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Assembly 2010 Features Landesman, Spalding, and Sessions Designed to Inspire
Register now for NASAA Assembly 2010, hosted by the Texas Commission on the Arts October 14-16 in Austin. National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman will speak to attendees at Friday morning's plenary session, and jazz musician Esperanza Spalding headlines Saturday's closing event. Be on the lookout for more on special Texas artists and performers in the coming weeks.
NASAA and our colleagues are cooking up a menu of topical sessions to whet your appetite for valuable national research, satisfy your craving for current trends and fill your mind with information on best practices for state arts agencies. This year, sessions include briefings, dialogues, peer group sessions and "flashes of inspiration." Visit the Sessions page often to get the latest details.
Travel Justification Tips were drafted specifically to help you make the case for attendance at Assembly 2010; use them as you like to suit your circumstances. Contact NASAA's Dennis Dewey to learn about flexible payment options. The discounted NASAA group room block at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown is sold out at this time. Guest rooms are available at the overflow hotel, the nearby InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel, from October 13-17 at the NASAA discounted group rate of $199 per night, single/double occupancy (plus taxes). Reservations must be made on or before the group cut-off date of Wednesday, September 22. For more information, see the Assembly 2010 Conference Hotel page. It's easy, too, to register for Assembly 2010—NASAA will invoice registrants at a later date.
September 12-18 Is Arts in Education Week
Congress designated Arts in Education Week to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college and career-ready students. Read statements made by congressmen regarding arts education and find out how you can participate by visiting the Arts Education Partnership website.
Celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month in October
Learn how you and your constituents can celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month: NASAA's info page offers ideas about connecting with public officials, promoting events through local media, and citizen participation. Help make the voice of the arts heard in your communities.
State Budget Updates
A preliminary report, State Budget Update: July 2010 is now available to NASAA members courtesy of the National Conference of State Legislatures. To receive a copy of this report, contact Shannah Sphar. Information about state budgets also has been released recently by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and is available to the public in their report After Disastrous 2009, States Report Modest Revenue Growth in Early 2010
What Motivates Giving to Arts and Artists?
The San Francisco Foundation and East Bay Community Foundation have published a research report titled It's Not About You ... It's About Them: A Research Report on What Motivates Bay Area Donors to Give to the Arts and Artists. Written by Helicon Collaborative and based on research conducted by Helicon and WolfBrown, the study provides insight into the values of donors to artists and artist-driven projects. Donors who are most likely to give to the arts have personal relationships with artists, are passionate about art, are involved in their cultural community, and have an emotional and/or intellectual interest in the art subject matter.
21st Century Skills Map for the Arts
Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), in conjunction with six national arts education organizations, has produced a skills map on how educators can fuse arts learning in elementary, middle and high school curricula. It provides examples of projects integrating core subjects and the arts at the 4th, 8th and 12th grade levels. For more information consult the skills map, P21's press release or the Arts Education Partnership's supplementary document.
Lessons from The Wallace Foundation's Work with State Arts Agencies
Published in August 2010, From START to Finish: Lessons from The Wallace Foundation's Work with State Arts Agencies provides a brief retrospective to the State Arts Partnerships for Cultural Participation (START) initiative, a $12.5 million program launched in 2001 to help state arts agencies develop policies and practices for increasing arts participation. The program included multiyear grants to 13 state arts agencies as well as training, research, and publications from Arts Midwest and RAND.
Kids Count Data Center
Access hundreds of measures of child well-being in the recently updated Kids Count Data Center from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The data center features interactive state-by-state graphs, along with widgets you can use to display the data on your own site.
$1 Million for Arts Education Awarded to Tennessee
The Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) recently was awarded more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Education through an Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination grant. Funds will be used for Arts360º, a whole-school instructional model that makes arts-based and arts-integrated learning a focal point of the curriculum. Based on the innovative Artist to Artist model pioneered by the Perpich Center for Arts Education, the North Dakota Council on the Arts and the Minnesota State Arts Board, Arts360º includes year-round professional development for classroom teachers, arts specialists and teaching artists. The Commission developed Arts360º from lessons learned through the successful Value Plus Schools program, funded through a previous U.S. Department of Education grant in 2006. For more information on Arts360º, contact the creator of Value Plus Schools and Arts360º, TAC Director of Arts Education Kim Leavitt.
Nevada Arts Council Chair Tim Jones Receives National Advocacy Award
Tim Jones, chair of the Nevada Arts Council, has received the 2010 Annual Arts Advocacy Award from the National Association of Counties Arts and Culture Commission. Since his appointment to the Arts Council board in 2001, Jones has made advocacy a priority. During a 2010 town hall meeting in Reno, hosted by the Nevada Legislature in preparation for its special session, Jones urged a halt to additional cuts to the state arts agency, noting that "reducing the budget of the Nevada Arts Council any more—now a mere 3 cents for every hundred dollars spent—won't help fill the holes we all are desperate to fill, but it will destroy the work of thousands since the agency's inception in 1967, and deny Nevada a chance to use creativity as a road to recovery."
NASAA Publications Empower Readers
As the authority on state arts agency funding and information, NASAA offers publications that help arts advocates document the impact of the arts, aid public arts agencies as they guide constituent arts organizations, and present data useful in making the case for public investment in the arts. Check out these titles: