Monthly Archives: June 2011

Arts to Grow Newsletter June 2011

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Is Facebook #FAIL for Nonprofits?

“Nonprofits are increasingly told that they need to be on Facebook, and countless gurus and experts offer them advice for maximizing their Facebook presence to get the most return.  But are nonprofits actually seeing results, or is Facebook just a bandwagon that’s not going anywhere?”

One of Arts to Grow’s favorite bloger Jocelyn Harmon’s new post concentrates on a new study from Idealware, called Using Facebook to Meet Your Mission: Results of a Survey.  If you’re wondering how much time and energy you should invest in Facebook and how other nonprofits are and aren’t finding success with The Social Network, check it out.

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Giving Rose by 2.1% Last Year, New Estimate Shows

The highly anticipated GIVING USA 2011: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2010 was released yesterday.  It shows that over $290 billion was given to charity last year. Adjusted for inflation, this is a 2% increase over 2009. 

Article published in The Chronicle of Philathrophy by By Holly Hall and Heather Joslyn says that

The small increase is hardly enough to help organizations out of the giant hole in donations created by the recession. “Giving USA” noted that the previous two years showed the steepest drop in giving ever recorded in the report’s five decades—a decline of 7 percent in 2008 and 6.2 percent in 2009. That tops the previous record decline from 1974, when the recession caused donations to drop by more than 5 percent. (See how “Giving USA” sharply changed its view of how giving fared in the most recent recession when it released today’s figures.) 

An executive summary of the “Giving USA 2011” report’s key findings is available free at The full report is available from the Web site for $75; it includes two volumes, which are also available separately for $45 each.

City Reduces Chronic Absenteeism in Public Schools

New York Times article, By SHARON OTTERMAN, Published: June 16, 2011 discovers one of many public school problems in the USA, attendance.

 At Public School 309 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, students wear necklaces with colorful pendants, each marking a month in which they did not miss a day of school. At P.S. 75 in the South Bronx, a row of young adults welcomes students each morning as they walk in the door. Some 40,000 city children got daily automated wake-up calls from Magic Johnson and other celebrities to remind them to show up for class, and City Hall offered prizes like baseball tickets and gift certificates.

Throughout New York, educators and politicians have been increasing their focus on attendance in recent years, and their efforts appear to be paying off, at least in elementary schools: 1 in 15 elementary students were absent on a given day this year, compared to 1 in 13 four years ago and 1 in 9 in 1995.

And there have been even more significant strides in combating chronic absenteeism in early grades, according to a new study by the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School: In the 2009-10 school year, according to the report, there were 105 elementary schools where 30 percent or more of students missed at least a month of class, down from 216 three years earlier.

Read full article here.


U.S. House Prepares to Eliminate Arts Education‏

Federal: Oppose Termination of Arts Education in U.S. House Legislation 
Write your U.S. House Representative Today!

American for the Arts call on arts advocates to contact their House Representative through their customizable e-alert and request that they oppose HR 1891 because it seeks to terminate the critical federal support directed to arts education. Arts to Grow supporting American for the Arts call on action; we are inviting everyone who understands the importance of arts education in schools to participate in this Action Alert.   

On May 25, 2011 the House Education & Workforce Committee, by a vote of 23-16, approved HR 1891, legislation that terminates 42 federal education programs, including the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education. This bill is more serious than the annual funding measures that threaten to de-fund arts education, as HR 1891 permanently strips policy language out of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that allows the Arts in Education program to be funded each year.

“Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act” (HR 1891) was introduced for the purpose of terminating 43 existing federal education programs, including Arts in Education. The Arts in Education program currently funds 57 active education projects around the country, and to date has supported more than 210 competitive grants serving students in high-need schools, as well as the affiliates of the Kennedy Center and VSA arts education programs.

The Arts in Education program also provides critical federal leadership in supporting a well-rounded curriculum throughout our nation’s public schools.

Contact your Member of Congress through American for the Arts’s customizable e-alert and request that they oppose HR 1891.




Art and Music Learning Emphasize Interactivity, Real-World Relevance

Article published by Education Week on June, 15th. Katie Ash explains how new technologies are now being used in art education and how it benefit the students.

Melissa Flores, a senior in Matt Cauthron’s art class, recently got a taste of what it might be like to shoot photographs for a living.

Mr. Cauthron, who teaches at the Digital Arts Technology Academy at the 2,800-student Cathedral City High School, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, hooked his students up with a local skateboarding shop to create a photo session.

“That kind of fashion shooting was really practical for me,” said Ms. Flores, “because I went on to shoot fashion week,” an annual professional event in El Paseo, Calif., that showcases fashion from the region. “I got to see what it was like to be a professional photographer.”

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