Tuesday, August 4, 2011
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FY2012 Legislative Appropriations Preview
NASAA announces the release of the State Arts Agency Fiscal Year 2012 Legislative Appropriations Preview report. This document summarizes how state arts agencies fared during this year's budget deliberations and includes information on the appropriations each state arts agency expects to receive for FY2012. In addition to this bottom-line synopsis, NASAA can provide information on FY2012 per capita funding and rankings, line-item funds, and trends over time. Contact Henry Clapp to request information tailored to your needs. Many thanks to all who contributed information to this report.
Webinar on Impact of Creative Economies
Allen Bell of South Arts and Stu Rosenfeld of Regional Technology Strategies are featured speakers at a free webinar on August 16 at 2:00 p.m. hosted by the Southern Growth Policies Board. Seeing the Future: Creative Economies focuses on how the creative economy is driving growth in southern states and communities, but the topic is timely and relevant for other regions.
Economic Value Added by Cultural Industries
Arts and the GDP: Value Added by Selected Cultural Industries is a new research note by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the NEA examined the value added by three selected cultural industries: (1) performing arts, sports, and museums; (2) motion pictures and sound recording; and (3) publishing (including software). It found that, combined, the three cultural industries added more than $278 billion to the U.S. economy in 2009. The NEA also analyzed dollars and jobs added to individual state economies by these cultural industries.
Audience Engagement Study Results
Dance/USA commissioned WolfBrown to study how dance companies and presenters engage their audiences as part of the Engaging Dance Audiences initiative. The resulting report, How Dance Audiences Engage: Summary Report from a National Survey of Dance Audiences, gleaned information from more than 7,400 survey responses about the attitudes of "dance buyers," or people who have bought tickets to dance performances. Nearly one-half of dance buyers self-identify as serious or social dancers and three-quarters are interested in taking dance classes or lessons. Dance buyers would like to be more engaged before, during and after performances. Visit Dance/USA's website for more information about the Engaging Dance Audiences initiative.
Aging and Performing Artists
The Research Center for Arts and Culture has published a study on aging performing artists. The report, Still Kicking—Aging Performing Artists in NYC and LA Metro Areas: Information on Artists IV interviews 270 performing artists age 62 and up. It details demographics, careers and retirement, incomes, age discrimination, and community involvement. The report makes recommendations on what artists' unions can do to document and help their older members.
Employment in the Arts
Artist Employment Projections Through 2018, a report by the National Endowment for the Arts, forecasts growth in the arts employment sector through 2018. This analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics information provides detailed projections for 32 artist occupations. The report projects that overall artist occupations will increase by 11%, with the highest growth in museum positions at more than 23%, and the lowest growth in fashion designers at 1%. A few artistic occupations, such as floral designers and media announcers, will shrink, according to the report.
NEA to Offer Arts Researcher Grants
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Office of Research & Analysis will offer, for the first time, grant opportunities to researchers. The grants will support investigation of novel and significant research questions about the value and impact of the U.S. arts sector through analysis of existing and/or newly established datasets. The NEA anticipates awarding roughly 25 grants, generally ranging from $10,000 to $30,000. At the end of the award period, grantees will submit a research report for posting on the NEA website. For grant application guidelines, please check the NEA website in early August. The NEA encourages applicants from diverse research backgrounds, including applicants who have not specialized in arts-related research. The application deadline is tentatively set for November 8, 2011.
Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement
Published by NASAA in collaboration with the Arts Education Partnership, Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement contains fact-based, nontechnical language documenting compelling research on the value of arts learning experiences. Facts from this publication are cited frequently and it is popular at statewide arts conferences and other meetings. Regularly $7.00 per copy, Critical Evidence can be purchased at just $3.50 per copy, plus 10% shipping and handling, for orders of 20 or more copies. To order, call NASAA Executive Assistant Jessica Galvano, 202-347-6352 x100.