Thursday, October 7, 2010
List your statewide event in the Community Calendar
Hope We Meet in Austin at Assembly 2010!
Sign at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. ACVB photo
October 14 is just around the bend, so be sure your plans are in order for NASAA Assembly 2010. NASAA and our colleagues have designed a darn swell program—which includes an opening discussion between NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman and NASAA CEO Jonathan Katz; a knock-out closing session with internationally renowned bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding; meaty briefings and dialogues encompassing the most pressing priorities for state arts agencies; special gatherings of peers with similar job responsibilities; and toe-tapping performances and events from inspiring Texas artists.
You'll want to pack for daytime temperatures in the 70s to low 80s and nighttime lows of around 60°F. You never know about rain or drizzle, so come prepared. Comfortable business attire is appropriate for most Assembly 2010 events; dress for Thursday evening's opening reception is casual. Keep in mind that hotel conference rooms may be cooler than you prefer, so bring along a blazer or other wrap.
Support for Assembly 2010 is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Texas Cultural Trust and Houston Endowment. NASAA is grateful to these partners for their generous investment.
NASAA 2010 Leadership Awards
NASAA is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2010 Leadership Awards. Arni Fishbaugh, executive director of the Montana Arts Council, is the recipient of the 2010 Gary Young Award. This year's Distinguished Public Service Award goes to Lu Ellsworth, former chair of the Virginia Commission for the Arts. The North Carolina Arts Council is the recipient of the 2010 National Accessibility Leadership Award. NASAA congratulates and thanks this year's recipients for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the state arts agency field. All three awards will be presented October 15 at Assembly 2010 in Austin, Texas. Read more about our distinguished recipients.
2011 NASAA Annual Fund Launches This Month
Thank you to the many individuals who supported NASAA's work on behalf of state arts agencies this year. All are invited to participate when the 2011 Annual Fund drive launches in late October. Individual gifts support NASAA's ground-breaking advocacy, research, leadership training and other programs and services that strengthen state arts agencies. Watch for a letter in the mail or visit www.nasaa-arts.org to make a contribution. Thank you!
FY2011 Legislative Appropriations Preview Slidecast
In this ready-to-play presentation, NASAA Director of Research Angela Han elaborates on NASAA's Fiscal Year 2011 Legislative Appropriations Preview. She notes similarities and differences between current cuts in state arts funding and those seen in prior recessions, and discusses the dramatic decline of per capita appropriations for the arts in recent years. Find the new FY2011 Legislative Appropriations Preview Slidecast on the NASAA website under Learning Services.
Accepting Community Calendar Items for Fall and Winter
Share your upcoming statewide events with your colleagues across the country in NASAA's Community Calendar. Located in the My NASAA section of the website, the Community Calendar also contains national and regional listings of interest to state arts agencies. Send 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.
200 Ways to Celebrate American Craft Week in October
What is still made in America? American Craft Week, October 1-10, is a coast-to-coast celebration featuring more than 200 events where the public can meet artisans for whom crafting is a business. The website offers a state-by-state list of American Craft Week activities and participating galleries. American Craft Week is a project of Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow and Craft in America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of craft and the celebration of its impact on our nation's cultural heritage.
Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act Guidance Now Available
On September 23, 2010, the federal Office of Management and Budget held a town hall webinar to provide guidance on the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. A recording of this webinar is now available on-line at USAspending.gov. The guidance instructs recipients of federal funds how to report federal money they award to their grantees exceeding $25,000.
Report: National Summit on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities
A report on the National Summit on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities, which took place in July 2009, is now available from the National Endowment for the Arts. Participants at the summit reviewed progress made during the past decade concerning educational and career opportunities in the arts, assessed current needs and barriers to full participation of individuals with disabilities as professionals in the arts, and strategized about ways to enable such participation.
Chorus and Theatre Field Reports Available
Curious about the budgets and operations of choruses and theatres? Theatre Communications Group's Theatre Facts Report provides information about the attendance, performance and fiscal health of the not-for-profit theatre field. The effect of the economy has been dramatic, but theatres remain committed to their missions and communities. In a similar vein, Chorus America's 2010 Chorus Operations Survey Report highlights the financial stress that its members have been experiencing, though programming and audiences have remained strong.
Nonprofits and the National Jobs Picture
The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies has released several reports about the recession's impact on nonprofit employment. An initial analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that nonprofit employment actually grew during the worst part of the recession, from 2007 to 2009. A recent survey, conducted as a part of the Listening Post Project, reveals more nuance to this story. While nonprofit organizations are adding staff as a whole, many are finding it difficult to maintain existing services and the increased demands are taking a serious toll on human resources.
Tog Newman Receives State Award
NASAA congratulates Tog Newman, who receives the North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor the state bestows, on October 7. Newman chaired the North Carolina Arts Council from 1993 to 2005, and continues to serve as trustee emeritus. She is a former NASAA president and is the immediate past president of South Arts. Among numerous leadership positions, she currently serves as chair of the statewide board of directors of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits. Newman is widely recognized for her significant contributions to the state and the nation in the field of public service.