(4-21-10) The Senate Appropriations Committee restored the $890,735 that the governor had recommended for GCA, but the House had cut out. The Senate version of the budget keeps the agency going, but with about $1.6 million less in state backing than it has in fiscal year 2010.
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(4-21-10) From the New York Times..... An obscure upstate New York theater group that receives far more state aid than any of New York’s world-renowned cultural institutions is rife with corruption, mismanagement, nepotism and possibly illegal conduct, according to a scathing report released on Tuesday by the state inspector general’s office.
(4-20-10) A nearly $70,000 grant from Cherokee Preservation Foundation is enabling the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts (OICA) to purchase a vintage letterpress and cast new type-sets that will consist of the 85 characters of the Cherokee syllabary (originally there were 86). Art students will then learn how to operate the press and begin producing printed materials for use in the Cherokee language preservation program.
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(4-20-10) "A Cargill heiress' massive fortune is about to change the face of Minnesota philanthropy," reports Jean Hopfensperger in the Star Tribune. Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies will be headquartered in Eden Prairie and will employ a staff of up to 75.
(4-19-10) GIA Member Susan Coliton (Paul G. Allen Family Foundation) and Patricia A. Wasley (Dean of the College of Education at the University of Washington) in an Op-Ed in the Seattle Times...
"OUR state's economy thrives on innovation. That innovation exists in many sectors — from engineers and designers, to writers and architects — and all of them depend on creative-thinking skills in order to succeed.
(4-19-10) America's nonprofits expect that 2010 will be financially more difficult or as difficult as 2009, according to a survey released by Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF). The survey of more than 1,300 nonprofit leaders in markets nationwide also found strong evidence of the dramatic and creative steps that organizations are taking in order to maintain – and even expand – service delivery to meet increased demand during this time of continued economic uncertainty.
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(4-19-10) The Kresge Foundation announces today a new national strategy for its Arts and Culture Program that fosters the long-term financial stability of arts and cultural organizations, supports artists’ services, and helps to integrate arts and culture institutions and activities into effective community building. Grantmaking is focused in three areas: Institutional Capitalization, Artists’ Support Services and Arts and Community Building.