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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

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Announcements and Resources

News and Current Information

Next NASAA Web Seminar: 2011 Budget Forecast

NASAA's 2010 web seminar series continues on July 30 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern with a special 2011 State Budget Forecast. NASAA and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) will look at how state fiscal conditions are likely to affect appropriations for the arts. The session will begin with a brand-new analysis of state revenue and spending projections. Presented by Todd Haggerty from NCSL, this briefing will provide a concise summary of state revenue expectations and budget trends for FY2011-2013. Then NASAA's Angela Han will share new estimates of arts appropriations for the upcoming fiscal year, highlighting how state arts agencies are faring in the changing state fiscal climate. Tune in to this session to get the latest information on arts appropriations and to learn how your agency's funding compares to the rest of the nation. To register, please use our web seminar registration form. If you have questions or concerns regarding registration, please contact Eric Giles and include your name, title, agency name and phone number in your email.

Assembly 2010

Affordable Registration for NASAA Assembly 2010

To encourage attendance by state arts agency staff and council members at Assembly 2010, taking place October 14-16 in Austin, Texas, NASAA has kept registration fees at the same low rates as the 2007 and 2008 assemblies. Consider registering four or more from your agency to get the Team rate, a 15% savings. In addition, NASAA has negotiated affordable room rates—many at the government per diem—at our conference hotel, the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown. Check out the Assembly 2010 website for more on the conference, and register soon. Keep an eye open for peer group messages and additional information in coming weeks!

Healthcare and Nonprofits

The Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Listening Post Project focused its most recent survey on how nonprofit organizations and those they employ are being affected by the continuing escalation of health insurance costs. To find out the results of this survey, read Health Care and Nonprofits: The Hidden Dimension of America's Health Care Crisis.

Webcasts Available of WebWise 2010 Conference: Imagining the Digital Future

If you missed the March WebWise 2010 conference on libraries and museums in the digital world, you can watch sessions on leading-edge digital technologies that libraries and museums use to share their collections and engage the public. The webcasts focus on the sustainability of digital content, engaging users, new tools and services, essential skills for practitioners, and funding. This conference was sponsored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Ken May

Kenneth May Named South Carolina Arts Commission Executive Director

The South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) has named Ken May executive director. May joined the commission in 1985 as a regional arts coordinator and served as director of planning, research and grants and assistant deputy director before being named deputy director in 1995. He has served as acting director of the agency since former Executive Director Susie Surkamer retired in May 2009. Surkamer is now NASAA president.

Said SCAC Board Chairman Bud Ferillo, "Ken has proven his ability to lead the Arts Commission through the difficulties of the current budget cutbacks while positioning the agency for the future. His leadership in the agency's core work—arts education, community development through the arts and artist development—will be crucial as we develop a new long-range plan for the state's wide-ranging and diverse arts community."