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Friday, February 12, 2010

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State to State

Showcasing State Arts Agency Ingenuity



On-line Social Networking Guide
Arkansas Arts Council

The Arkansas Arts Council (AAC) has recently published an Online Social Networking Guide to provide nonprofit arts organizations with information about the current climate of social networking and media. The guide explains the basic language and demographics of some of the most widely used on-line sites and includes cost‐benefit analyses to guide decision making for organizations. The guide also includes suggestions and implementation plans for organizations to develop on-line content and maximize impact. AAC hopes that after organizations work through the guide they will have the basic skills needed to start using social networking sites and other on-line tools. For more information, contact Arkansas Arts Council Media and Communications Manager Shelby Brewer.



Sustaining Oregon Arts
Oregon Arts Commission

A new capacity-building initiative of the Oregon Arts Commission (OAC) is concerned with how arts organizations of Oregon can be stronger, effective and more nimble as they move into the future. Based on the findings of an arts organization self-assessment project that OAC worked on with the TCC Group, the Commission secured new funding through Governor Kulongoski's CHAMP (Culture, History, Arts, Movies and Preservation) Initiative to launch a two-year program in 2009. The initiative commenced on September 30 with Sustaining Oregon Arts, a statewide convening that included a keynote address by Holly Sidford, president of Helicon Collaborative, and breakout sessions that covered topics such as financial management, organizational learning, board and governance, cultural participation, and social media. In addition to the convening, OAC is holding regional workshops and facilitating Webinars, and has launched an on-line learning community. Developed and managed in partnership with the TCC Group, the on-line community contains discussion forums, learning groups, a resources area, an initiative events calendar and "the wire," the site's microblogging feature. To learn more about Sustaining Oregon Arts, contact OAC Deputy Director Shannon Planchon.



Latino Arts Roundtable
Maryland State Arts Council

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) recently hosted the state's first Latino Arts Roundtable. The roundtable was intended as forum where ideas could be shared about how to serve the state's vibrant Latino artists and communities. MSAC has identified that the Latino community is underrepresented in most of its program areas. A goal in MSAC's latest strategic plan, Imagine Maryland, is to recognize the state's cultural diversity and to be proactive in seeking connections with diverse communities. Over the past months, MSAC has been reaching out to leaders in the Latino arts community about this initiative; the roundtable was the first of many steps in building relationships with and among Latino artist and arts organizations in Maryland. The roundtable included a brief presentation about MSAC's grant programs and then opened up for a general discussion about how MSAC could better serve Latino communities. The meeting was conducted in English with bilingual Spanish and English speakers on hand for translation. For more information about the Latino Arts Roundtable, contact MSAC Program Directors Clifford Murphy or Shirley Howard.



Individual Artist Support Initiative
Illinois Arts Council

The Illinois Arts Council (IAC) recently announced the Individual Artist Support (IAS) Initiative to help Illinois artists realize career goals, take advantage of professional opportunities, and/or produce a project or body of work for public viewing. Steep reductions in IAC's operating budget resulted in several programs being suspended and others greatly reduced for fiscal year 2010. The limited funds available in FY2010 to provide direct support to individual artists forced the agency to suspend the Artists Fellowship and Ethnic and Folk Arts Master/Apprenticeship Program and severely limit the availability of Special Assistance opportunities for artists. The IAS Initiative was developed to bridge the gap left by the suspension of these programs. IAC recognizes that individual artists are the keystone to the creation of art and IAS represents the Council's commitment to continuing to support the work of individual artists. To help orient artists to the new initiative, IAC hosted a Webinar on the topic and posted a recording of the session for 24-hour access. To find out more, contact IAC Director of Visual Arts, Media Arts & Multi-Arts Programs Encarnacion Teruel.



Free Tickets for Caregivers of Disabled Individuals
Nebraska Arts Council

The Nebraska Arts Council (NAC) in collaboration with the William R. Patrick Foundation is providing free tickets or admission to the caregivers and family members that accompany disabled individuals to arts events. The NAC identified the need for this service after speaking with several persons with disabilities. While the individuals with disabilities indicated they could obtain free tickets or admission to the events, the cost of paying for the caregiver and/or family member tickets often was prohibitive. Because of this they did not take advantage of the free ticket offerings. The William R. Patrick Foundation provided the financial support to make this program possible. For more information, contact NAC Executive Director Suzanne Wise.

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.