|Showcasing State Arts Agency Ingenuity|
This month's edition of State to State features three creative collaborations between state arts agencies and other state government departments. Read on for three examples of how state arts agencies are joining forces with their state departments of education, agriculture and finance. To share your own collaboration story, contact Kelly Barsdate at NASAA.
Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is collaborating with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation on a new agricultural art contest. The Celebration of Iowa: Agriculture Art Award is a juried competition for artwork that promotes the natural beauty of Iowa and its role as a global leader in agriculture. The competition is designed to celebrate the beauty and the bounty of Iowa lands, to broaden understanding of the importance of agriculture to Iowa communities, and to make the stories and perspectives of Iowa farmers visible to a broad audience. The awards include cash prizes for a Youth Division (ages 17 and under) and an Adult Division (ages 18 and over). Adjudication will be coordinated by the Iowa Arts Council, and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is sponsoring the prizes. Contest winners will be honored at the Iowa State Fair, an annual event that attracts more than a million people from all over the globe and salutes the state's best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. Winning artworks will be available for exhibitions arranged by the sponsoring partners. For more information, contact Veronica O'Hern at the Iowa Arts Council.
Arts Learning Database
The Oregon Arts Commission (OAC) recently launched a new statewide database tracking the levels of arts instruction offered to students in Oregon schools. Designed to promote public understanding of the extent of—and need for—arts learning, the database allows parents, educators, policymakers and advocates to learn what arts learning opportunities are offered in any Oregon school or district. Color-coded graphics chart offerings in the visual arts, music, theater, dance and media arts. The on-line database draws on Oregon Department of Education reports that bring schools into compliance with No Child Left Behind requirements. Yearly patterns and trends over time are being analyzed and summarized to illuminate where arts learning is strongest and what gaps need to be filled. For more information, see the press release or contact OAC Arts Education Coordinator Deb Vaughn.
State Accountability Report
Each year, the Nevada Office of the State Controller issues a comprehensive report analyzing the state's financial condition and summarizing key demographic and economic indicators that affect the state's budget. The most recent edition of this report features artwork and images from the Nevada Arts Council's Nevada Folklife Archives, showcasing elements of the Native American culture and western heritage of Nevada. The State of Nevada 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report features more than 20 photos that honor the vibrant displays of powwow performances, ancient rock art petroglyphs and sepia-toned ancestral images dating back centuries, as well as photos of current events and contemporary creations. This unique partnership between the Arts Council and the State Controller helps new audiences to discover, understand and celebrate significant cultural traditions unique to Nevada, and reinforces the value of dollars invested in preserving those traditions for future generations. For more information on this collaboration, contact Nevada Arts Council Executive Director Susan Boskoff.