Wednesday, February 4, 2009
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Contending with Economic Uncertainty Resource Area
The challenges presented by the economic downturn can provide state arts agencies with opportunities to concentrate on core strengths and focus their communications efforts. Find helpful resources on NASAA's new members-only Web page, Contending with Economic Uncertainty, designed to help SAAs navigate these turbulent times. These areas of NASAA's Web site are password protected; if you need a username or password reminder, contact NASAA Membership Associate Dora Shick. The page includes:
Museums Advocacy Day, February 23-24
Bring the message of the value of museums to national legislators, advocate for policy issues affecting museums, and learn effective ways to engage your representatives at Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. Find out more.
2009 National Accessibility Leadership Award
Do you know about an exceptional program that makes the arts accessible to individuals with disabilities or to older adults? Submit your nomination for the National Accessibility Leadership Award, cosponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and NASAA. Nominations are due by April 1.
Dance/USA's Engaging Dance Audiences Pilot
Dance/USA has launched Engaging Dance Audiences (EDA), a $1.5 million pilot program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to support and analyze current dance-going activities, learn from peers, and share the learning nationally. The "Call for Ideas" application deadline is May 4, 2009. Download the press release.
State of the States Report
The Pew Center on the States Stateline.org recently released the 10th edition of State of the States. The report summarizes key political and policy developments in the states over the past year. State of the States also examines likely state policy directions for 2009.
Emergency Funding for Nonprofits
It is critical for nonprofits to prepare for the impact of the current recession. Fieldstone Alliance offers an informative article entitled 20 Emergency Funding Sources for Nonprofits. The 20 strategies are broken into five categories: cash flow management, contributed income, earned income, debt financing, and existing assets.
Museums and Public Financing
Exhibiting Public Value: Government Funding for Museums in the United States is one of the first comprehensive reports on museum public finance. The December 2008 study, conducted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, explores public support from federal, state, and local governments with a focus on levels of financial support and delivery mechanisms.
Fewer Movers, More Stayers
The Pew Social and Demographic Trends' study American Mobility: Who Moves? Who Stays Put? Where's Home? found that Americans are "settling down." A mere 11.9% of Americans moved between 2007 and 2008, marking the lowest percentage since the government started tracking migration rates in 1940. The survey finds that the most reliable characteristics in determining a mover versus a stayer are education and geography. View state by state averages and interactive maps.
Dennis Holub Retires from South Dakota Arts Council
After 20 years as executive director of the South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC), Dennis Holub has retired from that position. Holub has been with SDAC since 1971, when he was project coordinator for the Artists in Schools program. As executive director, Holub championed the first appropriation to the Art For State Buildings Program, oversaw SDAC's integration into the Department of Tourism and State Development, and worked to launch a five-state regional arts conference now known as the Prairie Arts Management Institute. He has served on the board of directors of NASAA, which in 2004 awarded him its Gary Young Award, reserved for an individual who has made outstanding leadership contributions to the state arts council movement. Read more about Holub's contribution to SDAC and the public arts movement.