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.”
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
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.
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.
Ready for Revenue Planning? 5 Qs to Ask YourselfThursday, December 6, 2012 at 12 PM Eastern
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
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
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.
Register Now for Arts Advocacy Day April 8–9, 2013
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.