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SAVE THE DATE! The Iowa Cultural Coalition's Advocacy Day will be a breakfast in the East Wing of the State Capitol Rotunda (1st Floor) from 7-9 a.m. Feb 15, 2011.
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|Reflecting on the Year: Alive and Well!By Mary Sundet Jones, IAC Administrator
Fiscal Year 2010 was difficult for a lot of Iowans who were faced with losing jobs and business in a struggling economy. Despite the across-the-board budget cuts and staff reductions we experienced in state government over the last year, the Iowa Arts Council made good progress in support of our mission to enrich the quality of life for Iowans through support of the arts. We've said it before and will say it again: the arts are alive and well in Iowa!
This year we launched the Live the Arts in Iowa campaign with a colorful, vibrant logo that is beginning to appear in programs, brochures, and on Web sites of our cultural organizations. Our Live the Arts Facebook page is a terrific resource for connecting people who care about the arts in Iowa, with nearly 1,500 members so far - just scan the page and you easily sense how active the arts are in our state! Iowa Roots, too, has reached thousands of Iowa Public Radio listeners every Saturday and Sunday evening as it airs stories of Iowans who carry on their cultural traditions.
The annual Public Art Networking Conference, this time in downtown Des Moines' Western Gateway Park and the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, connected artists and civic organizations seeking to boost their public art offerings.
What else happened at the IAC in the last year?
- With the help of 36 peer reviewers and all IAC staff, we processed (that means received, entered into databases, reviewed, and responded to) a total of 730 grant applications, and over 400 grants in eight different grant programs.
- We completed Creative Classrooms: a 2-year partnership with the Kennedy Center and Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, intensively training teaching artists in arts integration techniques, curriculum writing, and residency skills.
- We partnered with Bravo Greater Des Moines to host Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, for his Arts in Crisis 50-State Tour, focusing on arts management in times of economic uncertainty.
- We administered $303,000 in federal stimulus funds to support Arts Job Preservation Grants, retaining arts jobs in a difficult economic climate.
- We brought new partners and poets into the Poetry Out Loud program, giving it greater local interest and ownership.
- We partnered with others to help implement the Iowa Culture and Language Conference, the Iowa Latino Conference, and the tri-state Midwest Folk Festival.
- IAC staff members led grants workshops, training webinars, and conference sessions that impacted more than 1,000 people in the past year.
- We participated in planning committees and conversations with many groups and agencies, including (partial list):
- Crossroads Entertainment and Art Experience
- Quad City Arts/Quad Cities CVB/Experience Quad Cities
- Iowa Nonprofit Summit
- Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa
- Afterschool model program development group
- Des Moines Public Schools arts school planning group
- Iowa Department for the Blind
Looking back, it's been an amazing year. We're full steam ahead again in FY 2011, and looking forward to another year of supporting Iowa's valuable arts and cultural organizations!
|Get Involved - Become an IAC Panelist!
Iowa Arts Council panelists serve an important role in Iowa's arts community by utilizing their expertise to evaluate grant applications for state funding and artist applications for juried Artist Rosters.
IAC is looking for panelists with a broad range of artistic and cultural viewpoints who are willing to commit time and energy into making thoughtful recommendations based on established program guidelines and criteria.
The Iowa Arts Council maintains a pool of potential panelists in order to assemble review panels of qualified and interested individuals. Panelists are selected based on their outstanding knowledge of and professional expertise in individual artistic spheres, education, and organization management; and to be as geographically representational as possible.
*Inclusion in the panelist pool does not guarantee that you will be called to serve as a panelist for the IAC, but does give us the information we need to consider you for a panel. Being in the panel pool does not obligate you to serve - it only indicates that the opportunity to serve is there.
If you are interested in becoming a Panelist, download the Panel Description Sheet to learn more about what's involved in each panel, then fill out and send in the Panelist Profile Form to nominate yourself to be a panelist.
For questions please contact Veronica O'Hern at Veronica.OHern@iowa.gov.
|Bring the 2010 Public Art Networking Conference to Your Community
The Iowa Arts Council is seeking proposals to host a one- or two-day Iowa Public Art Networking (IPAN) Conference, meeting or workshop during fiscal year 2011.
Proposals may be emailed to Bruce.Williams@iowa.gov and must be received by Sept. 30, 2010. The Iowa Arts Council will award $1,000 to the host organization to help support the conference, which must be matched.
The Iowa Public Art Network, a peer group of the Iowa Arts Council's Public Art & Design Program, works to advance the value of public art in Iowa and the professional standards and practices in the field of public art. IPAN represents artists, public art administrators, and public art enthusiasts. IPAN Conferences have occurred in Cedar Rapids/Waterloo (2006), Iowa City (2007), Council Bluffs/Omaha (2008), and Des Moines (2009).
For the complete RFP and to see examples of previous IPAN conference registration flyers and brochures, visit the Iowa Public Art Network page on the IAC's web site.
|Ten Lessons the Arts Teach
By David Law
David Law is the 7th-8th grade band director at Vernon Middle School in Marion. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and member of many state and national music associations, including the current chair of the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education. He is currently the Chair of the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education. In 2004, Law was named Educator of the Year from Linn County. Here, Law emphasizes arts education as a foundation for creativity and innovation and reminds everyone involved in educating students - teachers, parents, artists and administrators - of their role in this.
As we start the school year I want to remind you of how very important you are in the well-being of students' daily lives and for their entire life. You are the spark, you are the inspiration, and you are the reason they come to school. You will help make them human (and doesn't the world need more humans?). You are the best and the brightest and we desperately need you to make that daily difference in those impressionable lives.
You are important and you are the reason for Arts Education! The following is a list that I have used for reflection with my teaching.
Ten Lessons the Arts Teach
By Elliot Eisner
The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.
The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor number exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.
The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects. The arts traffic in subtleties.
The arts teach students to think through and within a material. All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said. When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.
The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source, and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.
SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications.
Call for Public Art: Cedar Rapids Mural Trail Society
The Cedar Rapids Mural Trail Society (crMTS) seeks to commission an artist/artist team to develop a piece of public art to be installed in the space shown above. As the first of many pieces of public art to be commissioned for the Mural Trail, crMTS seeks:
- An artist/artist team that can involve community members in the creative process
- Artwork that will unfold local history while creating excitement and learning opportunities for the community
This artwork should:
- Excite the community to learn more about Cedar Rapids' history and culture
- Inspire people of all ages to remember the past while leaving a legacy promoting community spirit and pride
- Create visual experiences while revitalizing the area's streetscapes
Budget for the project is $10,000 to $15,000; the postmark deadline for the receipt of materials is Friday, Sept. 17, 2010.
With the theme, "Downtown Coming to Life: 1870-1920," the first phase of the 3-phase mural trail project focuses on Cedar Rapids' past. The topic of the artwork should incorporate this theme as well as some hidden historical images.
For complete submission requirements and RFP, visit www.crmurals.org or email email@example.com, (319) 775-5417.
How Tanya Gertz Lives the Arts in Iowa
Tanya Gertz is the director of campus programming at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. In her role, she curates the Center Stage Series of performing artists and has been the president of the Iowa Arts Presenters since 2007.
What are you most looking forward to in your upcoming season at Luther?Luther College celebrates its sesquicentennial in 2011, and I am excited about highlighting our academic tradition of inspiring and training artists. Cantus, with alumnus Eric Hopkins '99, joins the Center Stage Series in March, and then Church Basement Ladies, produced by alumnus Curt Wollan'73, will send us home laughing in April. Both Hopkins and Wollan will offer workshops for our current budding student artists and the community, and it will be a true joy to highlight their work on campus.
What do you hear out-of-town performers say most often about Iowa?
Performers at Luther are often struck by the genuine kindness, warmth, and enthusiastic welcome from our audience. The Center Stage Series has a tradition of having a local student grandmother make homemade lefse for our performers, and we do our best to also highlight our local farmers in our official hospitality. Both offer a connection not only to Luther College, but also to a piece of Iowa's community and culture.
Who is your favorite Iowa artist?
I discovered Storypeople after moving to the artistic town of Decorah, and really enjoy the playfulness and thoughtfulness of each piece. The workshop, employing many local visual artists, is located right on Decorah's main street and you can peek in to see the creation take place. Also, we have many potters and I think that Elisabeth Maurland's vivid pottery that is filled with bright colors and artistic animals may be my favorite.
What performance has surprised you the most? How?
I never know if an audience will connect with an artist in the same way I have. In 2009, Diavolo Dance Theatre performed on our Series and left me stunned by their ability to connect with my whole campus, local schools, and the community. Their dance performances use everyday items like doors, chairs and stairways to provide the back-drop for boldly dramatic movement - leaping, flying, and twirling among other things. I will never forget hearing my entire hall gasp simultaneously!
Look out the nearest window - what do you see?
I am very lucky-I look out my window and see a full perennial garden, currently full of purple, pink, and yellow and an outdoor bronze sculpture by Paul Granlund. The sculpture is titled "3-D Life Tree." It connects with a Tree of Life sculpture on the front of my venue, and it also seems to welcome us into life's dance.
If you didn't live in Iowa - where would you live and why?
I would want to replicate some parts of my Iowa life-a place full of art, artistic and thoughtful people, and access to wonderful local food.
What did you do last Friday night?
I celebrated a friend's completion of their doctoral degree, and then knitted two arms for a purple and pink striped knitted monster.
|"Hotel Room Art" With an Iowa Twist
By Alex Drzycimski, intern
While there are many hotels in Iowa with art and history represented in their buildings, a select few really strive to capture the spirit of Iowa through art. Around the state, many hotels use paintings, artifacts and photography to demonstrate Iowa's rich culture.
The next time you're travelling in the state, be sure to notice the Iowa art in hotels like these:
The Coralville Marriott, Coralville: The Coralville Marriott is proud to display more than 1,000 pieces of art work throughout the hotel, including the work of Iowa painters, pastel artists, sculptors, glass artists, and more. The work was carefully chosen to enhance the decor of the hotel and showcase Iowa's great artist community. The hotel also features an Iowa Writer's Library, housing manuscripts from the country's oldest society of writers.
Hotel Pattee, Perry: Each of the 40 rooms in the Hotel Pattee offers a truly unique experience for guests to live in the midst of a historic setting. All rooms are individually themed to gives guests a different aspect of Iowa heritage. The hosts at the Hotel Pattee make a concerted effort to celebrate the history, art and craftsmanship of the Midwest.
Hotel Julien Dubuque, Dubuque: During the renovation of the historic Hotel Julien Dubuque, a stockpile of artifacts were found. Wanting to preserve history, the owners of this hotel used the artifacts in decorating the rooms and lobby. In the suites, guests will find celebrated city scenes of Dubuque that give the rooms a historic feel. European pen and ink drawings and a massive Victorian-era mirror are just a few of the items recovered for renovations and now contribute to the hotel's rich display.
The Inn at Okoboji, Okoboji: This year The Inn at Okoboji celebrated 114 years in business on the shores of West Lake Okoboji. Throughout their long history, photographs of the surrounding area have been captured and held on to. All over The Inn at Okoboji, you can find these pictures that date back as far as the late 1800s.
MonteBello Bed & Breakfast Inn, Ames: The MonteBello B&B Inn captures the essence of Mexico with their award-winning hacienda. The MonteBello features five distinct rooms, all designed to capture a different aspect of Mexican culture. The guest rooms are not the only rooms that represent Mexican culture, however. The inn entryway features a large mural entitled "The Encounter: The Meeting of Two Worlds" that represents the relationship between different Mexican cultures and tribes. The living room, dining room, and kitchen also display various pieces of Mexican artwork and decorations to make the inn an all-encompassing experience.
Elections and the Arts: Are You Asking the Questions?The 2010 midterm elections will have a significant impact on policy-making at all levels. Every Iowa state representative, half of the state senators, all of Iowa's U.S. Congressional delegation, the governor, and the state auditor are included in the election.
Does it matter to you how political candidates will respond when, as elected officials, they face decisions about support for the arts? If so, this election season is the time to ask the questions, and let them know what their constituents care about.
Check out the National Assembly for State Arts Agencies' latest Advocate issue: Elections 2010: Campaigning for Public Arts Support. It provides a few clear, basic questions you can ask candidates - and lets you know what kinds of advocacy activities nonprofit organizations can (and can't) engage in.
Let your elected officials know how you feel -- as a smart teacher said once, they can't smell what you're thinking!
School is Now in Session, and so is Poetry Out Loud!School is starting and that means it's time for teachers to start their Poetry Out Loud curriculum. Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials, curriculum, and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country.
This year, your school's POL program can be enhanced by connecting to the brand-new IAC POL Touring Poets Team. The Touring Poets Team will travel to Iowa's four POL Partner venues to provide workshops for teachers and students: Lamb Arts, Ltd. in Sioux City; the Des Moines Social Club in Des Moines; the Grinnell Area Arts Council in Grinnell; and the Stephen Sondheim Center for Performing Arts in Fairfield. These workshops focus on the criteria for a successful recitation; stage presence and performance, as well as understanding and connecting with a poem/ poet.
The Touring Poets Team includes international poet Heather Derr Smith, spoken word poet Daron Richardson, actor Matthew McIver and teacher Yvette Zarod Herman. Touring Poets Team Workshops will be held this fall at LAMB Arts Regional Theatre, Sioux City; Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, Fairfield; Des Moines Social Club and the Grinnell Area Arts Council. Two workshops have been scheduled so far: at the Grinnell Area Arts Council on Oct. 22 and LAMB Arts Regional Theatre in Sioux City on Oct. 23.
For more information about the Touring Arts Team, Poetry Out Loud resources and to sign up for Poetry Out Loud, visit www.iowaartscouncil.org or contact Dawn Martinez Oropeza, Arts in Education Coordinator (515) 281-5773; firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Brunnier Delays Exhibitions Due to Flooding
No one could have predicted the heavy rainfall and resulting flooding around the Ames area in mid-August, which surpassed even 1993 levels.
Benton Auditorium in the Scheman Building was submerged to the 5th row on the 2nd floor.The Iowa State Center in Ames, which includes Hilton Coliseum, Stephens Auditorium, Jack Trice Stadium and the Scheman building were greatly affected because of their proximity to Squaw Creek, which overflowed its banks to wreak havoc on residents and businesses.
Fortunately, the University Museums' collections, located in the Scheman Building, sustained no damage. But numerous pedestals, shelving units, display cases, packing supplies, and exhibition supplies stored on the ground level could not be salvaged.
"The building has been cleaned and treated to protect against biological growth, and ready for repairs to drywall and the replacement of furnishings and mechanicals," said staff member Allison Juull. "We'll maintain a skeletal staff until the Scheman Building opens to the public once again, but a reopening date has yet to be determined."
Brunnier and Schman Building staff assess the damage and how to tackle cleaning in the lower pit storage area.
Clean-up began the afternoon of Aug. 11 in the Scheman Building with the help of Service Master flood recovery teams. By Friday, the water had receded enough to begin pumping out the lower level. Temporary environmental controls were set up for the museum spaces, temporary power was run through to critical parts of the building and the recovery of salvageable materials from the ground floor all took place in the days following. Staff, volunteers, and present and former museum interns helped to inventory the damaged/ruined materials and clean the salvageable supplies from the ground floor.
Power has yet to be restored to Scheman Building and the building remains closed to the public. As a result, the Brunnier Art Museum and Store will remain closed until further notice. At this time there is no estimate available for when the Scheman Building will be fully operational and open to the public. The University Museums Offices are temporarily located in the Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall. Any updates to this closure, as well as the revised exhibition schedule, are posted on the University Museums' Web site.
The University Museums is accepting donations in support of flood relief efforts. For further information about supporting the University Museums, please contact Sue Olson at (515) 294-9500 or email@example.com.
|NEA Funding for Iowa Folklife Survey in Central and South Central Iowa
For the past two years, folklorists working with the Iowa Arts Council identified, photographed, and interviewed folk artists in 34 western Iowa counties and 18 north Iowa counties.
Now, thanks to continued and increased funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the survey will be able to continue in central and south central Iowa. Newly contracted folklorists Laura Marcus Green and LuAnne Kozma will visit these counties: Marshall, Tama, Dallas, Polk, Jasper, Poweshiek, Madison, Warren, Marion, Mahaska, Clark, Lucas, Monroe, Decatur, Wayne and Appanoose.
"These surveys provide valuable information about folk and ethnic traditions across Iowa; they give us a good sense of those who are passing them on as well as where and how," said Riki Saltzman, Iowa Folklife Coordinator.
LuAnn KozmaKozma documented 67 traditional artists in north central Iowa in 2009-10. This year she'll be focusing on those counties in the south central part of the state. Her experience over the past 30 years includes work with the Michigan Traditional Arts Program and Michigan 4-H Youth program at Michigan State University Museum.
Dr. Laura Marcus Green is an independent folklorist, writer, and consultant based in Santa Fe, N.M. who will focus on central Iowa folk and traditional arts. Her experience includes community-based research and projects, publications, and exhibits. She directs the Institute for Cultural Partnership's Building Cultural Bridges project, a national initiative encouraging interdisciplinary support for refugee and immigrant arts and heritage through publications, presentations, and community-based workshops.
Dr. Laura Marcus GreenThis survey of central and south central Iowa will encompass the traditions of various ethnic and regional groups (Burmese, Cambodian, Croatian, Dinka, Greek, Guatemalan, Hmong, Irish, Iraqi, Lao, Lebanese, Mexican, Meskwaki, Norwegian, Nuer, Tai Dam, Vietnamese, African American, Italian, Jewish) as well as farm & waterways traditions, foodways, old time music, quilting, auctioneering, and others yet to be documented.
If you know folk & traditional artists who should be documented in this survey, please contact Riki Saltzman, IAC Folklorist, firstname.lastname@example.org or (515) 242-6195 with name(s), a short description of the traditional art form, and contact information. Or, feel free to contact Dr. Laura Marcus Green at email@example.com or LuAnne Kozma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Important: New ADA Regulations for Cultural Venues
On Monday, July 26, 2010-the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-the U.S. Department of Justice announced the publication of new revised ADA regulations that will impact theaters, museums, parks, performing and arts centers. The changes include:
- Revisions to the ADA design standards, commonly referred to as the ADAAG/ADAAS;
- New rules for the sale of tickets for accessible seating; and
- New definitions for "Service Animal" and "Wheelchairs and Powered Mobility Devices."
The new rules will be published in the Federal Register, and will take effect six months after publication in the Federal Register (18 months for the new design standards).
How can you find out more about these new regulations? Easy to read fact sheets can be found at the U.S. Department of Justice, Disability Rights Section Web site. Also, keep an eye on the U.S. Department of Justice Web site for announcements, guidance, and additional factsheets to help you understand how to comply with and implement these new rules.
The Iowa Arts Council will also post links to this information on the Accessibility section of our Web site in the coming months.
|Governor Culver, Lt. Governor Judge Announce Cultural Grants Recipients
Governor Chet Culver and Lt. Governor Patty Judge have announced 22 grants totaling $51,061 to support small and mid-sized arts, history and cultural organizations in Iowa.
"Iowa's arts, cultural and history organizations make significant contributions to the quality of life and economic vitality of our state, but one of their biggest challenges is covering operational expenses," Governor Culver said. "These grants, while modest in size, will play a big role in helping these organizations continue to fulfill their missions in service to Iowans."
The Small Operating Support grant program, administrated by the Department of Cultural Affairs, is designed to help small and mid-sized arts, history and cultural organizations with operational expenses, such as personnel, equipment purchases, software purchases, staff training or marketing and promotional expenses.
Applicants may apply for up to $2,500 to support specific expenses that help their day-to-day operations. Grant recipients may use the funds for expenditures occurring Sept. 1, 2010-June 30, 2011. Take a look at this year's list of grantees to see the range of important basic expenditures these grants will support.
|¡Latinos en Movimiento! A través del activismo, la educación y el arte
"Latinos in Movement! Through Activism, Education and the Arts" will be the theme for the 12th annual Strengthening and Valuing Latino Communities in Iowa Conference Oct. 15-16 in Iowa City.
The Iowa Latino Conference provides an opportunity to explore issues facing Latino communities in Iowa and to build collective strength to address the challenges. The conference is coordinated by a statewide volunteer planning committee and administered by The University of Iowa School of Social Work.
IAC staff member Dawn Martinez Oropeza has been the Arts and Culture Chair for the conference the last four years. With Iowa City's active dance community, and highly celebrated University of Iowa Department of Dance, Oropeza called on co-chair and IAC Teaching Artist Nora Garda to help highlight these opportunities during the conference.
There are many opportunities to participate, experience and support dance at the conference this year. Experience a variety of dance including ballet, modern, tango and traditional Aztec. Sessions will focus on Tango Fusion with InterDance and Aztec Dance with Omeyocan Dance Company. Master dance classes will be offered by Carlos Carrillo from La Compañía Nacional de Danza, Mexico City. Also, enjoy an extended performance from University of Iowa Professors Eloy Barragán, Armando Duarte and Company, as well as InterDance, Omeyocan Dance Company, and special guests from La Compañía Nacional de Danza, Mexico City Carlos Carrillo, Jessica Sandoval-Solios and Yazmin Fernanda Barragan Rossillo.
Click here for complete schedule and information.
|IAC Out & About
Sept. 1: Bruce Williams to Mitchellville for Art in State Buildings meeting
Sept. 4-5: Riki Saltzman to Tai Dam Festival and Latino Fest, Des Moines
Sept. 10: Cyndi Pederson and Mary Sundet Jones to Iowa City for IAC board meeting
Sept. 11: Bruce Williams to Dubuque for Voices from the Warehouse District exhibition
Sept. 11: Riki Saltzman to North Liberty for the Iowa Refugee & Immigrant Cultural Celebration
Sept. 13-16: Dawn Martinez Oropeza to Washington, D.C., for NEA Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth Dance panel
Sept. 13-17: Sarah Ekstrand and Cyndi Pederson to Indianapolis, Ind., for Midwest Arts Conference
Sept. 19: Riki Saltzman to Duncan for 8th Annual Duncanfest
Sept. 24-25: Dawn Martinez Oropeza to Madison, Wis., for Gard Symposium on community arts programming
Host a Creative Conversation in October: Be a part of National Arts and Humanities Month by hosting a Creative Conversation in your community this October. The Creative Conversations program brings together the emerging arts leaders in your community to discuss how to advance the arts where you live. Last year, more than 1,500 emerging arts leaders participated in 43 locally hosted Creative Conversations nationally, and those leaders continue to be engaged at the national level today. To find out how to host or join an already-planned event, visit the Americans for the Arts Web site.
Minnesota: University Launches Degree in Arts & Cultural Leadership, MinnPost.com (Aug. 16, 2010): "The program aims to help leaders become part of the larger 'community conversation,' and have an impact on major decisions affecting the sustainability of the Twin Cities or the state as a whole through an 'arts and cultural lens.'"
Museums Observe Patrons to Improve Visitor Experience, The Wall Street Journal (Aug. 18, 2010): "More museums are paying to send stealth observers through their galleries. Based on what they see, the museums may rearrange art or rewrite the exhibit notes. Their efforts reflect the broader change in the mission of museums: It's no longer enough to hang artfully curated works. Museum exhibits are expected to be interactive and engaging. As well, many foundations and donors are requiring proof that their funding is well-spent, and the studies provide data to show a rise in traffic or exhibit engagement."
Massachusetts: New Law Aims to Measure Creativity by School, Daily Hampshire Gazette (Aug. 18, 2010): Thanks to ground-breaking legislation signed into law this summer, public schools in Massachusetts will be ranked not only on how they perform on standardized tests but also on whether their respective curricula encourage students to think outside of the box."
PBS Launches Expanded Arts Web site, ArtDaily.org (Aug. 24, 2010): "PBS President and CEO Paula A. Kerger announced [August 24] the launch of PBS Arts, a new Web site that offers Americans the opportunity to experience the arts and explore the creative process through special virtual exhibits, videos from PBS national and local programs and interactive features.
Opera Lover Targets Young People with $25 Seats, The Wall Street Journal (Aug. 25, 2010): Agnes Varis, the founder and former president of several pharmaceutical companies, including Agvar Chemicals, Marsam Pharmaceuticals and Aegis Pharmaceuticals, is on a mission to build a younger audience for the Metropolitan Opera, where she is a trustee. 'The opera's like Broadway but better. It's got sex, it's got incest, it's got rape,' she said. 'You introduce young people to music, you've got them for life.'"
Is There a Life for Female Artists Over Fifty? You Betcha! (Aug. 26, 2010): "What's it like to be a serious, professional, exhibiting female artist over 50, well over 50, and not be an art star - yet.
How Music Makes You Exercise, The New York Times (Aug. 29, 2010): "The interplay of exercise and music is fascinating and not fully understood, perhaps in part because, as a science, it edges into multiple disciplines, from physiology to biomechanics to neurology. No one doubts that people respond to music during exercise. Just look at the legions of iPod-toting exercisers on running paths and in gyms."
Become a $5 Art Collector With the Art-o-mat, Nutgraf.net (Aug. 30, 2010): "In the Luce Foundation Center, a room with free coffee, an eclectic group of sculptures and a strange glow, I found myself in front of an old cigarette vending machine with a new life."
|IRS Gives Reprieve to Non-Filers
The IRS has given a reprieve to nonprofit organizations that missed the May deadline for filing their 990-N forms. Nonprofits with gross receipts of $25,000 or less that had not filed in the last three years were to have filed the form in May in order to maintain their tax exempt status. That deadline has been extended to October 15. Click here to file electronically by completing an e-postcard. Click here to determine if your organization needs to file the form.