Below you will find information on Save America’s Treasures grants, Cultural Trust grant applications are available, Service Despite Stress: Museum Attendance and Funding in a Year of Recession report, several items from the Artful Manager blog – student loan forgiveness for the arts is one, new online resources from the National Endowment for the Arts, 10 Tactics for Turning Information into Action, Adventures in Email Fundraising, Social Networking Strategies and Tactics Seminar, Board Café: Nonprofit Business Model Statements, and two job openings – one is the E.D. position at Custer Co. Art and Heritage Center.
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Save America’s Treasures Accepting Applications
Save America’s Treasures http://www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites/save-americas-treasures/ is now accepting grant applications for 2010. Grants are awarded for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and nationally significant historic structures and sites. Grant amounts range from $25,000 to $700,000 to conserve collections and from $125,000 to $700,000 for historic property and sites projects. All the awards must be matched 1:1. Complete guidelines, applications and information, as well as a database of previous Save America’s Treasures awardees, can be found at the National Park Service. http://www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites/save-americas-treasures/ Deadline for applications is May 21, 2010. All applicants must register on Grants.gov to apply to this program.
CULTURAL TRUST GRANT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE
Applications for the Cultural and Aesthetic Project grants are now available from the Montana Arts Council at http://art.mt.gov/. Applications must be for cultural and aesthetic projects, including but not limited to the visual, performing, literary and media arts, history, archaeology, folklore, archives, collections, research, historic preservation and the construction or renovation of cultural facilities. These grants are made every two years through funding from Montana’s Cultural Trust. The grant period runs from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013 and online application deadline is July 30, 2010.
Applications are divided into one of the three categories below:
— Special Projects – For events of limited duration, planned expansions of organizations, or projects that generate new sources of revenue.
— Operational Support – available to organizations who meet specific criteria.
— Capital Expenditures – For construction or renovation of cultural facilities, historic preservation or the purchase of art or artifacts.
A 16-member citizen’s advisory committee will review proposed projects and make funding recommendations to the 2011 Montana Legislature, which makes the final decisions on all Cultural and Aesthetic Project grants.
This is the first year that the Montana Arts Council will be using an entirely online process for this application. Guidelines and a link to the online application are available on the Montana Arts Council website: http://art.mt.gov/
Museum Attendance and Funding in a Year of Recession
The American Association of Museums (AAM) surveyed its members in January 2010 to better understand how museums have fared during the recession. A majority of museums reported at least moderate financial stress in 2009. A majority of museums also reported an increase in attendance, observed across museum type, budget size, and geography. For additional findings, please see the AAM report Service Despite Stress: Museum Attendance and Funding in a Year of Recession. http://www.aam-us.org/upload/Service-Despite-Stress.pdf
THE ARTFUL MANAGER | WEEKLY SUMMARY a weblog on the business of arts & culture by Andrew Taylor, email@example.com
THE RISE OF THE API…
You may not be aware of it, but you’re likely highly dependent on APIs, or ”application programming interfaces.” Why should you care?
Because, in part, your audiences, artists, and supporters are increasingly dependent, as well.
Posted: Monday, April 5, 2010
STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS FOR THE ARTS…
If you’re working in the nonprofit or public arts, or plan to be, and you’re carrying Federal student loans, it’s a good time to be sure your record-keeping is in order.
Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010
MORE METRICS FOR ARTISTIC SUCCESS…
A cluster of theater service organizations in the UK offer an alternative measurement of theatrical success, which they hope counters the current methods of headcounts and box office receipts.
Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010
NET PRESENT JOY (NPJ)…
In the business world, Net Present Value (NPV) has long been an essential calculation when making investment and program decisions. I humbly suggest a new decision-support formula for arts and culture, not based on economic value, but based on a different utility: joy.
Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
BILL IVEY ON ARTS POLICY, THE OBAMA TRANSITION, AND EXPRESSIVE LIFE…
Video of the public talk in Madison last fall by Bill Ivey, director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Pubic Policy at Vanderbilt University, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Worth a watch!
Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010
From the National Endowment for the Arts:
The NEA is now on Twitter: www.twitter.com/NEAarts
We’re in the podcast business at last! A free podcast will be posted each Thursday in the Audio section, featuring one-on-one interviews with everyone from NEA Jazz Masters to leading arts experts to National Medal of Arts winners and more. To see the most recent, including yesterday’s interview with U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, go to http://www.arts.gov/av/index_a.html (We will begin to post our podcasts in iTunes U later this year. Until then, please bookmark this page or subscribe to the Art Works blog for updates.)
The 2010 the Poetry Out Loud National Finals are coming up on April 26 and 27 – for more information, including a link to the list of the 53 state champions, see the release at http://www.arts.gov/news/news10/poetry-out-loud-2010-finals.html
Rounding out this week’s contributions to National Poetry Month, we’ve added work by the recipients of 2009 Literature Fellowships in Poetry to the Writers Corner at http://www.arts.gov/features/writers/index.html (Montana’s Loren Graham is featured here – Beck)
+ 10 Tactics for Turning Information into Action (This is for rights activists but I think it has something for the arts community too – Beck)
I have lost count of the number of activists I’ve met whose basic strategy for social or political change is premised on the notion of “if only they knew the facts”. Sadly, facts and opinion have a confusing relationship in people’s minds, at best. (I recently read some research that showed that, all other things being equal, hearing that scientists are skeptical about ESP actually increased many people’s belief.) Because we care about certain issues, we tend to think that the information about that issue will be transparently motivating. But it’s not.
The Tactical Technology Collective has put out a website (with videos and training cards) on 10 Tactics for Turning Information into Action. Although they are not going to change human nature, they can sure help us be a little smarter about how we use the information we care about. In summary, the ten tactics are: mobilise people, witness & record, visualize your message, amplify personal stories, just add humor, manage your contacts, use complex data, use collective intelligence, let people ask the questions, and investigate & expose. For each of these there are video stories, case studies, suggestions for use, featured tools, and tips.
+ Adventures in Email Fundraising
Writing for Idealware, Andrea Berry has profiled two Adventures in Email Fundraising: what she calls the “basic email fundraising” of the White Mountain School in New Hampshire and the “social media extravaganza” of the United Way of Western Connecticut. Although I have my misgivings about the use of case studies, I have to remember that there are plenty of organizations for whom email still plays little or no role in fundraising. It’s good to see what people are doing.
+ Social Networking Strategies and Tactics Seminar on May 26, 2010
Despite the fact that we all know that anecdotes are not data, often all we have to go on when making decisions about new online tools is stories. How in the world do we make decisions about investments in social networking when stories are all we have to go on? The key is to learn to ask the right questions. And the right questions aren’t about this tool or that — they are about your strategies and your stakeholders. That’s what our seminar on Social Networking Strategies and Tactics emphasizes. Now that word is spreading about some organizations’ disappointment in these tools, you need a solid model for deciding on investments and assessing whether they are actually working. That way, when it comes to knowing how you’re doing, you and your organization won’t be just telling stories.
Nonprofit Business Model Statements
Although every nonprofit has a mission statement that defines the organization’s core purpose and work, many are unaware of its useful companion, the business model statement: a brief summary that spells out the organization’s economic drivers. Like a mission statement, a business model statement acts as a touchstone: a reminder and a guide for the organization’s focus and strategies.
Nonprofit executives and board members usually have a good sense of the various types of funding that support the organization, but they may have a harder time explaining the organization’s business model. To read more: http://www.blueavocado.org/node/505
Candidates are being sought for the full-time Executive Director position at the Custer County Art & Heritage Center, Miles City, Montana. The E.D. supervises a small staff and reports to and is responsible to the Board of Directors of this tax-exempt, public-service organization that has provided art exhibitions and education programs for this rural, southeastern Montana region since 1977.
APPLICATION: Visit the web site at < http://www.ccac.milescity.org/ > to view the facility overview, job responsibilities and access an application form. Or, you may request an application form by submitting a letter of interest to Custer County Art & Heritage Center, PO Box 1284, Miles City, MT 59301.
Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2010.
Arts Consulting Group requests your interest or candidate recommendations for the Director of Development position at Long Beach Opera in Long Beach, California. See attached for more information