By Sandra Abma, writing for CBC News:
Since the passing of Claudine Brown, others who knew her have shared memories of Brown as an inspirational leader and arts advocate.
From the Arts Education Partnership:
A new report supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and WESTAF and written by Barry Hessenius examines the communications activities of arts organizations. The report, based on a survey in the fall of 2015, looks at the nature of internal and external communications, as well as how these communications are managed. The results of the survey offer baseline information about the modes, volume, effectiveness of communication in arts organizations, as well as their impact on productivity and organizational efficiency.
Grantmakers in the Arts mourns the loss of Claudine Brown, who passed away on the night of March 17, 2016. Brown served on the GIA board from 1996 to 2001, including as board chair in 1999-2000, and was instrumental in building GIA into the professional organization it is today. She also created the social justice working group whose efforts led to GIA’s racial equity initiative.
Brown worked most recently as assistant secretary for education and access at the Smithsonian Institution.
Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group, a GIA member and funding partner, was appointed by President Obama and has been confirmed by the United States Senate as a member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts.
By Robert Viagas, writing for Playbill:
The National League of Cities has released a new report examining the maker movement across major U.S. cities. How Cities Can Grow the Maker Movement summarizes the characteristics of the maker movement, how the movement has grown, how local governments have been involved, and the challenges faced. The report also makes recommendations on how city policymakers can support the movement locally.
A new report released by A+ Denver examines the progress of a $40 million investment to improve arts education in Denver Public Schools. A Retrospective on Arts Education in Denver evaluates DPS progress in nine areas – including curriculum development, student assessment, and equitable access to quality programs – and makes recommendations for the future.
From the office of Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M), posted to KRWG: