Friday, June 5, 2009
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Nation's Report Card on Student Arts Achievement
A report on the performance of U.S. eighth-grade students in music and visual arts on the National Assessment of Educational Progress will be available this month. The Nation's Report Card: Arts 2008 and complete data from the 2008 arts assessment will be available on-line at 10 a.m. EDT on June 15. This is the first such report of eighth-grade achievement since 1997.
Where Do Our State Tax Dollars Go?
State policymakers across the country are being challenged with recession-related budget issues, a situation likely to continue in the near future. Given the important choices with which these decision makers are faced, an understanding of government spending is crucial for everyone affected. Listen to a five-minute podcast from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) discussing where state tax dollars go and changing trends over time. For a more basic introduction to this topic, read the CBPP's Policy Basics: Where Do Our State Tax Dollars Go?
2009 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study
According to the eNonprofit Benchmarks Study, which surveyed 26 large national charities, the total amount of money raised on-line rose in 2008 by 26%. The number of on-line gifts climbed 43%, however the average size of those contributions decreased by 17%. For a summary of the report from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, see Size of Average Online Gift Dropped in 2008, from $86 to $71.
Youth Engagement Strategies
A recent report released by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation offers strategies for increasing the involvement of young people in the work of nonprofit arts organizations. "Focus Groups on Next Generation Leadership" (executive summary, full report) explores the needs, values and perceptions that young people bring to the workplace. The report suggests 13 engagement-boosting strategies for cultural organizations and 9 involvement-expanding strategies for arts funders. This report summarizes Phase II of the Hewlett foundation's Involving Youth in Nonprofit Arts Organizations initiative. A Phase I report, A Call to Action, outlines the generational challenges facing the nonprofit arts sector.
New on the NASAA Web Site
The Creative Economies section of NASAA's Web site has been revamped to include new and updated Cultural Tourism Resources. The updated About NASAA section features a two-minute audio slideshow, Introducing the State Arts Agencies and NASAA; an updated FAQ About State Arts Agencies; and the 2009 State Arts Agency Funding and Grant Making report. On-line giving is now available on the NASAA Web site, along with information that helps answer the question Why Support NASAA? Our SAA Resources page has been updated and expanded to put popular resources at your fingertips, from Web seminar transcripts and conference proceedings to the new Report to Councils and links to topical resource centers. The NASAA Newsfeed features articles specifically of interest to state arts agencies.
2009 Coming Up Taller Semifinalists
The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its Coming Up Taller partners, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, are proud to announce the 2009 Coming Up Taller Award Semifinalists. Fifty exceptional programs from across the country were selected, reflecting a diversity of arts and humanities disciplines and settings.
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to Receive National Leadership Award
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts will be honored with the 2009 National Leadership Award, to be presented in November by the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts during its Conference for Community Arts Education in Minneapolis.
The National Leadership Award is conferred annually to an individual or institution whose work is nationally recognized as exemplifying and promoting the ideals to which the National Guild and its members are dedicated. This year, the National Guild recognizes the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts — the first state arts agency to receive this recognition — for its steadfast commitment to supporting community arts education and its innovative leadership as grant maker, convener, and advocate for the public value of the arts.
Said National Guild Executive Director Jonathan Herman, "The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts exemplifies the difference state arts agencies can make in increasing access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts."
Michael Pangburn Named Executive Director of South Dakota Arts Council
Michael Pangburn has been selected as the South Dakota Arts Council's (SDAC) new executive director, succeeding the retiring Dennis Holub. Pangburn, whose association with the arts agency goes back to 1984, joined the SDAC staff in 1998 as arts education coordinator, and has served as assistant director and acting director following Dennis Holub's retirement in January 2009. Prior to joining the SDAC staff, Pangburn served as a governor-appointed member of the state arts council from 1984-1998. He was the Council's chair from 1991-1993 and at various times during his tenure chaired the Council's Theatre Panel and Arts Education Committee.
Immediately prior to joining the professional staff of the SDAC, Pangburn was the executive director of the Spearfish Center for the Arts and Humanities at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish, South Dakota. He has served on the boards of directors of numerous arts and civic organizations.