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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

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New ED in Kansas: Governor Kathleen Sebelius has appointed Llewellyn Crain to serve as executive director of the Kansas Arts Commission effective May 22. Crain currently is the assistant director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University where she focuses on raising funds for the arts and humanities. Previously, she was the director of educational initiatives for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the director of community programs for the Los Angeles Opera.

New ED in Wyoming: Rita Basom, long-time staff member of the Wyoming Arts Council, has been named the new manager of the agency. Basom has served in a variety of positions during her seventeen years with the Arts Council and Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, including two previous appointments as acting manager, and most recently as deputy manager.

State Policymakers' Views on the Arts in Education: This Issue Brief from the Education Commission of the States (ECS) is based on telephone interviews of 21 state policymakers to discuss the salient education issues in their states and their views on arts education. The brief shares insights on the education priorities of state policy makers and offers advice to advocates. Visit http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/68/58/6858.pdf

Announcing 2006 Coming Up Taller Awards Semifinalists: The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its partners, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Humanities, announced the 2006 Coming Up Taller Award Semifinalists. Fifty exceptional programs from across the country were selected, reflecting a diversity of arts and humanities disciplines and settings. Later this year, PCAH will announce the 15 finalists chosen from among these 50 outstanding programs. Each finalist will receive a $10,000 cash award and will have the opportunity to participate in the third annual Coming Up Taller Leadership Enhancement Conference, August 2-4, 2006, in Chicago, Illinois; presented in collaboration with the Illinois Arts Council. In addition, a Certificate of Excellence is given to all Semifinalists. Visit http://www.cominguptaller.org/awards-2006/semifinalists.html

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Supports New Grant Program: Arts Presenters will award 6-12, one- to two-year project grants, ranging from $50,000-$200,000 in 2007 to college and university presenters for a variety of campus-based activities that more fully integrate the work of presenters into the life of the academy and the community and for campus presenters working collectively with college or university partners to maximize resources and capacities in the performing arts. The Innovations Grant Program applications will only be accepted online, at www.TheCreativeCampus.org. and must be submitted by June 15, 2006.

12th National Roundtable in Portland, Oregon (June 21- 24): Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, invites you to join your colleagues from across the US to focus on solutions at our 12th National Roundtable in Portland, Oregon (June 21- 24). Visit www.danceusa.org/meetings/index.htm.

Jazz Ambassadors Program: The recently released evaluation of the Jazz Ambassadors Program rated as "enormously successful" the U.S. Department of State's six years' experience in sending American jazz musicians and ensembles to some 100 countries in six targeted regions of the world. The report suggests that the Jazz Ambassadors Program "should continue to provide U.S. posts with effective tools for public diplomacy" and by identifying jazz as "an appropriate medium for showcasing American values, such as freedom of expression, creativity, and liberality of thought." The Jazz Ambassadors evaluation assessed the program's efficacy as a public diplomacy tool to foster mutual understanding through cross-cultural exchanges; introduce foreign audiences to a uniquely American art form; provide alternative venues for policy dialog; and create lasting relationships between cultural communities in the U.S. and abroad. The American Music Abroad Program is the new name for Jazz Ambassadors, and reflects the program's inclusion of additional musical forms.