The Future of Arts Journalism panel included Michael Norris, interim executive director of the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Merilyn Jackson, Philadelphia Inquirer dance critic, and Lois Welk, DanceUSA Philadelphia executive director. During the panel, Michael Norris noted that newspapers and classical arts organizations are similarly suffering from aging and shrinking audiences. Merilyn Jackson articulated that making a living as an arts writer can’t be a goal of professionals today.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council received a budget increase from $11.1 million to $12 million. The bump-up appears to indicate a growing awareness of the importance of arts and culture to the economic health of the state. As originally recommended by the House Ways and Means Committee, the budget would have actually cut arts spending — by 13 percent, from $11.1 million to $9.6 million.
Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, today announced the appointment of Richard Kessler as the new chair of its board of directors, effective July 1, 2014. Before joining the Board in 2013, Mr. Kessler facilitated CMA’s “National Conversations,” a research project involving musicians and presenters across the country to better understand how their lives had changed since the Great Recession began in 2008.
Poetry is no longer something we curl up to with a cup of tea. Instead, we take it in through earbuds. And America has never loved it more. One hears a certain baleful cry regularly in writerly circles that Americans don’t care about poetry anymore. A widely read Atlantic piece by Dana Gioia in 1992 was a signature statement.
The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, a £7 million fund created to support collaboration between organizations supported by the Arts Council England along with the organizations Nesta and Arts & Humanities Research Council have begun a new publication, Native: Magazine of the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. Though digital is the word here, there is a limited print edition that you can request (presumably on a per-issue basis). Both describe the projects being funded currently by the publisher as well as features profiling people and organizations, including a piece about Diane Ragsdale.
From Keith Schneider, for The New York Times:
NASAA is pleased to announce the release of the State Arts Agency Fiscal Year 2015 Legislative Appropriations Preview report. This document summarizes how state arts agencies fared during this year's budget deliberations and includes information on the appropriations each state arts agency expects to receive for FY2015.
During the months of July and August, GIA’s photo banner features artists and projects supported by Arts & Science Council (ASC) of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina.
"Changing the course of conversations has been at the heart of Jennings' work at the foundation and her career with philanthropic organizations.Over that career, she has become widely known in arts and social justice circles for focusing conversations on the power of art in empowering women and disenfranchised populations.
GIA members and other grantmakers can now register for the GIA 2014 Conference online! As planning for the 2014 Conference in Houston continues, the conference website will hold complete and detailed information on the schedule, plenary speakers, and special events happening on the conference dates of Sunday, October 12-15. Details of eligibility and online registration are there, as well. See it all at conference.giarts.org.