Arts Insights Newsletter

Arts Insights October 2016

13:12 03 November in Arts Insights Newsletter

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] Content is King: Planning Museum Projects Carolynne Harris, Vice President [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Cultural facility planning is a complex process – for performing arts facilities, mixed-use spaces, and museums. Following “Are You Ready for a Cultural Facility Project?” by ACG Senior Advisor Willem Brans (2015), this edition of Arts Insights will distinguish the process and particular concerns for planning museum projects. Key Factors A key factor in museum planning is the experience you are striving to achieve for visitors, students, and communities that the museum intends to serve. The museum experience is based on content that is interstitial, not only presented on panels, with artifacts, in films, and through audio-visual components but also embedded in the physical structure and architecture of a building, the visitor engagement and educational programs, and the organizational culture. Content and visitor experience are at the core of all museum planning, not just within the exhibits. This type of...

August 2016

15:34 01 August in Arts Insights Newsletter

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_single_image image="14674" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Recent Trends in Philanthropic Giving Elisabeth B. Galley and Dale C. Hedding, Vice Presidents August 2016 [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] For many organizations, the summer months mean a (slightly) less hectic program schedule. Additionally, this season often coincides with the closing months of the fiscal year for arts and culture organizations, making it a natural and appropriate time to review your recent financial performance. One important element of any such a review is a fact-based understanding of the current philanthropic climate, both regionally and nationally. Rather than rely on past conclusions or general giving patterns, it is a good idea to review the most current available data on national funding trends. New research from two widely regarded sources, Giving USA and U.S. Trust, can provide important context and benchmarks for understanding your organization’s recent financial performance compared to trends in the marketplace. Charitable Giving Increases Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on...

August 2014

19:20 01 August in Arts Insights Newsletter

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_single_image image="14578" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] RECENT TRENDS IN PHILANTHROPIC GIVING For many cultural organizations, the last days of summer coincide with the closing months of the fiscal year ─ a natural time to review recent financial performance. In such a review it can be quite helpful to access current information on philanthropic giving nationwide rather than rely on past conclusions or general impressions about recent giving patterns. By reviewing updated data on national funding trends, organizations can place their own financial results in a real-world context, a perspective that can be quite helpful in shaping successful long-term strategies. Recent research from two widely regarded sources, Giving USA and The Foundation Center, is easily accessed on the web and can help to provide such context. CHARITABLE GIVING RISES Giving USA 2014, a report from the Giving USA Foundation based on research conducted by Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, provides...

Arts Insights July 2014

18:53 01 July in Arts Insights Newsletter

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] Creating a Superb, Self-Managed Board Laurie Dowling, Senior Consultant; Susan Trapnell, Senior Advisor; Kathryn R. Martin, Vice President [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Although many factors contribute to the health of cultural organizations, the effectiveness of the board of trustees is often the single most important internal determinant of an organization’s ability to effectively pursue its mission and serve its community. The nonprofit board, as a unit, is an organization’s ultimate governance authority and thus sets the standard for its culture and ideals. When a board of trustees expects a great deal of itself, it sets the tone for everything that impacts organizational health, including problem solving strategies, resource development,  strategic thinking, and adherence to mission and vision. Artistic and administrative professionals can be inspired to extraordinary excellence by board vision, spirit, and responsibility, or they can  be reduced to mediocre performance or stagnation by myopia, group think, and lack of accountability. Ultimately, the...

Arts Insights June 2014

18:24 01 June in Arts Insights Newsletter

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] Ten Top Web Resources for Arts & Culture Leaders [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_column_text] Summer is almost here. It’s time for outdoor concerts, arts festivals, summer stock and, once again, ACG’s annual list of the top ten web resources for arts and culture leaders. Here, in no particular order, are our recommendations to bookmark for your summer reading list. Advocacy Several of this year’s top ten appeared on our list last year. But while most have updated their sites with new resources, perhaps none of these new features is as useful (or, indeed, impressive) as the Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts section now being featured on the Americans for the Arts website. Here, you can access hard data on the impact arts organizations (both nonprofit and for-profit) are having on communities across the United States − including  yours. These free reports (which are available by state, county, or legislative district) pull...

May 2014

16:32 01 May in Arts Insights Newsletter

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_single_image image="14578" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] CAN COMMUNITY IMPACT BE STRENGTHENED BY MERGING? THE RIGHT PROCESS REVEALS THE ANSWER Kathryn R. Martin, Vice President Arts and culture organization Board and executive leaders continually focus on the needs of the ever-changing communities that they serve. They regularly evaluate how their organizations will deliver on their mission, manage capital resources, keep abreast of shifting demographics and giving trends, and plan for the increasing cost of doing business. What may have been adequate in the past or present may not be “enough” in the future. Creative and anticipatory changes,  solutions and approaches are needed to stay relevant, impactful, inspirational, and sustainable. In some cases, shared resources or a full merger of nonprofit arts and culture organizations may be viewed as a logical and attractive move. The promise of cost savings, reduced competition for scarce funding, consolidation of overlapping missions and programs, strengthened marketing and development...

April 2014

16:27 01 April in Arts Insights Newsletter

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_single_image image="14578" img_size="full" alignment="center" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Extraordinary Boards: A Key Factor in Organizational Sustainability Susan Trapnell, Senior Advisor Although many factors contribute to the health of arts and cultural organizations, an effective  board is the single most important determinant of an organization’s ability to thrive, withstand adversity, and rise to new challenges. Because the board hires an organization’s professional leadership, determines expectations against which to evaluate that leadership, and has the authority to override that leadership, the Board either impels or stalls the organization's forward momentum.  No organization can rise above the limitations of its board. The successful self-perpetuating Board also identifies, cultivates, and recruits its  own  strong leaders and builds a succession plan to ensure its longevity and that of the organization it governs. Board and professional leaders are most effective when working as a partnership of equals who share the same ambitions for the organization, agree on short- and long-term...

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