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April 10 Web Seminar: State Arts Advocacy in 2012

Register now for NASAA's April 10 web seminar, State Arts Advocacy in 2012. Taking place from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern, this session offers a timely discussion of advocacy tactics that are working especially well with state elected officials during this 2012 legislative season, and harvests state-level advocacy ideas and perspectives from three guests:

In addition to offering current news and views from each of these three states, this seminar shares creative ideas for mobilizing support, building a strong advocacy team and making a compelling case for cultural resources. Time for Q&A is also provided. We hope you can join us!

Join us in D.C. in October for Assembly 2012

Make sure that Assembly 2012 is on your calendar! NASAA and our host, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, are looking forward to welcoming you to the nation’s capital this autumn. Assembly 2012 takes place October 4-6, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Preliminary agenda information is available to help you plan ahead. All state arts agency staff and appointed council members are encouraged to participate. Whether you are a newcomer to the field or a veteran leader, Assembly 2012 has something to offer:

Assembly 2012 also showcases numerous local artists, cultural venues and special events reflecting the creative diversity and vitality of the nation’s capital. The conference is located in the Penn Quarter, a buzzing arts and entertainment district featuring restaurants, nightclubs, galleries, theatres and shopping.

Registration information, hotel discounts, session descriptions and travel justification tips will all be posted to the Assembly 2012 website in the months ahead, so check back frequently for updates. We look forward to seeing you in October!

NASAA USDA Web Seminar Transcript Available

The abridged transcript of NASAA's recent web seminar, Resources for Rural Development: The USDA and the Arts, is now available. Seminar presenters Doug O'Brien and Tammye Treviño of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Agency shared information on USDA rural development programs that encourage growth in the arts, and answered many participant questions about applying for funding.

State Arts Agency Legislative Status Report

State legislative sessions are in full swing, and NASAA is keeping a close watch on fiscal year 2013 proposals affecting state arts agencies. A new report keeps you abreast of significant FY2013 budget and restructuring proposals: the State Arts Agency Legislative Status Report. Updated regularly to reflect new developments, this document provides a succinct synopsis of pending state legislation that may affect state arts agencies in the coming fiscal year.

State Economic News

In addition to tracking issues specific to state arts agencies, NASAA keeps an eye on general legislative and budget trends among state governments. Three recent articles provide a sampling of current trends. The Rockefeller Institute reports that overall state tax collections rose for the seventh straight quarter: Tax Revenue Keeps Rising, But Growth Again Ticks Downward contains state by state details and looks at how different tax mechanisms are faring. Stateline's Creating Jobs: What Can a Governor Do? examines various job creation initiatives from governors of both parties. Governing investigates why states have increasingly focused on personnel costs during this recession in More State Workers Face Personnel Cuts.

Just Released: 2012 Museum Trends Report

TrendsWatch 2012

On March 8, the American Association of Museums (AAM) released TrendsWatch 2012, which identifies seven trends significant to museums and their committees. The report presents materials and advice valuable to any museum's planning and implementation. Trends were identified through a year-long scanning and analysis process. TrendsWatch 2012 comes out of AAM's Center for the Future of Museums, which helps museums explore the political, cultural and economic challenges of the future.

Bright Spots Leadership Report

Idaho Shakespeare Festival

A collaboration between Boise's Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Cleveland's Great Lakes Theater Festival involves exchanging actors, production staff and marketing strategies.
Photo by DKM Photography, courtesy of Idaho Shakespeare Festival

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has released a report presenting five principles exemplified by organizations that are staying healthy and dynamic in challenging times. Bright Spots Leadership in the Pacific Northwest was produced using an extensive interview process with cultural nonprofit organizations in the region. Acknowledging a challenging environment that includes changing demographics, technologies and participation patterns, the report includes vignettes highlighting several "bright spot" organizations.

Study Shows Increase in the Number of Large Nonprofits

A recent study from the Bridgespan Group, published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, highlights recent growth in the number of large nonprofit organizations and offers four themes related to the trend. Since presenting a similar study in 2003, the researchers found that the number of nonprofits founded since 1975 with revenues greater than $50 million has increased by almost 40%. The paper, Why More Nonprofits Are Getting Bigger, highlights themes among these large organizations and their funding mechanisms that could inform midsized organizations aspiring for growth.

FY2012 Legislative Appropriations and Revenue Report

NASAA recently released the Legislative Appropriations Annual Survey, Fiscal Year 2012 report. This report includes details on state arts agency budgets for fiscal years 2011 and 2012. The survey found that legislative appropriations to state arts agencies declined at the slowest rate since the Great Recession. For more information on legislative appropriations, visit the Funding section of NASAA's website or contact Henry Clapp.

NASAA Grants Almanac Offers 10 Years of Data

Did you know that NASAA's Grants Almanac, updated annually, provides 10 years of grant-making statistics for every state? The almanac includes statistics for arts education, operating support, and funding for individual artists. Also available are national summaries of grant-making figures by grant type and by artist discipline. The almanac can be a valuable tool for state arts agencies looking for a quick overview of granting activities across the country. NASAA research staff can build custom data tables and visuals based on these data upon request. A variety of additional information on state arts agency grants is available on the Grant Making pages of the NASAA website.