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Thursday, April 5, 2012

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News and Current Information

Call for Nominations: 2012 NASAA Awards

Is your executive director inspiring? Is your chair an accomplished advocate? If so, nominate them for one of NASAA's 2012 Awards! Our awards program recognizes exemplary leadership and promotes the best practices of state arts agencies and regional arts organizations. All NASAA members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations. Entries must be received by June 25, 2012.

NEA Study on Arts Education Benefits for At-Risk Youth

Arts at Risk Youth

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies,led by James Catterall. The study focuses on the potential effects of arts engagement on youth from the lowest socioeconomic status. Key findings suggest benefits for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds:

An NEA press release offers additional information on the study results.

Updated Cultural District Policy Brief from NASAA

Given strong interest from members, and because several new states are adopting cultural districts as a tool for economic development and community revitalization, NASAA has published an update to the State Cultural Districts policy brief. Update highlights include discussions of trends and evaluation methods, new information, and links to state programs. For questions on state cultural district practices, contact NASAA Research Director Ryan Stubbs.

Assessing the Intrinsic Impact of Arts Participation

Intrinsic Impact is an on-line resource developed by WolfBrown in collaboration with Theatre Bay Area, Baker Richards and Groupofminds. The site offers tools to help arts organizations conduct meaningful assessments of the impact of performing arts events and exhibitions. It encourages consideration of audiences' intellectual, emotional, aesthetic and social experiences as well as the "captivation" factor, which may serve as a gateway to other types of impacts. The Intrinsic Impact site offers methodological advice, survey and interview protocols and other resources to help arts organizations implement the ideas.

Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of Art

Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of Art, recently released by Theatre Bay Area, underscores the importance of such multidimensional assessment. Interviews and essays from more than 20 artistic directors and arts leaders reflect on the need for arts organizations to gain greater insights into what motivates audiences to participate in the arts and the benefits—to individuals and to society—of arts engagement.

Attend NASAA Assembly 2012 in October

Don't miss Assembly 2012, taking place October 4-6, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Preliminary agenda information helps you make plans to take in the wealth of conference offerings and enjoy the cultural treasures of the nation's capital. NASAA and our host, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, encourage all NASAA members to attend this inspiring, information-packed event. Look for registration information, hotel discounts, session descriptions and travel justification tips on the Assembly 2012 website in coming weeks.

Cultural Heritage Tourism Exchange 2012

Partners in Tourism is hosting the second Cultural Heritage Tourism Exchange May 3-4, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The event offers participants an opportunity to learn about the new Brand USA international marketing campaign and a National Travel & Tourism Strategy, and to find out what these national developments mean for programs and organizations. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Future of Music Coalition Report on Artist Revenue Streams

The Future of Music Coalition is now reporting a series of findings from the artist revenue stream study examining how musicians are earning revenue in a music marketplace that has undergone vast structural changes over the past 10 years. Current reports include case studies of musicians across genres, a snapshot of findings, maps reporting where respondents were located and a report on how technology is affecting artist revenues.

Final Report on Cultural Intersections Published

The International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies has published the final report on Creative Intersections: Partnerships between Arts, Culture and Other Sectors. Building on responses to a preliminary discussion paper, the report includes information on how intersections between arts and non-arts government agencies typically occur, structural aspects of partnerships, policies and programs resulting from partnerships, and areas for future research.

New National Study of Philanthropic Practice

Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations has published a report on its latest survey of grant-making foundations, Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter? The report reviews philanthropic practice over the past three years. It concludes that though practices did not change dramatically during the recession, nonprofit funding support is being effectively focused in the critical areas of general operating support and capacity building.

Ann Pope to Join Tennessee Arts Commission as Executive Director

Anne B. Pope

The Tennessee Arts Commission has announced the appointment of Anne B. Pope as executive director. She succeeds Rich Boyd, who retired in January after 28 years of service. Pope's appointment becomes effective on May 14. Most recently she served as the executive director of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, designed to promote and expand the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in K-12 public schools. Prior to that, Pope served as federal cochair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development partnership between the federal government and the governors of 13 states. She previously served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance and as executive director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission. In the private sector, Pope served as president/CEO of Proffitt's of the Tri-Cities, Inc., formerly a division of Saks, Inc. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Pope is admitted to practice law in Tennessee and the District of Columbia.