Michigan: Striking Musicians, Symphony Reach Tentative Agreement
Detroit Free Press
, 4/4/11
"The striking musicians and management of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra reached a tentative contract settlement [April 3]. The deal paves the way for the end of the bitter six-month strike that has left deep institutional scars while symbolizing a turbulent era of change and economic uncertainty among American orchestras. If approved by the full membership of the orchestra, the deal would end the longest and most contentious labor dispute among American orchestras in decades."


Washington: Bill to Extend Local Tax for Arts Derails
SeattlePI.com's Strange Bedfellows blog, 4/3/11
"A bill that would extend taxes now being used to pay off Seattle’s sports stadiums to help support the arts and expand the city’s convention center may be dead. In a strange series of events, HB–1997 was approved by the Senate Ways and Means Committee 11–9 late [on April 1]. However, two senators on the panel were absent and the measure needed 12 senators to sign a report on the motion to move it out of the panel. That didn’t happen—and [April 1] was a deadline for certain pieces of legislation to make it out of Ways and Means. So does that mean 1997 has expired? 'Yes, barring any procedural effort to revive it,' Senate Democratic caucus spokesman Jeff Reading said."



Culture and Communities

Ohio: Cleveland Project to Lure Artists to the City
The Plain Dealer, 4/5/11
"Cleveland's Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) will receive a $250,000 grant from New York-based Leveraging Investments in Creativity to build local artist communities. The grant, the largest project grant in the Cleveland organization's history, must be matched within a year, said Thomas Schorgl, president and CEO. Seven other arts groups around the country will receive money from Leveraging Investments, which is awarding a total of $1.25 million in grants. The two-year CPAC Artist in Residence project will provide low-interest loans for artists and nonartists who live or will move into Cleveland neighborhoods. The money will support projects that revitalize neighborhoods through artistic participation."


North Carolina: Economy Forces University to Close Museum
Associated Press, 4/2/11
"Dozens of quilts, weaving looms, and even a moonshine still are without a home now that Appalachian State University has closed its Appalachian Cultural Museum in Boone. University officials blame budget cuts for their decision to disperse the eclectic collection that has been part of the university since 1989…The Appalachian Cultural Museum was established as a way to tell the true story of the Appalachian people, said Neva Specht, who serves on a committee trying to decide what to do with the hundreds of artifacts now in storage…With poverty playing a prominent role in Appalachia’s image, some say the museum’s loss of funding seems even more poignant."



Arts Education and the Creative Workforce

California: Senate Considers New Creativity & Innovation Index
Neon Tommy, 4/5/11
"A California Senate committee is expected to vote on SB 789 [this week] which, if passed, would create the Advisory Committee on Creative and Innovative Education. The Committee would develop an Index of Creative and Innovative Education and would make recommendations to the Superintendent of Public Instruction…The committee members would have to be experts in innovation 'in specified fields, and to reflect a diverse, creative workforce, as specified,' Around the Capital said…The index would provide California schools with the opportunity to share their progress in teaching and fostering creativity."

Arizona: Nonprofit Group Fights for Local A
rts Education

The Arizona Republic, 4/5/11
"Amid continuing budget cuts, the Kyrene Music Fine Arts Association (KMFA), a 17-year-old nonprofit, is working harder than ever to assure Kyrene School District students have access to music, visual, and performing arts education. Helping teachers meet their classroom needs is the driving goal of KMFA, composed of parents, community members, and fine-arts educators who meet monthly at the district office…Working closely with the Kyrene School District, KMFA funds scholarships to students in financial need, provides supplies for classrooms, underwrites art events and advocates for arts in education by attending teacher and governing board meetings and professional conferences."

Massachusetts: Marsalis Extends Arts Education Reach to Harvard
The Boston Globe, 4/3/11
"Wynton Marsalis will become a recurring presence on the Harvard University campus, as part of Harvard President Drew Faust’s initiative to better integrate the arts into education there…Marsalis will spend two or three days in Cambridge six times during the next two years, beginning with a visit this month that includes a lecture/performance…His lectures will address the relationship between music and the American identity, and include performances by his own quintet, a New Orleans parade band, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, among others."


Public Investment in the Arts

Maine: Mural Battle Could Cost State Money
, 4/5/11
"The federal government says it wants back money it provided to Maine if the state's governor does not reinstall a mural the funds helped pay for in its Department of Labor building…State officials said removal of the mural was needed to reflect a new image for the department, one not tilted toward organized labor. They said visitors to the lobby had complained that the mural is anti-business…Acting Maine Labor Commissioner Laura Boyett had earlier announced a contest to replace the names affixed to the conference rooms, which include Cesar Chavez and Frances Perkins. Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association. Perkins served as labor secretary under President Franklin D. Roosevelt."

District of Columbia: Arts Advocates Head to the Hill
Los Angeles Times
Culture Monster blog, 4/5/11
"In 1992, Kevin Spacey and Alec Baldwin appeared together in the film version of David Mamet's play Glengarry Glen Ross, about a group of downmarket real estate salesmen in Chicago. On [April 5], the actors were again pounding the pavement, this time teaming up to generate support for the arts on Capitol Hill. The event was the 24th Annual Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., organized by Americans for the Arts…Funding for the nation's three main cultural grantmaking agencies—the NEA, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—would fall about 13.3 percent under the proposed federal budget."


The Creative Economy and The Private Sector

Business Design Company Founder: Hire from the Humanities
Harvard Business Review, 3/31/11
"Business leaders around the world have told me that they despair of finding people who can help them solve wicked problems—or even get their heads around them. It's not that firms don't have smart people working with them…Intellectual wattage is not lacking. It's the right intellectual wattage that's hard to find…This is because our educational systems focus on teaching science and business students to control, predict, verify, guarantee, and test data…People trained in the humanities who study Shakespeare's poetry, or Cezanne's paintings, say, have learned to play with big concepts, and to apply new ways of thinking to difficult problems that can't be analyzed in conventional ways."


Philanthropy & Fundraising in the Arts

Indiana: Five-Year Grant to Help Expand City Arts Campus
The Journal Gazette
, 4/5/11
"Arts United is ready to begin work on a new addition to the downtown art scene, thanks in part to a grant provided by the English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation. A portion of the $1.4 million grant will be used to purchase and renovate the Auer Center for Arts and Culture which will eventually house arts and cultural organizations, including Fort Wayne Ballet. The $1.4 million will be awarded over the course of five years. In addition to improvements at the Auer Center, a portion of the money will go toward the organization’s next five annual fund drives, says Dan Ross, director of community development for Arts United."



Arts Canvas: The View from the Field
Stephanie Evans, Local Arts Agency Services Coordinator
Americans for the Arts


On Sunday, April 3, I was excited to participate in the 4th Annual Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium hosted by American University. This event is timed each year to correspond with Arts Advocacy Day, and it’s a fantastic way for emerging arts leaders across the country to come together, network, and participate in professional development prior to the advocacy activities taking place. 

This year, I spoke on the What Makes a Good Arts Leader panel, along with Ian David Moss (Fractured Atlas and Createquity.com), Jamie Bennett (National Endowment for the Arts), and Michael Bobbitt (Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo, MD), and moderated by Michael Wilkerson (American University).

As a 2008 graduate of American University’s Arts Management program, and the staff liaison at Americans for the Arts to the national Emerging Leaders Network and Council, I was excited to be part of this conversation.

At the beginning of the panel, I spoke very briefly on what I’ve learned about leadership since I graduated from American University, and I wanted to expand a bit on those ideas in this blog post…

To read the rest of Stephanie's blog post, comment, and to browse other entries, visit Americans for the Arts' ARTSblog.



Public Art Blog Salon – Next Week on ARTSblog
Next week, public art experts from across the country will discuss, analyze, and present the latest information on the subject through our annual Public Art Blog Salon on ARTSblog. Take part by reading the posts and commenting or posing a question. New posts will be added throughout the week.

Webinar: Contracts and Copyrights Part II
Aimed at public artists and administrators, and continuing the discussion from Part I, the presenters will host an in-depth webinar discussing contracts and copyrights, including the Visual Artist Rights Act. All webinars are free for Americans for the Arts members. If you would like to join in order to view this, or many other webinars, visit our Membership page.

The Art of Science Learning Conferences
Although the first conference is being held today and tomorrow in Washington, DC, there is still time to register for two additional sessions in Chicago and San Diego later this year. The conference will provide attendees with new ways to use methods from the creative arts to develop hands-on, imaginative approaches to science education, attract students to the STEM disciplines, and retain their interest. The conferences will also explore the connection between the arts and American economic competitiveness. For more information on the two upcoming conferences, visit the ASL website.