Arts Organizations May 29, 2013


Arts Organizations,
Below you will find information on:
  • Film Festivals Nationwide Funded

·        Exploring Cutting Edge Social Media

·        Several other resources from Idealware
  • Nonprofit online activity benchmark study released
  • Museum 2.0 blog: Thinking about User Participation in Terms of Negotiated Agency
·        Job opening: MCT, Inc. Development Assistant Missoula
Information on unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
So this is the last newsletter from my desk. Wishing you all the best in all your endeavors and thanks for all the great work you do!
Happy Trails,
Beck
Beck McLaughlin
Education & Web Services Director
Montana Arts Council
PO Box 202201
Helena, MT 59620-2201
406-444-6522
Arts Education Hotline 800-282-3092
http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/
Film Festivals Nationwide Funded
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Film Festival Grants Program
The Film Festival Grants Program, an initiative of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, provides grants of up to $30,000 to a wide variety of film festivals based in the United States. Grant recipients include major international film festivals, independent and alternative festivals, and festivals that support social and cultural diversity. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that make festival events more accessible to the general public, give screening access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and strengthen connections between filmmakers and the public. Grants are only available to applicants that have held at least five festivals as of December 31, 2012. Applications must be submitted by June 26, 2013. Grant range information and application guidelines are available on the Academy’s website.

Exploring Cutting Edge Social Media

New social media startups are appearing all the time, and the lines that distinguish existing tools blur more each day. Facebook is still the dominant channel, but even there, usage is on the decline. Is your organization’s social media presence still cutting it? While many of these newer tools may be unfamiliar to you, each has its own audience—and if your targeted demographic overlaps, you might want to add some of these tools to your existing arsenal to help you reach and engage constituents. 
Idealware’s latest report, Exploring Cutting Edge Social Media, details many of these less-familiar tools and offers guidance to help your organization think about whether to incorporate them into your communications mix. 
Other resources from Idealware
How can nonprofits find and implement the right technology? The first answer is funding—but that’s not the only one. It’s up to all of us—remember, we’re a nonprofit, too—to communicate to funders the impact technology can have. The more foundations can become aware of the benefits technology can bring our organizations, the better partnerships we can form. In our recent publication, A Funders Guide to Supporting Nonprofit Technology: 10 Ways to Build Your Grantees’ Technical Savvy, we outline 10 specific tactics beyond writing checks that foundations can undertake to support technology.
Keep in mind that there is no magical technology funder out there, and there’s no silver bullet that you can use to fund all your technology projects, either. But there are a couple of steps you can take to help attract the funding you need. Our new article, Funding Technology Projects, funded by TechSoup, looks at ways to support your technology projects with a little forethought and strategy.

 

Reports, Articles, and Videos

A Few Good Print-On-Demand Tools

Despite the frequent claims that print is dead, many nonprofits are looking for ways to affordably create and distribute published works—everything from local directories and guides to full-fledged books. But publishing can take a lot of time and money that could otherwise be spent on programs or mission-related tasks. A Print-On-Demand service, or POD, can be a low-cost solution that lets you provide create and distribute printed resources to constituents, wherever they may be. If you have content you think is valuable enough to share, and put a little thought into the marketing and distribution process, creating Print-on-Demand materials is as simple as choosing the right service for your needs.

Which Types of Tools to Use for Managing Constituents

How do you track your constituent data? You can use a broad, shallow system that can track all your different types of constituents, from donors and volunteers to clients and members. Or you could use a deep, targeted database that provides lots of features to get a rigorous view of a single type of constituent, like your donors. Which type of system will work best for your organization? This video gives you some insight into the possible answers and previews the deeper discussion found in our 26-part On Demand Tactical Technology Planning.
As a leader of your organization, you’d probably like to see clear metrics to track your programs, outreach efforts, and the financial health of your organization. It can be daunting to define the right measures though—where do you even start? Based on NTEN’s and Idealware’s research into what’s actually working for nonprofits, we’ll talk through what you should think about to define your own data-based metrics strategy, and hear from organizations who have successfully implemented their own strategies.
What better way to learn about online seminar (webinar) tools than via an online seminar? We’ll talk about the features that can help you conduct meetings or trainings over the Web—desktop sharing, slide shows, chat functionality, polls, voice conferencing, and more.

On the Horizon

Most nonprofits have donors they rely on. Most nonprofits care a lot about their donors. But do you have the right donor management system to help you keep track of them?
And no, an Excel spreadsheet is not a donor management system. A donor management system is built to handle relationships between data—aka, your donors and gifts—to allow you to more easily track the people who make your work possible.
Takeaways from the course:
  • Learn about the features and considerations when choosing a donor management system.
  • Analyze your organization’s needs and the constituent data that you want to track.
  • Take a deep look at highly-rated donor management systems from Idealware’s “A Consumer’s Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems.”
  • Review a method of system evaluation and implementation.
Toolkit Schedule:
July 9: Thinking Through Your Donor Management Needs (90 minutes)
July 16-18 and July 23-25: One-Hour Donor Management System Demos
July 30:  Best Practices for Implementing and Using Your Database (90 minutes)
All sessions at 1 pm (EST).
From Fractured Atlas
Nonprofit online activity benchmark study released: E-mail Response rates down; Revenue up!
The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) released its annual analysis of nonprofit online activity, 2013 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study. This study tracked the online e-mail, fundraising, and social media activity during 2012 of 55 nonprofit organizations from a variety of fields.

The good news: email lists, online revenue, and social media followers grew for participating organizations. The bad news: Email responses were down across the board, way down.

It’s important to see these field-wide trends and measure your organization’s online metrics against them. How did your organization fair in 2012? Better or worse than the pack?
Be A Leader!: 2013 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study

Museum 2.0 blog
Early this month, I got the chance to hear legendary game designer Will Wright (Sim City) give a talk. I’ve followed Wright’s work for years because of his unique perspective on the potential for game-players to be game-makers – in other words, to co-create the gaming experience.

In his talk, Wright said one thing that really stood out:

Game players have a negotiated agency that is determined by how the game is designed.
In other words, the more constrained the game environment, the less agency the player has. The more open, the more agency. Think about the difference between Pacman and Grand Theft Auto. Both games have a “gamespace” in which they are played. Both games have rules. But Grand Theft Auto invites the player to determine their own way of using the space and engaging with the rules. The player’s agency is not total, but it is significant.

“Negotiated agency” strikes me as a really useful framework in which to talk about visitor/audience participation in the arts. “Negotiation” implies a respectful relationship between institution (or artist) and user. The institution initiates the negotiation with a set of opportunities and constraints. But users play a role via their own agency–both in how they engage and when they break the rules.

JOB OPENING
MCT, Inc. Development Assistant (Missoula, MT)
MCT, Inc. (Missoula Community Theatre and Missoula Children’s Theatre) has an opening for a 1/2 time Development Assistant. This position provides support for the Foundation Director and the Development Director. (see attached PDF for more information)
Compensation: Compensation depends on experience
This is a non-profit organization.
Please, no phone calls about this job!
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Arts Organizations May 29, 2013

Arts Organizations May 15 2013


Arts Organizations,
Below you will find information on:
  • Webinar: “Employee vs Independent Contractor?” Tuesday, May 21
  • Build You Nonprofit Budgeting Skills workshop May 21 and 31
  • Audience Development Partnerships Funded
  • French-American Jazz Exchange Application Deadline Approaching
  • Two-day grants administration workshop in Billings
  • The Intersection of Creativity, Health, and Aging
  • Does Arts Education Matter?
  • Nonprofits: Organizations Innovating and Adapting to New Reality

·        Idealware Best of the Web: May 2013

·        Job Opening: Helena Symphony

This is the second to the last email newsletter coming from my desk. I am retiring the end of May. I have learned a tremendous amount putting this newsletter together. I hope it has been helpful for you. Cinda Holt will be the new “editor” as of June.
Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
Best regards,
Beck
Beck McLaughlin
Education & Web Services Director
Montana Arts Council
PO Box 202201
Helena, MT 59620-2201
406-444-6522
Arts Education Hotline 800-282-3092
http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/
MAC’s The Art of Leadership Webinar: “Employee vs Independent Contractor?” Tuesday, May 21, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The high points of Montana and federal regulations regarding independent contractor versus employee status for non-profit arts/cultural organizations Click here for more information.
Build Your Nonprofit Budgeting Skills
Missoula — Tuesday, May 21, 9:00am- 12:30pm
Helena — Friday, May 31, 9:00am-12:30pm
Attend this important workshop and learn the fundamentals of developing, monitoring, managing, and reporting your nonprofit’s budget.  From general operating funds to grants, restricted vs. non-restricted funds, overhead vs. program costs—and much more—all facets of nonprofit budgeting will be covered.  Valuable worksheets, templates, and case studies will also be included.  This workshop is ideal for executive directors, fiscal staff, and board members.
Seminar highlights:
    •Budget planning:  why, when, who approves
    •Reporting monthly activities to board members and funders
    •Forecasting
    •Program vs. operating budgets
    •Accrual vs. cash basis accounting
Speakers:
Jacki Frank, CPA, Shareholder, Anderson ZurMuehlen — Helena
Jan Schweitzer, CFE, CPA QuickBooks Pro Advisor, Anderson ZurMuehlen — Missoula
Audience Development Partnerships Funded
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: Building Demand for the Arts
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Building Demand for the Arts program supports organizations and artists in joint efforts to develop audience demand for jazz, theatre, and/or contemporary dance. Building Demand grants will promote deeper partnerships, longer relationships, and new kinds of cooperation between organizations and artists. Organizations and artists are encouraged to be creative, imaginative, and expansive in thinking about these partnerships and what might be accomplished. Building Demand grants will be provided to at least 50 partnerships between artists and dance companies, theatres, presenting organizations, and/or select service organizations. In the current funding round, Exploration grants of either $20,000 or $40,000 (depending on the size of the host organization) will support hosted visits for artists during which artists and organizations are to begin to imagine and plan ways to build demand. Applying artists and organizations must have a prior history of working together. Intent to Apply forms must be submitted by May 31, 2013. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the program and the application process.
Reminder: French-American Jazz Exchange Application Deadline Approaching!
Grant Deadline Approaching:
The application for the 2013 French-American Jazz Exchange (“FAJE”) program is due May 31, 2013. The application and program guidelines are available here
About the Program:
A program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (“MAAF”) and FACE (“French-American Cutlural Exchange”), FAJE supports projects designed collaboratively by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of jazz. Projects eligible for support can include creative residencies, composition, recording, performances, and other activities that develop new professional relationships and audiences. Projects may include jazz artists in France and the United States investigating forms other than jazz with artists who work in different music genres.
Webinars:
MAAF Staff conducted three webinars reviewing program guidelines and online application.  An archived video of the final webinar can be found here.
Questions? 
American applicants should direct their questions to Josh Kohn, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Program Officer, Jazz & Traditional Arts josh@midatlanticarts.org
French applicants should contact jazz@facecouncil.org.
Montana State University-Billings and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants administration workshop in Billings, May 28-29, 2013.  In this class you’ll learn how to administer government grants and stay in compliance with applicable rules and regulations.  This training is recommended for grant recipient organizations across all disciplines.
Beginning and experienced grant administrators from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.
We offer area nonprofit agencies a special tuition rate of $565. Please use code “MTNPO” to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration. Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are available.  Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.
Tuition is $595 and includes Grant Writing USA’s 400-page grant management workbook and reference guide.  Seating is limited, online reservations are necessary.
More information including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration is available here.  If you prefer friendly, personal service, please call or write:
The Client Services Team at Grant Writing USA
800.814.8191  cs@grantwritingusa.com

Grantmakers in the Arts
The Intersection of Creativity, Health, and Aging

Finding Common Ground
This is a blog by Peter DeWitt, an elementary principal in upstate New York. I often find his posting worthwhile. This one is titled “Does Arts Education Matter?” – Beck
Nonprofit Finance Fund Survey of 5900+ Nonprofits: Organizations Innovating and Adapting to New Reality
39% Will Change the Main Ways They Raise and Spend Money
You can download a summary of the survey findings and full results here:

Idealware Best of the Web: May 2013

The Idealware “Best of the Web” is a monthly roundup of the top nonprofit resources from the Idealware blog, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed to help you make the right technology decisions.
“Engagement is a function of listening to the customer voice, how they’re behaving and how they actually want to engage with us.” Don’t get trapped by the buzzword “engagement.” It can be a powerful metric for understanding your relationship to your constituents, or it can mean nothing at all.
There’s no doubt that many organizations are using cloud technologies in innovative ways. But, more specifically, what links might we find between the unique aspects of cloud technology, and the conditions and success factors for innovation?
We can’t assume nonprofits have the resources to provide high quality data about their own effectiveness. While that might seem like an easy and obvious thing for them to be able to do, it’s not—not in the least. Organizations pushed to provide impact data to get funding will provide something, but it’s not likely to be the high quality data or strategic metrics that would actually help them improve. How can we remedy this?
Next time you think about designing a technology platform for a community, don’t forget to take the time and effort and get the expertise you need to build the accompanying relationship infrastructure that will ensure the success of your investment.
The belief that Facebook is a “magic” solution for marketing and fundraising is false. Facebook is just one of many tools in your marketing toolbox. The social sharing nature of Facebook can be vital, and sometimes critical, to your marketing and promotions plan, but only if you’re willing, able, and motivated.
Don’t get discouraged by low traffic. You organization’s blog can help you demonstrate knowledge, expertise, and experience; feed your social media; and provide content for grant submissions.
While the focus of the article is on for-profit companies, it’s even more critical for nonprofit brands to be human. The success of any social program is ultimately determined by its ability to connect on a one-to-one, human level. That connection is even more important for your cause.
Unsure if cloud technology is right for your organization? This lighthearted animated video explains the basics of the cloud and how it can help an organization. 
Research shows that by 2014 mobile device usage will exceed that of desktop and laptop computers. What does this mean for nonprofit organizations and online fundraising campaigns?
There’s a big hullabaloo lately about infographics, but what are they? How do you make your own? In this short video, research analyst Kyle Andrei explains the basics excerpted from Idealware’s recent free report, “Infographics for Outreach, Advocacy, and Marketing: From Data to Design.”
JOB OPENINGS
Helena Symphony
Director of Artistic Planning– see attached PDF for more information.
Applications will be considered until the position is filled; applications received before 1 June 2013, will be given priority.

Arts Organizations May 15 2013

Arts Educators May 1, 2013


Arts Educators,
Below you will find information on:
  • Humanities Montana grant deadlines
  • Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education
  • Art21 News New Videos
Information on unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
Regards,
Beck
Beck McLaughlin
Education & Web Services Director
Montana Arts Council
PO Box 202201
Helena, MT 59620-2201
406-444-6522
Arts Education Hotline 800-282-3092
http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/
Humanities Montana
The next deadline for grants $5000 and below is May 20.
Humanities Montana is especially but not exclusively interested in proposals focused on the 150th anniversary of Montana Territory (2014).
The deadline for major grants (over $5,000) and Film and Digital Media proposals is August 20th. Humanities Montana will only consider Film and Digital Media proposals for projects it has previously funded and all applicants must talk with a Humanities Montana staff person before applying.
Full information on grant guidelines and deadlines is available at Grants.
AEP Releases New Research Brief on the
Essential Skills the Arts Teach 
AEP’s latest research bulletin,Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education, offers a snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enrich the lives of young people and communities. It draws on the research in AEP’s ArtsEdSearch.org, the nation’s first clearinghouse of research on the impact of arts education on students and their school communities.

Order hard copies online or download the PDF for free!

(Select the free PDF version and go through the checkout process. You will then be given a url to paste into your browser to download the PDF. Beck)
Art21 News – New Videos in Exclusive and New York Close Up
Elizabeth Murray: “Bop”
From the series, Exclusive
Filmed in 2002, Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007) is shown working on the large-scale painting Bop(2002-03) in her Manhattan studio.
Barry McGee: Tagging
From the series, Exclusive
Filmed in 2012, Barry McGee describes his interests in tagging, as seen through works included as part of his self-titled retrospective exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA).
Diana Al-Hadid’s Suspended Reality
From the series, New York Close Up
In this film, artist Diana Al-Hadid creates sculptures and drawings that embrace illusionism and the unknown, culminating in the exhibition The Vanishing Point (2012) at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York.

Arts Educators May 1, 2013

Arts Organizations May 1, 2013


Arts Organizations,
Below you will find information on:
  • Upcoming Idealware Training
  • Midori’s Partners in Performance grant program
  • Humanities Montana grant deadlines
  • Arts Extension Service looking for your orgs photo
  • Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education
  • One job opening in Idaho Falls
Information on unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
Regards,
Beck
Beck McLaughlin
Education & Web Services Director
Montana Arts Council
PO Box 202201
Helena, MT 59620-2201
406-444-6522
Arts Education Hotline 800-282-3092
http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/

Upcoming Idealware Training

Be sure to view our full training calendar for additional opportunities.
You can augment your live training with our recorded seminars, which cover not only technology planning but also many other areas of technology. Our continually growing library is a great resource that can be accessed at any time.
All opportunities are at the above links – one example is:
There’s a movement across many different human services field toward providing services via web conferencing, texting, video, interactive websites, and even Skype. How can organizations make the most of these technologies to provide services to geographically distributed constituents? 1-2:30pm, $40
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 2014/2015 season are due May 15, 2013.
Looking to revitalize interest in chamber music in your area?  Apply to Partners in Performance today!
Visit www.pipmusic.orgfor more information.
(Also see attached flyer. Two organizations in Montana have participated in this program. Beck)
Humanities Montana
The next deadline for grants $5000 and below is May 20.
Humanities Montana is especially but not exclusively interested in proposals focused on the 150th anniversary of Montana Territory (2014).
The deadline for major grants (over $5,000) and Film and Digital Media proposals is August 20th. Humanities Montana will only consider Film and Digital Media proposals for projects it has previously funded and all applicants must talk with a Humanities Montana staff person before applying.
Full information on grant guidelines and deadlines is available at Grants.

The Arts Extension Service invites YOUR organization to be featured in our Fundamentals of Arts Management 6th Edition.  The creation of the 6th Edition is now underway with updated content and two NEW chapters, but it would be better if YOU and your institution were included!

  1. Submit up to three photos of innovative projects or events that you want to showcase to our vast national and global audience through the book and our online companion.  Submission Deadline: May 31st.
  2. Seventeen images will be selected by the Editing team to appear in the book, then of these, you and the public will vote to select 6 photos (for our 6th Edition!) to be featured on the cover.  Click here for photo contest guidelines and submission form.  Voting will be kicked off at the American for the Arts Conference and online on June 14th.
  3. What’s in it for you? Have your institution and event images and information and photographer name featured in the book, have a link to your organization’s website in our Fundamentals Online Companion, be promoted as part of the contest.
  4. YES, share the news.  Invite your peers, partners, LAA’s, nonprofit arts agencies, and friends to enter!  Follow the contest on Facebook or Twitter!
AEP Releases New Research Brief on the
Essential Skills the Arts Teach 
AEP’s latest research bulletin,Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education, offers a snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enrich the lives of young people and communities. It draws on the research in AEP’s ArtsEdSearch.org, the nation’s first clearinghouse of research on the impact of arts education on students and their school communities.

Order hard copies online or download the PDF for free!

(Select the free PDF version and go through the checkout process. You will then be given a url to paste into your browser to download the PDF. Beck)
JOB OPENING
The Idaho Falls Arts Council is looking for a dynamic professional leader as its new Executive Director.  This individual should be one that can nurture and continue IFAC’s legacy and mission of educating our community and enriching the quality of life through promotion and presentation of a broad spectrum of arts, as well as a visionary leader that will look for growth and expansion opportunities to bring art and culture to Southeast Idaho.

Major responsibilities of this dynamic position include but are not limited to: financial support through active fundraising with individuals, businesses, and grant writing as well as finding ways to increase membership income.  Recruit, hire, manage, and motivate the staff, setting a culture of high expectations, professional development, creativity, and collaboration.  Represent IFAC in a wide array of business, academic and social situations, serving as the primary face and voice of the IFAC.  Operate the programming and facilities of the Willard Arts Center and ARTitorium on Broadway within a balanced budget.

Qualifications:
·        A proven record of developing collaborative working relationships with diverse constituencies and populations. Prior successful arts management is preferred.  
·        A dynamic leader with the vision required to lead and encourage staff, peers, artists, donors and audiences.
·        Demonstrated business competencies that include fiscal management.    
·        A clear aptitude for fundraising, with experience in major gift solicitation and sponsorship preferred.
·        A strong desire to build community relationships beyond the theater doors.
·        Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
·        Knowledge and appreciation of a variety of art forms.

IFAC offers a competitive salary and benefits package.


Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit a resume to:
jobs@idahofallsarts.org
Arts Organizations May 1, 2013

Arts Educators May 29, 2013


Arts Educators,
Below you will find information on:
  • Two new professional development videos for teaching artists!
  • Free Online Resources from the Los Angeles Music Center
  • Art21 cid:image001.gif@01CE5C70.1D0AE970New Videos in Exclusive and New York Close Up
  • Education Program Coordinator, Society for Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh, PA)
Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
So this is the last newsletter from my desk. Wishing you all the best in all your endeavors and thanks for all the great work you do!
Happy Trails,
Beck
Beck McLaughlin
Education & Web Services Director
Montana Arts Council
PO Box 202201
Helena, MT 59620-2201
406-444-6522
Arts Education Hotline 800-282-3092
http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/
Two new professional development videos for teaching artists!
These videos were my new big project this year. The videos by Marina will be available later this afternoon. The one by Darwin should be up by Friday. The idea was to offer knowledge and experience from other teaching artists in a friendly, informal atmosphere – like sitting down for a cup of coffee with them. They both have a wealth of ideas and resources to share. – Beck
Art is the River – with Marina Weatherly
Providing specific Indian Education for All content and context with arts education can offer an exciting, rigorous, meaningful and productive learning experience for Montana’s teachers and students. The arts provide a circular, connecting river, giving the students a vehicle and opportunity to gain an appreciation of other cultures and to make and personally express vital connections with their own culture, identity, place and human experience. (Marina also provides a PDF with links to many resources.)
The Rectangle Book- Often Times Less is More – with Darwin Nordin
Darwin talks about creating effective lesson plans, using assessment to determine student learning etc. (I haven’t seen the final video but I know it will be terrific – Beck)
Free Online Resources from the Los Angeles Music Center
The Los Angeles Music Center has recently published its acclaimed Artsource curriculum resources online. Artsourceis a resource that empowers teachers to present artistic models in dance, theatre, and music to their students; integrate the arts with other subject areas; and explore a broad spectrum of multicultural art forms in their classrooms. Each curriculum unit focuses on a specific artist and work in the performing arts with extensive lesson plans for different levels of student readiness, and each is built on the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework and Arts Standards.  You can see all the available resources here: http://www.musiccenter.org/education/Teacher-Resources/Artsource-Curriculum/.
Art21 cid:image001.gif@01CE5C70.1D0AE970New Videos in Exclusiveand New York Close Up
Filmed in 2012 at Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory, artist Ann Hamilton discusses her installation the event of a thread, which occupied the Armory’s cavernous drill hall
Maya Lin: New York
From the series, Exclusive
Speaking from her Manhattan studio in late 2012 and early 2013, artist Maya Lin discusses her new series of sculptures which examine New York’s ecological past.
James Turrell: “Second Meeting”
From the series, Exclusive
Filmed in early 2013, James Turrell describes what initially attracted him to working with light and how skyspaces encourage a closer examination of our visual perceptions.
Erin Shirreff & Tony Smith Go Way Back
From the series, New York Close Up
While de-installing Sculpture for Snow (2011) in Downtown Brooklyn, artist Erin Shirreff discusses the creation and inspiration for her first public sculpture.
JOB OPENING
Education Program Coordinator, Society for Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Society for Contemporary Craft seeks an Education Program Coordinator who will be responsible for development and successful implementation of year-round studio education classes to meet annual revenue goals. Duties also include planning exhibition-related educational events, overseeing outreach artists, and coordinating facility rentals annually. For the full job description and application instructions: http://www.contemporarycraft.org/SCC/Job_opportunities.html

Arts Educators May 29, 2013

Arts Organizations April 18, 2013


Arts Organizations,
Below you will find information on:
·        NEA White Paper, Webinars on Social Impact Design (webinar April 24th)
·       FRENCH-AMERICAN JAZZ EXCHANGE – GRANT WEBINARS
  • More Than the Sum of Its Parts: Collaboration & Sustainability in Arts Education
·        Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education
·        Three Big Ideas from Fractured Atlas
    • 6 Elevator Pitches for the 21st Century
    • Using Your Website to Build Trust with Your Visitors
    • Data For All! How New Tools Democratize Visualization

·        Idealware

o   Best of the Web: April 2013

o   Upcoming Idealware Training

o   Infographics for Outreach, Advocacy and Marketing: From Data to Design.
  • Six Trends Shaping Museums
  • Museum 2.0 blog – Seeking Clarity about the Complementary Nature of Social Work and the Arts
·        Three Million Stories: Understanding the Lives and Careers of America’s Arts Graduates
  • Cultural Participation and Personal Well-Being

·        The Matrix Map Approach Part One: How to Create the Matrix Map

  • Are we overdue to amend our default cultural policy?
  • Learning to Love Big Data
  • Barry’s blog – Faking It.
  • Artful Manager blog – Organizations don’t evolve, they cope

·        Board Café: How to Keep the Board Under Your Thumb

Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
Regards,
Beck
Beck McLaughlin
Education & Web Services Director
Montana Arts Council
PO Box 202201
Helena, MT 59620-2201
406-444-6522
Arts Education Hotline 800-282-3092
http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/
NEA White Paper, Webinars on Social Impact Design
Social impact design—a term referring to the practice of designing products and services for public good—has been an emerging topic in industrial design, graphic design, architecture and related disciplines. A new white paper from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Design and Social Impact: A Cross-Sectoral Agenda for Design Education, Research and Practice http://www.arts.gov/pub/Design-and-Social-Impact.pdf, summarizes the lessons learned from a 2012 Social Impact Design Summit. The white paper provides a summary of the current status of social impact design and outlines an agenda for continued formalization and practice in multiple sectors. The NEA is hosting a series of webinars http://www.arts.gov/news/news13/Social-Impact-Design.html  that builds on the work of the summit and highlights additional social impact design work for funders and designers. (next webinar is April 24th)
FRENCH-AMERICAN JAZZ EXCHANGE 
GRANT WEBINARS

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation will offer two remaining free webinars to assist potential applicants to the upcoming grant round of the French-American Jazz Exchange in better understanding the program and completing the online application. Webinars will be held on:
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2:00-3:30pm EST, register here
About French-American Jazz Exchange 
The French-American Jazz Exchange is a partnership of FACE(“French-American Cultural Exchange”) and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation designed to foster creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through support for collaborative projects that explore new musical terrain and provide exposure to new audiences and professional relationships. 
The application deadline for the 2013-2014 program is May 31, 2013 for projects taking place between September 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014. 
The eGRANT online application for FAJE is now available and can be accessed along with program guidelines here.
Applicants should direct their questions to Josh Kohn, Program Officer, Jazz & Traditional Arts, 
josh@midatlanticarts.org
More Than the Sum of Its Parts: Collaboration & Sustainability in Arts Education
Written by two seasoned practitioners—Thomas Wolf and Gigi Antoni—this new book is a primer on how organizations that offer arts education and creative learning programs can initiate, enter into, and support long-lasting partnerships. Vibrantly illustrated and presented in an easy-to-read format, it describes the theory and practice underlying various levels of collaboration—from organizational partnerships to mergers to community-wide systems. The book also offers inspiring, real-life examples of thriving arts education partnerships from communities large and small throughout the United States
Announcing AEP’s New Research Bulletin!

AEP’s (Arts Education Partnership) latest research bulletin, Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education, offers a snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enrich the lives of young people and communities. It draws on the research in AEP’s
ArtsEdSearch.org, the nation’s first clearinghouse of research on the impact of arts education on students and their school communities.

Order hard copies online or download the PDF for free! 

Three Big Ideas from Fractured Atlas http://www.fracturedatlas.org/
6 Elevator Pitches for the 21st Century
An elevator pitch is a short summary or description used to quickly and simply define a person, project, organization, or cause and its value proposition. It’s one of the most useful and valuable communication tools for any artist. A good elevator pitch will succinctly introduce new potential collaborators, donors, or audiences to who you are, what you do, and why they should get involved.  Author Daniel H. Pinkrecently put out a video outlining six new kinds of pitches he’s identified in this rapidly changing world of cat videos, tweets, and social media. Watch the video and start formulating your own elevator pitch!
Make The Case: 6 Elevator Pitches for the 21st Century
Using Your Website to Build Trust with Your Visitors
“Trust… comes from a process of slow cultivation, carefully built through the development of a meaningful relationship,” writes web designer David Harsteinfor GuideStar. People give to causes and organizations they trust, but building that relationship takes time, transparency, and accessibility. Thankfully, Harstein outlines a number of easy ways for your website to build trust with your donors. Check out his post over at the GuideStar blog to start making your internet presence is working to build trust for you.
Make The Case: Using Your Nonprofit’s Website to Build Trust with Visitors
Data For All! How New Tools Democratize Visualization
Our loyal readers know that we at Fractured Atlas love data. We really love it. We think that good data can help everyone make better decisions– from the individual artist trying to sell out a show to a large foundation trying to decide who to award grants. But good data is only as useful as you can understand.

Data visualization is a hot topic in business circles, and for good reason. It’s a fast growing tool for quickly understanding sophisticated ideas and making more informed decisions. Historically, these visualization tools were very specialized and difficult for laypeople to use, but new tools are emerging that are democratizing this process. Bill Franks of Harvard Business Review outlines a number of new platforms that are making data visualization more accessible for everyone interested in gaining a better understanding of their information.
Make The Case: Data For All! How New Tools Democratize Visualization

Idealware

 

Best of the Web: April 2013

The Idealware “Best of the Web” is a monthly roundup of the top nonprofit resources from the Idealware blog, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed to help you make the right technology decisions.
The Idealware team has just returned from the 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference in Minneapolis If you couldn’t be there in-person, we will be re-running five of these sessions via webinar in May. Join us for NTC in Review—and look for two major report releases and a number of new articles from us in the next few weeks.
What is the Cloud? A Primer for Nonprofits (Tech Impact)
Working with Idealware, Tech Impact brings you a simple—and fun—overview of cloud technologies. The lighthearted video was designed to present the basics of the cloud and how nonprofits can benefit from working in the cloud. It also introduces us all to the bumbling weatherman, Vance McLoed.
Four Seriously Cool Ways Nonprofits are Using Crowdsourcing (Christian Science Monitor)
Crowdsourcing comes in many forms—have you used it for your organization? The Christian Science Monitor looks at some creative ways nonprofits are engaging their constituents to create memorable experiences and lifelong donors.
2013 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study (M+R Campaigns)
Find out what’s going on with nonprofit email, fundraising, social media, and mobile—and how your program measures up, with more than 1.6 billion email messages to 45 million subscribers reviewed, 6.5 million online gifts totaling more than $438 raised examined, and 7.3 million online advocacy actions analyzed. Link includes an infographic to help summarize the report.
Twitter Stats You Need To Know and Tips to Get More Clicks (Care2)
Can Twitter become a strong engagement tool for your organization? It is a powerful medium, and this post has stats to back that up. Twitter is full of conversations around social justice issues and politics, and your organization may want to join in.
Relationships are Key for Foundation Technology Funding (PhilanTech/David Krumlauf)
The foundation staff members who review and recommend grants are often confused by what organizations are asking for and why they would need such a thing. David Krumlauf of the Pierce Family Foundation takes a look at bridging that gap.

 

Upcoming Idealware Training

April: Day of Giving Toolkit—Learn how to maximize these all-hands-on-deck one-day fundraisers.
May: Donor Management Systems Toolkit—Explore what you should look for in a system, view live demos, and learn best practices.
June: From Audit to Redesign: The Complete Nonprofit Website Toolkit—Begin a complete website audit from goals to design, to best practices.

2013 Field Guide to Software for Nonprofits

We’re thrilled to announce the publication of our latest and greatest Field Guide, newly updated and expanded for 2013. – How do you choose software for your nonprofit? With so many different types of software on the market, it’s difficult to even know what’s available, let alone what’s best for your organization’s particular needs. That’s why we created the Idealware Field Guide to Software for Nonprofits, a handy reference that covers all the different types of software that might be useful to you—and we just updated it for 2013.

Infographics for Outreach, Advocacy, and Marketing: From Data to Design

Everybody loves infographics, right? You see them in your Facebook feed getting “likes” and being passed around people’s networks of friends. They’re a great way to get information about your organization or your mission out there–at least, when they’re done right.
But how do you make them, and how do you make them right? And what exactly are they–and what does your organization need to know about them?
We set out to answer those questions, and today we’re pleased to release our findings in our latest report, Infographics for Outreach, Advocacy and Marketing: From Data to Design.
Infographics–essentially any combination of information and image used to tell a story by visually representing data–help us make sense of all the data we’re tracking and share the conclusions we draw with others. Sometimes an infographic can present your argument in a more appropriate way than a report, an email, or other written communications. 
Our new report is a guide to help you think through the process of understanding and creating them. We cover what defines an infographic and help you create one that presents your data in a compelling and easy-to-understand way. We’ve also included a number of examples of infographics, both good and bad–including popular memes involving Grumpy Cat and Ryan Gosling–to make the point clear.
And best of all, like all of Idealware’s reports, it’s absolutely free. Download it now. 
Six Trends Shaping Museums
In a recently released report, Trendwatch 2013: Back to the Future
http://aam-us.org/docs/center-for-the-future-of-museums/trendswatch2013.pdf?utm_source=CFM&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=TrendsWatch , the American Alliance of Museums http://www.aam-us.org/  highlights six technological and social trends museums should consider in their near- and long-term plans. The report explains how museums can prepare for new expectations in philanthropy; affordable 3-D printing; digital, decentralized and hands-on education; the “Internet of Things” (digital networks tied to objects and places); conflicting demands for digital interactivity and for spaces that ban connectivity; and the renaissance of urban living. The report provides real-life examples and suggests additional readings for each trend.
Museum 2.0 blog
Seeking Clarity about the Complementary Nature of Social Work and the Arts
When we talk about museums or cultural institutions as vehicles of social and civic change, what does that really mean? Last week I had a conversation that changed my perspective on this question.

I was with two close friends who work in social service organizations focusing on homelessness and criminal justice respectively. We all work for nonprofits. We all care about making a difference in our community. And we each have specific interests in increasing access, connection, and empowerment of marginalized people.

But when you switch from the “why” to the “what” of our work, the similarities end. Here are some of the big differences we noticed:

To read more:
The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), along with its partner institutions Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research and Vanderbilt University’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy, sponsored a conference in March to address arts education and the market for creative labor. Three Million Stories: Understanding the Lives and Careers of America’s Arts Graduates was hosted by Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Session topics ranged from curriculum innovation and inequality in artist training to the skills necessary for creative careers and the fluctuations of the creative economy. SNAAP data was discussed in multiple sessions. The conference’s attendee list, speaker bios and speaker presentations are now available. http://3millionstories.com/resources/
Cultural Participation and Personal Well-Being
New research shows a correlation between cultural participation and personal well-being in Canada. The Arts and Individual Well-Being http://www.canadacouncil.ca/NR/rdonlyres/4E278023-038D-46C8-A5C2-CE185D40A4AE/0/Arts_well_being2010FullEN.pdf  in Canada draws out the connections between 18 cultural activities and eight indicators of sound body and mind, including self-assessments of physical and mental health, the degree of community engagement and whether daily routines are enjoyable. For example, visiting art galleries is associated with better health and the propensity to do volunteer work. The report is based on a 2010 telephone survey of 7,500 Canadians.

The Matrix Map Approach Part One: How to Create the Matrix Map

You may have heard of the Dual Bottom Line: the idea that strategic choices must serve both mission impact and financial viability. But how do you turn this idea into a quantitative decision-making tool? Blue Avocado columnist Steve Zimmerman summarizes the Matrix Map approach in part one of this two-part article adapted from the book he co-wrote with Jeanne Bell and Jan Masaoka: Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Choices for Financial Viability.
It’s easy to embrace the concept of the Dual Bottom Line, but harder to apply it in a real-world board setting. For example, board members — and many staff — are seldom familiar with all of the programs and activities of the organization. While there may be a strong sense that “all our programs are great,” there may not have been any discussion about which programs are, in fact, those with the greatest or most important impacts. Even people with financial expertise may feel uncertain about how to make decisions that are more nuanced than “stick to the budget and at least break even.” To read more: http://blueavocado.org/content/matrix-map-approach-part-one-how-create-matrix-map
Are we overdue to amend our default cultural policy?
from Jumper by Diane Ragsdale
A few weeks back, in a guest-post on Engaging MattersRoberto Bedoya extended an invitation for others to join him in blogging about “how the White Racial Frame intersects with cultural policies and cultural practices.” The proposition grew out of a series of posts (largely written by a bunch of white people, like me) focused specifically on the Irvine Foundation’s new participatory arts focus and, more generally, on (funding) diversity in the arts. I don’t feel qualified to address this topic and I’m positive I do not do it justice, but this is my sincere attempt to unpack some small part of this large issue. To read more: http://www.artsjournal.com/jumper/2013/03/are-we-overdue-to-amend-our-default-cultural-policy/
Learning to Love Big Data
How can big data change the cultural sector? A new report from Nesta says that all levels of the sector, from nonprofit managers to government funding agencies, can benefit, but only if they buy into the idea that data collection and analysis are helpful, not a hindrance. The report, Counting What Counts http://www.nesta.org.uk/library/documents/CountingWhatCountsPaperWV.pdf, details how to make good decisions and powerful arguments for public investment based on big data.
Barry’s blog
Faking It.

In Over Your Head?
There is a classic episode of the old Tonight Show, when Johnny Carson was the host.  The guests on this particular evening were Bob Hope, Dean Martin and comedian George Gobel.   For those too young to remember, these were big stars of the times.  Bob Hope alone was a hard act to follow.  That night Dean Martin was in great form with his drunk act, and the two of them together had the audience is stitches.  It was one of the better shows.  Then at the very end, George Gobel had to come out and follow that.

After telling Johnny his show would have been “nothing” without him coming on, he quipped to Carson:  “You ever feel that the whole world is a tuxedo……… and you are pair of old brown shoes.”  The audience, Hope, Martin and Carson roared.

You ever feel that way?  That everybody else in the room is smart, and you are in over your head?  That everybody else is thinking on a deeper level than you, and that you’re just winging it, shooting from the hip, faking it? To read more: http://blog.westaf.org/2013/04/faking-it.html

Artful Manager blog
Organizations don’t evolve, they cope
I’ve been part of a rather long list of conversations about the next evolution of arts organizations. I’m not blaming anyone but myself, as I love those conversations. And I’m as frustrated as anyone at the current struggles of the field. The board-governed, professionally managed, mixed-diet (earned and contributed), high-fixed-cost nonprofit organization seems increasingly ill-equipped …
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How to Keep the Board Under Your Thumb

When nonprofit executive directors say they want their boards to be more “engaged,” they often really mean they want the board to have a lively discussion followed by a vote to agree with the executive director. If you’re a CEO and want a weak, compliant board, try these tips:
1.      Give board members too much information. One board member we know just received a board packet 1,400 pages long: almost three reams of paper! Bonus: you can complain that they never read the packet and if at any time someone claims they weren’t informed of something, you can say in a very tired voice, “It was in the board materials last year.”
2.       
2. Give board members very nice presents and perks.

Arts Organizations April 18, 2013

Arts Educators April 18, 2013


Arts Educators,
Below you will find information on:
·        NEA White Paper, Webinars on Social Impact Design (webinar April 24th)
  • 2013 National Finals of Poetry Out Loud Will Be Webcast (April 29-30)
  • The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning Institute – Harvard
  • Conference for Community Arts Education Request for Proposals
·        Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education
·        Three Million Stories: Understanding the Lives and Careers of America’s Arts Graduates
  • More Than the Sum of Its Parts: Collaboration & Sustainability in Arts Education
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Regards,
Beck
Beck McLaughlin
Education & Web Services Director
Montana Arts Council
PO Box 202201
Helena, MT 59620-2201
406-444-6522
Arts Education Hotline 800-282-3092
http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/
NEA White Paper, Webinars on Social Impact Design
Social impact design—a term referring to the practice of designing products and services for public good—has been an emerging topic in industrial design, graphic design, architecture and related disciplines. A new white paper from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Design and Social Impact: A Cross-Sectoral Agenda for Design Education, Research and Practice http://www.arts.gov/pub/Design-and-Social-Impact.pdf, summarizes the lessons learned from a 2012 Social Impact Design Summit. The white paper provides a summary of the current status of social impact design and outlines an agenda for continued formalization and practice in multiple sectors. The NEA is hosting a series of webinars http://www.arts.gov/news/news13/Social-Impact-Design.html  that builds on the work of the summit and highlights additional social impact design work for funders and designers. (next webinar is April 24th)
2013 National Finals of Poetry Out Loud Will Be Webcast
At the end of National Poetry Month, 53 students from across the country will converge in Washington, DC, on April 29-30, 2013 to compete in the National Finals of the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, the nation’s largest youth poetry recitation competition. These young competitors advanced from a field of some 375,000 students who tested their skills in poetry recitation in more than 2,000 schools nationwide. The top finalists and their schools will receive $50,000 in awards.

Not in Washington, DC but still want to catch the competition? You can watch the entire semifinals and finals through a live, one-time only webcastat www.arts.gov. Or make plans now to gather fellow poetry fans and host a Poetry Out Loud Webcast Viewing Party. Register here and find tips on hosting your party, promotional materials, and details on other viewing parties around the country.

For more information on the event, webcast, or viewing parties, visit arts.gov or call 202-682-5606.

The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning Institute
-Submitted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education-
Deepen your understanding of how learning takes place in and through the arts. Join diverse artists and educators from around the world as the Harvard Graduate School of Education convenes the
Arts and Passion-Driven Learning Institute Aug 7-9, 2013. This 2.5 day institute is a collaboration between the Silk Road Project and Harvard, uniting artists and educators interested in passion-driven learning and arts integration. Yo-Yo Ma, artists from the Silk Road Ensemble, Harvard faculty members and leading arts integration practitioners will lead a series of arts experiences, workshops, panels, and discussions designed to investigate the intersection of theory, practice, research, and policy. To attract the most diverse group of artists and educators, a limited amount of financial aid is available to assist with travel and tuition needs; requests can be made as part of the institute enrollment process. Click here for more information. Regular Application Deadline: May 8, 2013

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Deadline: May 22, 2013 
  
We’d like to hear from you as we plan our 76th annual Conference for Community Arts Education, to be presented Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, 2013 in Chicago! The Conference provides essential networking and professional development opportunities for more than 500 staff, faculty, and board members of 350+ nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and divisions thereof, that provide arts learning opportunities. Funders, policy makers, and other stakeholders also participate.  
By completing the online proposal form, you can . . .  
  1. Submit a full conference session proposal
  2. Suggest a conference topic
  3. Nominate a speaker
  4. Nominate an organization or program for a site visit
  5. Offer to share your expertise as a presenter, panelist, facilitator, or peer mentor, without having to submit a full session proposal.   
Feel free to make suggestions in any or all of these categories. You can save the form at any time and come back later to complete it. We’ll accept your submissions until May 22, 2013. We will respond by July 31, if not before. 

Issues addressed during the conference will range from program development, collaboration and partnership, diversity and inclusion, evaluation and research, governance, advocacy, leadership, management, development, fundraising, marketing, and recruitment. Sessions are led by expert practitioners, master trainers and researchers who tailor their presentations to meet the specific needs of community arts education providers.  
  
To get a feel for the types of sessions presented at the conference, check out last year’s program at www.communityartsed.org.
Announcing AEP’s New Research Bulletin!

AEP’s (Arts Education Partnership) latest research bulletin, Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education, offers a snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enrich the lives of young people and communities. It draws on the research in AEP’s ArtsEdSearch.org, the nation’s first clearinghouse of research on the impact of arts education on students and their school communities.

Order hard copies online or download the PDF for free!

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), along with its partner institutions Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research and Vanderbilt University’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy, sponsored a conference in March to address arts education and the market for creative labor. Three Million Stories: Understanding the Lives and Careers of America’s Arts Graduates was hosted by Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Session topics ranged from curriculum innovation and inequality in artist training to the skills necessary for creative careers and the fluctuations of the creative economy. SNAAP data was discussed in multiple sessions. The conference’s attendee list, speaker bios and speaker presentations are now available. http://3millionstories.com/resources/
More Than the Sum of Its Parts: Collaboration & Sustainability in Arts Education
Written by two seasoned practitioners—Thomas Wolf and Gigi Antoni—this new book is a primer on how organizations that offer arts education and creative learning programs can initiate, enter into, and support long-lasting partnerships. Vibrantly illustrated and presented in an easy-to-read format, it describes the theory and practice underlying various levels of collaboration—from organizational partnerships to mergers to community-wide systems. The book also offers inspiring, real-life examples of thriving arts education partnerships from communities large and small throughout the United States

Arts Educators April 18, 2013