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Evaluation Insights from the Art At Work Initiative
March 18, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. Eastern

NASAA's 2010 Web seminar series continues on March 18 with Evaluation Insights from the Art At Work Initiative. This seminar will discuss practical strategies that artists and arts organizations can use to measure the impact of their work on civic engagement and social change. The session will showcase the evaluation approach used by the Art At Work initiative to assess the outcomes of its activities for city workers, community leaders and the public in Portland, Maine. Special speakers will include artist Marty Pottenger (director of the Art At Work Initiative and Terra Moto, Inc.) and evaluator M. Christine Dwyer (senior vice president of RMC Research Corporation). To register, contact Eric Giles. Include your name, title, agency name and phone number in your e-mail. This seminar is being offered in collaboration with the Animating Democracy program of Americans for the Arts.

Watch for NASAA Assembly 2010 News

Keep an eye on your e-mail inbox this month for news about Assembly 2010, taking place October 14-16 in Austin, Texas. NASAA members can expect to see a preliminary agenda, learn the kinds of sessions being offered, and find out about conference hotel reservation procedures. NASAA Assembly 2010 is an opportunity to connect with your peers and to exchange information about challenges and trends affecting the state arts agency community.

Arts Education Managers Professional Development Institute Summary

Session-by-session conference notes and a slideshow from the 2009 Arts Education Managers' Professional Development Institute in Fargo, North Dakota, are available on NASAA's Web site. Questions asked--and answered--during the conference include:

Using Flickr to Help Arts Organizations Tell Their Story

In the post "Why Flickr? Using Photos to Tell Your Story," the Technology in the Arts blog, a service of the Center for Arts and Technology, highlighted examples of arts organizations that are effectively using Flickr. The article also highlights some on-line photo-sharing practices that organizations should avoid.

Preservation Funding in Jeopardy

In early February, the Obama administration sent a budget request to Congress that would eliminate two programs, Save America's Treasures and Preserve America, and would cut funding to National Heritage Areas by half. For more information about the budget and what you can do, visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Save Preservation Funding campaign.

2010 Field Guide to Software for Nonprofits

Idealware, a nonprofit that provides candid software reviews and articles for other nonprofits, has published its first book. The Field Guide to Software for Nonprofits provides an overview of 35 different types of software that nonprofits might need, including donor management systems, social networking sites, on-line surveying platforms, and e-mail discussion lists. Written in accessible, nontechnical language, the guide is appropriate for nonprofit managers at all levels of software expertise.

What Is Artistic Vibrancy?

A new series of reports, Defining Artistic Vibrancy, from the Australia Council on the Arts looks at what it means for an organization to be artistically vibrant, including artistic quality and excellence, audience engagement, preservation and development of the discipline, artist development and community relevance. In addition to the main report, the Australia Council has also published several case studies, a self-reflection tool and a literature review of relevant research.

Native Artists Study

Native Artists: Livelihoods, Resources, Space, Gifts, from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, explores the challenges facing Native artists. Interviews conducted with 50 Ojibwe artists shed light on the employment, assets, career evolution, resource needs and barriers faced by North American Woodland Indian artists.

State-by-State Data: Education, Child Well-Being

Quality Counts 2010 is now available. It is the most comprehensive assessment of the state of American education. It provides detailed state data along with tools to manipulate grades for states based on weighting schemes of your choice.

The Kids Count Data Center, which examines hundreds of measures of child well-being, has recently been updated. The data center provides state-by-state data as well as across-state data.

Innovative Space Awards Call for Entries

Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), in collaboration with MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and supported by a funding partnership of the MetLife Foundation and the Ford Foundation, announces an open call for entries to the 2010 MetLife Foundation Innovative Space Awards, a grant-making program of Space for Change: Building Community through Innovative Spaces. The awards recognize outstanding efforts in the design and development of affordable space for artists, emphasizing the benefits artist spaces yield for both artists and their communities. All application materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on April 23, 2010. Visit LINC to learn more about the award guidelines.

McNeil to Give Commencement Address to Maine College of Art

Maine Arts Commission Executive Director Donna McNeil will join such luminaries as Yoko Ono at the Maine College of Art 2010 graduation ceremony. She was chosen to offer the commencement address in part because of her own experience, as a graduate of Syracuse University School of Art, and also because she has been a leader in advocacy for the individual artist, the creative economy and their interplay.

NASAA Publication of the Month: No Member Shipping Charge for 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; shipping and handling is free for NASAA members. NASAA will cover shipping and handling charges. Place your order or inquire about bulk rates by contacting Jessica Galvano, 202-347-6352 x100.