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Americans For The Arts - The SAANbox
January 28, 2013
In this issue

AFTA Calendar
Arts Advocacy DayApril 8-9, 2013
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, DC
The 26th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public PolicyApril 9, 2013
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC
2013 Annual Convention
June 14-16, 2013
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 Day
Hosted by the Georgia Arts Network
January 29, 2013
Atlanta, GA
Arts Advocacy Day
Hosted 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
Governor's Awards in the ArtsHosted by South Dakotans for the Arts
February 6th, 2013
Pierre, South Dakota
Kentucky Arts Day
February 13th, 2013
Frankfort, Kentucky 
Indiana Arts DayHosted by The Indiana Coalition for the Arts
February 14th, 2013
Indianapolis, IN
Arts Advocacy Day
Hosted by ARTS North Carolina
April 9 & 10, 2013
Raleigh, NC
Arts DayHosted by Ohio Citizens for the Arts
May 15, 2013
Columbus, OH
To have your upcoming event featured in The SAANBox, contact Kim Kober atkkober@artsusa.org.

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State & Local News
A bill was filed in the Oklahoma House of Representatives proposing all funding to the Oklahoma Arts Council (OAC) be eliminated. The legislation, written by state Rep. Josh Cockroft would reduce state government funding to the OAC each fiscal year by 25 percent, eventually ending the appropriation in 2017. Cockroft said his intent is to simplify state spending and focus on funneling state tax dollars to core government functions, like education. “My goal with this bill isn’t to destroy the arts in Oklahoma. It’s actually quite contrary. I personally have been involved in the arts over the last couple of years,” Cockroft said. “I think there is a need and an incredible desire for that here in Oklahoma. The question is: Is that the state government’s responsibility?” The state appropriates $4 million to the OAC every year, which is less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the state budget, with 80 percent of funding going directly to communities across the state. Those funds support Oklahoma’s $314.8 million nonprofit arts and cultural industry and more than 10,000 jobs. The industry generates $29 million in state and local tax revenue.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley wants to fold the Arts Commission into the State Museum, a move that would eliminate the arts group’s board and director but leave intact its grants program. 
The proposal comes a year after the Governor’s proposal to eliminate the agency- a proposal that was preceded by the same recommendation the previous year, and the year before that under the prior governor. According to Haley’s executive budget proposal, merging the Arts Commission and the State Museum would reduce the commission’s personnel costs by 30 percent. The agency’s grants program, and some associated employees, would be transferred to the State Museum, a move that the commission’s executive director Ken May says would result in the loss of some services that the commission provides. The agency grants money to arts organizations statewide and provides professional development and grants to artists. It also develops education programming for public schools. For 2013-2014, May is asking lawmakers for $1 million more for grants, $30,000 for ongoing professional development programs for artist-entrepreneurs, and $25,000 to create cultural districts that foster partnerships between arts and business communities across the state.

Missouri Arts Council Chairman Nola Ruth says the council needs three million dollars in the next state budget to survive. The council has received no money in two of the last three years and has used up almost all of its reserves. Money supporting arts groups, state library networking, public broadcasting, historic preservation, and the state humanities council comes from the income tax levied on entertainers and athletes from other states who perform here. Sixty percent of that money is supposed to go to the Missouri Cultural Trust Fund. Missouri Citizens for the Arts President Carol Gregg tells state senators the money has been withheld and diverted. “Missouri Citizens for the Arts requests the legislature and the governor to please follow the state statutes.” The governor will announce this evening, Monday, January 28, if he will allow any of that money to be used during the next fiscal year.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's administration tried to launch a new statewide arts initiative last weekbut questions arose immediately about how to proceed, including whether the initiative’s director would work for the arts commissioners, or vice versa. It is also unclear how much input the commission will have on the strategic plan for arts in Kansas, which will be used to try to draw federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2011, Brownback vetoed funding for the Kansas Arts Commission and making Kansas the only state in the nation without a publicly funded arts agency. But last year, Brownback proposed creating a Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and placing it under the Kansas Department of Commerce. The Legislature allocated $700,000 to the new group. Brownback has proposed cutting that funding to $200,000 for the year that starts July 1, and $200,000 for the year after that.

San Bernardino County in California has re-established an arts council after the council’s demise in 2006, primarily due to a lack of funds. The last time the county provided any money was $90,000 in 2003 and at the time, supervisors couldn’t see spending what seems like a modest amount. What they may not have taken into account was how much money was probably lost by not having an active arts council. Sant Khalsa, treasurer of the new council, said unless a county has an arts council it can’t receive grants from the California Arts Council or the National Endowment for the Arts. The importance of the agency became apparent when a 2009 Irvine Foundation study showed that San Bernardino County had the lowest spending per person by California foundations. The state average was $119. In San Bernardino County, it was $3. The county is kicking in $110,000 this year. The council also has a $150,000 Irvine Foundation grant and other smaller grants for a budget total of $295,000.

Texas arts advocates have their work cut out for them this legislative session and they will descend on the capitol this week for the Arts Advocacy Day activities organized by Texans for the Arts
. During the last biennial session, Texas lawmakers slashed the arts commission’s budget by 56 percent. And the state art commission, Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) reduced its staff from 17 to 12. Also, the TCA is under review by the Sunset Advisory Committee, the agency charged with evaluating the efficacy of state agencies. That Sunset Committee’s recent report found the TCA an “efficiently run agency, but one stretched very thin” and concluded that the economic and social benefits of the arts “represent a good investment, and make continuing the agency to administer funding for the arts worthwhile.”

The Pollyanna Theatre Company in Austin, Texas has been performing plays geared toward young audiences for the past 12 years. Now it’s trying to make sure at-risk kids who may never have a chance to see a live play finally have that opportunity. Artistic Director Judy Campbell is one of the forces behind a new production with education and emotional themes little ones can relate to. The play marks the beginning of a new alliance between Austin’s Long Center and the Pollyanna Theatre Company as they launch a program called the Good Neighbor Arts Education Project. Its aim is to bring the arts to at-risk students in Central Austin. “We want to make sure that every child that's driving by, or walking by, or taking the bus by this building realizes the Long Center is open for them,” Campbell said

The Forest Grove Public Arts Commission in Oregon wants to promote more public art projects in the community, but funds can be hard to come by. This is where a Forest Grove arts foundation – a project still in its infancy – comes into play. The commission wanted to find more effective ways of raising money for public art purchases. A nonprofit foundation would allow for an increased focus on grants and local fundraisers. Currently there is a Forest Grove Foundation which helps local organizations fund raise for projects that contribute to the community, but the arts commission decided a foundation strictly focused on public art would serve its mission most effectively. Next steps include identifying board members and establishing the foundation as a nonprofit.

Vermont’s Office of the Creative Economy (OCE) has issued a survey to approximately 1000 businesses, focusing on four types of businesses in Vermont: computer software and game development; graphic arts, marketing and advertising; film and new media; and independent artists who have manufacturing shops. The 15-question survey asks questions such as, ‘what were the reasons for putting your business in Vermont?’ and ‘how did you find qualified employees?’” Joe Bookchin, Director of the OCE explains. Some of the other questions asked for the “top five concerns facing your business,” which resources the business has utilized, which OCE activities would be helpful, and how the Vermont educational system “could be more responsive to your employee recruitment and retention needs.” “Ultimately,” Bookchin says, “I think it’s about how we can help our constituents and shape our agenda.”
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Tech Talk
Your Board and Fundraising
Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1 PM EST
Learn how to engage your board in fundraising. This class helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising and will cover:
§  The role of your board
§  Why board members may be reluctant to fundraise and how to overcome these concerns
§  Ways the board can participate in fundraising activities
§  Tips for strengthening your fundraising board
Hosted by the Foundation Center.

Brandraise to Fundraise
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 1 PM EST

Wondering how branding can help your fundraising? Based on Sarah Durham's book "Brandraising: How Nonprofits Raise Visibility and Money Through Smart Communications", this session will show how effective brandraising will help you spend less time  reinventing and more time reinforcing the right messages so your prospects are more likely to understand what you do and why you do it. Sarah will show how an effective brand can make it easier to create compelling fundraising campaigns that do more with less.

Attend this webinar and take away the following:
§  How to build a solid communications foundation to benefit your organizations future fundraising campaigns
§  How to use positioning and personality to help keep all your work on track
§  How to speak with a unified organizational voice across all channels, in all tools
Hosted by the Network for Good. 
Webinars Hosted by Americans for the Arts:
New Responses to Old Complaints: Addressing Changing Customer Expectations Using New and Old Technologies
February 12, 2013 at 3 PM EST Remember the days when all your ticket buyers called you when they wanted tickets? Remember when you had to pick up the phone to call them when you wanted something? Many subscribers and ticket buyers still respond to this traditional model but many of your website visitors and those aware of your organization's presence on social media have different expectations. Some of them buy and some of them don't. Learn from some real-life customer service challenges and nightmares and how you can use some new (and some old) technologies to holistically respond to these differing expectations
Are you an organization or agency that makes grants? Then join us for this series that showcases arts funders who are refreshing, modifying or changing grantmaking policies and strategies to support the full cultural ecosystem of their cities, towns and regions. Learn how LAAs are shaping grant programs to stimulate and support arts creation and participation in response to shifting demographics and cultural landscapes.
§  The Evolution of Local Arts Grantmaking: Addressing Shifting Demographics - Equity and Access? Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 3:00 PM EST
§  The Evolution of Local Arts Grantmaking: Technology, Systems, and Capturing Data. 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM EST
§  The Evolution of Local Arts Grantmaking : Leveraging Investments in Creativity – What’s Next? 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 3 PM EDT
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Bulletin Board
Public Leadership in the Arts Awards
Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors announced that Grammy Award®-Winning Musicians John Legend and The Roots will receive the 2013 Citizen Artist Awards. In addition, Santa Fe, NM Mayor David CossNew Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieuand Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley received the 2013 Public Leadership in the Arts Awards. The awards honor elected officials and artists who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts. Recipients received the honor on Friday, January 18 at The United States Conference of Mayors' 81st annual winter meeting in Washington, D.C. Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors have given out the awards annually since 1997. View a list of previous award winners. 

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!

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 PM
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.

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Funding Guidelines Available for Fiscal Year 2014 Grants
Art Works is the NEA's largest funding category, supporting the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The deadlines for Art Works applications are March 7 and August 8, 2013.
The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. These grants feature an expedited review process with approximately six months from application to notification. The deadline for Challenge America Fast-Track is May 23, 2013.
For guidelines and application materials visit the NEA website. 

The Big Read Returns for 2013
Deadline: February 5, 2013
The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2013-June 2014. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected. To review the guidelines and application instructions, visit The Big Read website.
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!
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Spotlight on... Ohio Citizens for the Arts!
Ohio Citizens for the Arts welcomes Marc Folk, Executive Director of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, as president of the Board of Directors for a term that started on January 1, 2013. Prior to his election as president, Marc chaired OCA’s Supplemental Funding Committee. As committee chairman and now president, Marc continues to focus on the exploration of ways to supplement arts funding through a variety of revenue sources with the ultimate goal of strengthening and diversifying funding for arts and culture through the Ohio Arts Council.
Marc and the OCA Board of Directors, along with Donna Collins, executive director; Janelle Hallett, member services director; and Bill Blair, legislative counsel, are geared up for the new budget season with release of the Governor’s proposed budget on February 4, 2013. Arts Advocates in Ohio remain key communicators, working with every member of the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate to effectively share the power of the arts in all aspects of Ohio’s strong future. Working with organizations such as the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, Bowling Green State University, Americans for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Cultural Data Project – to name a few – Ohio Citizens for the Arts is prepared to present a strong combination of data and research to inform citizens and policy-makers statewide about the investment of arts funding and its impact on Ohio.
On May 15, 2013 Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council, will host the annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon. Year-after-year the event boasts sold-out attendance of more than 850 individuals including a majority of the Ohio House and Senate members. Ten high schools have been selected to represent Ohio’s nearly 2 million students as the 2013 Student Advocates. These high schools will host legislators at their schools, engage with legislators in Columbus on Arts Day, and advocate for public funding for the arts and arts education as part of their legislative platform. Arts Day is an annual event must-attend opportunity for arts constituents, policy-makers, and everyone who supports the arts.
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