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Friday, July 10, 2009

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New! Virtual Learning Services from NASAA

To keep state arts agencies informed and connected despite tight travel budgets, NASAA is expanding its menu of virtual learning offerings.

Audio Slide Show: FY 2010 Appropriations Forecast

View this 8-1/2 minute audio slide show to get the latest overview of state arts agency funding trends and see how your own state's experience compares to the rest of the nation. Designed to be shared at your staff and council meetings, this slideshow can be played "on demand" any time. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection and speakers.

Upcoming Web Seminars

Be sure to tune into NASAA's next Web seminar, which will feature the Arkansas Creative Economy Initiative. The session will be held on Thursday, July 30, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. To register, contact Learning Services Manager Eric Giles. NASAA will offer more seminars this summer and continuing into the fall. Available without fees to state arts agencies, monthly Web seminars will address a wide array of current issues, policy trends and new research. Stay tuned for more details.

For more information about virtual learning services from NASAA a or to share your feedback or topic ideas a please phone Eric Giles at 202-347-6352 x117.

Intercultural Communications

The Metropolitan Group has released Increasing Relevance, Relationships and Results: Principles & Practices for Effective Multicultural Communication. This toolkit outlines eight guiding principles that nonprofit organizations and public agencies can adopt to recognize, respect and engage the stakeholders of all cultural backgrounds.

Communications that Empower Grant Making

Communicating for Impact: Strategies for Grantmakers explores how grant makers can help both themselves and their grantees to enhance the impact of funding investments. This guide urges readers to think beyond mere publicity and integrate a acommunications lensa into the design, delivery and assessment of grant programs. Explore the GrantCraft Web site for more information.

Funding for Cultural Exchange

The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture is offering a new grant program for nonprofit organizations. The Transnational Cultural Remittances Grant Program will support exemplary cultural exchange projects that use grassroots artistic practices to strengthen social networks across national boundaries in migrant communities. Applications, due July 24, must demonstrate an ongoing connection between two or more of the following countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and the United States.

Cultural Exchange Fund for Performing Arts Travel

The Cultural Exchange Fund is a travel subsidy program that assists U.S.-based non-profit arts presenters in building collaborations with international touring artists, companies, and their collaborators. The program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, offers four rounds of funding from June 2009 to December 2010. Find out more or apply for funding.

Survey of Public Participation in the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts has released its Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, the largest study of arts participation in the United States. Conducted in partnership with the U.S. Census, it has been administered five times since 1982, allowing for longitudinal trend analysis of certain arts activities. Highlights, select tables, and the raw data from the most recent survey are now available; a full report will be published later this year. Over the next 12 to 18 months, five additional studies will be published, focused on arts learning; media and technology; age; race and ethnicity; and arts creation and performance.

NASAA Publication of the Month: Critical Evidence at Half Price


How do the arts contribute to student success? Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement, published by NASAA in collaboration with the Arts Education Partnership, contains fact-based, non-technical language documenting compelling research on the value of arts learning experiences. NASAA has just a few hundred copies of this publication left, and they can be purchased now at half price, just $3.50 per copy. Call NASAA at 202-347-6352 to order a ask about our special bulk rates.

Former Ohio Arts Council Director Wayne Lawson Receives International Honor


The Chilean National Council for Culture and the Arts recognized former Ohio Arts Council (OAC) Executive Director Wayne P. Lawson for his outstanding professional commitment to cultural collaborations between Ohio and Chile. The OAC has engaged in nearly 100 exchange projects with Chile involving Ohio arts organizations and artists since 1997. Lawson is the first U.S. citizen to receive such an award, which is similar to the U.S. National Medal of Arts award.

Lawson began the OACas International Program with a cultural exchange between Ohio and India in 1988. Since then the program has promoted exchanges between Ohio and Argentina, Chile (including Easter Island), China, the Czech Republic, Japan, Korea, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Russia and Spain.

Lawson was executive director of the Ohio Arts Council for 27 years, retiring in March 2006. He is currently a professor in arts policy and administration in the Department of Art Education at OSU.

NASAA CEO Tribute to NASAA Board Chair Marvin Cohen


Francis and Marvin Cohen at the Arizona Governor's Arts Awards in 2008. 

Marvin Cohen, former chair of the NASAA board of directors and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, died on June 12, 2009.

I had the great pleasure of working for Marv Cohen when he served as president of our association from 1994 to 1995. He always ran a good meeting, gave us wise counsel, and helped strengthen the partnership between the state arts agencies and the National Endowment for the Arts. His belief that every child and adult deserves to experience the arts, and his commitment to public service continue to inspire all of us who had the good fortune to know him. His friends and colleagues from every state arts agency in the country will remember him with respect and affection.

 —Jonathan Katz, CEO, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies