to maintain – and even expand – service delivery to meet increased demand during this time of continued economic uncertainty.
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