Updated NASAA Member Directory

Friday, February 29, 2008

Download a portable, easy to read version of this issue.


NationalAssembly of State Arts Agencies

List your statewide event in the Community Calendar

Support the entire state arts agency community with a gift to NASAA's 2012 Annual Fund.
Thank You!

Announcements and Resources

News and Current Information

New Web Seminar: The Imagine Nation Constituency

On Wednesday, March 26, NASAA will be hosting a special Web seminar exploring voters' attitudes about the necessity of imagination, innovation and creativity in public education. Based on a recent opinion poll commissioned by the Arts Education Partnership, the seminar will brief participants on:

The session will take place on Wednesday, March 26th from 3:00-4:30 pm EST. Val Marmillion (a special research advisor to the Arts Education Partnership) will be a featured presenter. The seminar will also provide the opportunity for questions and discussion.

All state arts agency staff and council members are encouraged to participate. Courtesy of NASAA and the Arts Education Partnership, this seminar is free for state arts agencies. (All you need to log in is a telephone and a Web connection.) To RSVP, please send your name, your agency and your phone number to Carmen Boston: carmen.boston@nasaa-arts.org.

New Executive Director in Oklahoma

Suzanne Tate has been named executive director of the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Tate succeeds Betty Price, who retired in October after 24 years as executive director. For complete information, visit the Oklahoma Arts Council Web site.

2007 Coming Up Taller Awardees Honored at White House Ceremony

The Coming Up Taller Awards recognize and support outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of young people, and provide them with new learning opportunities and a chance to contribute to their communities.

Eighteen programs from communities in the United States, Mexico and China were honored by Mrs. Laura Bush at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Monday, January 28, 2008. Each program received $10,000 in recognition of their accomplishments.

The Coming Up Taller program is an initiative of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program is coordinated by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. For more information and a list of honorees, visit the Coming Up Taller Web site.

National Arts Strategies Launches FUTURE LEADERSHIPTM

The approaching retirement of long-standing executives from across all sectors will present critical challenges and fresh opportunities for the cultural field. The Future Leadership program maximizes the benefits of this transformation by uniquely investing in the next wave of arts and cultural leaders--high-potential professionals who are five to seven years from becoming top executives. For more information, visit the National Arts Strategies website.

Creativity and Neighborhood Development: Strategies for Community Investment

The Reinvestment Fund, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania's Social Impact of the Arts Project and the Rockefeller Foundation, has issued a report that examines the intrinsic value of arts and culture as a key ingredient in neighborhood revitalization. This collaboration has also resulted in four briefs focusing on the creative economy in urban neighborhoods, "natural" cultural districts, migrant cultural engagement, and artists' workspaces. For more information and to download copies of the report and briefs go to http://www.trfund.com/resource/creativity.html.

Transforming Arts Teaching: The Role of Higher Education

This publication from the Dana Foundation examines innovations in arts-teacher training at 24 higher education institutions across the country. In addition to these program profiles, proceedings from Dana's national symposium on how institutions such as these can enhance arts learning are provided. To download a copy or to request a free printed version, visit http://www.dana.org/news/publications/publication.aspx?id=10158