The Top 10 Arts Policy Stories of 2014

The Diego Rivera Mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts – photo by Quick fix

We always knew that art had the power to inspire wonder, hope, greed, fear and anger. Now, we can add bankruptcy negotiations and terrorist threats to the list.

Changes to Federal Rules for Nonprofits (and other July stories)

Capitol Hill, Washington DC - by Flickr user KP Tripathi, Creative Commons license

Policymakers approve budgets for the NEA and NEH and consider a number of changes to rules governing charitable donations, while the IRS makes it easier for small organizations to secure nonprofit status.

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

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

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

Early spring public arts funding update

FEDERAL In the recently released federal budget for fiscal year 2015, President Obama proposes a meager increase in allocations for the arts compared to last year. Federally-backed museums will enjoy the bulk of that increase, while funding for NEA and NEH is essentially unchanged after factoring in inflation. Speaking of those agencies, President Obama also announced his plan to appointRead More