Thursday, December 4, 2008 NASAA Notes December 2008   VOLUME 12 ISSUE 8  

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Announcements and Resources

2009 Coming Up Taller Awards Application Deadline January 30

Coming Up Taller

Each year the Coming Up Taller Awards recognize and reward excellence in after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs for underserved children and youth. Award recipients receive $10,000 each, an individualized plaque, and an invitation to attend the annual Coming Up Taller Leadership Enhancement Conference. The awards seek to promote a creative, engaged, skilled, and confident generation of young people.

The deadline for receipt of nomination forms for the 2009 awards is January 30. To review the eligibility requirements and apply for consideration, see the 2009 Coming Up Taller Awards nomination application.

Coming Up Taller is a program 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.

Tennessee's Fisk Jubilee Singers Receive National Medal of Arts

Two months after NASAA Assembly 2008 attendees heard the Fisk Jubilee Singers perform in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the group has been awarded the National Medal of Arts, one of nine recipients nationwide. Read more about this honor.

The Walllace Foundation

The Wallace Foundation Awards $7.7 Million to Support Seattle's Arts Community

The Wallace Foundation, the Washington State Arts Commission and the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs today announced an innovative, four-year arts funding partnership designed to foster growth in public arts attendance and to identify, develop and share useful lessons on how arts organizations can reach more people. Nine Seattle arts organizations will receive $6.1 million in grants, and another $1.6 million will support audience building throughout the region.

New Grant Opportunity

Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) is launching a second cycle of grants through its Artography: Arts in a Changing America program, a funding and documentation initiative that explores new demographics in America. The program supports activities that encourage diversity and artistry while encouraging public dialogue about cultural transformation. LINC will provide two-year grants of $80,000 to $100,000 to exemplary arts organizations. A special emphasis will be placed on activities that share learning and promising practices. Preliminary proposals are due January 30, 2009.

New Issue of Cultural Heritage Tourism News

The outlook for cultural heritage tourism and the launch of a new online community for heritage and cultural travelers are among the topics in Cultural Heritage Tourism News, Fall 2008. The newsletter's publisher, Partners in Tourism: Culture and Commerce, is a coalition of national organizations and agencies with an interest in cultural heritage tourism. The current edition also includes news from South Carolina, Virginia, Illinois and Tennessee.

VSA Arts

A Framework for Evaluation from VSA Arts

The Contours of Inclusion: Frameworks and Tools for Evaluating Arts in Education summarizes the proceedings of the 2007 VSA arts Research Symposium. This practical guide offers examples of how to design and use evaluations of arts education in inclusive settings. VSA arts is an international, nonprofit organization founded to create a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts.

Fair Use Best Practices for Media Literacy Educators

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education, published by the School of Communication at American University, contains principles that will help educators who use media literacy concepts and techniques to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use (circumstances in which copyrighted material may be used without permission). The guide presents five principles about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials in all educational settings.

Direction in Difficult Times

Navigating Troubled Waters, a collection of opinion essays from the experts at WolfBrown, provides strategic guidance for nonprofit cultural organizations in times of economic uncertainty. The authors emphasize the need for:

  • accurate situation analysis
  • increased structural flexibility
  • adaptive capacity
  • risk tolerance
  • responsiveness to community needs
  • openness to new collaborations

Although intended for nonprofit arts leaders, the suggestions and questions offered in these essays are useful for public sector arts agencies as well.

New NASAA Board Member Honored

Carol Ann Herbert, newly appointed NASAA board member and chair of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, was honored recently with a resolution from the New Jersey General Assembly. Read more about the honor, which recognizes Herbert's appointment to the NASAA board and celebrates her "inspired and effective service in the arts" statewide.

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