New Chairs Confirmed at the National Endowments (and other June stories)

Both the NEA and the NEH have new official leaders this month: Jane Chu, head of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, will be the 11th chair of the NEA; William “Bro” Adams, formerly president of Colby College, will be the 10th chair of the NEH. Respected internal acting chairsRead More

From Inquiry to Action: It’s Time to Take Createquity to the Next Level

Photo credit: Kevin Matthews

TOO LONG; DIDN’T READ? Createquity is relaunching in the fall with a whole new editorial agenda, an expanded team, and a new website! We’re building upon everything we’ve learned over the past seven years to tackle the hard questions that matter and make principled, evidence-backed recommendations for the field that we can confidently stand behind.Read More

Interview with GiveWell

Earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of interviewing Elie Hassenfeld and Tim Telleen-Lawton from GiveWell. GiveWell is a charity rating agency that makes recommendations to donors based on the expected impact of their dollars, rather than more traditional metrics such as how much money is spent on administrative overhead or some squishy notion ofRead More

Around the horn: memorial edition

Note to folks going to the annual Americans for the Arts Convention in Nashville – Ian and Talia will both be present, and presenting: Talia at Making Arts Education More Equitable and Available to Everyone and the Lightning Workshops during the Arts Education Preconference; and Ian at Creating a Culture of Learning at Your OrganizationRead More

Cool jobs of the month

Associate Director, Artist INC UMKC Innovation Center Artist Inc. Programming, is seeking an Associate Director Program/Project Operations. This position is the chief administrator of the suite of Artist INC.programs and is responsible for the program’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. Artist INC programs are delivered through a collaborative partnership of the Charlotte StreetRead More

Around the horn: Donald Sterling edition

ART AND THE GOVERNMENT The IRS has proposed a new Form 1023-EZ, which would allow some smaller organizations to apply for tax-exempt status with much less hassle. The National Association of State Charity Officials has objected out of a belief that completing the longer form is an important educational experience and a fear that applicationsRead More

Crowdsourced corporate philanthropy died a year and a half ago, and no one seems to have noticed

Pepsi Refresh Project

Hey, remember Chase Community Giving? And Pepsi Refresh? And the American Express Members Project? The social-media-driven, crowd-powered giving initiatives promised to “redefine corporate philanthropy” and were frothily hailed as a “taste of things to come” just a short while ago. American Express had gotten the trend started back in 2007 with the Members Project, aRead More

Around the horn: Slovyansk edition

ART AND THE GOVERNMENT In a reversal, the FCC has drafted new net neutrality rules that critics claim are unworthy of the name: they would allow broadband companies to provide a “fast lane” for content providers willing to pay a “commercially reasonable” fee. The FCC’s public comment period opens on May 15. Related: if theRead More

Cool jobs of the month

A plentiful bounty this month! Multiple positions, National Endowment for the Arts Literature Director (GS-0301-14/15) Literature and Arts Education Division Salary Range: $106,263.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year Excepted Service Not to Exceed 2 Years Media Arts Director (GS-0301-14/15) Visual Arts Division Salary Range: $106,263.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year Excepted Service Not to ExceedRead More

Around the horn: death and taxes edition

ART AND THE GOVERNMENT The backlash against unpaid internships has spread beyond our borders: Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has ordered two high-profile Canadian magazines to immediately end their internship programs. The Ministry also announced it plans “an enforcement blitz this spring focused specifically on internships across a variety of sectors.” (NB: while nonprofits are generallyRead More