News from Ohio Citizens for the Arts

A Message from OCA President, Jeff Rich: As I began thinking about my message to you this month I had just watched and listened to the State of the Union address by President Obama. There in the audience sat members of Congress co-mingled instead of parted by the isle.  It reminded me of arts advocates – regardless of our party affiliation we come together in support of our worthy cause: the arts.  We plan, design, and carryout advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.

And then, as if it were pre-planned, I received an email from Americans for the Arts. The message is fitting and I’m sharing it here with you in hopes that you will take action to begin the 2011 year of advocacy for the arts!

To follow is the message and call to action from American for the Arts:

“Tonight President Barack Obama delivered his annual State of the Union speech before the United States Congress where he addressed three areas of concern that resonate with arts advocates: federal spending, jobs and education policy.  Earlier this week, 165 conservative members of Congress representing the Republican Study Committee called for termination of the National Endowment for the Arts and key arts education programs at the U.S. Department of Education. We know that the battle to protect these programs will be tough this year, but with your help, not insurmountable.

Please take two minutes to take action and send a message to your member of Congress in support of the National Endowment for the Arts or arts education at the U.S. Department of Education.

Several major newspapers across the country interviewed Americans for the Arts President and CEO Bob Lynch in response to the dubious notion that cutting the arts will actually reduce the nation’s deficit.  In today’s New York Times, Bob pointed out that the arts support 5.7 million jobs in the United States that generate about $30 billion in taxes, nearly $13 billion of which goes to the federal government and said, “If they’re serious about jobs and they’re serious about income, they would invest more in the arts.”

Since 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts has been serving arts organizations and artists in every state and every community.  The arts not only play an important role in our nation’s well-being and foster creativity and innovation, but they also create jobs and prepare our workforce to compete in the global economy. Including the arts in a comprehensive and formal education for every student is critical.  The education reforms that the President and leaders in Congress should be looking at are ones that strengthen the role of the arts and truly implement it as a core academic subject in schools throughout the country.”

It’s your turn to make a difference – send a message to your member of Congress in support of the National Endowment for the Arts or arts education at the U.S. Department of Education.  Visit the OCA website’s E-Advocacy Center and send your message today!

Senate President Tom Niehaus Announces Committee Assignments: Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond) announced on January 26th that the Senate Finance and Financial Institutions has been split into two committees. The Agriculture and Environment & Natural Resources committee  were combined into one committee.

To follow are the Committee chairs assignments:

Sen. Hite (Ag, Env. & Nat. Resources)
Sen. Lehner (Education)
Sen. Daniels (Energy & Public Utilities)
Sen. Widener (Finance)
Sen. Hughes (Financial Institutions)
Sen. Seitz (Government Oversight & Reform)
Sen. Oelslager (Health, Human Services & aging)
Sen. Patton (Highways & Transportation)
Sen. Bacon (Insurance, Commerce & Labor)
Sen. Wagoner (Judiciary-Civil Justice)
Sen. Grendell (Judiciary-Criminal Justice)
Sen. Niehaus (Rules & Reference)
Sen. Jordan (State & Local Govt. & Veterans Affairs)
Sen. Schaffer (Ways & Means & Economic Development

To follow are lists for the Finance and Education Committees:

FINANCE :Widener, Chair; Jones, Vice Chair; Bacon Daniels, Faber, Lehner, Oelslager, Patton, and Stewart, Skindell, Ranking member; Kearney, Sawyer, and Smith

EDUCATION: Lehner, Chair; Manning, Vice Chair; Beagle, Cates, Hite, Obhof Ranking Member, Sawyer; Smith, Tavares

2011 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio Registration and Ad Sales Open!: Registration is now open for the 2011 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio luncheon. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the luncheon, which will be held at noon on May 11, 2011 at the Columbus Athenaeum in downtown Columbus. The luncheon is hosted by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Single tickets, which must be purchased online at the Ohio Arts Council website, are $50 and include lunch and a dessert reception. Table sponsorships are also available through the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. To purchase a table sponsorship call Donna or Janelle at 614.221.4064. Registration closes on April 11, 2011.

Seven winners, selected from 73 nominations submitted by individuals and organizations across Ohio, will receive the 2011 Governor’s Awards for the Arts during the luncheon ceremony. Winners also will receive an original work of art by Dayton photographer Francis Schanberger.

The seven award categories and recipients are: Arts Administration, Art Falco, PlayhouseSquare (Cleveland); Arts Education, Michael Kenwood Lippert (Dayton); Arts Patron, Mary Wolfe (Perrysburg); Business Support of the Arts, Freund, Freeze & Arnold (Dayton); Community Development & Participation, Lancaster Festival (Lancaster); Individual Artist, James Friedman, photographer (Columbus); Irma Lazarus Award, Dr. Wayne Lawson (Columbus).

Registration information is available on the Ohio Arts Council website. Additionally, advertisements may be purchased for the Governor’s Awards program on the Ohio Arts Council website. Placing an advertisement in the luncheon program is an excellent way to congratulate a winner, promote an upcoming season, exhibition or performance, highlight a tourism venue or thank legislators for their support of the arts.

The 2011 Governor’s Awards ceremony and luncheon will be held in conjunction with Arts Day on May 11, 2011. Arts Day, which was created to foster a greater awareness of the value of the arts in Ohio, is a daylong event focused on advocating for the arts. It will feature tours of the Ohio Statehouse, legislative visits and exhibits and performances by students. Citizens are encouraged to participate in Arts Day by visiting with state legislators and communicating the need for public support of the arts and arts education.

Every year on Arts Day, Columbus is filled with arts supporters who share the importance of the arts in their communities. For more information on how to participate, or how to purchase table sponsorships for the luncheon, contact the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation at info@ohiocitizensforthearts.org or 614.221.4064.

The 2011 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon are presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Ohio Government Telecommunications. Media sponsors include The Blade, The Columbus Dispatch, Dayton Daily News, Ohio Magazine, WCBE-90.5 FM and CD101@102.5 FM.

Source: Ohio Arts Council

National Arts Advocacy Day April 4-5, 2011: The 24th annual Arts Advocacy Day is the only national event that brings together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with hundreds of grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.

* LEARN new ways to make the best case for the arts to decision-makers.
* NETWORK with other attendees from your state and across the country.
* BE HEARD by your members of Congress when you visit them to make the case for the arts and arts education.

There are three easy ways to register:

1. Register online
2. Register by mail
Download our printable PDF registration form and mail to:
Americans for the Arts
c/o Meetings & Events
P.O. Box 91261
Washington, DC 20090-1261
3. Register by fax
Download our printable PDF registration form and fax to:
F 202.371.0424
Attn: Meetings and Events

Download the History of the Ohio Statehouse: Free Series of iPod Video and Audio Tours Now Available. Walk through the historic Ohio Statehouse and hear and see the 150 year history of the building.

(Columbus – OH) There’s a new, hip way to explore the Ohio Statehouse: with your iPod. In celebration of the Ohio Statehouse’s 150th anniversary, the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, in partnership with the Ohio Channel, is proud to announce the launch of “Capitol Ohio,” a series of free iPod self-guided video and audio tours of the Capitol Square complex.  The video and audio tours lead visitors throughout the historic Statehouse and Capitol Square complex, highlighting the architectural features and rooms, artwork and history of the building.

With plans to develop more tours, the first 23 podcasts are available for free download on iTunes by searching “Capitol Ohio.”  The podcasts are also available at www.ohiostatehouse.org.

Tours can be downloaded by visitors prior to a Statehouse visit, or free WiFi is available in most areas of the Ohio Statehouse after visitors arrive.

The tours reflect a popular trend in tourism, downloadable podcast tours that are designed to be used on an iPod (or other digital player). The iPod as personal tour guide allows Ohio Statehouse visitors to view Capitol Square at their own pace.  The podcasts complement a very comprehensive educational and tour program at the Ohio Statehouse.  Guided tours, audio wand tours and cell phone audio tours will continue to be available and free.

“We are thrilled to offer Capitol Square visitors these free video and audio iPod tours,” said Gregg Dodd, Deputy Director of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. “It’s using today’s technology to experience what history really is. The podcasts will enhance the visitors experience and foster involvement with the online community.”

The first 23 Capitol Ohio podcast tours range in length from 45 seconds to several minutes and feature a variety of aspects of the Ohio Statehouse, Ohio Senate Building and Capitol Atrium.  Tours segments include: Dawn of a New Light painting, Lincoln Vicksburg Monument, Perry’s Victory painting, Treaty of Greenville painting, Wilbur and Orville Wright painting, Stagecoach, Rotunda floor, Ladies’ Gallery, George Washington Williams Room, Senate Chamber, Crypt, Map Room, Atrium, Ohio House of Representatives Chamber, Grand Staircase, Rotunda, Ohio Statehouse Museum and Atrium Holiday Tree.

Music, sounds and creative effects help make viewers and listeners feel as though they are stepping back in time as they learn about the building, its rooms and the historic art collection.

To access the free Ohio Statehouse podcast video and audio tours on iTunes:

1. Open iTunes on your computer or digital device.
2. Search “Capitol Ohio.”

Ohio Statehouse iPod Podcast users should download the latest version of iTunes prior to accessing the video and audio tours.

The new iPod tours have been produced by the Ohio Channel.  Ohio Statehouse wireless Internet is provided by Legislative Information Systems.

About Podcasts
Podcasting is a hybrid of the term “broadcasting” and “iPod”-and it is the latest method for distributing audio media over the Internet. Neither podcasting nor listening to podcasts requires an iPod. Any digital audio player or computer with audio-playing software can store and play podcasts. A true podcast is distinct from other types of online media delivery because of its subscription model, which makes it like a cross between a radio show and a magazine subscription.

About the Ohio Statehouse Sesquicentennial
The people of Ohio will celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Ohio Statehouse throughout 2011.  The Ohio Statehouse has served as the heart of Ohio democracy for the last 150 years.  Throughout the state, the Ohio Statehouse stands as a symbol of the legislative and executive branches of state government, and the people of Ohio.

After 22 years of construction, the Ohio Statehouse was completed in 1861 at the beginning of the American Civil War.  One hundred and fifty years later, the Ohio Statehouse continues to serve as heart of Ohio democracy.

The Statehouse is considered to be one of the most significant architectural accomplishments of the early republic.  Its Greek Revival Doric architectural details and proportions give the impression of permanence, elegance and grandeur deserved by the original State Legislature who passed a law on January 26, 1838 to build the new Statehouse.  Restored to its 1861 appearance, the Ohio Statehouse maintains its historic character as it continues to function as the center of state government in Ohio.

Throughout 2011, the Ohio Statehouse will host a variety of special events, re-enactments and exhibits to celebrate the sesquicentennial of our great Capitol Building. The events will commemorate the lasting legacy and history of the Ohio Statehouse. Through educational programs, public forums, arts projects and special events, the Ohio Statehouse Sesquicentennial will provide an opportunity for all Ohioans to learn about the history of the building, events and the people who have come to serve.

To view this press release and others, visit www.ohiostatehouse.org.

The Ohio Statehouse is more than a monument to our past; it’s where history happens!  The Ohio Statehouse is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed holidays.  The Ohio Statehouse Museum is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends from noon to 4 p.m.; closed holidays.  Admission is free.  Free guided tours are offered weekdays on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and weekends from noon to 3 p.m. Tours depart from the Map Room easily accessible from the Third Street entrance. Groups of 10 or more are requested to call in advance to ensure a guide is available. Contact 888/OHIO-123 for more information or to schedule a group tour.  For more information about the Ohio Statehouse visit www.ohiostatehouse.org.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is responsible for maintaining the historic character of the Statehouse and Capitol Square while providing for the health, safety and convenience of those who work in or visit the complex.  The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center coordinates tours of Capitol Square and provides information about the buildings, their history and Ohio’s government.

National News: Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) Named Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chair: The Republicans in the House of Representatives have recently announced which members will take over as chairs of the different committees.  Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) has been named the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman, and will have jurisdiction over funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities.  See the full list of appropriations subcommittee chairs and committee members here.

Continuing Resolution Funds FY 2011 Appropriations at FY 2010 Levels through March 4: Before the end of 2010, Congress passed another continuing resolution to keep all federal programs and agencies operating at 2010 funding levels until March 4, 2011. At that time, the newly sworn-in 112th Congress will need to finalize the budget for FY 2011 appropriations, as well as begin the process for FY 2012.

Source: Americans for the Arts

Good Omen for Fund Raising in 2011: In a sign that donors are feeling better about the economy, the number of American adults who said they plan to increase their contributions to charity this year increased to 18 percent, according to an annual survey.

In the past, the share of people who expected to increase donations was smaller. In 2009 and 2010, 14 percent planned to step up giving, and in 2008 just 8 percent forecast an increase.

The telephone survey of 1,000 adults, commissioned by Dunham and Company, a Plano, Tex., fund-raising consulting company, was conducted this month.

Meanwhile, the share of people who said they would give less to charity in 2011 shrank to 14 percent in this year’s survey, down from 27 percent (2009 and 2010) and 26 percent (2008).

To be sure, raising money is likely to continue to be difficult in 2011, coming off of a year in which contributions were flat, increasing by less than 1 percent in the fall.

The Dunham survey also offers reason for concern:  The percentage of people who said they would give about the same this year as in 2010 grew to 66 percent, up from 55 percent (2010), 56 percent (2009), and 58 percent (2008).

Still, this  year’s findings marked the first time since the survey was started in 2008 that the number of donors who plan an increase in charitable giving was greater than the number who said their donations would decline.

What are your fund-raising predictions for 2011?

Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy

Ford Foundation to Put Up $50 Million for Documentaries: The Ford Foundation on Tuesday announced a five-year plan to pour $50 million into documentaries — defined broadly, including online-only efforts — that are focused on social issues.

“With the growth of the Web and social networks, the potential global audience for filmed content with a social conscience has exploded,” Luis A. Ubiñas, president of the Ford Foundation, said in a statement.

Although the documentary has flourished in recent years in large part because of festival support, the genre continues to pose severe financing challenges because of a lack of interest at the mainstream box office. The Ford Foundation’s program, called JustFilms, will dole out money in three ways. The first involves partnerships with organizations like the Sundance Institute, whose Sundance Film Festival opens on Thursday in Park City, Utah. JustFilms will contribute $1 million a year over five years to support Sundance’s documentary film workshops, for instance.

To find out more about the application process please visit the Ford Foundation Website.

Source: New York Times

Plans Underway for an International Database of Cultural Policy Profiles: The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) announced preliminary plans to work with a range of partners to develop an international database of cultural policies. The announcement was made in Paris to the Intergovernmental Committee of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

The international database would be a central, web-based and regularly updated database of country-specific profiles of cultural policies that would also provide the capacity to monitor and analyze global trends in key aspects of cultural policies. Underpinning the project will be partnerships with a range of regional intergovernmental bodies.

As a pilot for the database, IFACCA sought the support of the Australia Council to commission a cultural policy profile for Australia. This profile is currently in draft form and will be used to help develop and test the international database.

In summary, this project will benefit national governments and civil society by providing, for example:

  • Reliable, comparable cultural policy information, data, research and analysis that reflects the different contexts in which policies for culture are developed and implemented;
  • A consistent format and methodology for storing information, making it easier to keep up-to-date; and….
  • A mechanism for assisting in the reporting on the UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and other similar instruments;)

Source: Grantmakers in the Arts

Suggested Reading: National Endowment for the Arts Strategic Plan: The NEA has released a strategic plan for 2012-2016. The National Endowment for the Arts is the primary Federal agency charged with promoting the arts and arts education for the American people. Established in 1965, the NEA supports artistic talent and creativity in the United States and provides Americans with rich and diverse opportunities to experience art.

Nonprofits a Surprising Bright Spot in National Jobs Picture: Johns Hopkins University released a study finding that nonprofit employers are providing one of the few bright spots in the country’s dismal employment picture. Nonprofit job growth during the recession was actually stronger than it had been from 2001 to 2007, when nonprofit jobs grew by an average of 2.3 percent a year compared to 2.5 percent per year growth during the recession years. During this earlier period, nonprofit job growth easily exceeded for-profit job growth, which limped along at an annual average increase of only 0.2 percent. This pattern held in virtually every state studied.

Education Funders Favor Advocacy: Increasingly, foundations that fund education are awarding grants to support public-policy efforts, including advocacy, a study by Grantmakers for Education says. In 2010, seven in 10 education funders supported policy efforts, up from six in 10 a year ago, says the survey released by Grantmakers for Education. And among those stepping into policy funding, 72 percent funded advocacy, a field previously considered as high-risk among grantmakers because of federal rules and regulations around funding advocacy and lobbying efforts.

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