Monday, March 9, 2009
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Stimulus Funds Guidelines Released: Application Deadline March 13
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released guidelines for state arts agencies and regional arts organizations that wish to apply for stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. (See the ARRA story in Legislative Update in this issue.) Governors must certify by April 3 their intention to use the funds, although the legislation includes a provision that allows a state's legislature to accept the funds by means of a concurrent resolution. Because state arts agencies and regional arts organizations are the sole means of ensuring that certification of the funds occurs within the time frame allowed, the NEA is sending certification statements to each agency to secure governor approval. Contact NEA Director of State & Regional Partnerships John Ostrout for additional information.
Also, learn about expanded funding opportunities enabled by the stimulus legislation that could be available to assist artists and arts organizations.
NGA Arts & Economy Report
The National Governors Association has released a new 40-page report, Arts & the Economy: Using Arts and Culture to Stimulate State Economic Development, that demonstrates the vital role that arts and culture industries play in the economic health of every state. Using concrete examples from many states, the report details benefits provided by the creative industries—including job creation, increased tourism, and ways the arts give businesses a creative edge.
Copies of the report were mailed in February to all NASAA member agencies and regional arts organizations. Arts & the Economy was prepared in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and NASAA. Arts & the Economy is one of several reports and issue briefs that have resulted from this collaboration.
Ideas for Grantmakers
Grantmakers in the Arts has established a new Web resource area, Economic Turmoil and Change: Resources and Ideas for Grantmakers. The Web site catalogs commentary from grantmakers, articles about philanthropy in hard times, and information about the arts in the new federal administration's policy agenda.
Quality Counts 2009: Portrait of a Population
Quality Counts 2009 is the 13th edition of Education Week's series of annual report cards tracking state education policies and outcomes. The report offers a comprehensive state-by-state analysis of key indicators of student success. Web site visitors can explore an interactive state report card map that grades each state and also allows users to re-weight criteria to develop their own grading scale. Access is free, but registration is required.
Minnesota State Arts Board Selects Sue Gens as Executive Director
The Minnesota State Arts Board has chosen Sue Gens to be the agency's executive director. Gens has been serving as the agency's interim director since February 2008, and joined the Arts Board in 2001 as communications and government relations director. Previously, Gens served as director of external relations at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities); and served as director of development for United Arts, a federated fundraising organization for small and mid-sized arts organizations in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. She has worked in the Twin Cities nonprofit and public sectors for 25 years and has held public relations, development, marketing, and management positions at the Children's Theatre Company, Minnesota Orchestra, and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, COMPAS, and the Women's Theatre Project.