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House of Representatives Passes Bill Permanently Reinstating IRA Charitable Rollover

American Alliance of Museums
Posted:  July 18, 2014

Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4719, legislation that would permanently reinstate three charitable giving tax incentives, among them the IRA Charitable Rollover provision. This strong, bipartisan vote came on the heels of an open letter from over 850 nonprofit organizations in support of these provisions. Thank you to the more than 220 museums spanning 47 states that joined the Alliance in signing on!

“I congratulate the House of Representatives on passing this common sense legislation, and hope the Senate will act on it,” said Alliance President Ford W. Bell. “The IRA Charitable Rollover is a vital tool in museums’ efforts to deepen their economic and educational impact in their communities.”

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NEA Cut Restored in House Committee Action

Americans for the Arts
Posted:  July 15, 2014

As you might recall, last week the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved a bill that cut $8 million each from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities Endowment.

Following that markup, Americans for the Arts sent out an e-blast calling on 250,000 arts advocates around the country to take action, and our state advocacy captain network also began contacting members of Congress. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) drafted an amendment to restore the cuts that she had planned to offer at this morning’s full committee markup.

However, just a few hours ago arts advocates were surprised and excited to hear that the subcommittee chairman, Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), arrived at the committee this morning with some further changes to the bill and among them was a restoration of the $8 million to each of the endowments. This is an important development, and is an outcome of the bipartisan support that quickly formed to protect NEA and NEH funding. Should this bill be approved by the committee today, it is expected to be considered by the full House of Representatives where we will fight to maintain the $146 million level of funding.

Thank you to the thousands of arts advocates who sent messages to their members of Congress in the last few days-it made a huge difference!

Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member, you can play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today-it’s free and easy to join.

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William Adams Confirmed as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Grantmakers in the Arts
Posted:  July 10, 2014

The United States Senate today voted to confirm William D. “Bro” Adams as the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Adams is expected to begin as Chairman in the coming days. He was president of Colby College in Waterville, Maine from 2000 until his retirement on June 30, 2014.

A native of Birmingham, Michigan, and son of an auto industry executive, Adams earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Colorado College and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz History of Consciousness Program. He studied in France as a Fulbright Scholar before beginning his career in higher education with appointments to teach political philosophy at Santa Clara University in California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to coordinate the Great Works in Western Culture program at Stanford University and to serve as vice president and Secretary of Wesleyan University. He became president of Bucknell University in 1995 and president of Colby College in 2000.

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House Committee Unveils NEA Budget, Plans Hearing for Wednesday

National Assembly of State Arts Agency
Posted: July 8, 2014
Written by:  Isaac Brown 

This morning, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies released its draft budget for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for fiscal year 2015.

In the bill, the House proposes a figure of $138 million. This figure represents a reduction in funding for the agency of $9 million from current funding. It is also significantly lower than the figure of $155 million that NASAA and other arts advocacy organizations have requested from Congress. While we are certainly disappointed in the proposed figure, it does not come as a surprise, as the House of Representatives has proposed reduced funding for the NEA in each of the past four years.

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Art Is Vital: The Best Education Enables Artistic Voice and Creative Habits of Mind
Posted:  June 28, 2014
Written by:  James Hamblin

It has been three years since the spectacular video of Lil Buck dancing tolead Yo-Yo Ma brought jookin—which draws from hip-hop, ballet, jazz, and modern dance—into mainstream consciousness. Ma would later call Buck a genius; and, he is. According to the theory of multiple intelligences, which posits nine distinct dimensions, Buck is clearly off the charts in intelligences like spatial, musical/rhythmic, and bodily/kinesthetic.

The theory was developed in 1983 by Howard Gardner, who is now the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard. It defines intelligence expansively, as the ability to create an effective product or offer a service that is valued in a culture; a set of skills that make it possible for a person to solve problems in life.  It’s a broader definition than many curricula address, and some of the multiple intelligences regularly go unstimulated and underdeveloped in traditional schools.

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Jane Chu Confirmed as Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts
Posted:  June 12, 2014

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Jane Chu as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Chu is currently the president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. She fills a chair position left vacant at the NEA since Rocco Landesman stepped down in 2012.

“Today’s confirmation of Dr. Jane Chu is great news for not only the National Endowment for the Arts, but also for the arts in our country,” said Robert Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Dr. Chu brings an insightful combination of expertise to the position—experience in arts education, business administration, and philanthropy. She also understands the value of art at the community level and how the arts are transformative to individuals as well as places.”

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Texas Women for the Arts Awards $235,000 in Grants Statewide

Texas Women for the Arts (TWA) has selected 19 arts programs across Texas to receive a total of $235,000 in grants at their Annual Meeting in Fredericksburg. The yearly grant program provides designated funds to arts-related programs, and supports the mission of the TWA by providing meaningful funding to arts education programs across the state.  To date, Texas Women for the Arts has awarded $1,321,500 in grants to 63 arts organizations, impacting more than three-quarters of a million children across the state.

“Texas Women for the Arts is a giving program uniting the financial force of Texas women in funding initiatives for the arts and arts education throughout the state.  Texas women have the capability of making a tremendous impact on the arts in our state for our youth and our heritage,” says Jennifer Ransom Rice, Executive Director of the Texas Cultural Trust.  “Investing in arts education programs invests in the future of Texas.”

“We are extremely pleased to support the educational programs of these exceptional non-profits,” says Karen Matthews, chair of Texas Women for the Arts.  “We believe the selected programs will have a lasting impact on the lives of the children they touch in their respective communities, which supports our mission – to awaken and nurture the artist in every child.”

The 2014 Texas Women for the Arts Impact Grantees are:
ArtBridgeHouston – $40,000
Sunshine Cottage School for the Deaf, San Antonio – $25,000
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi – $25,000
Art Guild of Fayetteville, Fayetteville – $20,000
Hope Stone, Houston – $15,000
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio – $15,000
Lubbock Arts Alliance, Lubbock – $10,000
Texas Ballet Theater, Fort Worth – $10,000
Austin Film Festival, Austin – $10,000
Fort Worth Symphony, Fort Worth – $10,000
Window on a Wider World, Amarillo – $5,000
Kids in a New Groove, Austin – $5,000
Opera in the Heights, Houston – $5,000
Tom Lea Institute, El Paso – $5,000 

Four additional Outreach Grants were given to the following programs:
San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo – $2,500
Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin – $2,500
Creative Kids, El Paso – $2,500
City of Tyler/Gallery Main Street, Tyler – $2,500

In addition, Texas Women for the Arts continued funding for the Texas Young Masters Program with a $25,000 grant.

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Developing Mutually Beneficial Partnerships Between Arts and Business

Americans for the Arts
Posted:  May 20, 2014
Written by:  Jordan Shue

In addition to measuring the dollars spent by businesses in support of the arts, as well as the types of companies doing the supporting, the 2013 BCA Survey of Business Support for the Arts delved into the motivations and goals of businesses when considering partnerships with the arts.

As much as we may want to focus on why businesses do support the arts when trying to build strategic partnerships with them, the reasons why they typically don’t support the arts will never go away if we don’t address them head-on. Fortunately, a lot of the reasons businesses choose not to support the arts can be amended by starting open communication with companies that historically have not shown interest in supporting our sector. Many times, this is because they don’t know how the arts can benefit the company and its employees, and not because the arts are not perceived as useful to society. (It’s also important to remember that 66% of organizations in the survey stated that they have never been asked to support the arts).

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Edith O’Donnell Gives $17M to UT-Dallas for Art History Institute

Dallas Morning News
Posted:  May 22, 2014
Written by:  Michael Granberry

Philanthropist Edith O’Donnell, a strong proponent of education and the arts, has made a $17 million gift to the University of Texas at Dallas to establish an institute of art history, university officials confirmed Thursday.

The 87-year-old donor, who lives in Dallas, cited UTD for its “commitment to building excellence in art history with vision, focus and creativity.” Last November, the campus’s $60 million Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology building was dedicated in her name.

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Florida Near Top of all States in Arts and Culture Funding in New Budget

Arts Sarasota
Posted:  May 10, 2014
Written by:  Jay Handelman

With a massive boost in state funding for arts and cultural programs, Florida would likely jump to near the top of all states in per-capita spending.

A view of the audience at Venice Theatre ready for a performance.  Photo provided by Venicve Theatre

A view of the audience at Venice Theatre ready for a performance. Photo provided by Venicve Theatre

The Florida Legislature approved $43.3 million for the 2014-15 budget for all arts and culture, a 384 percent increase from current levels.

In fiscal 2014, the state ranked 41st in per-capita spending at 33 cents per person, according to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Using the same list as a basis — new budgets are still being set across the country — the increased funding levels would put Florida in fifth place with $2.21 per capita.

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