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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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State to State

Showcasing State Arts Agency Ingenuity



Cultural Tourism Partnership Grants

The Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) and the Virginia Tourism Corporation are partnering to offer a special grant program to help Virginia arts organizations with tourism promotions. Tourism and the Arts Grants are available to partnerships led by general operating support grantees of the Commission that collaborate with two other entities (such as local tourism offices, other arts organizations, local government, visitor bureaus, chambers of commerce or private businesses). The partnerships encourage communities to pool their efforts and resources to market Virginia as a year-round travel destination and market the cultural attractions of Virginia to international travelers. Eligible activities for funding include direct expenses for printed materials, advertising, Web site development, travel and trade shows, and other marketing activities. The application requires analysis of target audiences and market research to support each request for funding. For more information, contact VCA Deputy Director Foster Billingsley.


Rhode Island

Design Innovation Grant
Rhode Island

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) has developed a new award program to promote the role of design as a tool for innovation, production, and improving quality of life. An annual Design Innovation Grant (DIG) will be given to one Rhode Island designer who is innovating a specific kind of design process or who has a concept for a cutting edge product or service with a potential public benefit. The $6,000 award is intended to encourage designers who are skilled innovators, entrepreneurs and problem solvers to develop plans and concepts that further the field of design and benefit the citizens of Rhode Island. To learn more about this award, contact RISCA Director of Artists Programs Cristina Di Chiera.



Surveys and Webinar

Adaptability and leadership remain critical to arts organizations during the recession, according to new research released by the Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC). In 2009, WSAC (with Helicon Collaborative) and the Seattle-based ArtsFund conducted parallel studies on the economic recession's impact on cultural organizations in Washington state. WSAC's report, Arts and Recession: The Economic Recession's Impact on Cultural Organizations in Washington State, measures the effects of the recession on cultural organizations across all of Washington. The study included small organizations that may be particularly vulnerable to resource fluctuations. Because the new studies build on similar research conducted in February 2009 and December 2008, the latest reports allow WSAC and other arts funders in the region to understand how the effects of the recession are evolving over time. In early September, WSAC and ArtsFund held an on-line interactive conference call, "Arts and the Recession," to discuss the findings. For additional information, see the reports linked above or contact WSAC Communications Manager Mark Gerth.



Museum on Wheels

The Mississippi Arts Commission is sponsoring Museum on Wheels, a traveling exhibit and lesson in visual art. Funded by the Wallace Foundation, the goal of the project is to bring communities together through the inspirational power of visual art and to serve as an educational tool for local residents and students. By providing instruction in understanding and appreciating visual art, Mississippians of all ages can enrich their future visual art experiences and build a community that values the arts in daily life. The exhibit provides introductory definitions alongside classical and contemporary replicas of artworks by European, American and Mississippi artists. Accompanying the replicas are artists' biographies and lessons in the elements of visual art. For the past year this exhibit has been visiting libraries across Mississippi. The exhibit is currently in northern Mississippi and will visit 10 public libraries across that region until April 2010. In the fall of 2010 the exhibit will begin visiting schools across the state. Find out more from MAC Public Relations Director Susan Dobbs.

At the Waynesboro Library, students enjoy the Museum on Wheels. Photograph by Judi Holifield

At the Waynesboro Library, students enjoy the Museum on Wheels. Photograph by Judi Holifield



Tourism Development Workshops

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) is working with the Texas Travel Industry Association to present a series of tourism development workshops. The series, Saddle Up! Rein in the Power of Tourism for Your Community, running from June 2009 until November 2009, will share the latest information and strategies to help Texas communities build and sustain local tourism success. The TCA will have staff on hand at each of the workshops to help communities learn how to develop and promote their artistic and cultural assets to build audiences and increase tourism. TCA Executive Director Gary Gibbs will be a featured speaker at the Rockport workshop and will address the topic of developing and promoting cultural districts. For more, contact TCA Director of Marketing and Communications Gaye Greever McElwain.

NASAA’s information-sharing depends on your participation. What are your most successful current initiatives? Have you launched any great programs, policies, services or partnerships? We want to hear about them! Contact NASAA Policy and Program Associate Jesse Rye (202-347-6352 x118) and include your name, your agency, a brief description of your project and whom to contact to learn more about it.

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.