JOIN US FOR ANNUAL CONVENTION IN PITTSBURGH: JUNE 14–16
What happens when Pittsburgh’s famous Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival coincides with Pittsburgh Gay Pride the very same weekend the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention comes to town? That’s a great question, and you’ll have to be there to find out. It’s no wonder that last year, National Geographic Traveler and NBC’s Today named Pittsburgh among the best places in the world to experience. Take your place with 1,000 of your fellow arts and community leaders to learn from each other and more than 100 speakers about essential topics for our field. Also join in for one of our three preconferences: The Public Art Network; Arts, Entertainment & Cultural Districts; or Emerging Leaders. Register before April 26 for the most savings, and make sure to visit our Ways to Save page to learn about our scholarships!
PUBLIC LEADERSHIP IN THE ARTS AWARDS
Since 1997, Americans for the Arts and the United States Conference of Mayors have jointly honored elected officials and artists who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts. This year, Grammy Award®-Winning Musicians John Legend and The Roots received the 2013 Citizen Artist Awards. Santa Fe, NM Mayor David Coss, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley received the 2013 Public Leadership in the Arts Awards on Friday, January 18 at The United States Conference of Mayors' 81st annual winter meeting in Washington, DC. For more information, contact Senior Director of State and Local Affairs Jay Dick at email@example.com.
NEW TOOL CONNECTS FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL ARTS ADVOCACY
View a Local Arts Affiliate Demo Site
Are you involved in arts advocacy in your city? Do you wish you could reach all your elected officials in one place? Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund have launched a new tool to help you easily connect to your federal, state, and local elected officials—all in one place and all at one time. Advocates using the new voterVOICE tool can quickly and easily identify their city council member, state delegate, and member of Congress to send timely and customizable e-mails to their respective officials. Currently, several cities have signed on to participate in voterVOICE and provide their advocates with the opportunity to take action online and support the arts. If you’d like more information on how you can provide this tool to your local advocates, contact Senior Director of State and Local Affairs Jay Dick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEBT CEILING CRISIS AVERTED, BUT BUDGET INACTION CONTINUES
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The U.S. House and Senate passed and President Obama signed legislation that extends the nation’s borrowing power until at least May 15, avoiding another shut-down. Elected officials are still grappling with how to prevent the across-the-board federal spending cuts known as the “sequester,” set to take effect on March 1. Currently, the federal government is operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR), which is maintaining the federal government at FY 2012 levels, including cultural agencies, such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. President Obama has delayed his administration’s budget proposal for FY 2014, and both the House and Senate are preparing to introduce competing FY 2014 proposals in the coming weeks—even as FY 2013 remains unfinished. For more information on the federal budget, please contact Director for Federal Affairs Gladstone Payton at email@example.com.
STEAM CAUCUS SET TO LAUNCH IN THE HOUSE
Statement on STEAM Caucus
Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Aaron Schock (R-IL) are set to officially launch and co-chair the House of Representatives STEAM Caucus (science, technology, arts/design, and math) to promote a policy which seeks “to increase understanding of the importance of arts and design to STEM subjects, to spread the word about STEAM, and to prioritize STEAM education.” According to a House of Representatives Dear Colleague letter of support, the caucus will be comprised of elected officials who believe that “in the past several years, there has been a great deal of talk about STEM education. We need to cultivate our future workforce in these fields in order to maintain and increase U.S. global competitiveness. But what policymakers often do not acknowledge, or do not know, is the importance of arts and design to STEM.” Americans for the Arts staff assisted the congressional offices with the formation of the caucus and are excited to help advance the cause of arts education at all levels. For more information on the STEAM Caucus, please contact Director for Federal Affairs Gladstone Payton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS
Ways and Means Hearing Notice
The House Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a “Hearing on Tax Reform and Charitable Contribution” which Americans for the Arts and the nonprofit arts community will be monitoring closely. Though the fiscal cliff negotiations that resulted in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 spared the charitable sector major changes to giving incentives, there are many unresolved tax and spending issues that elected officials will be debating in the coming months. The issue of comprehensive tax reform, though elusive thus far, will remain front and center. The committee will use this opportunity to hear from the charitable sector in support of charitable contributions and itemized deductions as they gather information for possible future reforms. Americans for the Arts continues to work with Independent Sector and the wider nonprofit community to inform the committee of the public value of charities. For more information on tax policy, please contact Director for Federal Affairs Gladstone Payton at email@example.com.
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DEADLINE FOR BCA 10 NOMINATIONS IS TODAY
Deadline: February 15, 2013. Nominate a company in your community that supports the arts! The BCA 10 recognizes businesses of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enrich the workplace, education, and the community. These companies demonstrate the power of arts and business partnerships and set examples for other companies to follow.
AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS LEADERSHIP AWARDS OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS
Deadline: March 15, 2013. Presented each year in conjunction with the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, these awards recognize the achievements of individuals, organizations, or programs committed to enriching their communities through the arts. Awards are presented in the following areas:
- Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award
- Arts Education Award
- Emerging Leaders Award
- Michael Newton Award
- Selina Roberts Ottum Award for Arts Leadership
- Public Art Network Award
To nominate yourself or a colleague and to review the rules and regulations, please view the nomination form and link to the respective awards listed above for specific selection criteria and the nomination form. Award winners will be announced at the 2013 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and posted online June 20, 2013.
SUBMIT A SESSION PROPOSAL FOR THE 2013 NAMP CONFERENCE
Deadline: March 26, 2013. We invite arts marketers and audience engagement specialists to submit session proposals to our 2013 National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference. Do you have the tools, lessons, or best practices on community engagement, emerging technology, or fundraising? The 2013 NAMP Conference, November 8–11 in Portland, OR, will provide the practical lessons and strategies on audience engagement and new technology as arts marketers push forward toward a new and more connected world. Conference Session Proposals should be complete learning experiences with specific outcomes and learning objectives. Roundtable Discussions are more intimate, facilitated group conversations focused on topics of interest and importance to marketing professionals and arts leaders.
WHAT’S YOUR ECONOMIC IMPACT? LET OUR CUSTOMIZED IMPACT STUDIES SHOW YOU
Are you worried about meeting your funding needs? Do you need to capture the attention of elected officials and business leaders? Ninety percent of arts administrators report that economic impact studies are a critical advocacy tool. Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading provider of customized economic impact studies for the nonprofit arts industry. We’ve completed more than 400 studies in the past 10 years alone. Our proprietary research methodology includes a highly regarded input-output analysis that is the basis of two Nobel Prizes in economics. The findings from our studies are the most frequently cited statistics used to demonstrate the impact of the nonprofit arts on the local, state, and national economies. Best of all, our study participation fees start as low as $3,500! Want to learn more? Contact Senior Director of Research Services Ben Davidson at 202.371.2830 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASE STUDIES ON ART & ECONOMIC JUSTICE
Our Animating Democracy website is launching special collections, which spotlight examples of projects related to a certain topic. Peruse projects from Animating Democracy's Profiles as well as new work of the 99% Movement dealing with the relationship of art and economics. The recent economic downturn has provoked and heightened social inequalities, and new artwork and movements have emerged to fight for change and chronicle this upheaval. These projects range from a conversation on art and economic theory to theater productions that inspire audiences to think critically and act on social inequities.
NEW TREND PAPER: PARTICIPATORY ART-MAKING AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
There is a growing trend among innovative organizations to use participatory art-making programs to increase civic engagement, due to the wide variety of positive outcomes such programs engender. Participatory art-making experiences can have a profound impact on communities. They can build social networks, encourage new leaders, increase the quality of community life, enhance the lives of individuals, and engage citizens in new and profound ways. The latest trend paper from Animating Democracy, Participatory Art-Making and Civic Engagement, researched and written by urban planner Ferdinand Lewis on behalf of The Music Center/Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, gives three case examples to illustrate the many ways in which active art-making can enliven, enhance, and enrich communities.
UH OH, DID YOU LET YOUR MEMBERSHIP LAPSE? YOU CAN STILL RENEW FOR 2013!
If you haven’t renewed your organizational membership yet for 2013, now is the time! With more than 16 upcoming webinars and 82 on-demand at no-cost to our members ($35 each for non-members), this is not a year you want to lose your benefits! Did we mention that we created a new level to better suit our members’ needs? Check out our NEW Strategic level membership and a NEW set of benefits for each level. Not sure if you renewed or not? Contact us at email@example.com or 202.371.2830 to check your status. This Monthly Wire newsletter is just one member benefit of Americans for the Arts. To learn more about membership at Americans for the Arts, please visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org/Membership.
The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy teamed up with the Conference Board for their latest corporate giving survey. This is a good report, though it focuses mostly on large companies, with 62 respondents from Fortune 100 companies. The majority of companies gave more in 2011 than in 2009, and the arts held their own at 5 percent of total corporate contributions. Health/Social Services (28 percent) and education (26 percent) received the largest portions of dollars. Eighty-two percent of the companies have an employee matching gift program—accounting for 12 percent of total giving (for example, Microsoft gave $100 million in matching gifts in 2011). Companies value these programs as they increase employee engagement and they have become a coveted employee perk. We’ve compiled strategies such as these to help you boost business giving to the arts in your community at www.pARTnershipmovement.org.
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IN NEW PUBS, GOOD CHEER AND GOOD WORKS
“Have a pint, change the world,” is the slogan of the Oregon Public House, one of the newest examples of the growing beer-for-charity movement. Operating with the theory that more people will support your business if the proceeds are donated to nonprofits, pubs around the world are adopting varied approaches to diverting revenue from microbrew sales to favored causes, with some letting patrons choose from a menu of organizations to support. While philanthropic trend watchers say that the number of charitable start-ups in the food and beverage industry is relatively small, experimentation is clearly in the air, as many private charities continue to struggle for funds. The City of Portland’s Development Commission, which also works with traditional companies like Nike, has backed the Oregon Public House with more than $50,000 in grants, about a quarter of the start-up costs.
FENDI TOSSES COINS INTO THE TREVI
The iconic Trevi Fountain, one of Rome’s oldest and most revered tourist attractions, will soon be getting a face lift thanks to Fendi, the Italian-based fashion house. In addition, Fendi will sponsor a restoration of the Quattro Fontane, the "Four Fountains," another attraction in Rome. The Trevi project is expected to last about 20 months, but will be conducted in stages so tourists can continue to visit the landmark. Locals and tourists toss coins into the Trevi Fountain as a fabled wish to return to Rome again. Pietro Beccari, Fendi's chairman and CEO, states that the sponsorship is about reinforcing the brand's historic links with Rome, where it started as a modest handbag and fur shop in the years between the world wars. "There is an element of giving back to the city that has hosted us since 1925," he said.
LESSENING THE DEPENDENCE ON DONORS: NEW BUSINESS MODEL FOR MUSEUMS
Dan L. Monroe, director of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, speaks about the current state of arts museums and why they are not generating enough profit. “Currently, while some American art museums receive some government support, most depend on three main sources of money: earned income from admissions, retail, restaurants and the like; revenue drawn from their endowments; and annual contributions, which too often provide the largest part.” Find out what Monroe proposes as the solution to this disproportionate source of income in his interview with The Wall Street Journal.
FEATURED MEMBER PROJECT: PHILADELPHIA CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
“Look Back on the Past and Celebrate the Present” is the theme for the City of Philadelphia’s Black History Month. Recognizing that Philadelphia has a long history of African-American history, culture, and tradition, the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy along with the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, plans to showcase Philadelphia as a destination for Black History Month. To read more about this project, visit our website.
CULTURAL ALLIANCE OUTLINES THREE-YEAR 'CREATIVE BIRMINGHAM' INITIATIVE
Using the positive economic data collected by Americans for the Arts on what arts and culture meant to the Jefferson County, AL economy in 2010, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham (CAGB) raised nearly $500,000 to fund a broad-based initiative to promote new relationships between businesses and the arts in Birmingham. The three-year project, Creative Birmingham, is designed to build partnerships between arts organizations and businesses and institutions in sectors such as tourism, science, engineering, and education. The project will include several months of interviews with business and arts leaders and individuals to create a blueprint. Consultants Stuart Rosenfeld and Michael Kane will implement the plans. Kane hopes to add a new dimension to the area's cultural landscape. "You will see strategic relationships and partnerships that don't often exist," he said. "We think there's a great marriage that can happen there. The portrait will look broader, deeper, and more economic- and workforce-oriented."
GREATER FLINT ARTS COUNCIL RECEIVES C.S. MOTT FOUNDATION GRANT
The Greater Flint Arts Council (GFAC) will receive a $150,000 grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation for maintaining its cultural and artistic programs. “We believe Greater Flint Arts Council is an example of the important role arts councils play in keeping the community and the arts connected to each other,” the foundation said.
CONGRATULATIONS PENNY BALKIN BACH ON RECEIVING PUBLIC ART DIALOGUE AWARD
Congratulations to member Penny Balkin Bach on receiving the prestigious Public Art Dialogue (PAD) award this year! Bach is the executive director of Philadelphia’s Association for Public Art (formerly Fairmont Public Art Association) and a council member of our Public Art Network. Since 2009, the PAD award for achievement in the field of public art is given annually to an individual whose contributions have greatly influenced public art practice. Bach will officially accept her award at the annual College Art Association’s (CAA) conference in New York on February 15.
ON THE MOVE
Barbara Goldstein will be leaving her position as the Public Art Director of the City of San Jose. Ben Johnson has left his position as the Director of Northrop Concerts and Lectures at the University of Minnesota to become the new Director of Programs at United States Artists in Los Angeles, CA. Connie Martinez has been named the new Executive Director of Arts Council Silicon Valley. Sam Read will be leaving his position as the Deputy Director of Theatre Puget Sound in Seattle, WA to become the new Director of Advancement and Communications at Theatre Bay Area in San Francisco, CA.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Thirteen new organizations joined Americans for the Arts in this month. To view a list of these new members and find out more about what they are doing in their communities, please visit our website.
Grants and Funding Opportunities
DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION: PERFORMING ARTS GRANTS
Deadline: March 1, 2013. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Fund for National Projects is accepting applications for projects that: a) strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theater fields or b) improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz, and theater. The Fund will award a total of up to $1 million in grants each year to support key national projects in the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theater fields. Grants range from $60,000–$200,000 and cannot exceed 40 percent of a project's total cost.
CITIZENS’ INSTITUTE ON RURAL DESIGN
Deadline: March 5, 2013. Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) invites rural communities to apply for a $7,000 grant and in-kind design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000. CIRD (formerly known as "Your Town") works to help rural communities with populations of 50,000 or fewer enhance their quality of life and economic vitality through facilitated design workshops. The program brings together local leaders, nonprofits, and community organizations with a team of specialists in design, planning, and creative placemaking to address challenges like strengthening economies, enhancing rural character, leveraging cultural assets, and designing efficient housing and transportation systems.
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS: ART WORKS
Deadline: March 7, 2013. The NEA's Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, the public engagement with diverse and excellent art, the lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Within these areas, innovative projects are strongly encouraged. Organizations referred to as arts councils, departments of cultural affairs, or arts commissions make up the field of local arts agencies (LAAs).
THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP: GLOBAL CONNECTIONS PROGRAM
Deadline: March 11, 2013. Theatre Communications Group and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation present the Global Connections Program to provide support for geographically unrestricted travel to foster artistic collaboration internationally. U.S.-based organizations and individual artists may apply to one of two separate initiatives, “On the Road” and “In the Lab.”
Calls for Entries
SCHOOL FOR CREATIVE ACTIVISM APPLICATIONS FOR 2013
Deadline: March 1, 2013. The Center for Artistic Activism is accepting applications for the School for Creative Activism workshops, participatory workshops focusing on community organizing, civic engagement, culture, and creativity. These workshops will be offered at no cost to three select, U.S.-based activist groups. Workshops will take place on a traveling basis from April 2013 to August 2013.
NORTH CHARLESTON ARTS FESTIVAL: NATIONAL OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMPETITION & EXHIBITION
Deadline: March 1, 2013. Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the eighth annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition. Up to 15 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $17,250. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Festival, May 3–11, 2013.
PITTSBURGH: WESTMORELAND MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART BRIDGING THE GAP
Deadline: March 4, 2013. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is working with the Office of Public Art to commission an artist (or artist team) to be a part of the design team to enhance the experience for cars and pedestrians crossing two bridges that connect the cultural district and downtown business district of Greensburg, PA to the Museum. The artist will be placed on a design team with LaQuatra Bonci Associates, a Pittsburgh landscape architecture firm experienced in working with artists.
ANN ARBOR PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNITY
Deadline: March 6, 2013. The City of Ann Arbor, MI and the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission invite artists to submit for the commission of design and installation of public art at Argo Cascades. The theme of the artwork will be the river and will identify it as an asset and water resource. The project budget is $115,000.
PUBLIC ART CHATTANOOGA: SIXTH BIENNIAL SCULPTURE EXHIBITION
Deadline: March 8, 2013. Public Art Chattanooga is seeking proposals from artists for the Sixth Biennial Sculpture Exhibition. Since 2005, this temporary exhibition has placed outdoor sculpture throughout Chattanooga’s urban core. Works can be in any media, must be suitable for outdoors, and may be functional or non-functional, temporary in nature or permanent. Up to seven sculptures will be selected to be on view for two years from July 2013 to July 2015.
AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS WEBINARS: FREE FOR MEMBERS
The Evolution of Local Arts Grantmaking: Technology, Systems, & Data
February 20, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. ET
There are many new and exciting grantmaking technology innovations to help streamline the grantmaking and data collection processes. Come learn about these new techniques from experts in the field!
Business Speak: Can We Talk?
February 21, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Partnering with the business community no longer means just asking for money. Learn how to effectively talk to business leaders, marketing departments, human resource personnel, and other decision-makers within the business environment about how to develop mutually beneficial projects.
The Evolution of Local Arts Grantmaking: Leveraging Investments in Creativity
March 20, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) was launched in 2003 as a national initiative to improve support systems for American artists. Hear from LINC senior leadership and affiliated arts service and network organizations about best practice in local artist support and learn about research that can help you shape your artists funding initiatives.
ASSOCIATE/SENIOR ASSOCIATE FOR ARTS & CULTURE, SLOVER LINETT AUDIENCE RESEARCH, CHICAGO OR BOSTON
Slover Linett Audience Research, a research firm for arts, culture, and science organizations with headquarters in Chicago and a new location opening in Boston in early 2013, is currently seeking candidates for two associate/senior associate openings. The associate/senior associate is responsible for leading research projects with all types of clients and will direct qualitative and quantitative audience research projects.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, KENTUCKY SHAKESPEARE, LOUISVILLE, KY
Kentucky Shakespeare is currently seeking a development director who will be responsible for developing, implementing, and reporting development strategies. At least five years of experience in successful direct solicitation roles for a nonprofit organization, preferably with a mission of performing arts or K-12 education, is required.
CULTURAL ARTS MANAGER, CITY OF MANHATTAN BEACH, MANHATTAN BEACH, CA
The City of Manhattan Beach is now accepting applications for the position of cultural arts manager. The cultural arts manager will report to the director of parks and recreation and will develop, enhance, and administer a broad cultural arts program.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS, THE BROAD, LOS ANGELES, CA
In 2010, Eli and Edythe Broad announced plans to open The Broad, a new, public museum of contemporary art. As a key member of the founding management team, the associate director of marketing and communications will shape the public profile of The Broad. The position will conceive and implement energetic and innovative marketing and communications strategies that effectively attract and retain a diverse and large audience for the museum.
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