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Alabama's Youssef Biaz Wins 2011 Poetry Out Loud Contest
Celebrating at the 2011 Poetry Out Loud finals in Washington, D.C., are (left to right) Poetry Foundation President John Barr, third place winner and Pennsylvania State Champion DeVonna Daisy Smith, second place winner Kentucky State Champion Victoria DiMartile, Poetry Out Loud National Champion and Alabama State Champion Youssef Biaz, National Endowment for the Arts Deputy Chairman Patrice Walker Powell, and NASAA CEO Jonathan Katz.
From a competitive field of more than 365,000 students nationwide, 16-year-old Youssef Biaz of Auburn, Alabama, was named 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Champion at the national finals in Washington, D.C., on April 29. Biaz was among 9 finalists and 53 state champions from around the country who participated in the sixth national poetry recitation contest, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation, and implemented by state arts agencies at more than 2,200 schools nationwide. For more, see the NEA announcement.
Fiscal Year 2011 Funding and Grant Making Report
NASAA's updated Funding and Grant Making report provides an overview of state arts agency funding and grant-making activities, including funding trends over time, summary grant statistics and select state-by-state information.
Helping to Boost Revenue: Examples from Two Arts Service Organizations
The economic downturn has led two arts service organizations to launch initiatives to support arts and culture organizations' efforts to bring in new dollars. The Nonprofit Finance Fund article, Testing Online Avenues to Boost Arts Revenue, explores initiatives established by The Arts & Science Council (ASC) of Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) to raise funds on-line. power2give by ASC is an on-line cultural marketplace that connects donors to projects about which they are passionate. "Pittsburgh is Art Day of Giving" by GPAC is a 24-hour donor match campaign that allows registered arts organizations in 10 counties to receive matching funds for on-line donations.
State of the Sector Survey 2011
Nonprofit Finance Fund's 2011 State of the Sector survey reports on the responses of more than 1,900 nonprofit organizations from across the country. It appears that 2011 will be another tough year for nonprofits, with 85% of organizations expecting an increase in service demand, and the majority reporting less than three months of cash on hand. Despite these challenges, nonprofits are adding or expanding programs and services and increasing the number of clients served. Nearly half of nonprofits were able to end 2010 with a surplus. Access arts-specific results on NASAA's Nonprofit Finance page.
Culture Track 2011
CultureTrack 2011 is the fifth installment of LaPlaca Cohen's ongoing national research study of the attitudes and behaviors of cultural audiences, conducted in partnership with AMS Planning & Research. It examines trends in attendance at visual and performing arts events, and the motivators and barriers that affect participation. Current on-line and social media practices are examined, as well as long-term behavioral trends.
What Nonprofits Say: A Study of Communications Training
The Hewlett Foundation evaluated the effectiveness of communications training it provided to its grantees. It found that the training was highly effective and well remembered by participants even years after attendance, but that follow-up is essential to make sure attendees hone the communications skills learned during training. The findings provide good insights for any organization looking to measure its own training programs.
Free and Simple Ideas for Staff Development
Nonprofits and government agencies can take advantage of some of the 52 free and simple staff development opportunities brainstormed at Bank of America's Neighborhood Excellence Initiative (NEI) leadership program in October 2010. During times of austerity, organizations need to keep their staff engaged and motivated when they are unable to spend scarce resources on expensive external training classes. Ideas include allowing all staff the opportunity to present at organizationwide meetings, participate in the annual budget process, or help plan staff seminars on professional development.
NASAA President Receives Arts Service Award
The South Carolina Arts Foundation honored NASAA President and former South Carolina Arts Commission Executive Director Suzette Surkamer with this year's McNair Award for outstanding service to the arts. "For more than 30 years, Suzi Surkamer has dedicated her career to the development of a thriving arts environment where all South Carolinians enjoy and benefit from the arts," said Michel Moore, president of the foundation. "Under her leadership at the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Palmetto State earned a national reputation as a leader in the arts for its work in K-12 arts curriculum reform, rural arts development and many other initiatives."
Surkamer began her career with the Arts Commission as a dancer in residence in 1974. She later moved into arts development and administration and was named executive director in 1994. She retired in 2009. She has served on numerous state, regional and national boards and alliances and is a past board chairwoman of the Southern Arts Federation, past vice president of the board of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, past member of the Arts Education Partnership Steering Committee, and past member of the South Carolina Rural Development Council. Surkamer is a recipient of the 2006 Winthrop University Medal of the Arts and NASAA's 2008 Gary Young Award.
"The members of the S.C. Arts Foundation join me in honoring Suzi for dedicating more than three decades to ensuring that the arts continue to play a vital role in our nation's schools and communities," Moore said.
Ohio Arts Council's Julie Henahan Honored
Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Julie Henahan has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from Ohio Designer Craftsmen (ODC), an organization that furthers the fine crafts aesthetic by promoting excellence, encouraging creative growth, providing professional support and building public awareness. Henahan was selected for her long-time commitment and support of the field. Her leadership of and advocacy for the Ohio Arts Council has benefitted ODC and its member artists in many ways. Under her leadership, the Ohio Arts Council has maintained many of its most important grant programs, funds from which have been instrumental in helping ODC serve the public and artists through outstanding exhibitions, education programs, craft fairs and professional artist workshops.