Tuesday, May 27, 2008
List your statewide event in the Community Calendar
State budget projections for 2009
The National Conference of State Legislatures' State Budget Update: April 2008 includes updated information on the fiscal situation of the states for 2008 and projections for 2009. Weak revenue performance is the major driver for many current state fiscal conditions, although the outlook is good for energy producing states. A summary of survey results from legislative fiscal directors can be found at http://www.ncsl.org/programs/press/2008/pr042508StateBudgetReport.htm.
NASAA welcomes new Research Associate
Shannah Sphar joins NASAA as a Research Associate beginning May 27. Shannah will be conducting NASAA's member surveys and managing state arts agency budget data. She is a native of West Virginia and is finishing up graduate studies in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
New from the Arts Education Partnership
The State Arts Education Policy Database has been updated for 2008. This searchable database contains information on arts education policy collected from state departments of education for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It contains summaries of policy on a variety of topics including coursework and licensure/certification requirements for teachers, requirements for high school graduation and college entrance, standard, and assessment measures. Check out the database at http://www.aep-arts.org/database/index.htm.
A Fresh Look at Arts Participation
This working paper from WolfBrown takes a look at participation from the art consumer's standpoint. Using in-depth interviewing techniques, teams of arts administrators and board members were sent out to conduct individual interviews with a cross section of audiences. The paper includes commentary from Andrew Taylor (Bolz Center for Arts Administration), Ann Stone (Wallace Foundation), and An-Ming Truxes (Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism). http://www.wolfbrown.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=7&cntnt01returnid=120.
Creative Economy on a global scale
The United Nations has recently published a policy-oriented analysis of the creative economy, Creative Economy Report 2008. It is the first such publication to present the perspectives of the United Nations on this topic. http://www.unctad.org/en/docs/ditc20082cer_en.pdf