Thursday, January 8, 2009
List your statewide event in the Community Calendar
What a time we live in—so much challenge and so much hope! I hope you have on your calendar NASAA's Web seminar, "Contending with Economic Uncertainty: State Arts Agency Strategies and Perspectives." This members-only session, which is free to state arts agencies, takes place on Thursday, January 22, from 3:00-4:15 p.m. EST. We'll explore:
All state arts agency staff and council members are encouraged to participate, and will have an opportunity for questions and discussion during the seminar. This seminar is free for state arts agencies. (All you need to log in is a telephone and an Internet connection.) To R.S.V.P., please send your name, your agency's name and your phone number to NASAA Learning Services Manager Eric Giles. Participants will receive a confirmation with connection details prior to the session.
NASAA's second annual Executive Director Bootcamp is scheduled for January 26-28 in Washington, D.C. Because state arts agency leadership requires a special blend of multidisciplinary expertise in the arts, planning, policy, public management, grant making, assessment, collaboration, resource development and communications, NASAA provides this introductory leadership development opportunity for agency directors with tenure of three years or less. For more information, contact NASAA Chief Program and Planning Officer Kelly Barsdate. We always view the convening of the National Endowment for the Arts Partnership Agreement Panel, which is open for observation, as a learning opportunity, so Bootcamp participants will be taking advantage of that. NASAA encourages other members to do the same, which you can now also do by telephone. For more information on the NEA Partnership Agreement Panel, contact NEA State & Regional Specialist Andi Mathis.
The big event in January is, of course, the presidential inauguration. The transition team has been operating at full tilt in downtown D.C. offices for several weeks now. Bill Ivey, who chaired the NEA from 1998-2001 and now directs the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, has responsibility for the arts on the transition team, along with Anne Luzzatto, whose federal agency experience includes work with the National Security Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. On behalf of the NASAA membership, I met with Bill and Anne on December 16 to discuss the future of the NEA, the relationship between the NEA and the state arts agencies, and federal support for the arts. I appreciated being asked to prepare a page of bullet-point items that we could discuss and that would remain with the team. Here it is:
Agenda for the NEA with Special Emphasis on Federal-State Partnership
I hasten to add that because an item appears on this list does not mean it is not happening now. Like friendships, policies need explicit attention to remain strong.
As I'm sure you are aware, the Obama transition team has asked governors for their input on the use of economic stimulus funds. On December 31, NASAA Legislative Council Tom Birch sent you a memo listing the federal assistance programs where funding is most likely to be extended. Your work in explicitly identifying arts organizations who can participate in these programs can be very influential within your state. Tom is networking with his Cultural Advocacy Group legislative colleagues and I am meeting with the CEOs of national arts service organizations to keep current, get you the best information to act on, and represent state arts agency interests at the national level.
My favorite wish for you as we head in to the new year is Good Health, Good Friends, Good Fortune and Good Government in 2009!