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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

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Navigating Political Change

Many new governors and state legislators will take their oaths of office this month. For help initiating relationships with newcomers and educating them about the arts and the value of your agency, consult these NASAA resources:

Why Should Government Support the Arts?

Be sure also to familiarize yourself with the issue analysis that new elected officials will be receiving from their own policy networks. These might include:

NASAA Web Seminar: Reflecting on the Recession: Arts Grant-Making Trends
January 27, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern

Kick off 2011 with NASAA and Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) for a web seminar exploring how the economic downturn continues to affect arts grant makers and their grantees. GIA recently commissioned Helicon Collaborative to conduct an update of "Arts Funders and the Recession," a qualitative study of private foundations, community foundations, corporate arts funders and public arts agencies. At NASAA's web seminar Reflecting on the Recession: Arts Grant-Making Trends, GIA's Tommer Peterson and Helicon's Holly Sidford discuss their new findings, followed by observations from NASAA about state arts agency grant trends and some possible strategic questions that can help public arts agencies consider how to invest their resources in the future.

To register for this session, use our web seminar registration form. If you have questions or concerns regarding registration, contact Eric Giles and include your name, title, agency name and phone number in your email.

Celebrating Cultural Traditions


Several state arts agencies recently have released materials that promote their states' distinctive cultural traditions and pass them on to future generations:

Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains is a compilation celebrating the folk heritage of the Northern Great Plains region. This hardcover volume, published by the North Dakota Council on the Arts, documents the traditional and occupational arts of the state as well as weather lore, proverbs, folk medicine, holiday celebrations and subsistence traditions. A video promotion offers a sampling of the publication.

Tradition: Tennessee Lives and Legacies is a photography book, exhibition series and set of teaching materials highlighting the state's folk heritage. The project profiles 25 Tennesseans who actively preserve folk traditions particular to their families, places, or ethnic groups. Designed to complement the book and exhibition tour, the teacher's guide includes lesson plans and instructional resources aligned with the state's curriculum standards.

Fourteen new Iowa Roots programs featuring stories, music and interviews with traditional artists from a variety of ethnic, geographic, occupational and religious backgrounds are now available on-line from the Iowa Arts Council.

WESTAF Announces On-line Access to Creative Vitality™ Index Data, Webinar

WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) has release Creative Vitality™ Index (CVI™) Data on Demand, a new web tool allowing on-line access to all data contained in full CVI reports on a given area. The CVI is a research-based economic development tool that provides comprehensive creative economic data and analysis for the United States as a whole and for any state, county, city or region. It includes both for-profit and nonprofit creative industries data and analysis. Learn more about the tool and view a demonstration during a webinar on January 19 at 2:00 p.m. (MST). To RSVP, contact CVI representative Joan Briccetti, 314-772-2261. Space for the webinar is limited.

U.S. State Department smARTpower Program Benefits Visual Artists

NASAA keeps members informed about federal funding opportunities that benefit state arts agencies and their constituents. smARTpower, a pilot visual arts initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is now accepting applications. smARTpower sends U.S. artists abroad to collaborate with youth and local artists in creating community based projects in China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Venezuela. Focusing on community engagement, the program is designed to stimulate discourse around social issues. Artists will conduct workshops, teach master classes, and perform other outreach activities while abroad. Interested artists can apply on-line by February 28, 2011. Learn more about smARTpower.

An Evaluation of the Mid-Sized Presenting Organizations Initiative

The Mid-Sized Presenting Organizations Initiative, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and implemented by the Nonprofit Finance Fund, provided funds, customized technical assistance, and convenings over four years to 17 midsized performing arts presenting organizations with budgets ranging from $500,000 to $3,000,000. The goals of the program were to sustain or increase opportunities for artists to create and perform their work, meet self-identified organizational long-term goals, and maintain or improve organizational financial health. In 2010, WolfBrown conducted an evaluation of the Initiative. Overall, the findings suggest that the Initiative was successful in meeting key goals; see the report for complete findings.

Nonprofit Fundraising Survey

The Nonprofit Fundraising Survey of more than 2,500 nonprofit organizations provides information on fund-raising activities for 2010 to date. Fielded by the Urban Institute's National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), the Nonprofit Fundraising Survey was a collaboration between NCCS, GuideStar, Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Foundation Center and Blackbaud. It reports that 35% of charities reported an increase in private contributions for the first nine months of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009, while 37% reported a decline. An executive summary of the report as well as the full report are available for download.

Technology and the Performing Arts Field: Usage and Issues

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation commissioned a study of technology usage in the arts to learn about the practices and needs of nonprofit arts organizations. The study combines a comprehensive survey with in-depth qualitative research, conducted by NPower, Inc. and Callahan Consulting for the Arts. The report is available through the Grantmakers in the Arts website.

Audio Interviews with Innovative Orchestras

Fearless Journeys

Have you heard about the League of American Orchestras report, Fearless Journeys: Innovation in Five American Orchestras, but don't have time to read it? The League has created a series of audio interviews exploring innovative practices of the five orchestras highlighted in the full report, available as YouTube videos, iTunes podcasts, and in mp3 and Windows Media formats. The full report is available as a pdf, Kindle and EPUB download.