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Posted on January 17, 2010 by GIA News

The Diversity in Philanthropy Project ( has published Arts & Culture: A Best Practice Case Study, DPP's first publication on arts and culture grantmaking and diversity and authored by Lydia D. Bell, former president of Princeton University’s International Music and Dance Performance Series.

Posted on January 15, 2010 by GIA News

A new decade is upon us and it begins with the hard tragedy unfolding in Haiti. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families as well as those who are on the front lines of the relief efforts there.

Posted on January 13, 2010 by GIA News

Washington, D.C. – The FBI today reminds Internet users who receive appeals to donate money in the aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti to apply a critical eye and do their due diligence before responding to those requests. Past tragedies and natural disasters have prompted individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization and/or a good cause.

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Posted on January 13, 2010 by GIA News

David Moss posts his New Year’s list of the top 10 U.S. arts policy stories of 2009. Yikes! GIA appears twice.

"I know I’m a little late to the party with the year/decade-in-review lists, but since no one other than me apparently cares enough about arts policy to make a top 10 list about it, I’m happy to be the doofus who takes the plunge. 2009 featured no shortage of tumultuous and game-changing events in arts policy, and it was a pleasure (though sometimes an exhausting one) to cover them here on the blog. Here are my picks for the year’s top ten..."

Posted on January 7, 2010 by GIA News

The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance sorrowfully announces the passing of its president, Peggy Amsterdam. She died peacefully at home on December 26, surrounded by family and friends. Amsterdam established a new vision for the Cultural Alliance, focusing on arts and culture as a unifying force for the region. Among her many accomplishments were preventing the elimination of Philadelphia’s cultural funding in 2004.

Posted on January 4, 2010 by GIA News

(1-4-10) We've posted complete video coverage of the 2009 GIA Conference at our YouTube channel (

Coverage includes plenary sessions with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar & Urban Bush Women, John Zogby, Wynton Marsalis, Kakuna Kerina and Rocco Landesman.

Footage of the 2008 conference is still there, too!

Posted on December 22, 2009 by Janet

What I love most about local arts agencies is that you can’t define them, pigeonhole them or even tell anyone what a “typical” local arts agency does. I recently received the December 2009 copy of Americans for the Arts’ Monograph. Written by community arts developer and long-time friend (just for full disclosure), Maryo Gard Ewell, it is entitled “Effective Community Arts Development: Fifty Years, Fifty Tips.” And it does, in fact, go on to list fifty tips for successful community arts development.

Posted on December 2, 2009 by Janet

This week my colleague and friend John McCann reminded me that leadership is a critical element to successful sustainability for organizations. I couldn’t agree with him more. I’ve always been fascinated by the study of leadership. I even wrote an “almost” dissertation on the subject. I say “almost” because it was a master’s program that required a final paper and not an official dissertation. It was still really long with lots of footnotes. The title was “Characteristics of Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership.”

Posted on November 17, 2009 by Janet

Is the nonprofit arts community undercapitalized because there isn’t enough money or demand for the product or have we focused on developing product at the expense of creating an environment that can support it? That environment includes more than audience development and public support. It includes an infrastructure that feeds the industry both internally, serving the needs of the organization, and externally, promoting that product on multiple levels to the public.

Posted on November 3, 2009 by Janet

(Thank you to all the GIA members and nonmembers who made our conference in Brooklyn a huge success. As always, GIA is working to make your lives easier and more informed. I was humbled and empowered at the same time by your stories, your confidence and your commitment.)