Friday, August 7, 2009
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August Web Seminar: Arts Participation in America
Tune in on Thursday, August 18, from 3:00-4:15 p.m. EDT, for a national overview of changes in arts participation. This seminar will include highlights from the National Endowment for the Arts' latest Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. A panel of experts will elaborate on current trends, barriers and opportunities, as well as strategies that arts organizations and grant makers can use to strengthen participation. To register, contact Eric Giles. Include your name, title, agency name and phone number in your e-mail. Registration is limited to state arts agencies and their on-site guests as well as NASAA donors and partners.
Upcoming Web Seminars
Don't miss this fall's exciting lineup of NASAA Web seminars, including sessions on Advocacy and Building Public Will for the Arts. Visit the NASAA Web site for more details and registration information. (If you need a member-site password reminder, contact Dora Shick.)
NCSL State Budget Update 2009
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has released its latest report, State Budget Update: July 2009. This report shows that states had to close a $142.6 billion gap as legislatures enacted their new budgets. This number does not include any new gaps that may open after the fiscal year began. Stateline.org has summarized this report in its article States' budget pain eclipses last recession. The press release by NCSL also summarizes the main report.
What Does a Sustainable Nonprofit Look Like?
The Sustainability Formula: How Nonprofit Organizations Can Thrive in the Emerging Economy summarizes the key characteristics of sustainable organizations, based on an examination of nearly 700 organizations by the TCC Group. The most crucial characteristics are effective leadership, financial and program adaptability, and program capacity.
This report is based on information gathered through TCC Group's Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT), which assesses nonprofit effectiveness through the lens of four core capacities (adaptive, leadership, management, technical). This anonymous and confidential self-assessment provides both an analysis of users' strengths as well as recommendations for future growth and change.
Partnering: Museums, Libraries, Public Broadcasting
Partnership for a Nation of Learners: Joining Forces, Creating Value is a new publication from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). This report features collaborations funded through the joint IMLS and CPB Partnership for a Nation of Learners project and includes in-depth profiles of specific programs as well as lessons learned from these experiences.
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 - ask about our special bulk rates.