Tuesday, July 13, 2010
List your statewide event in the Community Calendar
The NASAA awards program recognizes exemplary staff and volunteer leadership in the state arts agency field. All NASAA members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations. Nominations must be received by July 16, 2010. Award winners will be recognized at Assembly 2010 in Austin, Texas, October 14-16. Learn more and download the nomination forms.
Next NASAA Web Seminar: 2011 Budget Forecast, July 30
NASAA's 2010 web seminar series continues on Friday, July 30, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern with a special 2011 State Budget Forecast. NASAA and the National Conference of State Legislatures will look at how state fiscal conditions are likely to affect appropriations for the arts. We will begin the session with a brand-new analysis of state revenue and spending projections. Then we'll examine just-released estimates of arts appropriations for the upcoming fiscal year, including highlights of state arts agency conditions in the changing 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, 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 e-mail.
NASAA Assembly 2010 Peer Groups Forming
NASAA Assembly 2010, taking place October 14-16 in Austin, Texas, is setting aside time for state arts agency staff and council members to network with and learn from colleagues who share similar responsibilities and interests. The Assembly 2010 Peer Groups page provides details on meeting times, agenda development and travel support. If you are new to the state arts agency field, learn more by visiting NASAA's Peer Groups page. For additional questions, write to NASAA Learning Services Manager Eric Giles.
Assembly 2010 registration is now open, and you'll be pleased to know that NASAA has kept 2010 rates at 2007 levels. Team discounts are available for state arts agencies sending four or more people to the conference. See also Assembly 2010's new customized hotel reservation page for the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown. Find this on the Conference Hotel Information page. Reserve your room at a favorable rate while they are available.
List Your Statewide Event in NASAA's Community Calendar
In NASAA's new Community Calendar, located in the My NASAA section, find national, regional and statewide events relevant to state arts agencies. Share event plans with your colleagues across the country by sending information on your agency's major statewide conferences and arts advocacy events to Communications Manager Sue Struve. E-mail her a brief description of the event with dates and location, or simply send the event's website address.
New Grant Program from HUD Encourages Arts Partnerships
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced a new federal grant category, the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program. A collaboration between HUD, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency, the new program will offer $98 million in competitive grants to support the development of comprehensive regional sustainability plans. Urban and rural planning consortia are eligible to apply.
This program will place a priority on partnerships that include the arts. The guidelines encourage regional planning consortia to develop partnerships with arts, culture and recreation organizations. The arts also are noted as an important component of regional plans for economic development. Applications are due on August 23. For more information on this program, view the notice of funding availability or contact Kelly Barsdate or Jesse Rye at NASAA.
(See this month's Legislative Update column for advocacy opportunities relating to this program.)
Technology Needs Assessment Survey
The Center for Arts Management and Technology (CAMT), which publishes the Technology in the Arts blog and podcast, is considering a new service to help arts organizations with technology challenges. If you work at an arts organization in any capacity, CAMT would like to learn more about how you use technology and how you find help when you need it. Feel free to share this survey link with any arts managers or administrators: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/techhelp. The survey should be completed by July 16; results will be posted in the August Technology in the Arts blog.
2010 Coming Up Taller Awards Semifinalists
The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its Coming Up Taller partners, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, are proud to announce the 2010 Coming Up Taller Award semifinalists. Fifty exceptional programs from across the country were selected, reflecting a diversity of arts and humanities disciplines and settings.
Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts, Round 5
EmcArts invites arts and service organizations to apply for Round 5 of Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts. Professionally managed producing, presenting and service organizations in theater, modern/contemporary dance, and jazz are eligible to apply for the Lab. The Innovation Lab helps teams from nonprofit theater, dance, jazz and presenting organizations design and prototype new ideas and launch real-life projects that address major challenges facing arts and cultural organizations. The application deadline for Round 5 funding is September 1. For more information, contact Innovation Projects Manager Beth Harrington, 212-362-8541 x34.
Open Dialogue 2010 August 12-14 to Focus on Cultural Democracy
The Association of American Cultures (TAAC) invites leaders both established and emerging to Open Dialogue 2010 to formulate action agendas promoting equity in cultural policy, funding and leadership in the 21st century. Arts administrators, individual and teaching artists, arts educators, board members, cultural policy advocates and others are welcome. Participants come from communities across the country and abroad, from varied arts backgrounds and levels of experience. Open Dialogue 2010 will take place August 12-14 in Chicago and is hosted by the Illinois Arts Council.
Charitable Giving Report
The GivingUSA Foundation has published Giving USA 2010: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2009. This annual report tracks donation trends for all sectors of charitable giving, including the arts. In 2009, charitable giving overall declined 3.6%, while giving to the arts declined 2.4%. More details can be found in the executive summary, available for free.
Learning for Social Impact
McKinsey & Company's Social Sector Office has developed a resource center on social impact assessment. These resources, geared toward funders, grantees and other partners, offer best practices, guidelines, tools, insights and practical help in developing assessment plans. Resources include the new Learning for Social Impact report, which proposes an assessment framework applicable to the entire social sector. In beta testing phase is an on-line database, Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact (TRASI). Hosted by the Foundation Center, TRASI contains more than 150 approaches to measuring and analyzing social impact for programs and investments from a range of organizations.