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Save the Date: NASAA Assembly 2010, October 14-16 in Austin, TX

Register for NASAA's Next Web Seminar: Artists and the Recession, January 22

NASAA's 2010 Web seminar series gets under way on January 22 with a session about the effects of the economic crisis on individual artists. Featuring the results of a new national study by Leveraging Investments in Creativity, this session explores the financial effects of the recession on artists and the kinds of services they find most helpful during hard times. Information on trends in state arts agency grants and services for artists also will be included. For complete details about this Web seminar, visit the NASAA Web site. To register, contact Eric Giles. Include your name, title, agency name and phone number in your e-mail.

Information about upcoming NASAA Web seminars is coming soon. Events this winter and spring include sessions on fostering local arts leadership (February), evaluating the impact of the arts on civic engagement (March), and innovative ways that state arts agencies are using technology (April).

2010 Coming Up Taller Award Nominations Deadline January 29

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Nominations are open for the 2010 Coming Up Taller Awards. Coming Up Taller, 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, enhances the availability of out-of-school arts and humanities programs to children and showcases cultural excellence. To nominate a program, complete the nomination form and submit to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities before January 29.

ArtistCorps Tennessee Merges Arts and Service Learning

The Tennessee Arts Commission has released a guidebook for its new ArtistCorps Tennessee (ACT) initiative. ACT is a school-based program that combines arts learning with service learning objectives to address social justice issues and community needs. The initiative was created in response to President Obama's call for a volunteer corps of artists to help supplement arts education in public schools.

Part of the Commission's mission as a state agency is to encourage organizations to pay artists for their services. ACT was designed to integrate into the Commission's existing residency program. Schools may apply for traditional residencies or for an ACT project; either way, the artist is compensated. ACT also includes a specialized training for roster artists in national service learning standards and a new partnership with Volunteer Tennessee, a state agency that oversees the statewide service learning chapter and the Americorps program.

PoetrySpeaks.com Connects New Audiences to Poets and Poetry


Sourcebooks has launched PoetrySpeaks.com, a social network and business site for poets, poetry lovers and poetry presses. On the site, poets can manage their information, blog, explain and display their work, and post speaking or performance schedules. Visitors can create "favorites" and connect to the poets via Twitter and other social networking sites. As a business and marketing engine for poets and poetry presses, PoetrySpeaks.com sells individual poems in audio, video or text formats (much like music on iTunes) as well as books, e-books, DVDs and CDs, and tickets to on-line performances, slams and readings.

Building Creative Capital

Building Creative Capital is a new white paper from the consulting team at WolfBrown. In this report, Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf and Dr. Steven Holochwost discuss how creativity can be fostered in society and offer a "creative capital" framework for understanding how the arts affect individuals, families and communities. Using this framework, the authors suggest several principles for designing arts and cultural programs. The report includes specific recommendations for evaluating arts education and designing lifelong learning efforts.

Fiscal Survey of States Released

The National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers have released the full findings of their biannual Fiscal Survey of States. According to the report, the severe national recession drastically reduced tax revenues from every revenue source during fiscal year 2009, and revenue collections are forecasted to continue declining in fiscal 2010. Because state revenue collections historically lag any national economic recovery, the report projects that state revenues will remain depressed throughout fiscal 2010 and likely into fiscal years 2011 and 2012.

Survey of Public Participation in the Arts

Full findings from the NEA's most recent Survey of Public Participation in the Arts are now available. In addition to the main report, research notes are available analyzing state and regional differences as well as patterns of civic engagement. Researchers can access additional materials including the survey instrument, the raw data file, and a data user's guide.

Foundation Giving in 2009 and 2010

The latest survey results from The Foundation Center provide the outlook for large and midsize independent, corporate and community foundations. According to respondents in Foundations' Year-end Outlook for Giving and the Sector, foundation giving declined more steeply than anticipated in 2009 and continued reductions are expected in 2010.

Capitalization Needs and Challenges for Arts and Culture

Getting Beyond Breakeven, a report by TDC, was commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the William Penn Foundation. The objectives of this report were to assess and make recommendations regarding the capitalization needs of nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the Philadelphia area. The report draws on data gathered through the Cultural Data Project.

States in Fiscal Peril

The Pew Center on the States has developed a special topic area that examines the financial pressures of 10 states that are particularly affected by the recession: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. Beyond California: States in Fiscal Peril includes a summary report on the 10 states, archive footage (video, audio and presentation slides) from the public briefing, and a 50-state scorecard comparing all states along key fiscal indicators.

Nebraska Arts Council Staff Honored for State Service


State personnel director Mike McCrory (center) presented recognition awards to Deborah Bunting (left) and Kathy Kuszak and commended the Nebraska Arts Council employees for their commitment, service and dedication to the state.

Two Nebraska Arts Council (NAC) staffers were recently recognized for their years of service to the state of Nebraska. Heritage Arts Manager Deborah Teamer Bunting was recognized for 10 years of service to NAC. Director of Administration Kathy Kuszak was recognized for 30 years of service to the state, with 25 years at NAC and 5 previous years at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. NAC Executive Director Suzanne Wise extended congratulations on behalf of the Arts Council: "We know that the growth and success of the Arts Council is dependent on having strong and capable staff members, such as Deb and Kathy. The staff and Council join me in recognizing the contribution they make to helping us maintain the fine reputation the NAC enjoys as an agency of the state of Nebraska."

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.