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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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Assembly 2010: Register and Reserve Your Room

Assembly 2010 registration is now open. In consideration of current state budget conditions, NASAA has kept 2010 rates at 2007 levels. Register four or more people from your agency and receive a team discount. To take advantage of NASAA's favorable group rates at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, reserve your room using the Assembly 2010 customized hotel reservation page. Learn more about conference accommodations on the Conference Hotel Information page. If you need further assistance with your hotel reservations or the NASAA group room rates, contact NASAA Director of Meetings and Events Sharon Gee at 202-347-6352 x112.

NEA Partnership Panel Highlights

If you are preparing your agency's Partnership Agreement application to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) this fall, be sure to review NASAA's newly updated NEA Partnership Panel Highlights. NASAA observes the proceedings of the NEA's Partnership Agreement panels each year, listening for application tips and noting trends in the state arts agency field. Reviewing the highlights of the 2010 panel dialogue can provide useful insights for any state arts agency that is conducting planning or compiling new application materials for the NEA.

NASAA Advocate: Campaigning for Public Arts Support

New NASAA Advocate: Campaigning for Public Arts Support

Elections 2010: Campaigning for Public Arts Support is the latest in the NASAA Advocate series. This new brief emphasizes the importance of educating candidates running for office about the role the arts play in the lives of their constituents and the nation. It offers sample questions to ask candidates along with talking points to help inform them about major issues important to arts advocates. As stated in Elections 2010: "Take advantage of the campaign season to let the candidates know who you are, why the arts are important to you and how the arts contribute to the life of your community." This brief is available for free on-line.

John S. Benjamin

John S. Benjamin, 1941-2010

NASAA is deeply saddened by the loss of John S. Benjamin on July 13, 2010. John was director of arts education programs at the Kentucky Arts Council for 18 years. Many NASAA members were fortunate to have the opportunity to meet, work with and, especially, be entertained by this extraordinary individual. His dedication to arts education and his colleagues in the field expanded beyond Kentucky through his work on national and regional committees. Toward the end of his tenure with the Kentucky Arts Council, he was the southern regional representative and chair of the Arts Education Advisory Group, the leadership team for the state arts agency arts education managers. John was a willing and devoted mentor to new arts education managers and a trusted colleague and friend to veteran managers. He will be missed.

Jesse Rye

NASAA's Jesse Rye to Join Maryland State Arts Council

NASAA Policy and Program Associate Jesse Rye will join the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) this month. At MSAC, Rye will be the program director for Community Arts Development and the Arts & Entertainment District Program. During his three years at NASAA, Rye was responsible for documenting and sharing state arts agency best practices. He worked extensively with SAA planning practices and creative economic development strategies, and authored the NASAA Notes column State to State. "My time at NASAA was very fulfilling," says Rye. "I have been honored to work with and learn from extremely talented people here and across the country. I look forward to remaining a part of this amazing community of dedicated, intelligent and passionate individuals."

Jean Tokuda Irwin

Utah's Jean Tokuda Irwin Elected to National PTA Board

Jean Tokuda Irwin, arts education program manager at the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, has been elected to the board of directors of the National PTA (Parent Teacher Association). Irwin has worked at the arts council since 1981. She served as a member of the Arts Education Advisory Group and is a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. She is on the Utah State Board of Education's Coalition of Minorities Advisory Committee. Irwin has been active with the Utah PTA since 1998, leading arts education programs and inclusion initiatives, as well as developing dance, theatre and film/video guidelines for the Utah PTA Reflections program. The national PTA Reflections program later adopted dance and film/video based on the Utah pilot. NASAA extends warm congratulations to Jean.

Rhode Island Lt. Governor Receives National Arts Leadership Award

Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth H. Roberts will receive the Lieutenant Governor Arts Leadership Award from Americans for the Arts. The award, part of the Public Leadership in the Arts Awards series, honors her support and advancement of the arts at the state level. "[Roberts'] support for the arts goes beyond her attendance and participation in many arts events," said Randall Rosenbaum, executive director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. "As a leader and policymaker in our state, she actively promotes the arts for what they contribute to our economy, our quality of life and to the education of all Rhode Islanders."

New Regulations for Americans with Disabilities Act

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that the revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for state and local governments and places of public accommodation will be published in the Federal Register. After publication, the new rules generally take effect in 6 months and the new design standards in 18 months. Arts administrators should be aware of how the new rules will affect cultural venues such as theaters, museums, parks, and performing and arts centers. Changes include:

Monitor the ADA website for announcements, guidance, and fact sheets about compliance and implementation of the new rules.

LEAD 2010 Arts and Disability Conference, August 25-29

There's still time to join the Kennedy Center's Accessibility Office in San Diego, California, August 25-29 for the 2010 Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference and Training. LEAD provides a unique professional development opportunity by actively engaging arts administrators in a national conversation around disability, accessibility and inclusion. Eight in-depth preconference workshops are followed by three days of interactive discussions, including the popular legal session with a representative from the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Also, get the scoop on the just-signed final revised regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act, which changes the law around some key issues that will affect cultural organizations and the way they do business. For more information on the conference, visit the website or contact the Accessibility Office, 202-416-8727 (voice), 202-416-8728 (TTY).

October Is National Arts and Humanities Month

Help your constituents to plan activities in celebration of National Arts and Humanities month in October. NASAA's National Arts and Humanities Month resource page offers participation ideas, ways to promote events through local media, and suggestions for connecting with public officials.

Working with Government: Guidance for Grantmakers

Working with Government: Guidance for Grantmakers

GrantCraft has produced a new guide, Working with Government: Guidance for Grantmakers, that encourages the creation of public-private collaborations to pool resources, influence and expertise. Written as a how-to guide for private foundations, the report compares and contrasts the realities of working in both the government and philanthropic spheres and offers practical advice for managing projects and relationships.

Archiving Social Networking Communications

During NASAA's Creative Technology Strategies Web seminar in May, someone asked a question about how to back up communications from social media platforms. David Dombrosky from the Center for Arts Management and Technology spent some time looking into this question and testing a service called Backupify. Read Dombrosky's review for more information.

The Creativity Crisis

A Newsweek article titled "The Creativity Crisis" documents research claiming that American creativity is declining. The article explains the scientific basis for the claim, details the importance of creativity, and examines potential causes and possible solutions to the problem.