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

What’s Next for State-Designated Cultural Districts?

Summer night on East Passyunk Ave. in Philadelphia. Photo credit: Christopher Woods (Flickr user: ChrisinPhilly5448)

(Rebecca Chan is Director of Programs for Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc., which manages a cultural district in Baltimore. She holds a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation from the Graduate School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and B.A. in Anthropology and Cultural Resource Management from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. -IDM)Read More

Nationalism and government support of the arts

Photo Courtesy of guccio@文房具社.

On the evening of August 8, 2008, I sat in the Bird’s Nest in Beijing with 91,000 other spectators and a television audience in the billions, watching China tell its story through the arts. Sure enough, after the final firework exploded over the Bird’s Nest, China had accomplished its goal: prove that, through discipline andRead 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

Late spring public arts funding update

FEDERAL Jane Chu is inching towards nomination as the next NEA Chair, as the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted to approve her candidacy with “no controversy.” Over the past few years, Republicans appear to be content to let the NEA languish in level-funding purgatory rather than continue to whip up theRead 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

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