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NEWS: SAANBox September 30, 2013

Americans For The Arts - The SAANbox
September 30, 2013
In this issue

AFTA Calendar
The BCA 10
October 2, 2013
The Central Park Boathouse
New York City
National Arts Awards
October 21, 2013
Cipriani 42nd Street
New York City

National Arts Marketing Project Conference
November 8- 11, 2013
The Hilton Portland & Executive Towers
Portland, OR

Arts Advocacy Day
March 24-25, 2014
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC

Nancy Hanks Lecture
March 24, 2014
The Kennedy Center
Washington, DC

SAAN Calendar
SAAN Meeting
October 24-25, 2013
San Francisco, CA

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

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State & Local News
Scranton, Pennsylvania’s 5 percent amusement tax is one of the alternative-revenue generators the city established as part of its recovery plan that was adopted last year. The city's 2013 budget anticipated that $100,000 in revenue would be raised from the amusement tax, however the tax did not collect anything for the first two quarters of the year. Amusement taxes are supposed to be collected by concert and arts venues and bars and restaurants that have entertainment, and paid to the city quarterly. The city sends quarterly amusement-tax forms to 43 entities including, 32 bars, seven restaurants, three arts facilities (including nonprofit organizations) and one large concert venue.
The Chattanooga Theatre Centre and the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera could be forced to shut down in the near future if donors are not able to make significant contributions in coming months. One of the organizations largest funders, ArtsBuild, has decreased its funding amounts over the past five years and combining that with the economy, a shifting donor base, and a growing number of local arts organizations has resulted in a dire situation for some of the city’s larger arts groups. ArtsBuild (formerly Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga), receives money from the city, the Tennessee Arts Commission and through fundraising, but has seen its own operating budget reduced over recent years. At the same time, the organization altered its vision to promote all arts in the community and not just raise operating capital for a few.
New Haven, Connecticut arts groups have struggled over the past two years as the city’s support for Community Arts Grants have failed to meet their needs. Now, arts leaders say that the outcome of the upcoming New Haven mayoral race will determine whether the city’s current level of support for the arts will continue. And while the amount of Connecticut state arts funding for New Haven arts organizations has increased by roughly $300,000 in the past three years, the overall level of support for the state’s arts organizations has decreased more than $3 million since 2008.
For more than a dozen years, philanthropy in Philadelphia was led by a powerful quartet. In various combinations, the Pew Charitable Trusts, William Penn Foundation, the Annenbergs, and the Lenfests lined up behind arts and culture. But, with many of these donors no longer contributing to the city’s arts and culture, new donors must be found. After the deaths of the Annenbergs, the Annenberg Foundation moved to Los Angeles and is led by children and grandchildren with little or no connection to Philadelphia. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest has, by design, given away most of his fortune and has crafted a directive to spend down the remaining assets on disadvantaged youth. Pew has moved the vast majority of its operation from Philadelphia to Washington and has shifted its emphasis to being an operating charity that conducts lobbying, advocacy, and research.For Philadelphia's arts and culture sectors, the question of how to fund ongoing operations has become urgent.
The executive director of the Houma Regional Arts Council in Louisiana was dismissed after the board of oversight discovered the council was noncompliant with state auditing laws. The arts council distributes state Decentralized Arts Funding to sub-grantees throughout a six-parish area in statewide effort to ensure art and culture funding is made available to every parish in the state. For the 2013 fiscal year, the council was allotted $54,000 for disbursement, according to state officials. Because of the noncompliant designation, the council is unable to process any further payments for the 2013 fiscal year to sub-grantees. The Arts Council of Greater New Orleans is slated to administer 2014 grants in the Houma council’s stead. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne’s office says that the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism plans to use grant-administration fees from 2013 and 2014 to help pay the 2013 grant obligations and that the state will make up the balance using in-house sources.
Seattle Mayoral candidates Ed Murray and Mike McGinn will attend a candidate forum at a Seattle playhouse to discuss the arts, arts education and urban planning. The forum will be moderated by Jim Kelly, executive director of 4Culture. Discussion topics range from upzoning to creation of a Parks District, the future of transit and the City's commitment to fostering arts education and arts vitality in city neighborhoods.

The National Endowment for the Arts 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts was released last week. The survey found that musical play attendance saw the first significant drop since the 1985 with a 9 percent rate of decline from 2008 to 2012 and non-musical play attendance fell at a 12 percent rate over the same period. Additionally, museum-going also saw a decline: 21 percent of adults visited an art museum or gallery in 2012, down from 23 percent in 2008. However, festivals show promise as entry points to the arts. One in four younger adults attended an outdoor performing arts festival in 2012, up from 22 percent in 2008. Also, mobile devices appear to help narrow racial/ethnic gaps in arts engagement, with all racial/ethnic groups experiencing roughly the same rates of engagement via mobile devices.
The plight of New York City Opera illustrates one of the realities of arts philanthropy: When a nonprofit begins a downward spiral, funders flee—even though that is when their support is needed most. One option for a struggling nonprofit is to merge with a complementary organization. New York Live Arts was born when Dance Theater Workshop, a performance and studio space facing mounting costs, joined forces with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, which needed a home. In the process, both sides were helped by the New York Merger, Acquisition and Collaboration Fund, organized by SeaChange Capital Partners. "Where mergers and collaborations make sense is through some combination of better or more efficient staffing or better access to real estate," said John MacIntosh, who leads SeaChange. "It can also be that together the groups are more attractive to donors."
House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey surprised an interviewer by toasting arguably the most reviled Republican in recent memory--President Richard M. Nixon. Spacey is an advocate for governmental arts funding, and when asked which president had done the most toward that effort he said Richard Nixon. The answer may have been surprising, but Nixon actually funded the National Endowment for the Arts more than any president had up until that time. Nixon addressed the role the arts play in American culture in special message to Congress in 1969: “The attention and support we give the arts and the humanities--especially as they affect our young people--represent a vital part of our commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Americans.... Therefore, I ask the Congress to extend the legislation creating the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities beyond its termination date of June 30, 1970, for an additional three years. Further, I propose that the Congress approve $40,000,000 in new funds for the National Foundation in fiscal 1971 to be available from public and private sources. This will virtually double the current year's level.”
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Tech Talk
Become a Social Media Rock Star in Four Easy Steps
1.     Curate from the Best
2.     If Content is King, Context is God
3.     Create and Synthesize Content
4.     Use Social Tools and Technology
The Anti-Social CEO's Guide to Social MediaA 2012 IBM study found that companies with “anti-social” CEOS are less competitive than those with highly social CEOs. The takeaways are the same for nonprofit organizations- using social technologies to engage with your members, advocates and audiences will enable your organization to be more adaptive and agile. Follow these three SIMPLE steps and be sure to check out the full guide for more information.
5.     Do it.
6.     Do it yourself.
7.     Do it now.
October is Funding for Arts Month at the Foundation Center
Program offerings are designed to strengthen organizations working towards improving the arts.
§  How to Apply to the Creative Work Fund Monday, October 14, 2013 12:00 - 1:00 pm
§  Recent Trends & Future Prospects for Arts & Culture FundingFriday, October 25, 2013 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
§  Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the ArtsMonday, October 28, 2013 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
§  How to Apply to Creative Capital Monday, October 28, 2013 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET
Webinars Presented by Americans for the Arts:
Be the Change You Want to See in Your Arts Organization: Reaching Diverse AudiencesOctober 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM EDT
Many arts organization know that they want to expand their reach and grow their audiences, but they don't know where to start. In this webinar, you'll learn why in order to see change within your arts organization, YOU need to become a change agent. We will explore the tools and technology to reach new, diverse audiences: reaching across demographics, different income levels, and education levels.
The Basics of Local Arts Management SeriesAre you new to managing an organization? Or just need a refresher course in the basics. Join us for this dynamic series on the basics of local arts management.
§  The Basics of Local Arts Management: Planning
October 16, 2013 at 3:00 PM EDT
What's the best planning approach for your organization? How do you know what type of planning you need? During this webinar you will learn about the different types of plans including: Strategic, Financial, Program, Cultural, and Operational and ways to determine which one is right for your organization.
The Cultural Districts/Arts and Entertainment Districts SeriesLocal Districts have sprung up in nearly every state across the country and are not just confined to urban communities or the traditional centers of arts and culture venues. They represent a growing trend for communities to capitalize on arts and culture as tools for economic development and revitalization. Engage in this series to find out ways in which you can learn more about Districts and ways to plan and develop one in your community.
§  Planning and Creating Successful Cultural, Arts, and Entertainment Districts
October 24, 2013 at 3:00 PM EDT
Do you have an area in which you want to create a District? What are the planning steps needed to move you forward? During this webinar you will also hear from experts on how they planned and developed successful and thriving Districts.
Business Speak: Can We Talk? Series
With the launch of The pARTnership Movement in 2012 we explored mutually beneficial ways of partnering with business to further both arts and business goals. With this series we will provide detailed instructions for the methods and models to create successful partnerships.
§  2013 BCA 10 Case Studies
November 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM EST
Each year the BCA 10 honors ten businesses that have been exceptional partners with the arts. These companies set the standard of excellence and serve as role models for other businesses to follow. Hear directly from 2013 honorees about why they partner with the arts and learn how to create successful partnerships with the businesses in your community.
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Bulletin Board
A Renewed Look at Arts Education Policies
A new State Policy Update from the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), "A Renewed Look at Arts Education Policies," provides context for the role of the arts in society in general and specifically in education. As part of a partnership between NASBE and the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), the paper offers arts-related policy positions by both groups, and gives examples of strong and innovative arts education policies currently in place in several states. It also looks ahead to resources being developed by NASBE and AEP.
Percent for Art Policy Brief
This NASAA State Policy Brief summarizes state level percent for art policy and program trends, examining benefits as well as challenges. The brief is designed to equip arts leaders and policymakers—as well as cultural advocates and public art managers—with a succinct overview of how these policies can work at the state level and what factors should be taken into account by any state considering changes to its current policies. Although its primary focus is on state laws, this document also may be of value to county and municipal decision makers and to program managers responsible for stewardship of public art at the local level. Click here to read the state policy brief.
NEA Releases 2014 Our Town Funding Guidelines & Deadlines
Deadline: January 13, 2014
In 2014, the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town program will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life; encourage greater creative activity; foster stronger community identity and a sense of place; and revitalize economic development. Projects may include arts engagement, cultural planning, and design activities. A webinar will be held on November 4 at 2 PM ET with more information. Now in its fourth year, Our Town has provided $16 million to fund 190 projects in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Click here for more information.
Registration Now Open! The 2013 National Arts Marketing Project Conference
Community empowers your art. What does it take for your arts organization to deeply connect with the people that matter? At the 2013 National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference in Portland, OR, you’ll learn the marketing strategies that your organization needs to revolutionize the way communities engage with your organization. Join us in a city infused with a DIY atmosphere and a strong collaborative spirit, where you’ll embrace the interactive tools and forward-thinking strategies needed to create a sense of community around your work.
Now Accepting Public Leadership in the Arts Nominations for Mayors and GovernorsPublic Leadership in the Arts awards are given in recognition of an elected official or artist who plays an important role in the advancement of the arts and arts education within his or her community, and whose vision and leadership provide heightened visibility to the value of the arts. Applications are now being accepted for Mayors and Governors to be presented in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors at their Winter Meeting, January 22- 24 in Washington DC. For further information, please contact the Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs Jay Dick at jay@artsusa.org.
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Spotlight on... ArtsEd Washington
Arts Ed Washington launched a School Board Candidate Survey on Arts Education to help voters make informed decisions by providing insights into which candidates understand the importance of arts education and are committed to the provision of high quality arts learning. Anyone can help out by signing up to be a smARTS Champion for Arts Education and then sending the questions to the candidates in their district. ArtsEd Washington receives the survey responses and helps to share them.
To give the smARTS Champions a head start, ArtsEd Washington compiled resources for their use- including the state law, all research cited in the survey and other resources. Knowing that visibility is important, ArtsEd Washington also created a “Spread the Word” section with pre-drafted Facebook posts and Tweets to help get word about the survey out. To see more, be sure to visit ArtsEd Washington online!
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