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MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Women
in the Arts
Virginia Commission for the Arts
Several years ago the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) began hosting regular roundtable discussions among the state's major arts organizations, with the goal of encouraging these groups to play a strong leadership role in promoting the arts statewide. In May 2007, this group agreed that the arts community needed a high visibility project to demonstrate the breadth and diversity of the arts in Virginia. The result was MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts. A statewide celebration, MINDS WIDE OPEN features performances, exhibitions, literary readings and films that honor the many creative talents and civic contributions of women artists, arts managers, patrons and advocates.
Read an in-depth article by VCA Executive Director Peggy Baggett about the history, development and implementation of this unique statewide celebration.
Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota State Arts Board
The Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) and the state's 11 regional arts councils will receive a significant portion of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which resulted from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution in 2008. The increase in funding to the MSAB has resulted in new programs and opportunities in the areas of arts access, arts learning and heritage:
In addition to the new programs, MSAB, in partnership with Springboard for the Arts and Creative Capital, is underwriting a pilot project to offer free professional development workshops and education opportunities statewide for individual artists of all disciplines and all stages in their careers. For more information, contact MSAB Executive Director Sue Gens.
Parent-Teacher Association Partnership
Utah Arts Council
The Utah Arts Council (UAC) has a strong partnership with the Utah PTA (Parent-Teacher Association). In 1997, under the leadership of UAC's arts education program, Utah PTA expanded state Reflections program to include dance choreography, film and theatre. Utah PTA served as a model for the new categories for other states and the National PTA for 10 years. In 2007, the National PTA Reflections Program formally added dance and film production to its long-standing categories in visual arts, photography, music composition and creative writing. In 1998, the UAC Arts Education program helped Utah PTA develop its own Arts Education grant program for local schools with PTA units. Currently, the UAC Arts Education program manager attends the Utah PTA annual convention and annually facilitates presentations by teaching artists and scholars on a wide variety of topics, such as math and dance, literacy and the arts, brain research and the arts, the art of making books, and parents as advocates for arts education. In 2010, the Utah school superintendents' annual Utah PTA luncheon theme is arts education. To learn more about this partnership, contact UAC Arts Education Program Manager Jean Tokuda Irwin.
In 2007, UAC facilitated a formal partnership with the Utah State Office of Education, Utah PTA, and Artworks for Kids! that was led by philanthropist Beverley Taylor Sorenson, and the Utah legislature. As a result of this partnership, the Utah legislature provided $52 million to fund a full-time art specialist in 52 elementary schools for four years, hire six district arts coordinators, and secure the University of Utah for assessment and evaluation. That program is now in its third year. For more information about the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program, contact Lisa Cluff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Webcast of Public Meetings
New York State Council on the Arts
The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has been making public meetings available through webcast since 2007. Constituents have the option of watching a meeting live or at a later time through the on-demand archive. Currently viewers can watch and listen to council meetings, various committee meetings and appeals panels. The on-demand archive also provides agendas that include links to help viewers navigate to specific portions of the video. Find out more by contacting NYSCA Public and Governmental Affairs Associate Mathew Jackson.
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.