Friday, March 4, 2011
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Governors' Recommendations for State Arts Agencies
NASAA recently released an updated list of Major State Arts Agency Budget and Restructuring Proposals. This short synopsis of pending zero-budget and restructuring recommendations is based on governors' budget requests to date. Budget scenarios change constantly as state legislatures conduct their debates; contact Angela Han at the NASAA office for updates.
Tools from NASAA for Tough Times
NASAA's latest web toolkit, Taking Charge of Change, includes a variety of resources designed to help state arts agencies address current challenges. Resources include:
Don't go it alone. Take advantage of a wealth of state arts agency resources on-line or by contacting NASAA directly by phone or e-mail.
Arts Grant-Making Trends Web Seminar Transcript
Now available on the NASAA website: the transcript of NASAA's most recent web seminar, Reflecting on the Recession: Arts Grant-Making Trends. Whether or not you were able to join us for the late-January session, find out what experts from Grantmakers in the Arts, Helicon Collaborative and NASAA observed about how arts grant making has changed during the recession and what might lie ahead. Also, learn about past and upcoming NASAA web seminars.
Many Governors Look to Cut Spending in Fiscal Year 2012
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) reports that many governors will look to cut spending to balance their budgets in fiscal year 2012. States are dealing with a variety of factors that worsen their financial condition, including the end of emergency federal aid, the slow growth of tax revenues following the recession, and increased demand for services such as education and health care. Of the 26 states that had released the necessary data by the beginning of February, 21 will be spending below FY2008 levels after adjusting for inflation. Only 6 of 31 states have proposed new measures to raise revenue to help offset spending cuts. It is important to note that these proposals are only the first step in a long budgeting process, but they do represent the baseline from which state legislatures will work. The full report, Governors Are Proposing Further Deep Cuts in Services, Likely Harming Their Economies, is available for free on the CBPP website and provides more details about these budget proposals.
State of the State Addresses
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices has issued its annual analysis of governors' State of the State addresses. Budget concerns topped the list of issues discussed by governors in 2011. Government restructuring and jobs were prominently featured this year, along with the perennial themes of health care and education. For a different perspective on State of the State trends, check out this series of "word clouds" portraying the major themes of governors' speeches over recent years, courtesy of Stateline and Wordle.
Investing in Arts Development
The Urban Land Institute recently published an article on the virtues of embedding the arts into economic development and sustainability planning efforts. Written for property developers, investors, architects and urban planners, Investing in Arts Development calls arts funding cuts "wrongheaded." It concludes, "The evidence, both academic and practical, strongly suggests that those communities that continue to invest in their creative appeal will fare much better economically than those that do not."
Ten Ensembles Selected to Tour on State Department's Rhythm Road
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center, has announced the 10 ensembles selected to tour with 2011-2012 season of The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad. The Rhythm Road builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's vision of "smart power" diplomacy, which embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools—in this case, music. The selected bands will travel to more than 40 countries during a month-long tour, will conduct public concerts, master classes, lecture demonstrations, workshops and jam sessions, and will collaborate with local musicians. Find out more about the program and the bands chosen to tour.
Diversity Scholarship Program
The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Diversity Scholarship Program will offer financial assistance to community leaders from diverse backgrounds to attend the National Preservation Conference in October. Learn more about the Diversity Scholarship Program and how to apply.
Assembly 2010 Artist Esperanza Spalding Wins Grammy
Congratulations to Esperanza Spalding on her Best New Artist Grammy award! NASAA was proud to feature her as a keynote artist at Assembly 2010, our October conference in Austin, Texas. For Assembly participants Spalding played music from her latest recording, Chamber Music Society, shared that she is a beneficiary of public arts support and applauded the work that state arts agencies do every day on behalf of the arts.
NASAA Welcomes New Research Associate
Henry Clapp joined the NASAA staff in February. As NASAA's research associate, he gathers information for and about state arts agencies. His primary responsibilities include conducting member surveys and answering information requests regarding state arts agency budgets, staffing and compensation, and other areas of member interest. Prior to joining NASAA, Clapp worked for a community center and an opera company in Connecticut. He has a B.A. in music and economics from Swarthmore College.