Arts Organizations July 16, 2012

Arts Organizations,
Below you will find information on:
  • Funding for live music performances for education and outreach from Heineman Foundation
  • Innovative Contemporary Visual Arts Presentations Funded
·        Americans for the Arts has released Arts & Economic Prosperity IV
·        Interview with the Knight Foundation’s Dennis Scholl  – fairly long but many interesting bits
·        Five tips from idealware –  Helping Nonprofits Make Smart Software Decisions
·        Four Essentials for Evaluation, aimed at helping grant makers and grantees improve outcomes
·        Two job openings
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Beck McLaughlin
Education & Web Services Director
Montana Arts Council
PO Box 202201
Helena, MT 59620-2201
Arts in Education Hotline 800-282-3092
The Heineman Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, and North Carolina. The Foundation’s general areas of interest include the following: programs that enable economically challenged women to enter and remain in the workplace; environmental research that will help prevent water degradation; live music performances for education and outreach; research into prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses; programs that enable youth to think, create, and communicate effectively; and programs that promote high achievement in music, science, and literature. The Foundation provides seed money for start-up projects as well as new projects within existing organizations. For the current funding cycle, applications must be submitted by September 1, 2012. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online application.
Innovative Contemporary Visual Arts Presentations Funded
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
The purpose of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is to foster innovative artistic expression and the creative process by supporting cultural organizations that, in turn, support artists and their work. The Foundation is focused primarily on encouraging work of a challenging and experimental nature, while noting that the interpretation of those terms may vary from place to place and culture to culture. Grants are provided to curatorial programs at museums, artists’ organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts.Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues, and other relevant activities. The Foundation has designated one of its grants, The Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Award, to recognize the work of organizations with a deep-seated commitment to defending the First Amendment rights of artists. The next postmark deadline for proposals to the Foundation is September 1, 2012.Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines.
Americans for the Arts has released Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, a study of the economic impact of nonprofit arts organizations across the country. As a highlight, the study reports that nonprofit arts organizations support 4.13 million full-time jobs and generate $86.68 billion in resident household income. A brochure, summary report and the full report are available for download. Local partners for Arts and Economic Prosperity IV continue to release local reports demonstrating the economic impact of the arts in their communities.
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Interview with the Knight Foundation’s Dennis Scholl
Dennis Scholl is the Vice President / Arts for the Knight Foundation.  He oversees the foundation’s national arts program, including the Knight Arts Challenge and Random Acts of Culture.  He is well known as a collector of contemporary art for over three decades.  Dennis is also the founder of a series of initiatives dedicated to building the contemporary art collections of museums, including the Guggenheim, the Tate Modern and the Miami Art Museum.  He is a three time regional Emmy winner for his work in cultural documentaries.    Dennis is also the co-founder of Betts and Scholl, an award winning wine project.  He is currently a Harvard University Advanced Leadership Fellow, focusing on the role of culture in community engagement.  Previously he was a practicing attorney and CPA.
This is fairly long but there are many interesting bits of info along the way – Beck
From idealware –  Helping Nonprofits Make Smart Software Decisions
Beaconfire pointed us to this 10-minute video created by Google to describe the key bits of Search Engine Optimization to think about to ensure that your site ranks highly. Even if you’ve got a good background in SEO, it’s worth getting a refresher in case things have changed since your last deep dive into the secrets of SEO.
Why almost any nonprofit should be using a database to track their constituents instead of relying on Excel spreadsheets. And why those that already have one should be more diligent about using it. 
GuideStar points to an old, but still useful, set of detailed tips on how to fund technology projects originally brought to us by TechSoup. 
Nonprofit consultant Elaina Buzzell makes a metaphor out of a superhero to save the day for nonprofits whose project management skills are dooming their projects.
These social media opportunities go well beyond the typical ones with which we’ve all become familiar. Read them, learn them and take advantage of them. 
GEO’s Four Essentials for Evaluation
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) has published the guide Four Essentials for Evaluation,  aimed at helping grant makers and grantees improve outcomes. The four headings of Lead, Plan, Organize and Share are further articulated in the report to help grant-making organizations excel in evaluation and improve relationships with grantees.
Director of Development Smuin Ballet
San Francisco, California
Smuin Ballet, a San Francisco-based ballet company with a $3.5 million operating budget, is currently seeking a qualified person for the position of Director of Development in this established, 18-year old non-profit organization.

The position requires the Director to oversee the operation of the department, working with an experienced staff of two.
See attached for more info
National Guild Has Reopened Search for Program Director 
The National Guild has revamped its Program Director position and search and is now accepting applications and recommendations for this key leadership role.
The new Program Director position is an excellent opportunity for an experienced professional with a demonstrated commitment to arts education and knowledge of the nonprofit sector. We are seeking someone with a passion for and understanding of the arts’ role in transforming individuals and communities. Candidates may come from an arts education background or from a complementary field such as youth development, community development, social services, public policy, etc.
Working as part of our senior leadership team, our Program Director will help us  strengthen  and grow our programs and services for maximum impact, and develop our strategic priorities which include collaborations within, and beyond, the arts sector. 
Key responsibilities will be:
  • Developing and executing plans that support the Guild’s strategic priorities
  • Directing the production of our annual Conference for Community Arts
    Education and other professional development programs
  • Leading and managing re-granting programs; and
  • Developing the activities, discussions, and resources of our regional chapters. 
Please read our full job descriptionfor additional information and details on how to apply.
Arts Organizations July 16, 2012

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