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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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News and Current Information

New NASAA Website Launched

NASAA has launched a new website! Our new design--guided by your feedback and suggestions--puts critical information and NASAA resources at your fingertips. In addition to a streamlined design and fresh information on topics and issues important to states, the site also:

While much more content is now accessible to the public, some content is still for members' eyes only. NASAA sent members an invitation to register on the new site, which will allow them to access this content. If you are a state arts agency staff or council/board member and need the registration information and link, contact Dennis Dewey, 202-347-6352 x105. We welcome your comments and questions about the new site; send these to NASAA Communications Manager Sue Struve, x109.

Why Should Government Support the Arts?

State arts agencies looking to make the case for public support of the arts have a new resource: NASAA's State Policy Brief, Why Should Government Support the Arts? The brief's question-and-answer format responds to common questions people have about the value of arts funding by government, such as:

The brief includes a compendium of research on the public benefits of the arts, as well as tips on making an effective case for support. Borrow freely from this new resource and share it with other arts leaders and cultural advocates in your state.

Join Your Colleagues for Assembly 2010

NASAA and our host, the Texas Commission on the Arts, look forward to your participation in Assembly 2010, October 14-16 in Austin. The conference hotel, Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, is accepting your reservations, and NASAA has posted travel information that will help you get to and around Austin. NASAA can assist budget-challenged state arts agency members in making the case for participation and can help to justify your travel. Look for updates and communications throughout the spring and summer on this important opportunity to connect with your peers from across the nation.

Rhode Island Youth Is 2010 Poetry Out Loud Champion

NASAA CEO Jonathan Katz (left) and NEA Chair Rocco Landesman share the triumph with 2010 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Amber Rose Johnson of Rhode Island. Photo by James Kegley

Amber Rose Johnson, 16, of Providence, Rhode Island, received the title of 2010 Poetry Out Loud National Champion at the national finals held on April 27 in Washington, D.C. Amber received a $20,000 award and her school, Classical High School, will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The second-place winner was Ruth Haile of Sioux Falls Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Third place went to Nora Sandler of Richard Montgomery High School in Bethesda, Maryland. More than 320,000 students nationwide participated in the program.

Actor and comedian John Leguizamo was the evening's host. Guest judges included Garrison Keillor, host of the radio show A Prairie Home Companion; actress and activist Alfre Woodard; poets Valerie Martínez and Jane Shore; and poet and critic Adam Kirsch.

Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by building on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form and helping students to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. State arts agencies are the largest funders of Poetry Out Loud, matching well over $1 million from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation.

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 (OSU) 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.

NEA Research Note: Rural Arts Participation

Come as You Are: Informal Arts Participation in Urban and Rural Communities is the most recent research note published by the National Endowment for the Arts. This study looks at arts participation rates in urban versus rural areas, drawing on data from the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts.

Census 2010 Response Rates

Do you know the percentage of the nation that has returned the census? Are you interested in how your community's response rate compares to that of the nation? Visit Take 10 Map: 2010 Census Participation Rates to compare states, regions, and even counties.