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Governors Look to the Arts to Fuel Economic Growth
The National Governors Association (NGA) has released New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture and Design. Prepared in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts and NASAA, this report illustrates in rich detail the roles that arts, culture and design can play as states seek to create jobs, boost their economies and transition to an innovation-based economy. Abundant examples from around the country illustrate how arts, culture and design can promote economic growth, catalyze community revitalization and develop a competitive work force. State arts agencies are encouraged to circulate the report to policymakers, civic groups, cultural constituents and advocates. NASAA's communication to members contains ideas for making the most of this report in your state.
Call for Nominations: 2012 NASAA Awards
Is your chair an accomplished advocate? Is your executive director inspiring? Nominate them for one of NASAA's 2012 Awards! The NASAA awards program promotes the best practices of state arts agencies and regional arts organizations by recognizing exemplary leaders. Award recipients will be honored at Assembly 2012 in October. All NASAA members are strongly encouraged to submit nominations. Entries must be received by June 25, 2012.
Arts Education Partnership Releases ArtsEdSearch
A new resource for gathering arts education research has been made available by the Arts Education Partnership. ArtsEdSearch presents a matrix of topical areas of research including education setting, educational level and types of outcomes. By selecting any area on the matrix, administrators can find summaries of "What we know" about each area of arts education, including that a "significant body of research demonstrates a positive relationship between arts education and literacy and language development at the elementary level."
New Federal Study Tracks Arts Education Trends
The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has released Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools 1999-2000 and 2009-10. The report presents information on the availability of arts education programs in public elementary and secondary schools and is the first NCES survey that quantifies changes in arts education over time. The report contains a mixture of good news and troubling news. Music is available in almost all elementary schools for at least some students, and more than 80% of elementary schools offer visual arts instruction. However, access to these programs is uneven, especially among disadvantaged populations. The report documents a dramatic decline in dance and theatre education, and notes that at more than 40% of secondary schools, coursework in the arts is not a requirement for graduation. Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the release of the report are available.
Report Shows Improving Fiscal Environment for Museums
The American Association of Museums (AAM) found that a majority of museums reported increased attendance and improving fiscal conditions in 2011. The study also shows budgets are shrinking at a slower pace, museums are starting to hire new workers and spending on K-12 education remains a high priority. Museums and the American Economy in 2011 is AAM's latest survey, with summaries and graphs of its members' financial conditions and visitor attendance levels.
Updated National Arts Index and Local Arts Index
Americans for the Arts has updated the National Arts Index, which shows improved conditions for the cultural sector. An updated website provides new county-level indicators as part of the Local Arts Index, with three initial indicators for every county, within which are included expenditures on musical instruments, population shares visiting art museums and "creative industries" shares of all businesses.
Our Town Community Indicators Study Update
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) reported preliminary results for the Our Town Community Indicators Study through a public webinar. The webinar described the goals and research methods for the study, provided a synopsis of initial national-level indicators, and asked the field for further input to achieve study goals and outcomes. A number of indicators have been proposed to measure community aspects related to the arts, including employment, attachment to community, economic health and quality of life.
Measuring the Effects of Arts Participation
The National Endowment for the Arts recently released a new Audience Impact Study Literature Review. Per its strategic plan, the NEA is pursuing a pilot program to test how audiences are affected by arts programs and how those responses can be assessed for performance measurement purposes. In conjunction with this project, the NEA commissioned WolfBrown to supplement prior research on the intrinsic impact of arts events with a literature review of methods used to study effect, happiness and well-being. The report also identifies methods used to assess audience responses to museum exhibits.
Report on Tax Incentive Evaluations
A new report from the Pew Center on the States focuses on how rigorously states evaluate tax incentives meant for economic development. This is of particular interest to states that have film and cultural district tax incentives. Evidence Counts: Evaluating State Tax Incentives for Jobs and Growth ranks states by the thoroughness and impact of their evaluations.
Pennsylvania Representative Todd Platts Honored
Rep. Todd Platts (left), Cultural Alliance of York County President Joanne Riley and NASAA CEO Jonathan Katz
Photo by Paul Kuehnel, used with permission of the York Daily Record/York Sunday News
NASAA CEO Jonathan Katz, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) Executive Director and NASAA 2nd Vice President Philip Horn, and members of the Pennsylvania and York County arts community honored departing U.S. Representative Todd Platts (R-PA) in a ceremony in York in April celebrating his advocacy efforts on behalf of the arts. PCA Chair and Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett and Cultural Alliance of York County President Joanne Riley gave Platts a painting created by a local student, and NASAA presented him with a National Leadership Award. Platts has been a long-standing advocate for the arts in Congress and is the Republican cochair of the Congressional Arts Caucus (with Democratic cochair Louise Slaughter of New York).
Michael Orlove, Ayanna Hudson Join NEA Staff
Photo by Drew Reynolds
Photo by Gregory Gilmer
Michael Orlove and Ayanna Hudson are the newest directors at the National Endowment for the Arts. Orlove became director of presenting and artist communities this month, and Hudson will assume her director of arts education position on July 2. Orlove has extensive experience organizing performing arts events, most recently as the director of music programs for the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture. Previously, he spent 18 years as senior program director for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Hudson joins the NEA from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, where she led the Commission's Arts for All regional collaborative, designed to return arts to the core curriculum. In addition, she oversaw training in the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards and best practices in arts education for 400 arts organizations and teaching artists.
Wayne Martin Is New Executive Director in North Carolina
H. Wayne Martin has joined the North Carolina Arts Council as executive director. He most recently served as senior program director for Community Arts Development, managing a program that delivers support for arts development to all 100 counties in the state. He also oversaw the Public Art and Community Design program, the Folklife program, and cultural tourism development. Martin has worked with a wide range of the Arts Council's programs. During the past year, he has focused on planning the Arts Council's new SmART Initiative to spur arts-driven economic development across the state. Martin played a critical role in creating the Blue Ridge Music and Cherokee Heritage trails projects as part of the Blue Ridge Heritage Initiative, which set the stage for the congressional designation of western North Carolina as the Blue Ridge Heritage Area. In 2004, Martin received the first Preserve America Presidential Award on behalf of the Blue Ridge Heritage Initiative. He succeeds longtime Arts Council Executive Director Mary B. Regan.
Wesley Taylor Joins NASAA Team
Wesley Taylor joined NASAA in April as the director of administration and finance. In this new position, Taylor is responsible for NASAA operations, human resources and management of NASAA's budget. Taylor comes to NASAA from the Birmingham [Alabama] Children's Theatre (BCT), where he served as director of finance and administration. At BCT, Taylor managed the theatre's administrative team and was responsible for overall operations, financial management, grants management and programmatic strategies. He forged new partnerships with several local organizations and directed BCT's marketing, development, touring and technology initiatives. Prior to joining BCT, Taylor worked in program development for the Alabama Dance Council, where he developed and launched an annual day of free community dance classes taught by local artists and provided technical assistance in grant writing and management. After receiving his B.A. in music/arts administration, Taylor began his career in jazz programming at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and worked in programming for the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island. He holds a master's degree in public administration and nonprofit management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.