Updated NASAA Member Directory

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

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The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies 2008 Award Nominations

The NASAA awards program recognizes exemplary leadership and showcases the best practices of state and regional arts organizations.

The Gary Young Award recognizes the individual who makes an extraordinary contribution to 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.

The Distinguished Public Service Award honors an individual whose outstanding service, creative thinking and leadership significantly impacts public support for the arts in his/her state or region.

The National Accessibility Leadership Award recognizes exceptional and effective initiatives or programs that make the arts accessible and inclusive to individuals with disabilities and/or older adults. The $30,000 award is jointly supported through a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and will be administered as a matching, one-year grant from the NEA.

Nomination deadline is June 30, 2008. For eligibility details and to download the nomination forms, visit http://www.nasaa-arts.org/2008-awards-main.shtml.

Imagine Nation Web Seminar

This special Web seminar—presented on March 26th, explored voters' attitudes about the necessity of imagination, innovation and creativity in public education. A pdf of the presentation and other resources are available on the member side of the NASAA web site at http://members.nasaa-arts.org/central.shtml.

The Arts and Democracy

In an interview with NASAA CEO Jonathan Katz, National Endowment for the Arts chairman Dana Gioia discusses the major challenges facing public funding for the arts at the beginning of the 21st century, and the special responsibilities of public agencies and arts organizations and how they can help to broaden nationwide participation in the arts. Originally presented at NASAA's Assembly 2007 conference in Baltimore, Maryland, the interview has been revised and edited to stimulate discussion among arts councils and multiple audiences. Each NASAA member agency will receive a copy of the DVD. A Closed Caption version will be available on the Arts Endowment's website at www.arts.gov or contact the NEA's Office for AccessAbility at (202) 682-5532.

NASAA Member Directory Online

Back by popular demand! NASAA's SAA Directory can be downloaded each month directly from your issue of e-NOTES, or from the member side of the NASAA website at http://members.nasaa-arts.org/central.shtml.

Be sure to send us updates when contact information changes. Updates can be sent directly to NASAA's membership associate Dora Shick.

Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit

Published by the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)—and authored by former NASAA staff member Johanna Misey Boyer, this new publication describes strategies for enhancing health in older adults through participatory arts programs. The Toolkit is available for $35, and may be purchased through the National Guild office at (212) 268-3337 ext. 16, or online at http://nationalguild.org/publications/publications_catalog.htm.

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Dennis Kavanaugh to be honored in AZ for advocacy, arts support

Mesa attorney, former vice-mayor, council member longtime arts advocate and NASAA board member Dennis Kavanaugh will receive the third annual Shelley Award at the 27th Annual Governors Arts Awards Dinner, April 23 in Arizona. Visit http://www.azcitizensforthearts.org/Press%20page_files/Kavanaugh-Shelley.doc

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Al Head honored for distinguished leadership

Congratulations to NASAA member Al Head, executive director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, who was honored on March 29th with Troy University's ninth annual Distinguished Leadership Award. "Al Head has shown tremendous leadership as executive director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and his contributions to our state in this role are unmatched," said Faith Ward, director of alumni affairs. Visit http://www.troymessenger.com/articles/2008/03/29/news/news07.txt