Friday, July 10, 2009
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STATEWIDE COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECT
Art Fits Vermont
The Vermont Arts Council, in partnership with the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, developed Art Fits Vermont, a statewide community arts project. Since the project began in April 2008, the arts council has distributed 60,000 15-inch wood and paper puzzle pieces to individuals, schools and community groups across the state. Participants in the project are from 172 towns in all of Vermont’s 14 counties and include 191 organizations and 146 schools. More than 60,000 people, or approximately 10% of Vermont’s population, have participated in this project. PuzzlePALOOZA, the culminating event of the project, taking place on July 11, 2009, is being held in conjunction with the Celebrate Champlain Festival and will include an official count to set the Guinness Record for the World’s Largest Puzzle and a live auction of artist-donated puzzle pieces to benefit the Vermont Arts Council. For more information about the project, contact Vermont Arts Council Communications and Development Director Diane Scolaro.
State of the Arts Podcast
The Delaware Division of the Arts, through a partnership with 1450 WILM News Radio, offers the State of the Arts Podcast. Hosted by Division Executive Director Paul Weagraff, the weekly podcast series discusses arts related issues, promotes Delaware arts events and showcases the artists and arts administrators who contribute to the cultural landscape of the state. The podcast is available through RSS technology and also on the Division’s Web page. To learn more, contact Delaware Division on the Arts Communications Coordinator Roxanne Stanulis.
ARTS EDUCATION CURRICULUM
Influence and Inspiration: Iowa’s Cultural and Artistic Legacy Evolves
The Iowa Arts Council has developed a K-12 curriculum with the theme Influence and Inspiration: Iowa’s Cultural and Artistic Legacy Evolves. The curriculum is based on a two-part television show produced in 2007 by the Iowa Arts Council and Iowa Public Television through an American Masterpieces grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The program showcased 7 living Iowa master artists and their work. In 2008, with continued NEA American Masterpieces support, the program expanded to include 5 Iowa folk artists and a K-12 curriculum for all 12 artists. The curriculum centers on the 12 artists, lets the students consider themselves artists and includes lesson plans, biographies, images of work and a synopsis of all artist videos available to teachers through the Iowa Arts Council Web site. The students begin with a lesson considering the concepts of influence and inspiration that invites them to examine what inspires and influences each featured artist and also what inspires them as a student, person and artist. The Iowa Arts Council has currently distributed 125 of the curricula to schools across the state and has made all of the resources and videos available on their Web site. For additional information, contact Sarah Ekstrand of the Iowa Arts Council.
GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT
Cultural Investment Portfolio
The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) announced the launch of the Cultural Investment Portfolio (CIP), a new approach to unrestricted funding for arts, humanities and science organizations. The CIP replaces the MCC's Organizational Support Program. The CIP is a funding partnership designed not only to enhance the capacity of individual organizations, but to strengthen the cultural sector as a whole. Like Organizational Support, the CIP provides multi-year, unrestricted grants. But instead of relying on an application narrative and competitive, discipline-specific panel review, the CIP incorporates a comprehensive site visit by organization peers and stakeholders and MCC staff to assess public value.
CIP organizations can choose between three levels of participation—Partner, Colleague and Peer—with eligibility based on factors such as history of MCC support and budget size. Partners and Colleagues are required to participate in the newly launched Massachusetts Cultural Data Project, and leaders of all CIP organizations must attend yearly MCC events. These changes are designed to arm organizations with better information about their impact on the Massachusetts economy, and to raise the visibility of the sector's aggregate impact. To inform the design of the new program, the MCC invited organizations from across the Commonwealth to participate in focus groups. Participants affirmed the benefits of multi-year funding and expressed a preference for peer review by in-state experts, concerns about a "one size fits all" approach and a desire for less paperwork. All of these recommendations are reflected in the CIP.
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NASAA works continuously to keep you abreast of the latest trends in the state arts agency field and let you know about innovative state arts agency programs. The State to State column provides a sampling of state programs, products and services for you to browse for information and inspiration. We are grateful to everyone who contributed to this column.