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Americans For The Arts - The SAANbox
December 3, 2012
In this issue

AFTA Calendar
Arts Advocacy DayWashington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, DC
The 26th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public PolicyThe John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC

2013 Annual Convention
Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA

SAAN Calendar
SAAN Meeting
April 7, 2013
Washington, DC
Arts Advocacy Day
April 8 - 9, 2013
Washington, DC  

SAAN Member Calendar
Arts Advocacy DayHosted by Texans for the Arts
January 31, 2013
Austin, TX
Arts Congress
Hosted by Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts
February 5, 2013
Phoenix, AZ

Arts Advocacy Day
Hosted by the South Carolina Arts Alliance
February 5, 2013
Columbia, SC

Citizens Day at the Legislature
Hosted by Missouri Citizens for the Arts
February 6th, 2013
Jefferson City, MO

Arts Advocacy Day
Hosted by ARTS North Carolina
April 9 & 10, 2013
Raleigh, NC

To have your upcoming event featured in The SAANBox, contact Kim Kober at kkober@artsusa.org.

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State & Local News
Last summer, Clark County, Nevada commissioners created the Percent for the Arts program. The revenue will start to collect beginning January 1, 2013. Next week the commission will meet to discuss a 2013 plan for public art. The county already has installed several pieces of public art, and although none have been funded with Percent for Arts dollars they will serve as a starting point for the conversation. The planning document defines ‘works of art’ as ‘two- or three-dimensional,' which is something that some commission members would like to see expanded to include performing arts. “This isn’t just to employ artists,” says Commissioner Steve Sisolak. “Some of this is to provide art education. Can’t we take advantage of this opportunity to help offset some of those theater costs so those programs can stay alive?” As the commission continues to discuss what qualifies as public art, Americans for the Arts Board of Directors Chairman Ken Fergeson advises that public art is defined by the community, “And some of it will make people comment, and it may not be to everybody’s taste, but people will talk about it. Most will say this says something to us and means something to us.

As a result of the November election, Bob Filner is set to be the first Democratic San Diego, California mayor in 20 years. He will be taking the seat of Penny for the Arts champion, Jerry Sanders, as he was ineligible to run due to term limits. Moving forward, Filner said jobs are going to be his top priority, “Jobs, public safety and neighborhood infrastructure are all paramount,” he said. “We have to move on all of them simultaneously. If people can see an economy that can change, they are more confident with other issues whether it be the budget or arts or education.” One of Filner’s goals is to promote San Diego as a tourist location. He identifies state parks and cultural diversity as major draws for the city. “The art murals in Chicano Park, the Chinese Historical Society – what if we had an Asian-Pacific islander cultural village,” asked Filner, noting ways can be found to promote ethnic communities, “which have not been involved before.”

The Board of Commissioners in High Point, NC used their voting power last week to give the High Point Arts Council $200,000 for a new home. The $200,000 will come from a county contingency fund to help the council buy a former dinner theater known as Centennial Station for $860,000. The request was granted as the last vote of the current board; a new board will take office next month and would likely not have supported such a request. The Arts Council Board Chairman Jim Morgan brought the request to the commissioners and says the arts council’s plans will be an economic engine for the county.

Last month Connecticut’s budget shortfall rose to $417 million, prompting Governor Dannel Malloy to make $150 in unilateral spending cuts to the $20 billion budget that runs through June 30, 2013. The Governor’s cuts will have an immediate effect effect on many arts, cultural, heritage and tourism organizations. The Governor cut a total of $1,038,742 from the Department of Economic and Communuity Development -- where the arts, cultural, historical and tourism budget items are located.

Artist Yvette Mattern created a large rainbow over New York City last week, using seven high-powered lasers. The project, “Global Rainbow, After the Storm,” is in honor of superstorm Sandy victims, Mattern said. Mattern says that the trajectory is specifically pointed to Far Rockaway and Rockaway beach, two areas that sustained heavy damage from the storm. The beams of light projected from the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District can be seen for 35 miles over Brooklyn and into Queens. The public art project was funded by the Art Production Fund and coincided with two fundraisers to help Sandy victims being run by Waves for Water and New York Foundation for the Arts. The lasers were created by Lightwave International and use a minimal amount of electricity. According to the company, the power equivalent to what’s used by two hair dryers is all it takes to send the beams 35 miles. The display has previously been showcased in cities around the world.

New research led by Boston College suggests that teenagers who participate in after-school arts activities are more likely to develop symptoms of depression than their peers who are not involved in the programs. The researchers claim that this study corroborates previous findings that adult artists are more likely to display symptoms of mental illness than non-artists. The study’s leader Laura N. Young clarifies the findings, ““This is not to say that depression is a necessary condition for either a teen or an adult to become an artist, nor are we showing that participating in the arts leads to mental illness. However, previous research has revealed higher rates of mental illness symptoms in adult artists. We were interested in whether this association is present earlier in development.” According to a statement from the college, the study also found that the teens least likely to become depressed are those involved exclusively in sports activities.

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) has announced that the museum will return to free general admission with the launch of an innovative new membership model. The DMA Friends & Partners program is intended to build long-term relationships with visitors and to emphasize participation over the transaction-based membership model that has become common practice among museums. Beginning on January 21, 2013, the program will enhance the DMA's role as the region's largest municipal museum and a vital community asset that rewards cultural participation in novel ways and provides meaningful experiences with art to visitors free of charge. The implementation of the program will be supported and enhanced by a comprehensive opt-in software system that will encourage visitor interaction with the Museum, whether they are on-site or online, by tracking participation, allowing visitors to chart their own activities and enable the DMA to better understand patterns of visitor engagement and the long-term success of Museum programs.

Tennesseans for the Arts held a contest to design the state’s next specialty plate—inviting all state residents to submit their artwork for the contest. Voters determined the winning plate and now 500 people will need to pre-order the winning license plate so that it can go into production. The cost of each plate is $35 and 90% of the proceeds will go to the Tennessee Arts Commission.  The one-year deadline is coming up next month and all pre-orders will need to be made by January 9, 2013.
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Tech Talk
Ready for Revenue Planning? 5 Qs to Ask YourselfThursday, December 6, 2012 at 12 PM Eastern
Nonprofits cannot rely on grants alone to survive. Diversify your sources of income, and the more financially stable your nonprofit will be. In fact, 73% of public charities' total revenue in 2010 came from contracts and fees paid for goods and services, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics. But is your nonprofit ready to handle the extra work that comes with more revenue streams? Learn the most important questions that your org needs to ask itself - and what the answers should be - so that you will have a greater chance of success in growing your nonprofit's income. Hosted by the Foundation Center.

How to Improve Lead Generation Using the Social Media Advancements from 2012Monday, December 10, 2012 at 2 PM ET
There's no question that social is a key channel for marketing. Leads generated via social media and inbound marketing cost 61% less than a traditional lead. But what are the newest trends in social marketing, and how can we best take advantage of them? Join Janet Aronica, Head of Marketing at Shareaholic, and Rebecca Corliss, Head of Social Media and Content at HubSpot, on this live webinar to learn the biggest social improvements of 2012 and how you can incorporate them into their marketing for 2013.
After attending this webinar you will be able to:
§  Use visual content to increase leads
§  Improve social engagement using relatable images
§  Increase search rankings by growing social reach 
§  Optimize social for mobile

Transforming Communities Through Apps: Part II
Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 2 PM Eastern
Interested in discovering more about developing apps to transform your community? Join Tech Soup for a webinar designed especially for nonprofits and libraries! This webinar is the second part of a series on apps, as part of the App It Up project: Transforming Communities. We'll feature guests from nonprofits and libraries who will share their hands-on experience with you.
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Bulletin Board
Register Now for Arts Advocacy Day
April 8–9, 2013
The 2012 election has made a dramatic impact on Congress with more than 80 new members of Congress taking office in early January. The 113th Congress will renew the focus on reducing the federal deficit through program cuts and revenue raisers that could detrimentally impact nonprofit arts organizations. It is imperative that arts advocates work together to help educate members of Congress about the role the arts play in spurring economic growth and job creation. Register Now!
Check out highlights from Arts Advocacy Day 2012!

The Americans for the Arts 26th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall
Washington, DC, April 8, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Grammy Award®-winning musician Yo-Yo Ma will deliver the Americans for the Arts 26th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy. Receive two free tickets to the lecture with your Arts Advocacy Day registration or reserve your general admission single ticket online today.

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! Be sure to register by January 13 to lock in the special room rate!
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Spotlight on... Hawai'i Arts Alliance
Hawai‘i Arts Alliance is the statewide private non-profit founded in 1980 for all the arts. Currently there are 145 organizational and more than 400 individual members. The Alliance builds creative lives and communities, and its work embraces education, community, and advocacy.
The Alliance led the advocacy and support for the state legislation in 2001, mandating revision of the state Fine Arts standards and codifying the ARTS FIRST Partners. Partners include: the State Dept. of Education, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (the state arts agency), University of Hawai‘i  (UH) College of Arts & Humanities, UH College of Education, State Association of Independent Schools and the Arts Alliance. A few recent awards include: 1) U.S. DOE Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grants 2003-06 and 2006-10; 2)  Ford Foundation grant for community project The ARTS at Marks Garage; 3) NEA Arts Learning Grants in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011; 4) Americans for the Arts: restoration of the original King Kamehameha scultpure in North Kohala, Hawai`i Island.
The Alliance is continuing a highly successful “grant challenge” initiated in 2011 to assist Hawai‘i’s nine public high school Performing Arts Learning Centers (PALC) when they were in danger of being eliminated from the DOE budget.  The goal of this challenge is to encourage each PALC to demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit and increase awareness and support within its own community.  PALC are located at nine schools on four different islands across the state.
For the challenge, each PALC is provided an initial installment at the beginning of the academic year, then required to raise matching donations totaling that amount (ticket sales are NOT counted).  When the center successfully raises the match, it receives a second installment. To raise the match, PALCs include information in the printed programs, a calabash bowl in the lobby, hold bake sales, concession sales, t-shirt sales, car washes, gala dinner events and even target donors such as dentists for the production of “Little Shop of Horrors” in which the main character is a dentist.  All funds for these grants have been provided to the Alliance by individual donors and private foundations.

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