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Helping Artists Thrive

“In the Arts, we’ve created new avenues for securing long-term, affordable spaces for arts and cultural organizations. We’re also collaborating with grantees to find alternative organizational models for supporting and sustaining artists’ creative practices.” (2nd video) – Kenneth Rainin Foundation (Oakland, CA)
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Sj1, 12.04.19

Allyship in Arts Grantmaking

“Inequality in the arts is holistic. It exists at individual, interpersonal, and institutional levels. Grantmakers who are committed to seeing the arts thrive as an inclusive multiracial- and gender-expansive enterprise must pursue allyship at each of these levels. An ally is someone who takes on a struggle for equity that is not their own or that of their community. Allies use their privilege and their power to center the people most impacted by inequity. Allyship is a lifelong process, one th...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Sj1, Fall 2019

Popular Songs , Social Justice, and the Will to Change with Brad Schreiber

Author Brad Schreiber joins S.T. Patrick to discuss his new book Music is Power: Popular Songs, Social Justice, and the Will to Change. For two hours, Schreiber and Patrick discuss the impact of protest music (or more aptly, socially conscious music) on the culture and on their lives (while playing many of the songs discussed). Some of the topics discussed are the qualities that make up a socially conscious song, if American and British popular music working bottom-up made socially consc...
Tags: Art, Music, Bruce Springsteen, Vietnam, Marvin Gaye, Patrick, Schreiber, Dixie Chicks, Brad Schreiber, Sj1, 12.24.19, Popular Songs Social Justice, S T Patrick

Class, control, and classical music

“Something that has increasingly bothered me over 20 years as a practitioner and educator, is that “music education” as we conceive it (right down to state/county/national syllabi/standards) is not really for everyone, even if it’s supposed to be. … [Anna] Bull’s Class, Control, and Classical Music is a book for our time, especially for those of us who went through classical music training (even just school-age instrumental lessons or choir/chorus rehearsals), loved or loathed it, and would lik...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Anna, Sj1, 12.18.19

At The Jacob’s Pillow Gala This Summer, One Patron Was Subjected To Humiliating Racist Treatment By Some Other Patrons. Here’s How The Director Handled It.

“After hearing about this, I couldn’t stay silent. I wrote an op-ed for our regional paper, The Berkshire Eagle, describing how Jacob’s Pillow, like many cultural institutions, is working to create a climate of inclusiveness. ‘We can diversify the artists … we celebrate onstage, the dancers we teach in our school, and the representation of people of color on our board and staff,’ I wrote. ‘What can we do to evolve our audiences so that our institution is truly inclusive?” I invited readers to s...
Tags: Art, Dance, Audience, Jacob, Pamela Tatge, Berkshire Eagle, Sj1, 12.10.19

How Philanthropy Can Get Smarter About Risk Management

“Donors are often confused about the appropriate levels of social risk and reward they should target in their philanthropy. They tell us they should bring the same risk aversion to philanthropic decision making that they display in their personal investment decision making. This is wrong. … Foundation officers and endowment managers too often prefer exceedingly safe grants and investments because of misapplied principles, biases, and concerns about their reputations.” – Stanford Social Innovati...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Foundation, Sj1, Winter 2020

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Leads New MFA Program For Artist-Activists

Patrisse Cullors, a performance artist who recently completed a master’s degree at USC with a concentration on performance and activism, designed the new two-year online program, called Social and Environmental Arts Practice, with and for Prescott College in Arizona. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Usc, Issues, Arizona Los Angeles, Patrisse Cullors, Prescott College, Sj1, 11.21.19, Black Lives Matter Co Founder Leads New MFA, Social and Environmental Arts Practice

Hewlett Foundation Announces Changes in Arts Grantmaking Program

“While the foundation will continue to support nonprofit arts organizations that are creating, producing, and presenting performances across the region and will continue to fund organizations working to ensure that Bay Area youth have access to high-quality arts education, it will also provide, through new focus areas, support for artists and artists’ networks and will work to help arts leaders become more effective advocates for their communities.” – Philanthropy News Digest
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Bay Area, Sj1, 11.11.19

Detroit Symphony To Give Free Instrument And Lessons To Any Detroit Child Who Wants Them

“Detroit Harmony, as the project is called, represents a bid to dramatically expand music education throughout the city, one that hopefully will generate demand for an entirely new workforce of music teachers and craftsmen to repair and refurbish used instruments. … [The program] will be open to any K-12 student in public, private and charter schools throughout the city.” – The Detroit News
Tags: Art, Music, Sj1, 11.14.19, Detroit Harmony

2019 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference: Four things funders do wrong

“It takes some courage to come to a conference of funders and tell them what they do wrong. In no uncertain terms. Especially if you are an organization that could use their money. But there was a lot of that at the Tuesday morning panel titled: Expressions for Justice: Grantmaking in the arts for systems change. The exchange was open, and maybe the most direct of the entire GIA conference.” (For the main web page of the 2019 GIA conference, click here. For the full GIA 2019 conference blog, cl...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Sj1, 10.16.19

2019 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference: Too Many Elephants in the Room to Count — When a Conversation on Affordable Housing for Artists Refuses to Address Reality

Bree Davies: “When I saw the conference workshop Innovations in Artist Housing: Inspiration from South America to address the ‘Soho Effect’, I was stoked. … [But] the panel on artist housing did not include a single artist, let alone an artist impacted by — or blamed for — the ‘SoHo Effect.’ Instead, the panel physically resembled many urban planning panels I’ve had to painfully sit through — upper middle class white people who want to talk about housing, mostly in terms of real estate values a...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Sj1, 10.17.19

2019 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference: GIA’s great curiosity — the Black Art Futures Fund

“The Black Art Futures Fund was a topic of great curiosity at the 2019 GIA conference, if only because it seemed to the GIA crowd that founder DéLana R.A. Dameron is on to something new with her start-up funding effort. And so the session titled Our Beloved Community: Collaborative grantmaking, which formally introduced the project to attendees drew an eager audience, even though it started at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning. The room was packed.” (For the main web page of the 2019 GIA conference, cli...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Sj1, 10.16.19

2019 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference: When the ADA is the bare minimum, disability art demands (and deserves) the right to equitable access

“The ADA is often mentioned as some kind of total solution to a still inaccessible world. But as was pointed out at the beginning of Monday’s panel, Variations on a Theme: Funding Disability Aesthetics, the ADA is the bare minimum. It is often a box half-heartedly checked … The ADA exists and the world is still inaccessible, and that includes the art world — a tangible and theoretical space that touts itself as radical. But there is nothing radical about inaccessibility.” (For the main web page...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Sj1, 10.15.19

Creative City Learning: Inspiring Stories About the Transformative Power of Public Art

“The inaugural three years (2015-2018) of the Creative City pilot program supported artists of all disciplines to reimagine places for art in Boston, engage public imagination, and inspire community members to share in civic experiences. With acknowledgement of the Barr Foundation’s funding and thought partnership, NEFA is excited to share the learnings through the Creative City Report and video series featuring the inspiring stories of the pilot program grantee work and the transformative powe...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Sj1

It’s time to completely reimagine the role of foundation program officers

“I think in many ways we as a sector have pigeonholed foundation program officers. We have internalized this idea that their role is one of micromanager and compliance officer, whose jobs are mainly to ensure nonprofits align and comply, even with ineffective or harmful practices and strategies set by foundations. This old-school default role prevents POs from being authentic allies and partners with pivotal responsibilities that could greatly enhance our work. It’s time for our sector to compl...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Sj1, 10.06.19

The Role of Philanthropy in Advancing Equity in the Arts

“It’s time for cultural philanthropy to get more creative. … A small-but-growing number of funders are working with arts and culture organizations and individual donors to address inequities at the community level in creative, systemic ways. Here’s a look at three steps funders can take to drive change toward more inclusive arts philanthropy, along with some examples from the field.” – Stanford Social Innovation Review
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Sj1, 10.17.19

Tyshawn Sorey And The Dawning Of Musical Consciousness

“Besides the physical notation, the sheet of paper or whatever, there’s also the psychological notation. That should also be there—where you can deal with the music on a real level. Whether it’s notated on paper or not. You’re still in the room and you’re still in the music.” – NewMusicBox
Tags: Art, Music, Tyshawn Sorey, Sj1, 10.01.19

Foundations, it’s time to stop using grant applications to distribute funding

Vu Le: “Our sector talks a lot about grants. … There are endless articles and workshops on how to increase your chances to get grants. And many foundations, to their credit, have been working to streamline their grant applications. But maybe we are not having the right conversations. Maybe the question is not ‘how do we improve grant applications’ but rather ‘are grant applications the best way for funders to determine who should be funded? Have they ever been? Is this tool broken or even harmf...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Sj1, 09.09.19

Do Arts Philanthropists Make The Gentrification Problem Worse?

“Remaining residents, particularly those in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods like San Francisco’s Mission District, don’t see a huge distinction between a well-intentioned arts funder and a slick developer with blueprints for luxury condos. … But does arts-based development really push out long-term residents? The research is inconclusive at best.” – Inside Philanthropy
Tags: Art, Issues, Sj1, 05.30.19

New Study On The Arts And Social Impact: King County

The study, commissioned by the organization of corporate arts supporters, looks at how the arts has social impact in the greater Seattle area. –
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Seattle, King County, Sj1

Elevating the Arts Through Non-Arts Spaces

Aileen Alon: “While most of my career has been in the arts, I’ve never been employed by an arts organization. … In fact, I’ve probably been able to do more for the arts and culture sector in my community by being an advocate for the arts in non-arts organizations.” – Americans for the Arts
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Sj1, 05.09.19

What have we learned from history? A musing on arts policies and practices in the public sector, clichés included

Hilary Amnah: “While working in the public sector for much of my arts administration career, I have been complicit in adhering to largely inequitable practices — especially when it comes to grant funding. And while my fellow public sector arts administrators and I get excited by moving the needle — even just a little — to make our policies and practices more equitable, we’re still not addressing the core structures that created these inequities in the first place. We focus our attention on movi...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Sj1, 05.10.19

Observe, Learn, And Shape: Succession Planning As A Tool For Achieving Diversity In Arts Leadership

Manuel Prieto, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Music and Art School: “As I look to my past to see what my task as an arts leader is for the future, I cannot help but think of cultural equity. Succession planning is creating a series of feeder groups up and down the entire leadership pipeline of an organization. While concern for senior leadership positions is what comes to mind, it is the intentional retention of key staff members and volunteers, coupled with sufficient and professional d...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Los Angeles music, Sj1, 05.10.19, Manuel Prieto

Engaging Young Professionals in Arts Leadership

Los Angeles Music and Art School (LAMusArt), the only multidisciplinary arts school in east Los Angeles, has offered discounted and tuition-free arts programs to youth for over 70 years. Jasmine Ako writes about how she helped found LAMusArt’s Young Professionals Advisory Board. – Americans for the Arts
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sj1, 05.08.19, Jasmine Ako

Want To Be Relevant? Create Cultural Currency In Your Organization. Recruiting Younger Board Members Can Help.

Most organizations are hyper aware of creating a well-balanced board, representing increasingly diverse communities. While we continue to actively address (and we must) race and gender diversity, age diversity is rarely considered. Leaving potential young board members out can be detrimental to an arts organization, and here’s why … – Americans for the Arts
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Sj1, 05.08.19

What Grant Makers Can Do to Help Small, Local Nonprofits Thrive

Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, argues that the most important thing that grant makers can do is make sure the nonprofits they fund can attract good staff members and compensate them fairly. – The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Sj1, 04.02.19, Phil Buchanan, Center for Effective Philanthropy

Solutions Privilege: How privilege shapes the expectations of solutions, and why it’s bad for our work addressing systemic injustice

Vu Le: “‘Solutions Privilege’ [is] the privilege of expecting easy and instant solutions that would align with one’s worldview and not challenge one’s privilege. It manifests in the following ways, and because I benefit from male and other privileges, I’m also prone to it, so I’m going to use ‘we’.” – Nonprofit AF
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Sj1, 04.14.19

What I Learned Teaching Art In Georgia State Prison

“Must we change our lives? Honestly, I don’t know. I am certainly changed by this work, call it art or god or—what we care about at Common Good—dignity. But I’m not much convinced by this poem that art asks of us any such thing.” – Americans for the Arts
Tags: Art, Issues, Sj1, 04.10.19, Georgia State Prison

Equity Must Be At The Heart Of Local Arts Agencies’ Finding Work. Here’s Why

“If the field is not investing in the artistic and cultural traditions of every aspect of their community, then we are not fulfilling our purpose. … The historically inequitable distribution of resources and the values systems, biases, and systemic barriers associated with that distribution hold within them insidious checks and balances that make achieving the goal of cultural equity something that requires deep and specific engagement, self-reflection, and transformative effort.” – Americans f...
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Sj1, 03.29.19, Heart Of Local Arts Agencies

The Difference Between Audience Engagement And Community Engagement

“The term [‘community engagement’], and more importantly the idea, is something that funders and other decision makers are looking for — and we know it. … With the increased use of this term, there has been some confusion as to what community engagement actually is. One of the most common points of confusion has come around differentiating the terms ‘community engagement’ and ‘audience engagement.’ Let’s start by defining what each of these terms is individually.” – Americans for the Arts
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, Sj1, 04.02.19