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Save the Date: NASAA Assembly 2010, October 14-16 in Austin, Texas
The Texas Commission on the Arts is our host for NASAA Assembly 2010, October 14-16 in Austin. Mark your calendars for this event, where you'll learn the latest in state arts agency best practices, hear expert speakers sharing their experience and connect with peers from all over the country. Learn more about what Austin, The Live Music Capital of the World(R), has in store for Assembly 2010 participants. Watch this space--more will be available soon about the conference agenda, hotel reservations and registration.
Creative Leadership Is Topic of February 24 NASAA Web Seminar
NASAA's 2010 Web seminar series continues on February 24 with a session exploring how state arts agencies can cultivate strong arts leaders at the local level. This seminar will feature the Oklahoma Arts Council's Leadership Arts and ONEAL programs as well as the Utah Arts Council's Change Leaders Institute. Speakers from each state will discuss their leadership development strategies and offer tips for success in designing such programs for state arts agency constituents. Tune in to this session to learn more about how these programs are fostering the skills of emerging and veteran arts professionals, and also are infusing the arts into other aspects of civic leadership. 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.
More information about upcoming NASAA Web seminars is on its way. Events this winter and spring will include sessions on evaluating the impact of the arts on civic engagement (March 18) and innovative ways that state arts agencies are using technology (April date to be announced soon).
Meet the NASAA Board of Directors
Get to know the fiscal year 2010 board of directors on this revised page that includes their pictures and biographies.
Museums Advocacy Day, March 22-23
Bring the message of the value of museums to national legislators, advocate for policy issues affecting museums, and learn effective ways to engage your representatives at Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. Find out more at the American Association of Museums.
Indiana Arts Commission Receives 2009 National Accessibility Leadership Award; 2010 Nomination Deadline March 1
The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is the recipient of the 2009 National Accessibility Leadership Award, cosponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and NASAA. The award acknowledges exceptional initiatives or programs that make the arts accessible and inclusive for older adults and individuals with disabilities. In IAC's case, its ArtsWORK Indiana program was created to facilitate access to arts careers for people with disabilities, and includes a robust Web site and an in-state tour program. Read remarks by NASAA CEO Jonathan Katz at the presentation.
Nominations are now open for the 2010 National Accessibility Leadership Award. The $30,000 award is administered through the partnership between NASAA and the NEA and will be awarded through an NEA grant. To nominate a state or regional arts agency for the 2010 award, see the nomination form.
Legislative Appropriations Survey, Fiscal Year 2010
Twice each year, NASAA conducts a comprehensive survey of state arts agency budgets and shares the findings with state arts agencies and the public. This research helps members compare their own budgets with those of neighboring states, and provides facts and figures that advocates use to make a convincing case for arts support. A press release for 2010 is available on NASAA's Web site. Members can access additional materials through the State Budget Center, including the full report, presentation slides and script, a play-on-demand audio slideshow and NASAA's advocacy toolkit. The full report is available to nonmembers for $15; contact Jessica Galvano to order a copy.
Orchestra Audience Demographic Trends
In early 2009, the League of American Orchestras asked McKinsey & Company to collect and analyze existing orchestra audience participation data to understand the impact of demographic trends on orchestras now and in the future. The League's new Audience Demographic Research Review contains their report. This report, released concurrently with the NEA's Survey of Public Participation in the Arts findings, provides additional details about the behavior of orchestra audiences within and across generations.
Nonprofit Finance Fund Survey Invitation
The Nonprofit Finance Fund, a nonprofit that advocates for an effective and durable social sector, is conducting its second annual nationwide survey of nonprofits to help us all understand more about the sector's specific, real-time financial challenges. Help encourage nonprofit arts organizations to take their 10-minute survey. Results will update information gathered in their 2009 survey. Contact Jennifer Talansky at 212-868-6710 for further information.
Impact of the Recession on Nonprofits
The Johns Hopkins Listening Post Project, a part of the Center for Civil Society Studies, has recently released the results of their survey of nonprofit organizations. The survey sample includes nonprofits in children and family services, elderly housing and services, education, community and economic development, and the arts. Findings indicate that the vast majority of nonprofits experienced fiscal stress during late 2008 and early 2009 and that arts organizations were particularly hard hit.
Register Early for Arts Education Partnership Spring 2010 Forum
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) will host its 2010 national forum, States of Change: New Leadership in Arts and Education, in Washington, D.C., April 9-10. Invited speakers include U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Rocco Landesman.
Early registration closes March 15. Reasons to register and book your room early:
Registrations for AEP forums fill quickly. In the past, individuals who have attempted to register close to the event have not been able to. If you anticipate a delay in travel approval, please contact the AEP staff directly for instructions: 202-326-8693.
Federal Arts in Education Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Education is accepting applications for its Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination grants. This program supports the enhancement, expansion, documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative, cohesive models that are based on research and have demonstrated that they effectively integrate standards based arts education into the core elementary and middle school curriculum; strengthen standards based arts instruction in these grades; and improve students' academic performance, including their skills in creating, performing, and responding to the arts. The application deadline is March 16.
Technology Donations for Nonprofit Arts Organizations in Your State
TechSoup is a not-for-profit organization that makes donated technology available to nonprofits. Forty major technology providers donate hardware and software, which TechSoup makes available to nonprofits for an administrative fee of as little as 5% of retail cost. In addition, TechSoup's Refurbished Computer Initiative offers nonprofits low-cost, high-quality computers. TechSoup received the 2008 ArtsTech Award from Carnegie Mellon University in recognition of product donations that have saved arts organizations more than $100 million in expenses since 2001. NASAA regularly uses TechSoup to acquire new software and computer equipment, and many state arts agencies have spread the word about TechSoup among their networks. This is an excellent resource to share with the nonprofit arts organizations in your state.
Choreographing from Within: An Inquiry-Based Approach
Choreographing from Within: Developing the Habit of Inquiry as an Artist, by Diana Green, Arts in Education Program manager for the Alabama State Council on the Arts, presents an inquiry-based approach to creating movement. The publication provides multiple ideas for engaging students in dance and choreography.
Massachusetts Leaders Form Cultural Caucus
More than a dozen Massachusetts elected officials met on January 28 to create the state's first cultural caucus, with the goal of harnessing the assets of the cultural sector and helping the state's economy to recover from the recession. Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Communications Director Greg Liakos explains that "MCC was the primary driver behind the creation of the caucus. The breakthrough came when our board really got behind the idea, and it was then embraced by our key allies in the legislature. From there, the legislators really took it on." He credits the NASAA Advocate, Arts Advocates in the Legislature: A Legislative Caucus on the Arts as being "really helpful to share with legislators and others as we got this off the ground." Read the MCC press release and view a short video of the caucus.
Virginia's Peggy Baggett Honored
Peggy Baggett, executive director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts, was honored at the recent Art Works for Virginia conference in Richmond. She was recognized in connection with the launch of Minds Wide Open, a statewide initiative celebrating women in the arts in Virginia. The award was presented on behalf of Virginians for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Baggett was described as "an extraordinary woman in the arts." She was cited for her leadership, innovative thinking, sustained commitment to public support for the arts and dedication to diverse artistic expressions.
NASAA Publication of the Month: Critical Evidence As Low as $2.00 per Copy
How do the arts contribute to student success? Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement, published by NASAA in collaboration with the Arts Education Partnership, contains fact-based, nontechnical language documenting compelling research on the value of arts learning experiences. Facts from this publication are cited frequently and it is popular at statewide arts conferences and other meetings. Regularly $6.25 for NASAA members and $7.00 for nonmembers, Critical Evidence can be purchased now at just $3.50 per copy, plus shipping and handling. Order 20 or more copies for $2.00 each, plus shipping and handling. Call Jessica Galvano, 202-347-6352 x100, to order.