Updated NASAA Member Directory

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Download a portable, easy to read version of this issue.


NationalAssembly of State Arts Agencies

List your statewide event in the Community Calendar

Support the entire state arts agency community with a gift to NASAA's 2012 Annual Fund.
Thank You!

Announcements and Resources

News and Current Information

2009 Arts Advocacy Issue Briefs

Each year, NASAA frames a federal legislative advocacy agenda in collaboration with our national arts advocacy colleagues. The issue briefs presented here, developed in coalition and used by arts advocates throughout the legislative year, represent the public policy concerns at the top of NASAA's advocacy agenda for 2009. NASAA's federal advocacy activity focuses on arts funding and includes work in arts education, international cultural exchange, nonprofit tax issues, and other public policies offering opportunities for participation by artists and arts organizations.

NGA Testifies on Economic Impact of Arts

On March 26, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices Director John Thomasian was in Washington, D.C., to testify before the House Education and Labor Committee. He spoke on the economic impact of the arts and music industry, citing findings from the recent report Arts & the Economy: Using Arts and Culture to Stimulate State Economic Development, which was produced in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and NASAA. His testimony cites programs and activities in nearly 20 states. Watch a video of Thomasian's testimony. (4:30)

GIA Phone Forum April 22: Opportunities for Funders in Cultural Recovery

What roles could arts funders be taking that will help their constituencies meet the challenges of the current economic climate—and take advantage of the opportunities? Join Bill Cleveland and Grantmakers in the Arts on April 22 at 2:00 EDT for a phone discussion entitled, "Recession, Stimulus, and Reform: Opportunities for Funders in Cultural Recovery." Cleveland, director of the Center for the Study of Art & Community and a past NASAA conference keynote speaker, will examine the range of funding, advocacy, technical assistance and partnership strategies that could be employed by arts funders to advance cultural recovery, including cultural development opportunities contained in The Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the new federal budget. Advance registration—free to GIA members and $50 for others—is required.

Poetry Out Loud Finals April 27-28


On April 27-28 at the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC., 53 high school students will face their peers armed only with the poems they have memorized and made their own. One will walk away with the title of Poetry Out Loud national champion and a $20,000 award, the culmination of the fourth annual Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. Read the press release.

2009 Save America's Treasures Applications Due May 22

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the National Park Service are seeking applicants for the Save America's Treasures (SAT) 2009 grant program. Grants are available for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and historic structures and sites. To be considered for an SAT competitive grant, the collection or historic property benefiting from the funding must be nationally significant and meet the selection criteria. The deadline for applications is May 22, 2009.

Arts & the Economy Report Available to NASAA Members

Arts & Economy

In your next meeting with your state's legislators, business leaders, or your council, bring along copies of the newest National Governors Association report, Arts & the Economy: Using Arts and Culture to Stimulate State Economic Development. The popular report tops the list of NGA downloads. Printed copies are available at nominal cost by contacting NASAA Communications Manager Sue Struve: 202-347-6352 x109.

Adapting to Economic Turmoil

The effects of the current financial crisis on cultural institutions in the Pacific Northwest is the subject of a new study, The Economic Recession's Impact on Cultural Organizations in the Puget Sound. Recently commissioned by arts funders Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, 4Culture, the Seattle Foundation and the Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the study focuses on the action plans of arts organizations, noting what strategies the most proactive groups have employed. The report also includes recommendations for ways that arts funders might support and sustain the arts community during an unprecedented economic decline.

Measuring the Impact of Operating Support

assessing the impact

Many grant makers struggle with the question of how to measure the impact of operating support grants - flexible awards that provide unrestricted funding for nonprofit organizations. A report from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) explores this measurement dilemma, suggesting ways that grant makers might assess how operating support grants affect recipient organizations as well as the communities they serve. To learn more, download General Operating Support, Vol. 2: Assessing the Impact from the GEO Web site. (Free registration is required.)

Economic Stimulus and Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is featuring a guide for states about the economic crisis and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Perfect Storm is a guide that provides information on stimulus money for preservation, advocacy tips and tools, a state by state breakdown of available funding, and additional resources and links to more information.

How States Are Using Performance Data


Trade-off Time: How Four States Continue to Deliver, a report released by The Pew Center on the States, describes the efforts of four states that are using performance measures to inform budget decisions. Cost saving efforts profiled include reduced work weeks in Utah, prison contract conversions in Virginia, performance-driven budgeting in Indiana, and data management monitoring in Maryland. Read the press release.

The Jobs Growth Forecast

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Moody's Economy.com, USA Today has developed an interactive map with employment statistics. Track actual and forecasted jobs from 2005-2012 by sector, by state, and over time. Statistics will be updated monthly and data by metro area will be added shortly.

The Social Value of Investing

Investing for Social and Environmental Impact

Investing for Social and Environmental Impact: A Design for Catalyzing an Emerging Industry examines the emerging practice of investing to generate social, environmental, and financial value. The report includes profiles of a wide range of impact investors and well as a blueprint of initiatives to catalyze the industry. This report by the Monitor Institute was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

Susie Surkamer Announces Retirement

Susie Surkamer

After 15 years at the helm of the South Carolina Arts Commission, Executive Director Susie Surkamer will retire, effective May 2. Surkamer began her career with the agency as a dancer-in-residence in 1974, before moving into arts development and administration. She was named executive director in 1994.

Surkamer has served on numerous state, regional and national boards and alliances. She is a former chair of the Southern Arts Federation and currently serves as vice chair of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. In 2008, she was recognized by NASAA with the Gary Young Award, given for exemplary leadership, innovative thinking, enduring commitment to public support for the arts and dedication to diverse artistic expression.

Deputy Director Ken May will manage the operations of the agency until an executive director is named.