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Posted on June 10, 2010 by GIA News

(6-10-10) From Ken May, Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Commission:

Governor Mark Sanford has vetoed the bulk of the Arts Commission's budget, effectively crippling the agency if the legislature does not override the veto. This cut eliminates all state funds for grants, programs and services, and more than 70 percent of our personnel. The cut also eliminates federal stimulus funds earmarked for grants to local arts organizations.
Posted on June 10, 2010 by GIA News

(6-10-10) From the blog, Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:

So “best practices” in teaching and learning, leaning on studies that seldom show strong connections between causes and effects, fall well behind the “evidence-based practice” that medicine has accumulated over time through clinical trials of experimental treatments. A simple peek at the U.S. Department of Education’s “What Works Clearinghouse” website confirms the few studies that rise to the level of evidence-based practice.
Posted on June 9, 2010 by GIA News

(6-9-10) Fourteen years later, Arlene Goldbard discussed her 1996 essay “Let Them Eat Pie: Philanthropy à la Mode.”

Posted on June 8, 2010 by GIA News

(6-8-10) From The Art Newspaper:

If you have been following the news about arts funding, you have reason to be concerned. A vast pool of private, public, and philanthropic capital has gone down the drain in the US, and elsewhere, in the “Great Recession”—with predictable consequences. What’s more, we may be on the cusp of a generational shift in giving priorities.
Posted on June 8, 2010 by GIA News

(6-8-10) The Joan Mitchell Foundation's annual Masters in Fine Arts Grant Program was created in 1997 to help MFA painters & sculptors in furthering their artistic careers and to aid in the transition from academic to professional studio work upon graduation.

Each recipient receives a grant in the amount of $15,000. To date the Joan Mitchell Foundation has awarded 162 MFA Grants. These grants are given in recognition of artistic quality to artists chosen from a body of candidates put forth by nominators from the academic art community across the United States.

Posted on June 8, 2010 by GIA News

(6-8-10) At last week's GIA Board of Directors meeting in Louisville, Diane Sanchez - Director of Grantmaking & Donor Services at the East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland - was elected to fill the vacancy left by the departure of John Killacky. Here is Diane's bio:

Posted on June 8, 2010 by GIA News

(6-8-10) From the June 5 Victoria, BC Times Colonist:

Things just seem to get worse for arts and culture in Victoria and the rest of British Columbia.

I'm not talking about the quality of the offerings, which often reach artistic levels that delight and surprise. Rather, it's our provincial government's mulish insistence on pretending the cultural industry in B.C. no longer exists.

Posted on June 8, 2010 by GIA News

(6-8-10) "But today they are so reduced that it is hard to guess what went on among the ruins. Profili’s dogs ramble around, crapping where they see fit. The great majority of the houses are in such decay that people aren’t allowed to enter them. Broken fences and signboards tell of torpor and indifference. Nearby Herculaneum, where many frescoes and mosaics have been irreparably damaged by rainwater, is an archaeological casualty ward; a team funded by the US billionaire David Packard is fighting to save what it can.

Posted on June 8, 2010 by GIA News

(6-8-10) In May, the Philadelphia Music Project (PMP), a program of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, announced grants totaling $1.1 million to Philadelphia-area arts organizations. PMP makes annual awards to organizations "whose adventurous programming and imaginative approaches to engaging audiences—through both performance and education—advance Philadelphia's role as a vital center for musical innovation." Project grants also provide direct support to area musicians and composers.

Posted on June 7, 2010 by GIA News

(6-7-10) "I have devoted a significant part of my life’s work in support of the independent artist — independent referring not to the size of a project, its funding or subject matter; rather, to the singular vision and voice of that artist. I founded Sundance Institute 30 years ago out of the belief that it is vital to ensure that the artist’s voice remains vibrant, valued and heard in civil society at large.

It is with this in mind that I ask you to join me in bringing wider attention and broader support to a critically important case currently in play in U.S. courts.