Friday, November 7, 2008
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NASAA works year-round to spread the word about innovative state arts agency programs and to keep you abreast of the latest trends in the state arts agency field. Following its inaugural edition last month, this installment of State to State provides another short sampler of state programs, products and services for you to browse for information and inspiration. We extend our thanks to everyone who has contributed to this column.
PROMOTING THE ARTS
Museums in a Minute
North Carolina Arts Council
Art museums are integral gathering places for the citizens of and visitors to all regions of North Carolina. To highlight the state's excellent museums, the North Carolina Arts Council has launched the Museums in a Minute video series. Each museum featured in the series receives promotion through the council's Web site in the form of a one-minute video and a Web page containing information about the museum and its current exhibitions. The series, which started in September 2008, plans to feature one museum per week. For more information about the Museums in a Minute series, contact North Carolina Arts Council Senior Program Director of Marketing Rebecca Moore.
Strategic Plan: Imagine Maryland
Maryland State Arts Council
In spring 2008, the Maryland State Arts Council launched Imagine Maryland, a broad-based strategic planning process to guide its work in the coming years. As part of the process, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development's Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts commissioned Maryland's first statewide survey of the arts. A total of 805 telephone interviews were conducted September 3-9, 2008. The survey results, which were announced by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on October 10 in recognition of National Arts and Humanities Month, revealed that Maryland residents have a deep appreciation of and involvement with the arts. An overwhelming number of Marylanders--84%--create art either professionally or in their spare time. Marylanders are active, engaged observers of art, with 89% having attended live musical performances, live theater or dance, art festivals or events, and museums or galleries over the past year. To learn more about the survey findings, read this press release. To learn more about Maryland's strategic planning process, contact Maryland State Arts Council Executive Director Theresa Colvin.
ART AS SOCIAL COMMENTARY
The Art of Action--Shaping Vermont's Future through Art
Vermont Council on the Arts
The Art of Action: Shaping Vermont's Future through Art is the result of a partnership between the Vermont Arts Council and entrepreneur/philanthropist Lyman Orton. Building on the research conducted by the Council on the Future of Vermont, the project will commission 10 visual artists to create two-dimensional works addressing issues pertaining to Vermont's economic, environmental and social challenges. Meant to engage artists from Vermont, the United States and around the world, the project generated more than 300 responses. Each of the 20 finalists will receive $2,500 to develop and present their proposals, after which 10 winners will be commissioned—at an average of $25,000—to realize their proposals. The commissioned suites of artwork will be exhibited from October 2009 through May 2010, then will be made available to the public through an auction or sale. For more information, visit The Art of Action Web site or blog, or contact Project Director John Zwick at the Vermont Arts Council.
Iowa Folklife Volume II Web Site & Educational Packets
Iowa Arts Council
The Iowa Arts Council (IAC) has introduced two new curriculum-based learning tools that focus on folklife and traditional arts and artists. The first program, Iowa Folklife Volume II is a Web resource that builds on the success of Iowa Folklife: Our People, Communities and Traditions. IAC worked with the University of Northern Iowa, folk artists and their communities to produce Iowa Folklife Volume II. Students and educators can explore Iowa's Vietnamese, Lao, Danish, Asian Indian and Meskwaki cultures as well as Latino, gospel, old time, polka and blues music. The site includes lesson plans, photos, audio samples, videos and suggested readings.
The second program, "Influence and Inspiration: Iowa's Cultural and Artistic Legacy Evolves," is an educational packet for Iowa teachers and students. The packet, which will be available to educators in December, was designed by a group of multigrade-level educators and contains DVDs of contemporary, folk and traditional artists; images of each artist's work; lesson plans that adhere to national and Iowa education standards; artists' biographies; and Web and print resources related to each artist.
For more information about the on-line folklife curricula, contact IAC Folklife Coordinator Rachelle H. Saltzman, Ph.D. For information about "Influence and Inspiration" packets, contact IAC Arts Programmer Sarah Ekstrand.
Focusing the Light: The Art and Practice of Planning
Ohio Arts Council
In fall 2008, the Ohio Arts Council released Focusing the Light: The Art and Practice of Planning. The seven-volume series is comprised of texts that provide strategies, tips and techniques for successful planning, advocacy and evaluation for those who work in the arts and nonprofit industry. The series covers arts advocacy and strategic planning as well as broader planning topics. In addition to the text series, the Ohio Arts Council has developed the Focusing the Light iTool. The iTool is a logic model designed to create visual and text snapshots of programs. Logic models combine words and graphics to show how programs work. The iTool illustrates clear connections between needs, inputs, activities and desired outcomes. It can be used during the planning process and also to present, implement and evaluate a plan. For more information about either the series or the iTool, contact Ohio Arts Council Deputy Director Mary Campbell-Zopf.
NASAA's information-sharing depends on your participation. What are your most successful current initiatives? Have you launched any great programs, policies, services or partnerships? We want to hear about them! Contact NASAA Policy and Program Associate Jesse Rye (202-347-6352 x118) and include your name, your agency, a brief description of your project and whom to contact to learn more about it.