Systemic Change in a Pointillist World – Questions from GIA 2013

I approached the 2013 Grantmakers in the Arts conference as an opportunity to revisit my roots while stepping out of my comfort zone. I grew up in the Philadelphia area and my first job out of graduate school was in grantmaking. Since then I have been living and breathing arts education. I arrived last weekRead More

Supporting Excellence in the Arts – Lessons from GIA 2013

To this newcomer, the 2013 Grantmakers in the Arts conference in Philadelphia was a whirlwind tour through dozens of ideas and themes that have currency among arts funders, from creative placemaking to creativity and aging, from combatting racism in our own practice to ensuring all students receive a robust arts education. A few days afterRead More

Video-blogging from GIA: Day 2

Our second video report from Grantmakers covers arts and social justice as a vehicle for systemic change, a fantastic keynote from playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes, and our field’s “weird dance” with evaluation. Perhaps someday we’ll figure out how to make our transitions tighter and remember to keep our faces in the camera frame as we’re talking.Read More

New York, Philly, DC, Harrisburg

The new school year has started, and you know what that means: conferences and talks galore! For whatever reason 2013 has had me burning up the rails and roads of the Northeast, and that trend continues into September and October. September 27 Town Hall: State of NYC Dance Snapshot and Trends organized by Dance/NYC 92ndRead More

Around the horn: A-Rod edition

(Assembled collaboratively by the Createquity editorial team) ART AND THE GOVERNMENT The US Bureau of Economic Analysis, following new international standards, has adjusted the official method for calculating GDP to “include the amount of money business invest in … intellectual property.” This involves some tough calls: development costs for hit TV shows with potential forRead More

Around the horn: Sweet Caroline edition

ART AND THE GOVERNMENT The New York Times reports on the state of Rhode Island’s disastrous investment in former Boston Red Sox star pitcher Curt Schilling’s video game company, 38 Studios. Little Rhody gave Schilling a $75 million loan as an incentive to locate in the Ocean State, as part of a new Knowledge District in downtownRead More

DC, Pittsburgh (and Baltimore) – UPDATE

Got a few conferences and such coming up, thought you folks might like to know: Monday, April 29 “GOOD Community Engages the Arts” organized by Think Local First DC and Listen Local First Tropicalia 2001 14th Street NW (under the Subway) Washington, DC 6:30 – 9pm Info and registration (it’s free) (This panel features a whoppingRead More