Below you will find information on MAC’s celebration to honor new MT Circle of American Masters, Midori’s Partners in Performance grant program, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Releases Arts Education Study, New NEA Research Report Shows Potential Benefits of Arts Education for At-Risk Youth, National Endowment for the Arts announces a new literature review, Assessing the Intrinsic Impact of Arts Participation, Google Art Project, Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide, and three job openings.
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A SPECIAL INVITATION TO A VERY SPECIAL EVENT
The Montana Arts Council, the state agency charged with promoting the arts and creativity in Big Sky Country, invites you to a celebration to honor Montana’s Circle of American Masters In Visual Folk and Traditional Arts.
Old Supreme Court Chambers in the State Capitol
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2012
Reception to follow in the Capitol Rotunda
A member of Montana’s Circle of American Masters is a person of
significant cultural and artistic stature. Their work is representative of
the historic, traditional, and innovative arts and handcrafts distinctive to the State.
It is worthy of note on both a state and national level.
(see attached PDF for the list of artists)
Enliven the arts in your community with Midori’s Partners in Performance grant program!Since 2003, Partners in Performance has collaborated with 16 communities in states from Maine to Washington to present world-class chamber music programs by artists like Midori and pianist Jonathan Biss. Applications for the 2013/2014 season are due May 15, 2012. Looking to revitalize interest in chamber music in your area? Apply to Partners in Performance today!
Visit http://www.pipmusic.org/ for more information. (Both The Great Falls Symphony and the Southwest Montana Arts Council based in Dillon have received this grant – Beck)
Deadline: Monday, May 14, 2012
Click to download the Request for Proposals for Round Two.
The Innovation Lab for Museums is an 18 to 24-month program for each of the participating institutions, utilizing the expertise of CFM and the proven experience of EmcArts in incubating organizational innovations in the cultural sector. In this second round of the Lab, three proposals will be accepted and preference will be given to projects focusing on innovation in the realms of:
Youth Education: exploring how museums can play a key role in a rapidly changing educational landscape
Demographic Transformation: how museums can close this gap and serve a broader, more inclusive representation of American society
Participatory Experiences: how museums can meet the desire of audiences for participatory and social activities in museums.
Support for Music, Education, and Grassroots Organizing Programs
The Sparkplug Foundation primarily supports nonprofit organizations that are proposing start-up projects in the fields of music, education, and grassroots organizing. In the Music category, the Foundation supports emerging professional musicians or music-development programs. In Education and Teaching, the Foundation funds projects that deal with “the whole student” and with learning as a community activity. Through Grassroots Organizing, the Foundation encourages activist strategies for addressing institutional injustices and for building a reasoned, just society. The Foundation also provides limited support for projects in Israel that involve Palestinian communities. The first steps in the online application process must be completed by May 9, 2012. The deadline for final applications is May 30, 2012. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines and online application instructions.
2012 National Arts Index
Some interesting highlights from the 2012 National Arts Index from Randy Cohen at Americans for the Arts – Beck
NCES Releases Arts Education Study
A ten-year study of arts education in public schools was released on April 2 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10 presents selected findings from a congressionally mandated study with data collected through seven Fast Response Survey System surveys during the 2009-10 school year. Comparisons with data from the 1999-2000 FRSS arts education study are included where applicable. Here are some responses to the study from the Arts Ed community:
New NEA Research Report Shows Potential Benefits of Arts Education for At-Risk Youth
Youth Have Better Academic Outcomes, Higher Career Goals, and Are More Civically Engaged
Washington, DC — At-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement, according to a new NEA report, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies. The study reports these and other positive outcomes associated with high levels of arts exposure for youth of low socioeconomic status.
NEA Releases Audience Impact Study Literature Review
The National Endowment for the Arts announces a new literature review, Audience Impact Study Literature Review. This literature review is one of the NEA’s latest efforts to conduct and commission research that examines evidence of the value and impact of the arts in other domains of American life, such as education, health and well-being, community livability, and economic prosperity.
Assessing the Intrinsic Impact of Arts Participation
Intrinsic Impact is an on-line resource developed by WolfBrown in collaboration with Theatre Bay Area, Baker Richards and Groupofminds. The site offers tools to help arts organizations conduct meaningful assessments of the impact of performing arts events and exhibitions. It encourages consideration of audiences’ intellectual, emotional, aesthetic and social experiences as well as the “captivation” factor, which may serve as a gateway to other types of impacts. The Intrinsic Impact site offers methodological advice, survey and interview protocols and other resources to help arts organizations implement the ideas.
LACMA, Getty among 134 museums joining Google’s art site
From the Culture Monster blog at the Los Aneles Times:
Google Art Project, which launched last year with virtual tours and digitized artworks from 17 museums, has added 134 new museums to its site.
Idealware: Helping Nonprofits Make Smart Software Decisions
As nonprofits have increasingly turned to social media, policies and guidelines to govern their use of social media have become the new frontier. The open and community-based aspects of social media can be a huge benefit for nonprofits looking to reach out to new audiences and engage their existing base, but sometimes it can seem that no one knows the right way to use each channel, or where the lines are drawn—or even how to find out.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
A good social media policy will provide clear guidelines as to what staff should and shouldn’t do when posting and interacting with the community on a day-to-day basis. Your organization can create a policy to help guide your whole staff simply by thinking about how you would like to make use of social media.
To download the workbook for free you have to provide your name, organization and email address. I have taken a free webinar from this organization that was helpful – Beck
VIGILANTE THEATRE COMPANY
Part time Office Manager
The Office Manager is the only employee of the Vigilante Theatre Company who is not a performer. As the only person available on a daily basis to those who contract with and donate to the Vigilantes, this staff person is critical to maintaining the viability of the Company. Dependability, creativity, affability, maturity are all important personal qualities.
To start, this is budgeted as a 15 hour per week, three hour per day (M-F) position, with potential for increased hours, depending on success with booking and grant writing. The Board will be flexible in setting the daily schedule, but it is expected to be consistent day to day. Beginning pay rate is offered at $10-12/hour, depending on experience. See attached Word document for more information.
South Arts seeks a dynamic, multi-talented executive director to build on its exceptional 37-year track record of strengthening the south through advancing excellence in the arts, connecting the arts to key state and national policies, and nurturing a vibrant quality of life.
South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization based in Atlanta, GA, was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. The organization works in partnership with the nine state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, and is funded by those member states, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), foundations, corporations, and individuals.
For more information: http://www.southarts.org/site/c.guIYLaMRJxE/b.8022725/k.67C1/Position_Announcement.htm
Employment Opportunity: AEP Senior Associate for Research and Policy (Washington, DC)
AEP is currently seeking a Senior Associate for Research and Policy. The ideal candidate is an experienced and visionary leader in education and the arts who is a strategic thinker, exceptional project manager, skilled researcher and policy analyst, and a strong communicator. He or she also should enjoy working as part of a dynamic and highly collaborative team. The position is based in Washington DC. For the full job description, including requirements, qualifications and application instructions, please visit www.ccsso.org/careers.