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Thursday, January 8, 2009

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Web Seminar January 22: Contending with Economic Uncertainty

Be sure join NASAA on Thursday, January 22, at 3:00 p.m. EST for a special Web seminar on how your colleagues across the country are coping with challenging budget conditions. The free members-only seminar, "Contending with Economic Uncertainty: State Arts Agency Strategies and Perspectives," will include a briefing on state budgets and provide a chance for participants to discuss how state arts agency programs, policies and advocacy strategies are adapting. The seminar will be open to all state arts agency staff and council members. To RSVP, send your name, your agency and your phone number to Learning Services Manager Eric Giles.

Former Senator Claiborne Pell Dies at 90

Former U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell died on New Year's Day at his home in Newport, RI. Pell was the author of the National Foundation of the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, legislation that established the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was one of the principal figures in creating the government-financed college grants known as "Basic Educational Opportunity Grants." The awards, renamed Pell Grants in his honor in 1980, have helped tens of millions of Americans attend college.

2008 State New Economy Index

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation has released a ranking of states' ability to thrive in an innovative, globally-linked, entrepreneurial and dynamic economy. The report, sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, employs 29 indicators to score states and provide an update and expansion of rankings conducted in 2002 and 2007. The top five states for 2008 are Massachusetts, Washington, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.

Program Evaluation Results: Foundation Challenges, Audience Experiences

The Knight Foundation recently released an evaluation of the Knight Creative Communities Initiative. The project was devoted to community transformation based on Richard Florida's creative class theory to stimulate economic development. The evaluation of this initiative candidly discusses the challenges foundations face when starting a new program.

The Heinz Endowment's Arts and Cultural Program recently released a report entitled Project Brief: Arts Experience Initiative. The report summarizes several new ways to engage the audience in an arts experience. The report explores the premise that the experience in which an audience participates not only engages the audience members but also contributes to the art itself.

The State of State Library Agencies

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has issued a statistical report on state library agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for FY 2007 that provides information on topics including collections, services, staff and revenue. In 2007, state library agencies received and expended $1.2 billion in programs and services, held 24.1 million books, and received 1.6 million visits.

Free Studio Space in NYC

Visual artists may apply by January 31 for a chance at one of 17 free studio spaces in Brooklyn, New York. The Space Program, offered by the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, supplies studios beginning September 1, 2009, for periods of up to one year. Application is online only, and applicants are required to submit eight images.

Welcome to NASAA, Eric Giles

Eric Giles joined the NASAA staff in December. As NASAA's Learning Services Manager, Eric will be coordinating NASAA's Web seminars and assisting with the design and coordination of NASAA convenings. He has prior work experience with the Nonprofit Roundtable and the American Red Cross. He is also a visual artist, and as well the founder of a gallery dedicated to promoting emerging California artists. Please join us in welcoming Eric to the NASAA team!