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Thursday, December 9, 2010

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Assembly 2010 Proceedings and Slideshow

NASAA 2010 Assembly Proceedings

Proceedings from Assembly 2010 are live—including a slideshow! Presentations and notes from many briefings, dialogue and peer sessions, and plenary events are now available on the NASAA website for your perusal. Compare notes, reminisce, pick up some new ideas and enjoy!

NASAA Web Seminar to Examine Implications of Midterm Elections

NASAA's December 14 web seminar, The Lay of the Land: A Look at the 2010 Midterm Elections,M explores the possible ramifications of the 2010 midterm elections for state arts agencies and federal arts funding. The seminar features NASAA Legislative Counsel Tom Birch, who briefs participants on the outcomes of the elections and the changes in the federal and state political landscape. After his briefing, Tom leads a discussion with a panel of NASAA members on how the elections affected their states and how they plan to handle the impending changes in their states. Opportunities for Q&A with both NASAA and member panelists will be provided. Register here.

Support NASAA through the 2011 Annual Fund

NASAA's 2011 Annual Fund campaign is under way! Private gifts make it possible for NASAA to go beyond the resources from member dues and the National Endowment for the Arts and provide timely, innovative, top-quality programs for state arts agencies. This is another great way for you to participate in your professional community. NASAA is thankful to all of the dedicated individuals across the country who generously support our work. Please visit us on-line to learn more about why you, too, might be inspired to support NASAA!

Call for Youth Program Applications

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, invites applications for the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, formerly the Coming Up Taller Awards. Over the past 13 years, the Coming Up Taller Awards have recognized the accomplishments of exceptional arts and humanities after-school and out-of-school programs across the country. Its new name will serve to enhance recognition of the national significance of the award. Twelve programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President's Committee's Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama, at a ceremony at the White House. The deadline to submit an application is January 31, 2011.

Creative Placemaking Report from NEA

Creative Placemaking Report from NEA

The National Endowment for the Arts has released a new white paper on the role of the arts in fostering sustainable and livable communities. Creative Placemaking reviews how communities small and large have strategically shaped their physical, economic and social landscapes through the arts and culture. The paper outlines the many benefits of these efforts, such as sparking innovation, generating jobs, rejuvenating public spaces, enhancing local business viability, fostering livability and cultivating diversity. Also included are insights from civic and cultural leaders about common challenges, solutions and lessons learned. Based on the stories of 14 communities from around the nation, the report distills six keys to success. State arts agencies, policy leaders, advocates and cultural practitioners all will find useful information in the executive summary and complete report (which begins with the summary).

Cultural Heritage Tourism Survival Toolkit

Find out how some members of the cultural and heritage tourism industry have survived and thrived during the recession with the Cultural Heritage Tourism Survival Toolkit, offered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The toolkit offers strategies and resources, more than 80 stories and case studies, and an opportunity to share your own story. The project was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Project Access: Database of Accessible Arts Organizations

Let the public know about the accessible features of your institution and the programs you have available for people with disabilities: register on Project Access. Created and coordinated by Art Beyond Sight/Art Education for the Blind (AEB), Project Access is the first national database of accessible U.S. arts and cultural organizations. Partnering with AEB on this project are the American Association of Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, the Association of Science-Technology Centers, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Registration is free.

First National Study of Outdoor Arts Festivals

A newly released report from the National Endowment for the Arts summarizes the findings of the first-ever survey of outdoor arts festivals in the United States. The three-volume report, Live from Your Neighborhood: A National Study of Outdoor Arts Festivals, provides a snapshot of outdoor arts festivals in this country, detailing the number of festivals that occurred, the types of events they held, and the number of artists they hired and employees and volunteers they engaged in 2009, among other statistics. The report provides an in-depth look at seven festivals, exploring in particular the relationship between the festival and local community; the reasons volunteers, artists, and audiences participate in and attend the events; and what makes festivals unique and special. Read the executive summary, the survey findings, and the case studies.

New Report Knocks Film Incentives

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has issued a stinging critique of state film subsidies. In recent years, nearly every state enacted tax incentives for film, television and media productions. These policies—including various tax, investment and R&D credits—were adopted in an attempt to boost state economies and to compete with other nations for lucrative film industry business. Not Much Bang For Too Many Bucks questions the effects of these popular policies on state revenues. Characterizing the economic impact of film incentives as "more fiction than fact," the report points to flawed research, uneven benefits and hidden costs to taxpayers. A press release summarizes the conclusions of the full report, which includes an itemization of funds allocated to film incentives in 43 states.

What Is Artistic Vibrancy?

This issue of Sounding Board from WolfBrown reflects on how cultural organizations can achieve higher levels of artistic vibrancy, innovation and creativity in their programming. Several commentators offer thoughts on the meaning of artistic excellence and its implications for arts participation, arts management and arts grant making.

National Capitalization Project for the Nonprofit Arts Sector

Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) launched the National Capitalization Project in early 2010. Formed in response to the observation that it has been the norm for the nonprofit arts sector to be poorly capitalized, the project convened representatives from 16 regional and national funders of the arts, five subject experts and GIA staff in two intensive working sessions. Participants began a conversation about what funders might do individually and collectively to address this long-standing condition. These convenings were informed by a literature review on capitalization conducted by TDC, and resulted in a proposed set of common practices outlined in the convening summary.

Map of Post-Election Composition of State Legislatures

Election map

How did your state house or senate change in the last election? Curious to know how other states changed? The National Conference of State Legislatures has created an interactive map showing the partisan results of the November 2010 elections. Mouse over any state to see a breakdown by party of each chamber of the legislature and the governorship.

Adversity Index: Economic Health of Metro Areas and States

MSNBC and Moody's Analytics have created an interactive map showing the economic health of 384 metropolitan areas and 50 states, month by month, from 1994 to 2010. Employment, housing and industrial production statistics are detailed for every state and for metro areas. Based on the most recent data, Moody's considers six states (Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico and Vermont) to still be "in recession."

In Memoriam: Jim Edgy

Jim Edgy

Jim Edgy, a founder of NASAA and its first elected president, died in Cincinnati on November 15, 2010. A longtime champion of public arts support, Jim was the first executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council, serving from 1970-1974, and also directed the Ohio Arts Council from 1974-1978.

In 1968, Jim was part of a group of dedicated leaders in the burgeoning public arts funding movement that came to realize that state arts agencies would be best served by a national professional association dedicated solely to their interests. Over the next few years, he and other founding executive directors developed and formally established what came to be the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Jim helped to organize the first board of directors, serving as chairman in 1974, and was elected by the full membership as NASAA's first president from 1975-1976. Then, as now, NASAA's mission was to represent state arts agencies' interests with the NEA and Congress; to help state arts agency leaders develop as professionals; and to bring state arts agencies together to network, learn and share experiences.

Jim leaves a truly unique and inspiring legacy. He was instrumental in shaping and promoting the infrastructure for public arts support in America. His service provided outstanding leadership and support to the idea that the arts are essential to our democracy and that government has a meaningful role to play in America's cultural life. To me, he was a generous colleague. His advice was good and he was fun to be around. It was a special pleasure to see him and other NASAA founders when we met in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for Assembly 2008 and a celebration of NASAA's 40th anniversary. Jim will be missed.

— Jonathan Katz, CEO