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Next NASAA Web Seminar: Creative Technology Strategies
May 5, 3:00-4:15 p.m. Eastern
NASAA's 2010 Web seminar series continues on May 5 with Creative Technology Strategies: Empowering State Arts Agency Communications. Choosing the right strategy from a virtual sea of technology options can be a big challenge. This seminar will share how two state arts agencies have combined a thoughtful mix of tech tools to empower their communications and public outreach. Two tech experts will discuss trends and best practices and answer your questions. State arts agency perspectives will come from Gaye McElwain, director of marketing and communications at the Texas Commission on the Arts, and Darrell Bulmer, communications associate at the Maine Arts Commission. We will be joined in the discussion by David Dombrosky, executive director of the Center for Arts Management and Technology, and Rachel Wiedinger of Tech Soup. This session will focus on agency strategy—not just the latest tech gizmos—so all state arts agency staff and volunteers are encouraged to participate. To register, contact Eric Giles and include your name, title, agency name and phone number in your e-mail.
Courtesy Austin CVB
Assembly 2010: Travel Details, Airport Music and Art
Join NASAA, our host, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and your colleagues in Austin October 14-16 for Assembly 2010. NASAA meetings are an opportunity to compare notes with your colleagues and be part of an influential national network of arts leaders. So be sure to read the latest travel information and remember that NASAA can help you make the case for participation and help to justify your visit.
At Assembly 2010, you'll experience beautiful natural landscapes, nonstop entertainment districts, legendary live music, and convenient access to the art-filled Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Not only is this award-winning airport easy to get to, it scores high for passenger amenities that showcase Austin's trademark live music, local restaurants and independent retail outlets. The airport's Music in the Air program greets visitors with performances by local musicians, and its permanent and changing exhibits by local artists and artisans subtly reference the region's culture.
Find out more about Assembly 2010, including a preliminary conference agenda and hotel information. NASAA and the Texas Commission on the Arts hope you'll take advantage of all the small-town charm and big-city perks that Austin has to offer.
Dance/USA 2010 Annual Conference June 16-19
Join Dance/USA at its 2010 annual conference in Washington, D.C., Dance beyond Borders. Spend four days with arts leaders and colleagues to share management solutions, cultural diplomacy, social media, artistic innovations and partnerships. NASAA Research Director Angela Han will be there to present at a panel session on Networking the Next Generation of Leaders around the World. To learn more about the conference and to register, visit the conference Web site.
Save America's Treasures Accepting Applications
Save America's Treasures is now accepting grant applications for 2010. Grants are awarded for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and nationally significant historic structures and sites. Grant amounts range from $25,000 to $700,000 to conserve collections and from $125,000 to $700,000 for historic property and sites projects. All the awards must be matched 1:1. Complete guidelines, applications and information, as well as a database of previous Save America's Treasures awardees, can be found at the National Park Service. Deadline for applications is May 21, 2010. All applicants must register on Grants.gov to apply to this program.
Barnett Symposium on the Arts & Public Policy May 24-25
The Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Symposium on the Arts and Public Policy takes place May 24-25 at Ohio State University's Urban Arts Space in Columbus. Presented with the support of the Ohio State University College of the Arts Department of Art Education, Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Arts Foundation, Inc., and Arts Midwest, the symposium's theme is International Cultural Connections: The Times, They Are A'Changing. It features some of the top cultural officials of Chile, China, and Britain, as well as alums of OSU's Arts Policy and Administration Program working in the field of international cultural relations.
State Government after the Recession
The National Governors Association recently published The Big Reset: State Government After the Great Recession. The report examines some of the efforts states are undertaking to redesign government to meet the new austere realities, and presents some of the ideas suggested for tackling the toughest issues. The report explains that many states are taking a hard look at the core services they provide and asking tough questions on what is essential and what can be made more efficient. Specific areas examined in the report include K-12 and higher education funding, corrections programs, state work-force size and costs, and government processes that cross all departments.
Doing Well and Doing Good by Doing Art
A new AEP Wire from the Arts Education Partnership was recently released on James Catterall's new book, Doing Well and Doing Good by Doing Art: The Effects of Education in the Visual and Performing Arts on the Achievements and Values of Young Adults. The book discusses a longitudinal study spanning 10 years and 12,000 students that examines low income students and how their engagement in the arts affects their future. The Wire summarizes the significance of the study, potential limitations and recommendations for future research.
Museum Attendance and Funding in a Year of Recession
The American Association of Museums (AAM) surveyed its members in January 2010 to better understand how museums have fared during the recession. A majority of museums reported at least moderate financial stress in 2009. A majority of museums also reported an increase in attendance, observed across museum type, budget size, and geography. For additional findings, please see the AAM report Service Despite Stress: Museum Attendance and Funding in a Year of Recession.
National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jim Leach (left) listens as former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia makes a point at a recent Aspen Institute Roundtable on the value of culture and humanities.
Aspen Institute Roundtable: Making Culture and Humanities Important in America
On March 12, the Aspen Institute Washington Ideas Roundtable Series hosted Making Culture and Humanities Important in America. Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, discussed a variety of topics with Aspen Institute Harman-Eisner Program in the Arts Director and former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. NASAA CEO Jonathan Katz was a roundtable participant. View a video of the entire roundtable.
NASAA Publication of the Month: No 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. Place your order or inquire about bulk rates by contacting Jessica Galvano, 202-347-6352 x100.