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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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Summary of State Arts Agency Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Proposals

NASAA has recently released Summary of State Arts Agency Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Proposals, a concise overview that summarizes how state arts agencies are faring so far in governors' fiscal year 2012 budget recommendations and legislative budget debates. The summary includes other policy trends affecting state arts agency structure, cultural endowments and percent for art funds. For additional information on state arts agency funding—or to share your own budget update—contact Angela Han.

2011 Arts Issue Briefs Make the Case

Arts advocates can now take advantage of briefs drawn up by NASAA, Americans for the Arts and national arts service organizations that spell out actions the U.S. Congress should take on 10 key issues affecting the arts. 2011 Arts Issue Briefs contain background and talking points on topics including funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, tax fairness for artists and writers, cultural exchanges, arts in health care and strengthening arts education.

NASAA Web Seminar April 13: Teaching Artists

Teaching artist Shannon Barnes instructs students at Rose Hill Elementary in Kirkland, Washington, as part of Pacific Northwest Ballet's in-school Discover Dance Consortium, funded in part by the Washington State Arts Commission. Photo by Bill Mohn

Join NASAA on April 13 for a web seminar focused on teaching artists. This session shares new research that sheds light on the varied roles of teaching artists and the unique contributions they make to arts education. Whether your agency provides artist residencies directly or facilitates other kinds of collaborations between educators and arts organizations, this session provides useful insights for you as it reviews the career paths, needs and perceptions of teaching artists from around the nation. The session includes:

State arts agency council and staff members should register using our web seminar registration form. NASAA understands that some state arts agencies rely on partner organizations to support and train teaching artists. We therefore have made arrangements to accommodate up to two guest logins per state. If you have a key partner that you would like to invite to this session, please contact Eric Giles for instructions.

To manage costs and allow NASAA to keep providing seminars to state arts agencies without charging registration fees, please do not otherwise forward this invitation outside your agency. You may, however, invite funding partners, cultural leaders or key constituents to join you in viewing the session at your office or at another central location. If you have any questions or concerns regarding registration, please contact Eric Giles and include your name, title, agency name and phone number in your e-mail.

Thank You to Our In-kind Contributors

Last year, NASAA members and colleagues donated nearly 3,000 hours to help advance our work on behalf of state arts agencies. Contributions of time are one form of in-kind gift that helps NASAA offset direct operating expenses and match grants and other contributed income. Thank you to all the individuals and organizations who provided in-kind support in 2010! Learn more about NASAA's In-Kind Contributors.

Colorado Creative Industries Presents at National Governors Association Forum


On March 24, Colorado Creative Industries Executive Director Elaine Mariner presented at a special policy forum convened by the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices. Top economic advisors from more than 25 states attended States and Innovation: Setting the Stage for Job Creation, a policy institute focusing on what governors can do to spur innovation, improve the economy and create jobs. Mariner's presentation showcased how a state's creative industries, arts and culture contribute to economic competitiveness and employment. She shared a variety strategies that Colorado has adopted to advance creative economic development: creative industry incentives, grants, training, and partnerships as well as recent legislation encouraging arts education and the establishment of creative districts. For copies of the presentation, contact Elaine Mariner. NASAA has an ongoing partnership with the NGA Center for Best Practices and the National Endowment for the Arts to produce research documenting the contributions of the arts to state prosperity. A new report focusing on creativity and innovation is scheduled for release later in the spring. For more information about this collaboration, contact Kelly Barsdate.

Workshop Funds Available for State Arts Agencies

Creative Capital is offering Workshop Subsidy Grants through its Professional Development Program, which helps artists to manage the business side of their creative work. State arts agencies can apply for grants, supported by the Kresge Foundation, to host workshops for artists for a reduced fee. Workshop Subsidy Grants are earmarked to increase the diversity of participating artists. Awards range from $3,000 to $10,000 for workshops in planning, Internet use and verbal communications, as well as a future workshop in Spanish. Recent awardees include the state arts agencies in Louisiana, Montana, Nevada and North Carolina. Contact Suzanne Callahan at 202-955-8325 for guidelines information before applying on-line. The application deadline is June 17, 2011.

States Are Overestimating Revenue

States' Revenue Estimating: Cracks in the Crystal Ball

States' Revenue Estimating: Cracks in the Crystal Ball, a report by the Pew Center on the States and The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute for Government, finds that states have been making more serious errors in estimating their revenues during tough economic times. In fiscal year 2009, half of the states overestimated revenues by at least 10%, resulting in a shortfall of nearly $50 billion. The major reason for more frequent and serious budget estimate errors is the increasing volatility of revenue streams, a result of states' growing reliance on income taxes. The report looks at state estimates for income, sales and corporate taxes from 1987 to 2009.

Social Media Guidelines for States

Governing Magazine recently released an article on how state policies are evolving to address the use of social media by state agencies. Developing Policies for Responsible Social Media Use says that government is "starting to recognize the need to put into writing what employees can and cannot do on social media platforms." Drawing on examples from several states, the article shares policies that guide public employees on content development, participating in on-line dialogues and how to handle inappropriate or offensive postings from citizens.