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Monday, November 16, 2009

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Announcements and Resources

News and Current Information

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Many thanks to all the generous individuals who have given so far to the 2010 NASAA Annual Fund. You can be a part of the Annual Fund, too! Private gifts are important to NASAA—they make it possible for us 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. Being part of the NASAA Annual Fund 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.

Current Federal Updates for SAAs

NASAA's new Web resource, Current Congressional News and Legislative Updates for State Arts Agencies, provides succinct summaries on the status of pressing issues for the field, from funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to arts education. NASAA Legislative Counsel Thomas Birch ensures the content is always current. Find links to the page from NASAA's public and member home pages.

NASAA Elects New Board Members for FY2010

At its annual business meeting on November 6, NASAA elected several new members to its board of directors for fiscal year 2010. NASAA's new president is Suzette Surkamer, former executive director of the South Carolina Arts Commission. See the full FY2010 NASAA board.

NASAA Newsfeed Is for State Arts Agencies

NASAA newsfeed

The NASAA Newsfeed features articles specifically of interest to state arts agencies (SAAs). Recent articles have highlighted the value of a state's creative economy, the launch of the NEA's Art Works tour, the benefits of incorporating the arts in health care scenarios, and the president's appointments to lead his Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Visit the NASAA Web site often to read about the latest issues affecting SAAs across the nation.

2009 Coming Up Taller Awardees

At a White House ceremony on November 4, 19 community arts and humanities programs for youth received the Coming Up Taller Award. The award is an initiative of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. NASAA manages the awards program and offers a Leadership Enhancement Conference for awardees on how they can leverage the award for enhanced exposure in their communities. See the 2009 Coming Up Taller awardees.

Studio Protector Helps Artists Plan for Disaster


The Studio Protector is an information toolkit to help artists in the studio environment to be ready and resilient when disaster strikes. This self-help resource has two components: the Wall Guide is a calendar-sized reference tool with checklists of the most essential information for emergency preparation and response; the Online Guide is a companion multimedia digest that helps artists respond to and recover from an emergency. The Studio Protector is the first product of the Coalition for Artists' Preparedness and Emergency Response; the Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists' Emergency Resources is the lead sponsor of the Coalition and creator of the products. The Wall Guide retails for $16; use the wholesale order form to inquire about bulk orders.

Museums and Libraries to Receive National Service Medal


Five museums and five libraries from California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee will receive the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The $10,000 award honors museums and libraries that make extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental and social contributions. For a complete list, to learn more, or to nominate a museum or library for the 2010 award, refer to the press release.

Laura Scanlan Appointed NEA Director, State & Regional Partnerships

Former Delaware Division of the Arts Executive Director Laura Scanlan has been appointed director of state and regional partnerships at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Scanlan's primary responsibility will be to oversee NEA funding and assistance to the 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Her recent experience includes founding Creative Cultural Strategies, an advisory firm for cultural organizations, and serving as senior vice president for fund development and marketing for the Delaware Community Foundation. Scanlan led the Delaware Division of the Arts from 2001-2006 and has served on the board of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. She will join the NEA in late November. For more, see the press release.

Carol Ann Herbert Honored for Theatre Support

Carol Herbert

Former chair and current board member of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Carol Ann Herbert has received the New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Award of Appreciation for her work to support the state's theatre community. "Carol's tireless efforts as chairwoman of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts played an instrumental role in effectively positioning the impact of the state's theatre and arts community in our state's quality of life, and ensuring that they continue to be a priority in challenging financial times," said John McEwen, executive director of the Theatre Alliance. "Her availability to the cultural organizations around the state enabled her to gain a deep understanding of the impressive achievements of the field and our challenges, which made her an effective leader and ambassador." Herbert serves on NASAA's board of directors.

NASAA Publication of the Month: Design for Accessibility


Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator's Handbook is a how-to reference and resource guide for integrating older adults and people with disabilities into all aspects of an arts organization, from planning and design to marketing and technical assistance. Design for Accessibility is available for $29.95 per copy, plus shipping and handling. Place your order or inquire about bulk rates by contacting Jessica Galvano, 202-347-6352 x100.