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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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Support NASAA's Annual Fund

October marks the launch of the NASAA Annual Fund. Private gifts make it possible for NASAA to go beyond the resources from member dues and the National Endowment for the Arts and provide timely, innovative, top-quality programs for state arts agencies. These services help you benefit the thousands of artists, arts organizations, students, community groups, businesses and private citizens whose lives are touched by your work. NASAA is thankful to all of the dedicated individuals across the country who generously support our work. This is another great way for you to participate in your professional community. Please visit us on-line to learn more about why you, too, might be inspired to support NASAA!

Next NASAA Web Seminar: Building Public Will for the Arts
October 29, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Eastern

This seminar will introduce state arts agencies to a framework for building public will — a communications strategy that taps closely held citizen values and blends grassroots outreach with traditional media tools. Eric Friedenwald-Fishman of Metropolitan Group will present this approach and discuss how it has led to lasting change in the attitudes of individuals and communities. Read about building public will, and learn more about the Web seminar. To register, contact Eric Giles. Include your name, agency name and phone number in your e-mail.

Funding Trends in Arts and Culture: Free Foundation Center Webinar

As a part of Funding for the Arts Month, the Foundation Center offers Funding Trends in Arts and Culture, a free Webinar taking place on October 30 exploring the funding outlook for arts and cultural organizations. Featured speakers include Angela Han from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Steven Lawrence from the Foundation Center, Tommer Peterson from Grantmakers in the Arts and Janet Sarbaugh from The Heinz Endowments. This session is free but registration is required.

Technology in the Arts Podcast Series

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The Center for Arts Management and Technology produces a biweekly podcast series, Technology in the Arts, that features interviews with artists and arts managers, tech tips, product reviews and answers to listener questions. In Technology in the Arts Episode 62, Hannah Leatherbury of the Southern Arts Federation is interviewed about ArtsReady, a forthcoming Web-based continuity planning application for performing arts organizations.

Summit on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities: Advance Materials

The National Summit on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities convened in July in Washington, D.C. Its purpose was to review progress and develop recommendations to further advance arts training and job opportunities for individuals with disabilities who are pursuing arts careers. In preparation for the summit, participants were asked to read issue papers and a recent study funded by the NEA. Summaries of this information, links to the documents, and related materials are available on the Summit Web site. The final summit report with recommendations will be available this winter. Nine state arts agencies, two regional arts organizations, NASAA CEO Jonathan Katz and NASAA Arts Education Manager Carmen Boston participated in the summit.

Florida's Sandy Shaughnessy Honored during Hispanic Heritage Month

Sandy Shaughnessy

As part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has commended Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Director Sandy Shaughnessy for her commitment to promoting Florida's cultural awareness and appreciation. Shaughnessy has been a driving force behind Florida's recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, and has promoted statewide cultural art initiatives for two Florida governors and the Florida Cabinet. She has been with the Division for 10 years, and currently serves as vice chairman of the Southern Arts Federation.

New Hampshire Executive Director Rebecca L. Lawrence Retires

Rebecca L. Lawrence
After 22 years in public service with the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Rebecca L. Lawrence retired on September 30. Among the highlights of her 13 years as executive director, Lawrence managed international cultural exchanges, oversaw the staging of the New Hampshire program for the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C., and implemented legislation calling for a New Hampshire Artist Laureate. Lawrence says that her motivation for working to broaden government support for the arts stems from the belief that public support helps everyone, regardless of their circumstances, have access to a wide variety of arts experiences.

Former N.C. Arts Council Chair to Lead Nonprofits Group

Tog Newman

Tog Newman, former chair and trustee emeritus of the North Carolina Arts Council and past chair and current board member of the Southern Arts Federation, has been elected chair of the statewide board of directors of the N.C. Center for Nonprofits. The Center advocates for the nonprofit sector and serves as a network and information center for nonprofit board and staff members to learn effective practices. Newman chaired the North Carolina Arts Council from 1993-2005.

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

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 Associationís 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.