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Mark Your Calendar for Assembly 2012, October 4-6

The nation's capital is the site of NASAA Assembly 2012, taking place October 4-6 in the heart of the city at the Renaissance Washington, D.C., Downtown Hotel. NASAA encourages state arts agency council members and staff to attend this full assembly. Keep abreast of conference events, speakers and sessions by checking the Assembly 2012 site regularly.

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National Student Poets Applications Due This Month

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 learn more about applications and deadlines, visit the National Student Poets Program page on the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards website.

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Releases 2011 Portfolio

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The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance has published a report on the breadth, diversity and well-being of nonprofit cultural organizations in Philadelphia. The 2011 Portfolio report examines 405 organizations based on data collected through the Pennsylvania Cultural Data Project. The report includes detailed economic data, participation measurements, community characteristics and trends affecting arts organizations in the Philadelphia metro region. It is a useful model of the kinds of analysis made possible through the Cultural Data Project (CDP), a shared on-line data collection platform currently in use by 12 state arts agencies. The CDP collects financial, programmatic and operational data from arts and cultural organizations that can be used to inform decision making and to be part of the application process for participating grant makers.

Creative Industries Less Risky Than You Think

Demos, a think tank based in the United Kingdom, details and attempts to reverse the misconceptions facing the creative industries in its report Risky Business. Creative industries (which in this report only include for-profit businesses) make up 6% of the U.K. gross domestic product, and data shows that businesses in the creative industries have a higher survival rate than average. Despite these facts, there is little formal government support for the sector, and lenders view these businesses as overly risky. The authors have specific policy recommendations to reverse these trends, some of which can be easily used in the United States.

Chorus Operations Report Released

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Chorus America released the annual update to its Chorus Operations Survey Report. More than 200 choruses from around the nation completed questions about their performances, finances, staffing, governance and effectiveness. Data in the report is broken down by type of chorus (professional, symphony, volunteer, youth) and budget size. The update also gives data from past surveys to show trends in these categories.

Kim Baker Chosen As Executive Director in Oklahoma

Kim Baker
The Oklahoma Arts Council selected Kim Baker as executive director, effective November 1. Baker, who takes over for Suzanne Tate, has 18 years of experience on staff with the Council, the past four as deputy director. As deputy director, she helped the Council weather a 21% overall reduction to its budget due to state and federal funding cuts, and helped oversee the development of the statewide Oklahoma Arts Conference, the Leadership Arts program, and the agency's e-Grant system. She also managed policy development and human resources for the Council. Baker is a Certified Public Manager candidate and successfully completed the Center for Non-Profit Management's course for nonprofit management.

Eva Laird Smith Is New Executive Director in Hawai'i

Eva Laird Smith

Eva Laird Smith has been selected as the sixth executive director in the 45-year history of the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture & the Arts. She follows Ronald K. Yamakawa, who retired after 35 years with the state arts agency, the past 10 as executive director. Smith has been director of the USO of Hawai'i for the past two years. She has been president of Junior Achievement of Hawai'i, executive director of the Filipino Community Center of Hawai'i and executive director of Hawai'i's Plantation Village. Smith holds a master's degree in museum studies from the University of Manchester, England; a dean's list bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in Seattle; and bachelor of fine arts from the College of the Holy Spirit in Manila. She assumed her new duties on January 3.

Alaska State Council on the Arts Names Shannon Daut Executive Director

Shannon Daut

The Alaska State Council on the Arts has selected Shannon Daut as executive director, effective January 9. Daut most recently was deputy director of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), where she has worked since 1999. While at WESTAF, Daut oversaw the organization's work in the areas of cultural policy and technology. In addition, she worked closely with the state arts agency directors in the WESTAF region to help advance their work serving the citizens of the 13 western states. Daut serves on the board of the National Performance Network and the Boston-based Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film. She was cochair of the Create Denver Advisory Committee, a creative economy initiative of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs. Daut received her bachelor's degree in communication arts/film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her graduate degree in communication/rhetoric from the University of Colorado-Denver.