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Monday, April 23, 2007

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Announcements and Resources

News and Current Information

Governors Adopt "Innovation" Agendas
Governors are directing new resources to programs and policies designed to boost innovation and the knowledge economy, according to the National Governors' Association. Education initiatives emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math are receiving priority attention, as are policies that encourage universities and businesses to collaborate on R&D. States are also considering various "tax incentives and innovation zones" designed to stimulate the development of knowledge-based industries. Read about other governors' priorities at www.nga.org/Files/pdf/GOVSPEAK0702.PDF and consider how you can position the arts as an innovation asset to your state.

SAA Executive Director Appointments
The Minnesota Sate Arts Board has chosen Thomas C. Proehl to be the agency's executive director. Proehl has been serving as interim executive director since December. See the full press release http://www.arts.state.mn.us/contact/exec_dir_proehl.htm.

On February 23rd, Governor Chet Culver announced the appointment of Cyndi Pederson as director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. See the full press release http://www.governor.iowa.gov/news/2007/02/23_1.php.

Division of Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History has named Jeff Pierson of Charleston as director of the agency's Arts Section. Details at http://www.wvculture.org/news.aspx?Agency=Division&Id=633

A Portrait of "Generation Next"
The Pew Research Center for People and the Press released How Young People View Their Lives, Futures and Politics: A Portrait of Generation Next in January 2007. The report surveyed members of "Generation Next" - Americans between the age of 18 and 25 years old - on issues including outlook and world view, technology and lifestyle, politics and policy and values and social issues. It uses these responses to compare "Generation Next" with previous generations of young people and existing adult generations. The resulting "portrait" provides valuable information for anyone seeking to engage this next generation of arts audiences.

To view the full report, go to http://people-press.org/reports/pdf/300.pdf.

Cultural Heritage Tourism News Solicits Articles
Have an exciting cultural tourism story? Regular features of the newsletter include "Washington Buzz," "Scanning the States," and a "Calendar" section. Two new regular features have been added: "Partner Profile" and "Transitions," a section listing job opportunities as well as new faces joining the cultural and heritage tourism field. Draft articles are due about a month in advance of posting the newsletter on the website to allow time for editing, collecting/adding photos. Visit http://www.culturalheritagetourism.org/newsletter/WINTER07/index.htm

For additional information, contact:
Amy Webb
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Email: amy_webb@nthp.org

$25,000 Grants to Support Community Schools of the Arts-Public School Partnerships
The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and the MetLife Foundation have announced the renewal of the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Project. The project's goal is to improve teaching and learning in the arts by advancing high-quality, sustainable partnerships between community-based arts education organizations and public schools. Grant application guidelines are available at http://www.nationalguild.org/programs/partners.htm