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Posted on January 20, 2011 by GIA News

(1-20-2011) Lois Weisberg is the first flesh-and-bones Chicagoan to be named a “Legendary Landmark” by Illinois's Landmarks Preservation Council. During and before her tenure as Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, she has been responsible for all manner of popular Chicago public arts programs, including the Chicago Cultural Center, Gallery 37, and numerous annual festivals. Now, at age 85, Weisberg is stepping down amidst controversy over Major Richard M. Daley's proposal to merge her office, the Department of Cultural Affairs with the Major's Office of Special Events.

Posted on January 20, 2011 by GIA News

(1-20-2011) For 25 years, the national nonprofit organization CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources) has provided grants, loans, and brokered assistance from manufacturers, suppliers, and show promoters to craft artists who have suffered career-threatening emergencies.

Posted on January 19, 2011 by GIA News

(1-19-2011) ArtsFund, a Seattle-based grantmaking organization, has released a pair of Economic Impact Studies, one focused on King County, Washington (which includes Seattle) and another for the broader Puget Sound Region. A year in the making, these studies analyze the impacts of arts and cultural organizations and their patrons during 2009 and 2010. They were authored by Dr. William Beyers, University of Washington, and GMA Research Corporation of Bellevue, Washington.

Posted on January 19, 2011 by GIA News

(1-19-2011) As announced last month, grant application guidelines for NEA funding in 2012 are now available. The guidelines are for the NEA’s two funding categories, Art Works and Our Town.

NEA is organizing a series of discipline-focused webinars to guide applicants through the changes. Those interested in participating, can log onto shortly before the scheduled time. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

Posted on January 18, 2011 by GIA News

(1-18-2011) The National Capitalization Project continues to generate much-needed debate. Here is a quick listing of blog posts:

Posted on January 17, 2011 by GIA News

(1-17-2011) R. Philip Hanes, Jr., passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at Hospice in Winston-Salem at age 84. From the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C.:

A founder of the American Arts Council movement, Phil served on the boards of more than 50 national, state, and local arts agencies, most notably as a founding member of the National Council on the Arts and as founder and first chairman of the North Carolina Arts Council. He established the nation’s first arts council in Winston-Salem.
Posted on January 17, 2011 by GIA News

(1-17-2011) A message from Roberto Bedoya, Executive Director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council:

The Tucson Pima Arts Council believes that a healthy and robust democracy embraces political and cultural differences, and supports the multiplicity of world views that enrich our society and county.
Posted on January 16, 2011 by GIA News

(1-16-2011) City Journal, the quarterly publication of The Manhattan Institute, has published a review of Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class, a book published last Fall and authored by Claire Gaudiani.

Posted on January 13, 2011 by Tommer

Ellen Stewart, the founder, artistic director and de facto producer of La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, a multicultural hive of avant-garde drama and performance art in New York for almost half a century, died Thursday in Manhattan. She was 91.

Posted on January 13, 2011 by GIA News

(1-13-2011) La Mama Experimental Theater Company founder Ellen Stewart passed away today at age 91. Brava Ellen!

Read more about Ellen here, here, and here.