News from Ohio Citizens for the Arts

As we anticipate the release of the Governor’s proposed state budget we ask that you take a few minutes to read our E-News and pay special attention to the Talking Points 2011 article.  Much care and attention went into preparing these materials so that you can be the most informed arts advocate in the state. The talking points include a wide variety of information with accompanying resources that will engage and inspire you.

As arts advocates we have a responsibility to be armed with factual and anecdotal information that presents a compelling and human story about the impact of the arts.  Imagine a beautiful quilt covering the state of Ohio.  Each quilt square is a personal story. Each square includes economic and educational data. Each square reflects the cultural heritage of a community. Stitched together these quilt squares become a vivid image that underscores the value of the arts to a vibrant Ohio.

The arts are an economic driver in Ohio-they attract new businesses, create and retain jobs and produce tax revenue. By fostering critical thinking and imagination, the arts and arts education prepare our children to meet the workforce demands of the 21st century.  It is essential to preserve Ohio’s cultural heritage, which serves as a legacy for future generations and a catalyst for community pride. Ohioans value and place a high priority on access to arts and cultural opportunities in their communities. Join me is speaking up for the arts!

Jeffrey A. Rich
President

Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Arts Day 2011: 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 by calling 614.221.4064. Registration closes on April 11, 2011.

Registration information is available on the Ohio Arts Council website. Additionally, advertisements may be purchased for the Governor’s Awards program at the OAC’s 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.

If you are interested in purchasing a table for the 2011 Arts Day Showcase, formerly the Arts Day Tradeshow, please call 614.221.4064 or email janelle@ohiocitizensforthearts.org.

Obama Proposes $21M NEA Cut for 2012: The Obama Administration released its much anticipated Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Request to Congress which includes funding for the nation’s cultural agencies and programs including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Smithsonian Institution.

Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts stated the following: The administration request of $146.255 million for the National Endowment for the Arts is a decrease of $21 million from the $167 million that Congress appropriated last year. The arts community recognizes the shared sacrifice being asked of all federal agencies to help reduce our national debt and is willing to do its part.  President Obama had acknowledged in his State of the Union that it was time to prioritize and identify the programs and agencies that work and invest in them to “win the future.” The NEA is one of those agencies. It helps create jobs and drive economic activity by leveraging modest but critical funds at the state and local level and is part of the solution to returning our economic vitality.

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R.1, a appropriations bill written to target at least $100 billion in domestic spending cuts in the current fiscal year. This legislation includes a $43 million reduction for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)-from the current $167.5 million to $124 million. This represents the deepest cut to the NEA in 16 years. Representatives narrowly passed an amendment to the originally proposed appropriations bill on Thursday by a vote of 217-209, which increased an already dramatic cut to total the $43 million reduction. Members of Congress, especially Senators, need to hear, see, and read about it.  Americans for the Arts made it easy for you by setting-up a Media Alert to help you quickly and efficiently send your opinions to the local newspapers, and radio and TV stations in your area.

Source: Americans for the Arts

The Art of Management: Artists routinely deride businesspeople as money-obsessed bores. Or worse. Every time Hollywood depicts an industry, it depicts a conspiracy of knaves.

Many businesspeople, for their part, assume that artists are a bunch of pretentious wastrels. The bias starts at business school, where “hard” things such as numbers and case studies rule. It is reinforced by everyday experience. Bosses constantly remind their underlings that if you can’t count it, it doesn’t count. Quarterly results impress the stockmarket; little else does.

But lately there are welcome signs of a thaw on the business side of the great cultural divide. Business schools such as the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto are trying to learn from the arts. New consultancies teach businesses how to profit from the arts. Ms Austen, for example, runs one named after her book.

All this unleashing naturally produces some nonsense. Madonna has already received too much attention without being hailed as a prophet of “organisational renewal”. Bosses have enough on their plates without being told that they need to unleash their inner Laurence Oliviers. But businesspeople nevertheless have a lot to learn by taking the arts more seriously.

Studying the arts can help businesspeople communicate more eloquently. Most bosses spend a huge amount of time “messaging” and “reaching out”, yet few are much good at it. Their prose is larded with clichés and garbled with gobbledegook. Half an hour with George Orwell’s “Why I Write” would work wonders. Many of the world’s most successful businesses are triumphs of story-telling more than anything else. Marlboro and Jack Daniels have tapped into the myth of the frontier. Ben & Jerry’s, an ice-cream maker, wraps itself in the tie-dyed robes of the counter-culture. But business schools devote far more energy to teaching people how to produce and position their products rather than how to infuse them with meaning.

Studying the arts can also help companies learn how to manage bright people. Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones of the London Business School point out that today’s most productive companies are dominated by what they call “clevers”, who are the devil to manage. They hate being told what to do by managers, whom they regard as dullards. They refuse to submit to performance reviews. In short, they are prima donnas. The arts world has centuries of experience in managing such difficult people. Publishers coax books out of tardy authors. Directors persuade actresses to lock lips with actors they hate. Their tips might be worth hearing.

Corporations chasing inspiration: Studying the art world might even hold out the biggest prize of all-helping business become more innovative. Companies are scouring the world for new ideas (Procter and Gamble, for example, uses “crowdsourcing” to collect ideas from the general public). They are also trying to encourage their workers to become less risk averse (unless they are banks, of course). In their quest for creativity, they surely have something to learn from the creative industries. Look at how modern artists adapted to the arrival of photography, a technology that could have made them redundant, or how William Golding (the author of “Lord of the Flies”) and J.K. Rowling (the creator of Harry Potter) kept trying even when publishers rejected their novels.

If businesspeople should take art more seriously, artists too should take business more seriously. Commerce is a central part of the human experience. More prosaically, it is what billions of people do all day. As such, it deserves a more subtle examination on the page and the screen than it currently receives.

Read the full article at the Economist.
Monthly CDP Webinars are Still Available: Now that more than 10,000 arts and cultural organizations are participating in the Cultural Data Project in eight states we are delighted to offer an on-going series of New User and Reports Orientation Webinars. Allowing you to plan in advance these session will be offered on the first Monday and third Thursday of every month – click on the registration links below for specific dates!

Learn more about making your organization’s data work for you!

New User Orientation: We recommend a New User Orientation if your organization is new to the CDP or if you need a refresher on data entry. This training session will provide an overview of the history and goals of the Ohio CDP as well as an introduction to the types of data collected. The New User Orientation will walk participants through the process of entering data, applying to participating funders and generating reports. Please feel free to attend with additional staff and board members.

Reports Orientation: The Reports Orientation will give an overview of the available reports and is most useful for organizations that have already completed a Data Profile and are ready to use the reports. Now that more than 450+ arts and cultural organizations are participating in the Ohio CDP, you are able to run reports comparing your organization against others throughout Ohio, as well as California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland , New York and Pennsylvania!

Get Started. Register Today: You can participate in WEB-BASED CDP Orientation sessions from your home or office computer. Once registered and one day prior to the training session, you will be sent a link to connect to this training session online. During the online session, the CDP associate will conduct the CDP New User Orientation, during which you will be able to ask questions and learn more about the CDP.

New User Orientation Webinar
First Wednesday of Every Month at 10:00 am (EST)
Location: Online

Third Thursday of Every Month at 10:00 am (EST)
Location: Online

Reports Orientation Webinar
First Wednesday of Every Month at 2:00 pm (EST)
Location: Online

Third Thursday of Every Month at 2:00 pm (EST)
Location: Online

Suggested Reading

Arts and I.T.: In 2010, the Center for Arts Management and Technology surveyed arts managers to gather baseline information about the ways in which technology is used, implemented and planned for by peer institutions in the arts and cultural field. This report includes information regarding 466 arts and cultural organizations from a broad spectrum of artistic disciplines, organizational types, and operational budget sizes. Respondents reside mostly within the United States and Canada.

Major State Arts Agency Budget and Restructuring Proposals: Several state arts agencies (SAAs) have contended with major restructuring or elimination proposals during the last several years. While no elimination proposals actually were enacted in fiscal year 2010 or 2011, several state arts agencies went through significant restructuring or funding reductions. Concerns about the arts continue to mount as budget shortfalls and political tensions have intensified heading into fiscal year 2012.

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