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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

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News and Current Information

NASAA Offers 2012 Budget Perspective

If your state arts agency is grappling with the fiscal year 2012 budgeting process, remember that NASAA maintains an accurate, comprehensive log of state budget activity. We regularly update Major State Arts Agency Budget and Restructuring Proposals with the most current information on state arts agencies that are contending with significant reduction or reorganization proposals. For a national perspective, see NASAA's Summary of State Arts Agency FY2012 Budget Proposals. Find both files on NASAA's home page. For further details, contact NASAA.

NASAA Web Seminar: NGA Report on Boosting State Economic Growth

NASAA's next web seminar shares a preview of the findings of a new report due to be released this summer from the National Governor's Association (NGA), Boosting State Economic Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture and Design. The report demonstrates how creative industries, creative place-making and arts education can help states address their most pressing economic challenges. Presenters at the web seminar, taking place on June 22 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern, include Laura Scanlan, director of State and Regional Partnerships at the National Endowment for the Arts; Mary Jo Waits, director of the Economic, Human Services and Workforce Division at the NGA's Center for Best Practices, and Kelly Barsdate, NASAA chief program and planning officer. Register now.

Reinvesting in Arts Education Report, Panel

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities announces the release of its landmark report Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America's Future Through Creative Schools. The culmination of 18 months of research, meetings with stakeholders, and site visits all over the country, the report represents an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education, including an update of the current research base about arts education outcomes, and an analysis of the challenges and opportunities in the field that have emerged over the past decade. It includes a set of recommendations to federal, state and local policymakers. Read a summary of the report and view a panel presentation on the report and its implications on the NEAarts Ustream channel.

Museums Continue to Serve Despite Stress

American Association of Museums

For the second year in a row, museums in the United States expanded their services despite fewer resources and significant economic stress, according to the latest survey from American Association of Museums. In 2010, according to U.S. Museums Continue to Serve Despite Stress, museums maintained or expanded services to K-12 students and teachers, held admission prices to 2009 levels, and experienced increased attendance. Services expanded despite the economic stress experienced by most museums, due in part to a reduction in funding.

Social Media and the Arts

Dance USA

Should arts organizations have a social media policy? Absolutely, writes Marc Kirschner in Dance/USA's e-Journal. Social media enhances an organization's engagement with the audience. A good policy lets artists use social media to share the behind-the-scenes workings of the arts organization while respecting it and fellow artists. This article addresses elements that would make good social media policy.

Using Federal Data

A new research note from the National Endowment for the Arts, Time and Money: Using Federal Data to Measure the Value of Performing Arts Activities, measures the value of the performing arts sector using data from other government agencies. The report uses data from the U.S. Economic Census, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Bureau of Labor Statistics for arts-relevant information.

State Funding for Library Services Declines

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has released a survey, State Support for Library Services Declining, showing reductions in state funding for State Library Administrative Agencies' (SLAAs) services. SLAAs administers the IMLS Grants to States program, which helps libraries embrace technology, serve underserved populations and develop new service models. SLAAs also plans and evaluates library services in the states. The survey shows that between fiscal years 2008 and 2009, SLAAs budgets were reduced by 2.5% or more, while staff was cut by 6.7%. Details can be found in the report, State Library Agency Survey for FY2009.

NASAA's Angela Han to Join Pearson Foundation

This month, NASAA's Angela Han will join the Pearson Foundation. Han will become the foundation's curriculum partnership manager, working to help design a new system of courses built around the Common Core Standards recently adopted by 44 states and jurisdictions. In this role, she will work with program partners developing curriculum tools and resources to advance teaching and learning in math and English language arts. As director of research at NASAA since 2007, Han supervised NASAA's information services and survey research activities and acted as the point person for inquiries from members and the public. She served on advisory groups for the Arts Education Partnership, the National Endowment for the Arts and other state arts agency partners. Good luck in your new job, Angela!