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Thursday, October 13, 2011

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2012 NASAA Annual Fund Launches This Month

NASAA is supported by dues and the National Endowment for the Arts, but Annual Fund gifts provide essential operating support. Your gift directly funds all the services state arts agencies rely on. NASAA's work would not be possible without our dedicated individual donors--thank you! Show your commitment to public arts funding, state arts agencies, and NASAA by giving to the 2012 Annual Fund. Visit our website to give on-line or learn more. Thank you!

Save the Date for NASAA Assembly 2012

Join NASAA for Assembly 2012 in Washington, D.C., October 4-6, 2012. All state arts agency staff and volunteer council members are encouraged to participate in this full assembly. Gather for three days of learning and networking opportunities and experience the history, culture and diversity that the nation's capital has to offer. The conference hotel, the Renaissance Washington, D.C., Downtown Hotel, is conveniently situated in Penn Quarter, an arts and entertainment district featuring new restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, theatres and trendy stores. Stay tuned for more communications about Assembly 2012.

ArtsReady Readiness Planner Launches

After almost three years of designing and describing the ArtsReady on-line readiness planning tool for arts organizations, South Arts is excited to announce that it has now launched nationally. Two new resources will help organizations be better responders and funders if their organization or community is hit by a crisis. The ArtsReady on-line tool can be a great tool for your grantees, whether you position it as a "carrot" to add to their grants/technical assistance package, or a "stick" to ensure readiness planning is part of their organization's sustainability plan. The Arts Responder Handbook contains information about how to organize, run and raise money for programs to help constituents after crises, including lessons learned, sample funding strategies and best practices from fellow funders who've had to respond quickly to a large-scale emergency.

NEFA Releases Report on Creative Economy

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) recently published New England's Creative Economy: Nonprofit Sector Impact. This report offers excellent insight into this important segment of the creative economy, detailing its size, growth and impact on the regional economy. It includes state-by-state tables and highlights, as well as tips on how nonprofit organizations can explain their individual economic impact to their community.

The Economic Impact of Crafts

This summer, the Craft Organization Development Association released the CODA Review 2011: Craft Artists, Income, and the U.S. Economy, a report on the economic impact of crafts in the United States. CODA estimates there were roughly 50 million craft artists in 2009, with 5 million of that group earning some of their income from selling their crafts. Between 30,000 and 50,000 individuals work as full-time professional craftspeople. Revenues generated through sales of crafts are estimated to be $6-10 billion, and all craftspeople spent about $20 billion in purchasing their supplies.

Music and Health Care

The Musical Connections Program of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute commissioned WolfBrown's latest report, Music and Health Care. This report reviews the literature linking music and wellness, covering topics such as music therapy, how music affects the brain and how music can be used to help treat specific medical conditions. The report ends with suggestions for future research that could help us to better understand and leverage the powerful connection between music and health.

GRAMMY Foundation Education Programs Application

The GRAMMY Foundation, which creates opportunities for high school students to work with music professionals to gain real-world experience and advice about a career in music, is accepting applications for two programs. GRAMMY Camp - Jazz Session identifies and selects top high school instrumentalists and singers from across the country to audition and receive a free trip to the host city of the GRAMMYs. Selectees are eligible for more than $2 million in scholarships. GRAMMY Signature Schools provides cash grants to public high school music programs based primarily upon need and honoring excellence. Selected schools receive a cash award between $1,000 and $5,000. The application deadline for both programs is October 22.

Widespread Empathy

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Jump Associates have released Widespread Empathy: 5 Steps to Achieving Greater Impact in Philanthropy. This new publication describes how empathy allows grant makers to base their decisions and actions on an authentic, firsthand understanding of the perspectives of grantees, community members and other partners. In philanthropic organizations that have widespread empathy, every single person--from program officers, the board and executives to office and administrative staff--has an immediate sense of the true needs, concerns and priorities of grantees and communities and what solutions will best meet those needs. This publication shares stories from grant makers that are invoking this model in their day-to-day work.

Lionell Thomas Appointed New ED in D.C.

Lionell Thomas

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Executive Director Lionell Thomas. Thomas most recently served as executive director for the Prince George's [County, Maryland] Arts and Humanities Council. Prior to his position with Prince George's County, Thomas served DCCAH for 22 years in several capacities, including deputy director and interim director. He has received local and national recognition for his creative approaches to arts management and programming, and is proudest of initiatives developed to bring arts programs to underserved communities. "I am delighted to be returning home to the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities," said Thomas. "I am looking forward to working together with Mayor [Vincent] Gray's administration and the community to expand and cultivate the creative energy of our great city on behalf of the residents and visitors to Washington, D.C."

Suzanne Tate to Retire

Photo by J. Jernigan

After 20 years of service, Oklahoma Arts Council Executive Director Suzanne Tate has announced her retirement, effective November 1. She joined the state agency in 1991 as deputy director and became executive director in 2007. During her time as executive director, Tate has focused the agency's efforts on building Oklahoma's cultural infrastructure. With Tate's guidance, the agency has initiated programs such as Leadership Arts and the statewide Oklahoma Arts Conference to provide professional development for nonprofit arts organizations, community development professionals, artists and others. "It's been a privilege serving Oklahoma by leading the agency that supports and develops the state's arts and cultural industry," said Tate.

Rich Boyd to Retire

Rich Boyd, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission, will leave the agency after 28 years of service, effective January 31, 2012. Boyd began his career with the Commission in 1984, serving as assistant director before he was appointed to his current position in 1999. During his tenure as executive director, funding provided by the Commission for cultural activities increased from $2.8 million to $7.3 million. Boyd initiated expansion of the Commission's Arts Education Program, where emphasis was placed on arts integration, resulting in $2 million in two Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination grants from the U.S. Department of Education for the Commission's Value Plus Schools and Arts 360* programs. The Commission's Folklife Program, developed in 2001, is considered exemplary among state arts agencies. Commenting on his work at the agency, Boyd said, "It has been more than an honor to work with the dedicated members of the board, an energetic and talented staff, and with so many gifted arts leaders, supporters and artists across the state. . . . I have been on an incredible journey, enjoying every road I have traveled and delighting in the many individual paths I have crossed."