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Thursday, September 10, 2009

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September 24 Web Seminar: No "Off Season" for Advocacy

Tune in to NASAA's next Web seminar, No "Off Season" for Advocacy, on September 24 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. This seminar will help you strengthen year-round relationships with elected officials and establish solid support for the arts that you can count on during troubled times. NASAA Legislative Counsel Thomas Birch will be a featured presenter, and state arts agency representatives will share winning strategies to build and sustain connections with elected officials. To register, contact Eric Giles. Include your name, 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.

Save the Date! NASAA Annual (Virtual) Business Meeting November 6

NASAA's Annual Business Meeting will take place by Web conference on Friday, November 6, at 2:00 p.m. On the agenda are updates on the current federal legislative and policy landscape, reports from the field, NASAA board elections and special guests. State arts agency members can participate individually or as a group; all you need is a phone line and an Internet connection. Stay tuned for more details later this summer. Questions? Contact Dennis Dewey.

Engaging Audiences Report

Engaging Audiences

The Wallace Foundation recently released Engaging Audiences, a report that examines the challenges facing arts organizations in the current economy and some of the creative ways organizations have found to overcome these challenges.

Current Federal Updates for SAAs

NASAA announces a new Web resource: Current Congressional News and Legislative Updates for State Arts Agencies. This page provides succinct summaries on the status of pressing issues for the field, from the latest on arts education to funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. NASAA Legislative Counsel Thomas Birch, who authors the content, stays on top of these issues to ensure you can, too.

Recession Near an End, Says Federal Reserve

In a recent press release, the Federal Reserve said that the recession is ending and it would take a step back toward normal policy. According to a New York Times article, Fed Views Recession as Near an End, "the downturn appears to have hit bottom and . . . consumer spending, financial markets and inventory-building by corporations all continued to stabilize."

Foundation Giving Forecast

Foundation Center

The Foundation Center's Focus on the Economic Crisis Web site includes a variety of resources, including a map of recession-related grants, a directory of ARRA funds for nonprofits, and the Foundation Giving Forecast. The Forecast tracks public announcements of foundation giving for the near future, including changes in grant-making dollars and the launch of new initiatives for private, community and corporate foundations across the country.

NASAA Annual Fund to Launch in October

We are excited to announce the launch of the new NASAA Annual Fund next month. Participating in the Annual Fund is a great way for you to support the state arts agency community. NASAA is thankful to all of the dedicated individuals across the country who generously support our work. Please visit us on-line to learn more about why you, too, might be inspired to support NASAA.

National Arts & Humanities Month

Celebrate National Arts and
Humanities Month in October

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Arts

The importance of the arts as a core academic subject was the topic of an August 18 conference call with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, hosted by the Support Music Coalition. Duncan reminded listeners that states and local school districts have the flexibility to support the arts through U.S. Department of Education programs, including Title I and II programs. An archive of the call can be found on Support Music's Web site, and a press release and Duncan's statement in support of the arts can be found at ED.gov.

Issue Papers from Summit on Arts Careers for People with Disabilities

In preparation for the 2009 National Summit on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities in July, participants were asked to read issue papers and a recent study, which was funded by the NEA. Issue papers covered topics including how technology impacts careers in the arts, legal issues, funding, and higher education. A report on the 2009 National Summit will be available later this month.

Arts Education for All

In 2004, the Ford Foundation launched the National Arts Education Initiative to address issues of equity and access in arts education. This pilot program funded multi-year efforts in nine communities across the country and included opportunities for sharing best practices as well as focused technical assistance from national partners. Arts Education for All: Lessons from the First Half of the Ford Foundation's National Arts Education Initiative, written by the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, assesses the first half of the initiative, which is scheduled to end in 2011.

Massachusetts Cultural Council Reflects on Ted Kennedy Legacy

Ted Kennedy

A late-August communication to constituents from Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Executive Director Anita Walker acknowledges the contribution made by late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in support of the arts. She also shares a video of a 2005 address by Kennedy to MCC volunteers.

NASAA Publication of the Month: Arts & the Economy Free to SAAs

Arts & the Economy

Arts & the Economy: Using Arts and Culture to Stimulate State Economic Development contains models from states throughout the country that demonstrate the value of incorporating the arts and culture into their continuing economic development strategies. State arts agencies will find this report useful in meetings with governors, legislators, and advocates to describe how the creative industries contribute direct economic benefits. Arts & the Economy was produced by the National Governors Association's Center for Best Practices, with research assistance from NASAA and support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Order your FREE copies from NASAA by contacting Jessica Galvano, 202-347-6352 x100.