Monday, December 12, 2011
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NASAA Welcomes 2012 Board Members
NASAA is pleased to announce the election of its 2012 Executive Committee and of five new members to its board of directors. As part of a rigorous national nomination process, state arts agencies elected these outstanding leaders at the 2011 NASAA Leadership Institute in Charleston, West Virginia. Read the press release and visit NASAA's board of directors.
2012 NASAA Annual Fund: Please Join Us!
Join us in providing state arts agencies with the high-quality resources they depend on—resources like customized information requests, advocacy tools, legislative updates, web seminars and convenings. Your gift to the 2012 Annual Fund supports the entire state arts agency community. Please consider making a gift today. And thank you to everyone who has already contributed! Our individual donors make our work possible. Visit our website to give on-line or learn more. Thank you!
2012 National Accessibility Leadership Award
Applications are being accepted for the 2012 National Accessibility Leadership Award. The award recognizes and supports proven, effective programs or promising new initiatives that make the arts accessible and inclusive to individuals with disabilities and/or older adults. The award is administered through a partnership between NASAA and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and will be awarded through a nonmatching $25,000 NEA grant. Entries must be received by February 1, 2012. Read the application guidelines.
Apply for 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is pleased to invite applications for the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The 12 award-winning programs this year will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President's Committee's Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama, at a ceremony at the White House. After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, educational institutions, arts centers, community service organizations, businesses and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application. Programs applying for the award must meet all of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards eligibility criteria. The deadline for application submissions is January 31, 2012, 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-682-5571 with questions regarding the application.
The Big Read Accepting 2012 Applications
The Big Read is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop communitywide reading programs between September 2012 and June 2013. The Big Read, organized by the National Endowment for the Arts, is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to on-line training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement and participation. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected. To review the guidelines and application instructions, visit The Big Read website; application deadline is February 1, 2012. For more information, contact Arts Midwest at 612-238-8010 or TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org
National Student Poets Program
The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services have partnered with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers to launch the National Student Poets Program, the country's highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. Five outstanding high school poets will be selected annually for a year of service as national poetry ambassadors and educational role models. National Student Poets will be chosen from among the national poetry medalists in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. To submit material by the January 2012 deadlines (which vary by region), see Scholastic Art & Writing Awards registration.
Four State Arts Agencies Receive Funding for Artist Workshops
Creative Capital has announced that four state arts agencies will receive Workshop Subsidy Grants for 2012: the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Montana Arts Council, North Carolina Arts Council and North Dakota Council on the Arts. These awards will offset a portion of the costs required to offer Creative Capital workshops in artist business planning, technology use for artists, verbal communications and a new Spanish-language workshop, Taller Profesional de Desarollo para Artistas. Supported by the Kresge Foundation, Workshop Subsidy Grants are earmarked to increase the diversity of participating artists and to ensure that training opportunities are extended into underserved communities.
NEA Announces Research, Interagency Task Force on Arts and Human DevelopmentThe Arts and Human Development presents evidence based claims of the effect of the arts on the health and well-being of children, adolescents and young adults, and older adults. The white paper also identifies research gaps and makes recommendations for future research. State arts agencies, researchers and arts education specialists will find the concise summaries of studies within the white paper to be helpful for advocacy and case making.
The NEA also announced the convening of the Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, consisting of 13 federal agencies and departments that will collaborate to encourage research in this area. The task force intends to present a series of webinars to further facilitate the sharing of information among health care, the arts and education agencies.
How Strong Is Your Social Net? Survey Results Available
The final results of Trudel | MacPherson's 2011 national survey, How Strong Is Your Social Net? are now available. The findings record a snapshot of the arts field's use of digital and social media, including perceptions of the results these tools have delivered thus far. The report also takes a look at some of the biggest trends for digital and social media in the upcoming year. This report marks the first step toward an ongoing data collection effort on digital and social media in arts organizations. For more information about this initiative, see NASAA's How Strong Is Your Social Net? web seminar transcript.
WolfBrown Reports on Participatory Arts Practices
A WolfBrown report commissioned by the Irvine Foundation examines new trends in arts participation. In Getting In On the Act: How Arts Groups Are Creating Opportunities for Active Participation, the authors give a helpful overview of participation's role in today's culture ecology, the benefits of participatory arts practice, and the kinds of programs and activities that have used these practices. Central to this report is WolfBrown's newly developed spectrum of participation, ranging from spectating to audience-as-artist, that gives artists, organizations and funders a way to easily define the audience's role in a performance. Also included are successful participatory arts practices case studies across a range of disciplines.
Teaching Artists Research Project Study Released
After more than three years of research and analysis, the Teaching Artists Research Project, a study of teaching artists by NORC at the University of Chicago featured in NASAA's April 2011 web seminar, has been released. The study takes the first comprehensive look at the varied roles of teaching artists and the unique contributions they make to arts education. The project has determined that teaching artists are underused as a resource and could play an important role in making schools more creative places for children to learn. For more information on the survey as well as access to the final report and executive summary, visit the NORC website.
Arts + Social Change = High-Impact Philanthropy
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has released Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change - High Impact Strategies for Philanthropy. Authored by Holly Sidford, president of Helicon Collaborative, the report urges arts philanthropy leaders to consider how arts funding can be used to address community inequities and meet the needs of the nation's most marginalized populations. The report indicates that foundations are funding mostly large institutions with budgets greater than $5 million, meaning that 2% of the universe of arts and cultural nonprofits receives more than half of the sector's total revenue. The report further indicates that only 10% of private arts grant dollars are specifically invested to benefit underserved communities, and less than 4% focus on advancing social justice goals. While noting that public funders have been "more accessible than private foundations to cultural groups serving lower-income communities, communities of color, rural communities, other marginalized groups," the report cautions that fewer artists and community organizations are receiving public support due to cuts in state, local and federal arts funding. The report ultimately encourages all funders to make fairness and equity core principles of arts grant making.
NASAA Welcomes New Research Director
On November 30, Ryan Stubbs joined the NASAA team as our new research director. Having served for the past three years as the director of research for the Western States Arts Federation, Ryan has worked with numerous state arts agencies. He managed the Creative Vitality Index, implemented in 9 states and 16 localities across the country; coordinated the State Arts Education Assessment, a survey of arts education prevalence in K-12 schools in four states; and conducted a study of popular music in Denver, Colorado. Ryan previously worked for the Colorado Department of Higher Education, planning capital construction for state colleges, and administered the Colorado Enterprise Zone Program for Adams County. Ryan holds a B.A. in economics and master's degrees in public administration and urban and regional planning. In his new role, Ryan will oversee NASAA's data collection and research services and will serve as the point person for information requests from members and the public. "I'm excited to join the NASAA research team," says Ryan, "and look forward to continuing to work with states and regions to continue high-quality data collection and reporting in the arts field." Ryan may be reached at 202-347-6352 x115 or email@example.com. Please join us in making him welcome!
Peggy Baggett Retires
Peggy Baggett, executive director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts, retired on December 1. She had been with the Commission for 35 years, 31 as executive director. She worked for nine different governors and weathered four recessions. In addition to the ongoing work of building the arts across the state, Baggett led the creation of the Virginia Heritage Awards. She helped to make possible the unprecedented collaboration within the cultural community of MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts, which included more than 10,000 arts events in 400 locations across the state on the theme of women in the arts. Throughout Baggett's tenure, the Commission provided professional development opportunities for artists and for professional and volunteer staff of arts organizations through conferences and workshops in all parts of the state. Rep. James P. Moran (D-VA) recently honored her before Congress. "For more than three decades I have had the honor of working with the wonderful, creative, and dedicated people who enrich the lives of all of the citizens of the commonwealth through the arts," said Baggett. "I am grateful to have had a career that I continue to love and am richly rewarded to have had a small role in the flourishing of the arts across Virginia."
Ron Yamakawa Announces Retirement
Ronald K. Yamakawa, executive director of the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (HSFCA), will retire from the agency effective December 31. He has been with the agency for 35 years, administering its highly regarded Art in Public Places Program from 1976, then assuming the agency's head position in 2002. Among Yamakawa's accomplishments are the opening of the Hawai'i State Art Museum in 2002, initiating more programs to perpetuate Native Hawai'ian arts and culture, and his stalwart stewardship of the agency's one-percent-for-art law. He has streamlined grant and award processes and ensured objectivity, fairness and transparency through the codification of programs. "I was fortunate to begin my career at HSFCA when public art administration was a new profession," Yamakawa said. "I was privileged to benefit from the mentorship of local cultural luminaries like Alfred Preis, Pundy Yokouchi, Gladys Brandt and Agnes Cope. They instilled in me the belief that the arts are the strongest educational tool there is, as well as the bridge that connects human beings at the most basic level of understanding. I've tried my best to serve the people of Hawai'i with those interests in mind."
Charlotte Fox to Retire in January
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Charlotte Fox, executive director of the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA), will retire in January. She joined the Council in 2001 as executive director, and during the last 10 years she has led the agency through an exciting period of growth and development. Among her many accomplishments are the following:
Providing leadership to transition the Council from a grant-making body to considering statewide arts and culture policy issues
Developing ASCA's partnership with the Rasmuson Foundation, which now provides major funding for ASCA's arts-in-education programs
Collaborating with other state agencies to strengthen the percent-for-art and other public art programs, which increases work opportunities for Alaskan artists
Cofounding the Alaska Arts Education Consortium, which now provides integrated arts education training for classroom teachers across Alaska
Establishing a regular statewide arts and culture conference every three years and other regular convenings of specific sectors of the arts and culture community
Securing increased state funds to support artists and arts education
"While we are all deeply saddened by Charlotte's decision to move on," remarked Ben Brown, chairman of the Council, "we are extremely grateful for her truly outstanding contributions to the richness and vitality of artistic and cultural life in the Great Land."