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NASAA Web Seminar: Energize Your Advocates, July 19

NASAA's next web seminar, Energize Your Advocates, explores ideas for keeping your network motivated as well as tactics for bringing renewed vigor to advocacy work in your state. On July 19 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern, NASAA Legislative Counsel Tom Birch leads a panel discussion including Minnesota State Arts Board Chair Michael Charron, Arizona Commission on the Arts Deputy Director Jaime Dempsey, and ArtPride New Jersey Executive Director Ann Marie Miller. Register now.

Federal Arts Funding Facts

Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) invests 40% of its grant funds in state arts agencies. What is the return on that investment? And how does the NEA's grant making compare to state arts agency grant making? To answer these questions, NASAA has prepared a new fact sheet, Return on Investment: The Federal Government, States and the Arts. This concise tool includes maps of state arts agency and NEA grants for every state in the nation. Download your own map today!

Examples and Ideas for Evaluating Advocacy

Authors Steven Teles and Mark Schmitt examine the challenges of evaluating advocacy in the Summer 2011 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The Elusive Craft of Evaluating Advocacy lays out the difficulties of this task from the grant maker's point of view, including the time it takes for efforts to create change, the fluidity of the political landscape and permanence of policy changes. The article looks at ways to evaluate both the advocacy message and the advocates themselves. Previous advocacy efforts provide examples and frame the suggestions. If your state is thinking about your arts advocacy efforts, this article may provide new ideas on what makes advocacy effective.

Engaging Adolescents Initiative

Engaging Adolescents Initiative
Meaningful engagement in arts education can have a life-changing impact on teens. An initiative and guidebook from the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Engaging Adolescents: Building Youth Participation in the Arts outlines a holistic approach that integrates arts learning with principles of youth development. It is designed to help staff and faculty develop new programs and services for teens or to rethink and strengthen programs they already offer.

What Schools Can Do to Increase Arts Education

The Arts Education Partnership has prepared a guide with support from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities that offers several concrete actions school principals can take to increase arts education in their schools. Each action in What School Leaders Can Do To Increase Arts Education is supported with several low-cost or no-cost strategies that other school leaders have used and found to be effective.

New Website on Change Capital in the Arts


The Nonprofit Finance Fund has created a new website that centralizes the information resulting from its Leading for the Future initiative. The initiative, a partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, has provided 10 arts organizations with change capital to help them transform their programming, operations and finances in a new economic and cultural climate. Publications include Case for Change Capital in the Arts, which defines change capital and its importance to arts organizations, and Financial Reporting Done Right, which promotes transparency in managing capital resources. It also includes three case study videos of organizations that have received change capital as part of this initiative. The site is updated as new material from the initiative is created.

Karen Paty Named Director in Georgia

Karen L. Paty

Karen L. Paty has been named director of Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) by Governor Nathan Deal. "I am excited about this opportunity to continue to work with and for so many dedicated organizations and individuals in the arts industry throughout the state," said Paty, who has been interim director for several months. "As a part of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, GCA has a platform for growth and advancement that will allow the Council to be responsive to the needs of Georgia's arts community and result in additional benefits and services for all of our grantees as well as the citizens of Georgia."

Paty has been involved in the arts and community development for more than 15 years. In addition to working with Georgia Council for the Arts, she has managed numerous local community building initiatives, designed and implemented leadership programs, and worked with organizations to underscore the power of the arts.

New Jersey's Steve Runk Steps Down

Steve Runk

Steve Runk will step down as executive director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts this month. Prior to being named executive director in 2008, Runk was director of programs and services for 11 years, and held other positions during his 19 years with the Council.

Previous experience includes serving as arts development coordinator and assistant director of the summer session at Rutgers University's Camden Campus, and as manager of corporate communications for a large architectural, planning and interior design firm.

Runk is on the board of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and is past president of the board of the Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County. He is a founding member of the Cultural Access Network of New Jersey and cochair of the New Jersey Arts Funders Affinity Group; has served on grant review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and Pennsylvania and Ohio state arts agencies; and has been a guest lecturer for the Seton Hall University Graduate Program in Arts Administration. NASAA wishes Steve all the best in his next endeavors.