The Daily Campus, 11/26/12
"With the opening of Klyde Warren Park, the addition of Museum Tower, and the just-broken-in City Performance Hall, Dallas’ Arts District has experienced a year of growth and acquisition. In an effort to further Dallas’ arts district growth, five major names have announced a back-end collaborative effort that will save the institutions both money and man power. The organizations involved are the AT&T Performing Arts Center, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Dallas Theater Center. The institutions will put forth efforts to combine back-end work streams such as ticketing and facility management. While the venues may be working together, their spaces will remain separate both physically and artistically."
Landesman Retiring from National Endowment for the Arts
Los Angeles Times, 11/20/12
"National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced his retirement effective at the end of the year, but not without a sense of humor. 'The time has come for me to become a cliché: I turned 65, am going to retire, and cannot wait to spend more time in Miami Beach,' Landesman said in a statement released by the NEA...In his statement, Landesman said: 'We have continued to support and strengthen the entire spectrum of arts in this country, and we have been able to expand the national conversation through convenings, traditional media, and new technology.' The NEA has appointed Joan Shigekawa, senior deputy chairman, to fill Landesman’s role until a permanent successor is found."
Missouri: Researchers Find Places Where Arts May Flourish
"Todd Swanstrom and Karl Guenther were given a seemingly paradoxical charge by the steering committee overseeing a Kresge Foundation grant: Find neighborhoods with the elements for a spontaneous explosion of the arts so local organizations could help build those spontaneous arts. Swanstrom, professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Administration at the University of Missouri—St. Louis, and Guenther, Community Development Specialist at UM—SL’s Public Policy Research Center, dug into the data, along with researcher Will Winter. They soon emerged with a few maps and a handful of recommendations for which areas were most primed for what Swanstrom called 'a naturally occurring arts district.' On first glance, the mish-mash of shapes and colors that comprise the maps can seem mystifying, the highlighted neighborhoods arbitrary and the whole project wonky. But beneath the surface lies a complicated and specific set of guiding principles and data collection, organized, and curated by the enthusiastic and passionate Swanstrom and Guenther."
Art World Must Keep Up with Changing Demographics
"President Obama’s reelection has put a blazing spotlight on the 'emerging majority' thesis, thrusting it into the center of political discussion...Would it surprise you to know that, on this score at least, the liberal-leaning art world has more in common with Republicans than Democrats? For make no mistake about it, the 'emerging majority' thesis has great significance for art and its institutions. Cosmopolitan New York is a majority minority city, and has been for as long as anyone can remember. But walk from the subway towards any gallery opening or museum party, and watch the color drain away. In fact, for some time now, the people who crunch the data on cultural participation have been warning that the art world's inability to address this issue threatens its very future...The data tells the story."
Arts in Education
California: Coalition Aims to Boost Arts Education
The San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/25/12
"Education, arts, and philanthropic leaders in San Diego have combined forces with a goal of improving the arts education of every student in the county’s 42 public school districts. They launched the Arts Empower San Diego initiative this month to provide a link between K-12 schools, artists, arts institutions, and the philanthropic community. As envisioned, school districts will work with parents and community members to write strategic plans that outline the strengths and weaknesses of arts programs they currently offer—and to identify ways for making those programs better. The county Office of Education has pledged to provide coaches to help write the plans. Other partners in the initiative include The San Diego Foundation and The California Arts Project. Once there’s a road map on how each district can boost its arts education, the initiative’s stakeholders intend to seek private funding to support such improvements."
Public Investment in the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts Awards $23M in Grants
McClatchy Newspapers, 11/27/12
"The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced more than $23 million in 832 grants to arts organizations and individuals for a wide variety of cultural activities, from $40,000 to support artists’ residences in Charlotte, NC, to $45,000 for a three-day dance festival in Chavak, AK, population 938. 'Through a rigorous peer-review panel process, the NEA ensures that projects recommended for funding are among the most creative, the most effective, and will make a real impact,' said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. Here are a sampling of some of the grants...Anchorage, AK: Calista Elders Council–A $45,000 grant to help support a three-day Yup’ik dance festival; Bellingham, WA: Bellingham Festival of Music–$10,000 to support the Bellingham Festival of Music, a two-week summer festival featuring orchestral and chamber music concerts throughout the community; Boise, ID: Trey McIntyre Project–$15,000 to support the creation and presentation of a new multimedia dance titled 'The Symptom of Death' by choreographer Trey McIntyre."
Illinois: Chicago is Now Broadway's Kind of Town
Associated Press, 11/26/12
"The New York-bound musical 'Kinky Boots' enjoyed a pre-Broadway run at a downtown Chicago theater this fall, but only after the state of Illinois lured producers with something that's scarce these days—money. The Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein production...along with a second musical, 'Big Fish,' were the first to apply for a certificate making them eligible for a state theater tax credit. Lawmakers slipped it into a package of tax breaks approved late last year for corporate heavyweights Sears Holding Corp. and the CME Group Inc. The breaks appear to be doing their job: Producers say the credit—worth up to $500,000 per production or a cap of $2 million per year—was instrumental in their decision to bring the shows to Chicago instead of going straight to New York or previewing in Seattle, Toronto, or San Francisco...Only Louisiana and Rhode Island have similar legislation, intended to bring shows to cities like New Orleans and Providence."
The Creative Economy & The Private Sector
Arizona: Phoenix Arts Industry Generates $301M
Ahwatukee Foothills News, 11/27/12
"Phoenix nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences had a total economic impact of $301 million and generated $13.9 in local government tax revenue and $17.7 in state government tax revenue during the fiscal year 2010. The figures are contained in a recent national arts economic impact study conducted by Americans for the Arts...The study is based on surveys from 1,632 audience members and expenditures reported by 60 Phoenix arts and cultural organizations...The study also found that Phoenix arts and cultural organizations and their audiences support more than 9,600 full-time jobs and generate $218.6 million in household income. The City of Phoenix, through its Office of Arts and Culture, was one of 182 regions nationwide that participated in the study. The study found that spending by Phoenix nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, a fraction of the total Valley arts and entertainment industry, totaled more than $164.5 million."
California: Los Angeles Leaders Ponder Ways to Strengthen Hollywood
L.A. Daily News, 11/27/12
"Entertainment industry insiders gathered in Hollywood to hash out their most pressing issues and possible opportunities in the first State of the Entertainment Industry Conference...Outgoing State Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, who co-authored the bills to extend California's $100 million-per-year production tax credit program for the next three years, noted in an interview how important it was to make incentives as attractive as those offered in competing states...Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said 'I've been a big advocate since the late 1990s for the film tax credit. We need to make it permanent and at least double the size of it'...'The jobs behind the camera are more important than the people in front of it,' Villaraigosa continued. 'That's why I walk red carpets and advocate for all of this creative economy, because it's the heart and the soul of the L.A. economy.'"
Philanthropy & Fundraising
Missouri: Arts Institute Sues Couple Over Unfulfilled Pledge
The Kansas City Star, 11/25/12
"Larry and Kristina Dodge, a southern California couple living (for now) in a mansion on the Pacific Ocean, are facing hard times and can no longer honor the $5 million pledge they made to the Kansas City Art Institute. Or, in the art institute’s view, they’re a couple of deadbeats. A $7 million building was constructed on the Kansas City campus based on the Dodges’ pledge. Their names are prominent on the building at 4446 Oak St., facing the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. But the Dodges still owe $4 million, prompting the art institute to pursue them in the California Superior Court of Orange County. The school won a judgment—but it is not clear when or if it will ever see the rest of the money. The Dodges, once multimillion-dollar business people and philanthropists, claim they simply don’t have the money—they lost nearly everything to the Great Recession and a harassing government."
New York: Foundations Help Artists, Arts Orgs After Hurricane Sandy
The New York Times ArtsBeat blog, 11/16/12
"Three art foundations have teamed up to help artists and nonprofit arts organizations in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the Lambent Foundation announced the effort...The Warhol Foundation will give $1 million to affected visual arts organizations and $1 million to individual artists. These funds will be augmented by the Rauschenberg Foundation and by the Lambent Foundation, a project of the grantmaking Tides Center that explores the intersection of arts, culture, and social justice. Through a website called EmergencyGrants.org, the Warhol Foundation will make its grants to visual arts organizations; the Rauschenberg Foundation to other cultural organizations. The three foundations will jointly assist individual artists through the New York Foundation for the Arts, which will administer them. The grants are made possible in part by the Warhol foundation's increased art sales, including [a recent] sale at Christie's, which brought in more than $17 million."
Survey: Nonprofit Donations Down or Stagnant for Most of 2012
Philanthropy News Digest, 11/16/12
"Nearly two-thirds of charitable organizations report that gifts, grants, and donations in the first nine months of 2012 fell or remained about the same on a year-over-year basis, a report from GuideStar finds. Based on an annual survey of private foundations and public charities, 'The Effect of the Economy on the Nonprofit Sector' found that total contributions rose for 34 percent of respondents, fell for 37 percent, and remained flat for 28 percent. A drop in individual giving was the primary reason given for the fall off in donations, with 77 percent of respondents reporting that gifts from individuals were smaller this year and 75 percent saying that fewer individuals gave. Even as the majority of nonprofits were seeing donation totals fall or remain flat, however, nonprofits themselves were experiencing an increase in demand for services, with 38 percent reporting that demand had increased modestly and 26 percent reporting that demand had increased greatly."
2013 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The 12 winning programs will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to accept their awards from First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the White House. Afterschool and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, educational institutions, arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application. The deadline for application submissions is February 4, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. PST.
Register for a New Convening on Diversity in the Performing Arts
SphinxCon, an inaugural convening on diversity in the performing arts, will be held February 15-17, 2013 at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit. Attend to be inspired by leaders from the world of business, academia, and the arts as they share strategies to address issues of diversity in their communities and across all disciplines. Come share, inspire, and promote your ideas! Featured speakers include Robert Lynch (Americans for the Arts), Delroy Lindo (Actor), Chris Genteel (Google), Maria Rosario Jackson (Kresge Foundation), and many more. Be sure to register by January 13 to lock in the special room rate!
Americans for the Arts Joins Vans as Custom Culture Contest Partner
As its national charity partner, Americans for the Arts is proud to announce the fourth annual Vans Custom Culture contest inspiring high school students across the United States to embrace their creativity while drawing attention to the importance of art as an integral part of a well-rounded education. The first 1,500 U.S.-based public or private high schools that register will receive four pairs of blank canvas Vans shoes to make their own creations around four themes: Action Sports, Music, Art, and Local Flavor. Students submit photos of their shoes via the Vans Custom Culture website, then an internal selection and external public vote whittle the entries down to a group of five finalists who will travel to New York City for the Vans Custom Culture final event in June 2013. The top school will receive $50,000 for their visual arts program. We'll have more information about this exciting opportunity as the registration period begins in January 2013!
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