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Creative Financial Approaches Support the Creative Economy

Government budget deficits and budget limits of charitable foundations have made alternatives for financing arts projects more important. Five programs in Los Angeles this February showed that many other approaches to funding the arts can work well—and help arts organizations boost participation at the same time. Each program has taken a different approach to raising […]

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Regrets of a Former Arts Funder – Part 2

Culturally specific arts have to evolve, too Many culturally specific creative organizations founded in the 1970s were centered on an identity politic of its core artists. While essential in its time, this focus ultimately limited an organization’s potential as time, issues, and the political landscape changed. Artists, too, constrained themselves if art practices were myopically […]

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A 4-Star General, a Dancer, & 900 Foundation Leaders Go to a Conference…

At last fall’s Independent Sector Conference, more than 900 leaders from the foundation world, corporate philanthropy programs, and nonprofit organizations were moved by the arts…literally, as choreographer Liz Lerman had conference attendees out of their seats reenacting conference highlights through dance (Check out the video below!). Inviting Ms. Lerman to bring her magic to the […]

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Kansas: To the Stars Through Difficulties

The recent events in the Kansas state government were like “déjà vu all over again” for those of us in Topeka. In 2005, our city council decided that our local arts council would no longer receive funding from the general budget, or any budget for that matter. In response, the Topeka Community Foundation moved ahead […]

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