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NASAA's Next Web Seminar on Rural Resources: February 15

Join us on Wednesday, February 15, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern, for NASAA's next web seminar, Resources for Rural Development: The USDA and the Arts.M This seminar focuses on resources available to the arts through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) rural development programs. These resources include grants, loans and technical assistance services open to arts agencies and cultural organizations. The seminar contains information about funding streams, upcoming grant deadlines and tips on working with the rural development offices located in your state or region. Doug O'Brien (deputy under secretary) and Tammye Trevino (administrator) from the USDA's Rural Development division are featured speakers.

Registration is free. State arts agency council and staff members should register using our web seminar registration form. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Eric Giles and include your name, title, agency name and phone number in your e-mail.

NASAA 2011 Leadership Institute Proceedings

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Initial proceedings from the NASAA 2011 Leadership Institute are now available. They include notes from the Plenary Roundtable and Peer Sessions, the CEO Report to Members, a photo album, video of keynote Kathy Mattea, and more. Check back regularly as additional proceedings are posted.

Support State Arts Agencies in 2012 with a Gift to NASAA's Annual Fund

Join us in providing state arts agencies with the high-quality resources they depend onóresources 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 make your 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.

2012 Nonprofit Sector Survey: Call for Arts Participation

Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) is conducting its fourth annual nationwide survey examining the current state of the nonprofit sector, and urges nonprofit arts organizations to add their voice. The more arts and culture respondents complete the survey, the more likely that NFF will be able to provide robust data specific to this important sector. The NFF 2012 survey, which is anonymous and takes 10-15 minutes to complete, collects data on important financial and management issues facing nonprofits. (View 2011 survey findings and media attention, as well as arts-specific breakout reports.) NFF will provide results in late March; survey respondents who choose to give their contact information will receive results directly. The findings, and the comparison to previous years' findings, will help identify the most critical areas of need in both the arts and culture sector and the nonprofit sector as a whole. The survey must be completed before February 15.

Georgia Governor Blogs for NEA

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal with First Lady Sandra Deal (left), and Georgia Council for the Arts Director Karen L. Paty

In January, the National Endowment for the Arts blog, ArtWorks, featured a post by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. Governor Deal shared how important the arts have been for his family and for the economy of his state. He highlighted the positive conclusions of research that arts education helps students hone skills that increase their value to a state's work force. The governor's blog told the story of how, with the relocation of the Georgia Council for the Arts into the Department of Economic Development last year, a Tourism Product Development grant has begun supporting local tourism and arts organizations and activities. "Working together," stated Governor Deal in the blog, "the arts and tourism can highlight the unique character of a place and they can harness market forces to educate and entertain visitors, preserve cultural assets, and create community—providing fuel for the state's economic engine."

Cultural Diplomacy in Action

Cultural diplomacy was the headline topic addressed by Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock in a recent appearance at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters convention. Assistant Secretary Stock identified cultural diplomacy as an integral asset in American foreign policy. Noting that success in global relations relies on mutual understanding and learning, Stock indicated that cultural exchange "bridges language barriers, opens lines of communication, and connects people to one another in a way that is both lasting and immediate." Stock characterized arts producers and performers as cultural diplomats, saying, "Thanks to the interconnectivity of today's world, your work can impact a young person half a world away. More people than the grandest concert hall could ever hold are using your talent and your vision to imagine and map out their futures. This is cultural diplomacy in action." Stock's complete remarks contain information on four Department of State cultural exchange programs, including Center Stage, conducted in collaboration with the New England Foundation for the Arts.

NASAA Welcomes Kim Willey

Kim Willey

NASAA is pleased to welcome Kim Willey to the staff as arts education program manager. In her position, Willey implements projects and programs that advance NASAA's goals pertaining to arts education and lifelong learning in the arts. Her primary responsibilities include working with the Arts Education Advisory Group on coordinating professional development activities of state arts agency arts education managers. Prior to joining the NASAA staff, Willey worked at the Arizona Commission on the Arts as the arts learning coordinator and at VSA as the evaluation and outcomes coordinator. She holds a B.F.A. and an M.A. in arts education from Arizona State University.

Nicholas Paleologos Is New Executive Director in New Jersey

Nicholas Paleologos has been named executive director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and began serving this month. Paleologos has had a distinguished career in public service and is a two-time Tony Award-winning producer. Prior to his career as a theatre and film producer, he served for 14 years as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where his primary focus was education and the arts. From 2007-2010, he was executive director of the Massachusetts Film Office; under his leadership more than $1 billion in new spending on film and television was attracted to the Commonwealth. Paleologos is a cum laude graduate of Tufts University and holds a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University. In 2007 he was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Boston Conservatory.