Updated NASAA Member Directory

Friday, April 21, 2006

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News and Current Information

American Society on Aging Publishes NASAA State Spotlight: NASAA is pleased to announce that the American Society on Aging has published an extended version of the State Spotlight featuring North Dakota Council on the Arts' Art for Life project. Creating Art Inspires Wellness Among North Dakota Elders was highlighted on the cover of the January-February 2006 issue of Aging Today, a 20-page newspaper targeting eldercare practitioners and policy leaders. View the article in the Creative Currents section: http://www.agingtoday.org/at/at-271/toc.cfm.

NASAA publicizes the work of state arts agencies through targeted communications efforts. Recent Spotlights have also been featured by the Society for Arts in Healthcare, National Center for Creative Aging, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, and Community Arts Network.

Indiana Executive Director Resigns: Dorothy Ilgen, executive director of the Indiana Arts Commission, will leave the commission effective July 31. Ilgen, who has been with the IAC since 1995, announced her plans to retire from government at the commission's quarterly meeting. Prior to her tenure at the IAC, Ms. Ilgen was the executive director of the Kansas Arts Commission and also served as the deputy director for the Missouri Arts Council.

New England Performing Arts Marketplace: On March 1st the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council announced the launch of MatchBook.org, a comprehensive online cultural marketplace designed to bring together New England's performing artists and presenters. For more information visit http://www.nefa.org/about/MBPressRelease3-2006.html.

NASAA CEO Honored: On April 5th the English Department at Kent State University will present their Distinguished Alumnus Award to NASAA's Executive Director Jonathan Katz during their annual awards ceremony for scholarship and writing awards winners . The award honors an alumnus who has achieved distinction in his or her field. Possible honorees are suggested by faculty and selected by the Department Chair in consultation with the Undergraduate and Graduate Program Coordinators in the Department.

2006 NASAA Award Nominations: NASAA's awards program recognizes exemplary leadership and showcases best practices of state and regional arts organizations. Members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations to NASAA by using the form on our Web site. http://www.nasaa-arts.org/nasaanews/award_forms.shtml

Fax (202-737-0526) or mail support materials to NASAA. Nominations for the Gary Young and Distinguished Public Service awards will be considered for two years providing the submission is updated in the second year.

2006 National Accessibility Leadership Award Nominations: The National Endowment for the Arts and NASAA sponsor this annual award (and up to $30,000 grant) recognizing exceptional and effective initiatives or programs that make the arts accessible and inclusive. The 2006 award will focus on efforts that involve older adults in the arts as creators, teachers and /or students. All state arts agencies and regional arts organizations are eligible. Nomination deadline is May 26th.

Fill out a nomination form at http://www.nasaa-arts.org/natl_access_award_2006.html.

2006 Distinguished Public Service Award: This award honors an individual whose outstanding service, creative thinking and leadership have had a significant impact on the field of public support for the arts in his/her state or region. All current or past [living] state arts agency or regional arts organization chairs or council members are eligible for nomination. Nominations may be made by any NASAA member state arts agency staff or council member, or any regional arts organization staff or council member. Nomination deadline is May 31st. http://www.nasaa-arts.org/pub_service.html.

2006 Gary Yound Award: This award recognizes the individual who is making an extraordinary contribution in the field of public support for the arts in his/her state or region. The ideal candidate will exhibit exemplary leadership, innovative thinking and dedication to diverse artistic expression. All current or past [living] state arts agency or regional arts organization executive directors are eligible for nomination. Nominations may be made by any NASAA member state arts agency staff or council member, or any regional arts organization staff or council member. Nomination deadline is May 31st. http://www.nasaa-arts.org/gary_young.html.