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Friday, March 12, 2010

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Executive Director's Column

NEA-SAA Partnership Strengthens Congressional Support

NASAA Executive Director Jonathan Katz

Among NASAA's communication priorities is conveying to key audiences the unique value provided by the portion of the National Endowment for the Arts program budget that is distributed through state arts agencies. These funds strengthen congressional support for the NEA in at least four basic ways. . . .

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Announcements and Resources

News and Current Information

Next NASAA Web Seminar: Evaluation Insights from the Art at Work Initiative . . . Watch for NASAA Assembly 2010 News . . . Arts Education Managers Professional Development Institute Summary . . . Using Flickr to Help Arts Organizations Tell Their Story . . Preservation Funding in Jeopardy . . . 2010 Field Guide to Software for Nonprofits . . . What Is Artistic Vibrancy? . . . Native Artists Study . . . State-by-State Data: Education, Child Well-Being . . . Innovative Space Awards Call for Entries . . . McNeil to Give Commencement Address to Maine College of Art . . . NASAA Publication of the Month: No Shipping Charge for Design for Accessibility . . .

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Legislative Update

Congress Begins Budget Season, NEA Proposes "Our Town" Initiative

NASAA Legislative Counsel Thomas L. Birch

The Obama administration's fiscal year 2011 budget proposes a $6 million cut in National Endowment for the Arts funding, to $161.3 million. NASAA and our advocacy colleagues are hopeful that Congress will again vote to retain NEA funds cut by the president's proposal, with the possibility of an increase over FY2010 spending to $180 million.

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State to State

Showcasing State Arts Agency Ingenuity

Jesse Rye

Creative Community Development in Maine . . . Cultural Heritage Education Resources from Colorado . . . Art and Juvenile Justice in Massachusetts . . . Promoting the Creative Economy of Montana . . .

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Research on Demand

Support for Arts Education

NASAA Research Director Angela Han

State arts agencies invest more than $74 million in arts education activities. This includes arts education in schools as well as after-school and out-of-school programs, early childhood learning, higher education, and adult and senior learning. A new NASAA fact sheet offers more information . . .

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Did You Know?

States Face Fiscal and Political Turbulence

According to the Pew Center on the States 2010 State of the States report, forecasters predict that state budgets will continue to be stressed for the next two to four years, and analysts note that the current economic crisis is hitting states harder than the recession from earlier in this decade. . . .

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