Below you will find information on a new initiative for museums, the ArtPlace initiative, support is available to American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists that have been invited to perform at international festivals, Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, walk Through Testing an Email Fundraising Campaign, three items from the Artful Manager blog, from Blue Avocado: Myths about non-profits going the scale, Six Dos and Six Don’ts with Social Media, The Governance/Support Model for Nonprofit Boards.
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The American Association of Museums’s (AAM) Center for the Future of Museums, EmcArts, and MetLife Foundation announce the launch of a major new initiative designed to enable selected museums to design, research and prototype innovations, testing novel approaches to field-wide challenges in a laboratory-like setting. The initiative is entitled the Innovation Lab for Museums, and is now accepting proposals at www.aam-us.org and www.EmcArts.org. The deadline for proposals is October 31, 2011.
Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts Convene Private Partners and Federal Agencies to Launch the ArtPlace Initiative
In an unprecedented private‐public collaboration, 11 of America’s top foundations have joined with the National Endowment for the Arts and seven federal agencies to establish ArtPlace (http://www.artplaceamerica.org/), a nationwide initiative to drive revitalization in cities and towns with a new investment model that puts the arts at the center of economic development.
ArtPlace today announced its first round of grants, investing $11.5 million in 34 locally initiated projects in cities from Honolulu to Miami. Each project supported by ArtPlace has been selected for developing a new model of helping towns and cities thrive, by strategically integrating artists and arts organizations into key local efforts in transportation, housing, community development, job creation and more.
ArtPlace has initiated its second funding cycle. A Letter of Inquiry posted today on http://www.artplaceamerica.org/ Submissions may be made through November 15, 2011.
(see more about this program below in Artful Manager post – Beck)
Support for Participation in International Arts Festivals
USArtists International, administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of the performing arts in the United States is represented abroad, and that American artists can enhance their creative and professional development through the exchange of ideas and practices with their colleagues in other countries and through exposure to new audiences. Support is available to American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists that have been invited to perform at international festivals and engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere in the world outside of the United States. Grants, which generally range from $1,000 to $10,000, will seldom cover the applicant’s total expenses. The upcoming application deadlines are December 9, 2011, and April 20, 2012. Eligibility details and application guidelines are available on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announces the availability of the online application for the innaugural grant round of Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program designed to bring exemplary contemporary and traditional dance, music and theater artists from Latin America to audiences across the United States. Southern Exposure will support projects that are developed collaboratively by presenter consortia based in the United States and its territories that include public performances and complementary activities intended to build appreciation for the artists’ work and cultures. The program will invest in projects in which the presenting organizations work with a variety of community partners to offer the public opportunities for significant engagement with the visiting artists. The application receipt deadline for the 2012-2013 Southern Exposure program is February 10, 2012. Program guidelines and the application are available here.
+ Walk Through Testing an Email Fundraising Campaign from Oxfam America
Writing for NTEN Change, Gwen Emmons and Marc Ruben of M+R Strategic Services Walk Us Through Testing an Email Fundraising Campaign from Oxfam America. (I’m linking to an excerpt because the full article is buried in an unlinkable PDF. Fortunately, the PDF issue of Change is freely available.) My hope for this article is that it will help demystify testing to the thousands of organizations who know they should be doing it, but don’t. What’s important about this piece is the way it…
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THE ARTFUL MANAGER a weblog on the business of arts & culture by Andrew Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE SHIFTING LINE BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE…
Several articles and events this month explore the narrow margin between public/nonprofit and private enterprise. As each sector bleeds ever more into the other, it’s worth reflecting on why we have two in the first place.
Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2011
MAKING CREATIVE PLACES…
There’s been lots of talk about ‘creative placemaking’ and ‘creative vitality’ in cities and towns and communities. An intriguing new public-private initiative is diving in to get it done.
Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011
ART, CONTROVERSY, AND COMMUNITY…
Colleague and friend Steven J. Tepper released a rather extraordinary book this August on the dynamics and anatomy of controversy surrounding the arts. The effort is an invaluable record not only of our times, but also of our business in the arts.
Posted: Friday, September 16, 2011
Only Bad Restaurants Go to Scale
By Jan Masaoka
We in nonprofits are good at taking on myths and sacred cows. But perhaps the least examined of these myths is the one about “going to scale.” This OpEd takes a closer but brief look at the conventional wisdom in this area:
Myth #1: Nonprofits don’t go to scale (get a lot bigger) because they lack the vision or the ambition
The reality here is that the dominant capital markets for nonprofits — government and foundations — actively work against nonprofit growth.
Regarding foundations, the common funding policy of “one smallish grant per organization per year” means increased volume doesn’t lead to larger foundation grants. In fact, when nonprofits grow, many foundations become less interested in them. A commonly stated reason is “we want to feel where our size grant can really make a difference” . . . which often translates to “we feel better funding organizations where we are one of their most important funders.”
Government — overall the biggest funder of nonprofits — is not only the biggest engine for growth but also the biggest barrier to growth. To read more: http://blueavocado.org/node/697
Six Dos and Six Don’ts with Social Media
By Kaitlyn Trigger
Are you sick of people telling you a hundred things your nonprofit should be doing with social media? (We are.) Wouldn’t it be nicer to be told what NOT to do so that you can feel good about not doing it?
For a change of pace, we talked with Kaitlyn Trigger, Marketing Director at Rally, a startup developing online tools for fundraising. Her unconventional tips:
Ultimately, understanding yourself and your audience is more central to a successful social media presence than mastering the minutiae of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Nevertheless, there are a few guidelines that can help you maintain good social media “hygiene” and avoid shiny new distractions:
The Governance/Support Model for Nonprofit Boards
Much of the confusion about board responsibilities is confusion between what the board does (as a body) and what individual board members should do. Most of the prescriptions for boards confuse the two, saying “The board should _____” without making the distinction This straightforward model for boards has been embraced by thousands of boards across the United States:
There are two fundamentally different types of nonprofit board responsibility: governance and support. Depending on the responsibility, three types of switches occur:
- Who’s the boss
- Whether the board is acting as a body or as individual board members
- Who the board is representing
· Let’s look at both types of responsibility, and the three types of switches.