March 13, 2007
MetLife Forum: Philip Yenawine
April 17, 2007
MetLife Forum: Eric Booth
May 6-28, 2007
ATLart  Art House
May 10, 2007
Arts Fund Luncheon
May 25, 2007
September 7, 2007
In 15 years of grantmaking, the Arts Fund has made grants and Toolbox awards totaling nearly $5 million to over 70 small and midsized arts organizations in the 23-county metropolitan Atlanta area.
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Crystal Dickinson in the title role of Maria Kizito by Erik Ehn at 7 Stages (2004 grantee)
Revival and Bluebirds, 2005 by Cindy Loehr installed at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2004 Grantee)
Dancers from The Georgia Ballet (2006 grantee) located in Marietta, Georgia
Theroun Patterson and Adam Fristoe in The Long Christmas Ride Home co-produced by Actor's Express and Synchronicity Performance Group (both are 2006 grantees)
Welcome from the Director
When the Arts Fund was presented with the opportunity to produce an Atlanta forum on the theme of “Arts and Workforce Development" as part of the MetLife Foundation National Arts Forum Series, I knew it would be a great opportunity to bring a national voice to Atlanta to join in the ongoing discussion about the arts and education.
Philip Yenawine, former education director of MOMA in New York, is just that voice. He is a thought leader in cognitive growth through interaction with art, and he has a long history of teaching, writing, and speaking about the importance of art in education. I encourage you to come join in a discussion with Philip next Tuesday, March 13. Registration information is below.
As the Arts Fund is presenting this forum, our advisory board is also in the middle of reviewing applications for our 2007 grants. Recipients of the grants, totaling $500,000, will be announced at the annual Arts Fund luncheon on May 10. Be sure to come to what Ann Cramer of IBM calls her "must attend event each year.” Mark your calendars; I hope to see you there.
Lisa Cremin, Director
Forum: Arts, Education, and Workforce Development
Joining with 20 cities nationwide, the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund is hosting the MetLife Foundation National Arts Forum Series in Atlanta this spring. Presenting new research and advancing the knowledge of how the arts develop the workforce of tomorrow, the Arts Fund will bring national thinkers together with local leaders in forums with the Atlanta community. This is your chance to join a national discussion and hear from innovative experts in education and the arts.
Art and Tomorrow's Empowered Worker – March 13
The forum will feature Philip Yenawine, former director of education at The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York and founding director of Visual Understanding in Education (VUE), a nonprofit that conducts research in developmentally-based education to foster cognitive growth through interaction with art. This talk will demonstrate the role of the arts in providing essential literacies, thinking and language skills, and the capacity to work within a group to use what you know to figure out what you don't. Be prepared to enter the discussion moderated by groundbreaking, corporate curator, Lynne Sowder. Click here to learn more or register.
The Value of the Arts in the Workplace – April 17
Eric Booth, actor off and on Broadway, author, business owner, Juilliard faculty, and instructor at Stanford and NYU, explores what arts learning embeds in a young person that translates into workplace effectiveness. Booth will illuminate the essential skills, attitudes and habits of the minds expanded by the arts that make a distinctive difference in business and provide companies with crucial competitive advantages. Click here to learn more or register.
The Arts Loan Fund
Your dance company received a grant from a government agency but won't receive the money for six months. Your theater holds successful classes every summer but needs the registration revenue at the beginning of the program. Your museum holds an annual fundraiser but pledges aren't collected until the end of the year.
The Arts Loan Fund can help. By making short-term financial loans to non-profit arts organizations, it addresses a critical need in the community. Coupled with a program of financial literacy training, the Arts Loan Fund is available to provide loans to organizations struggling with cash flow issues, a problem common to even the most artistically vibrant organizations.
The Arts Loan Fund is one of only a few in the United States and is unique in using its endowment fund for loan capital. With generous operating support from the ING Foundation, the Loan Fund “provides short-term stabilization that creates the foundation for longer-term operational success,” according to Sam Moss of Gray Matters Capital and chair of the Arts Loan Fund advisory board.
Read more about the Arts Loan Fund.
Arts Fund Luncheon - Save the Date: May 10, 2007
What A Difference - This year the Arts Fund celebrates 15 years of grantmaking with its annual luncheon on May 10. Join over 700 arts, business, and civic leaders in recognizing the region's extraordinary arts community. Be one of the first to hear what arts groups will be receiving a grant this year. You will also see local actor Rob Cleveland as the host and Kenny Leon, artistic director of True Colors (2006 grantee) along appearance by many other Atlanta artists. Join us this year on May 10 at the Downtown Hyatt. Tickets are on sale now.
Arts Leaders Get Executive Education in Atlanta
The Arts Fund was instrumental in bringing National Art Strategies to Atlanta to produce a series of executive seminars for arts organizations in 2007. Starting with the first seminar, "Strategy," the Arts Fund provided scholarships for staff and board teams from Aurora Theatre, Ballethnic Dance Company, Dad's Garage, Horizon Theatre Company, and PushPush Theater
to attend. Joining with art leaders from around the country, these local leaders received MBA-level training using analysis of case studies, class discussions and extensive team exercises to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of strategy development.
National Art Strategies' next forum in Atlanta is "Creating Alliances" on July 19-20, 2007. The final seminar, "Financing the Future," will be scheduled for the end of 2007. For more information and registration, please visit www.ArtStrategies.org.
In The Field: Milestones For Our Grantees
Kate Warner, artistic director of Dad's Garage, was named to the board of directors of Theatre Communications Group, the national service group for non-profit, professional theatres. (2004 grantee, 2006 Toolbox)
In November 2006, the Atlanta Coalition for Performing Arts was awarded Bank of America's prestigious $200,000 Neighborhood Builders Award. (2003 grantee)
ART Station was recently among one of five arts organizations in the nation to be awarded a fine arts grant from Tokio Marine Nichido. (2004 grantee)
Actor's Express announced the hiring of Bill Fennelly as producing artistic director. (2006 grantee, 2005 Toolbox)
Brenda Galina was named the new executive director of the Museum of Design Atlanta. (2003 grantee)
The Atlanta Boy Choir was featured on Georgia Public Broadcasting's State of the Arts program in January. The show is viewable on GPB's website. (2005 grantee, 2004 Toolbox)
Nena Gilreath and Waverly Lucas, artistic directors of Ballethnic (2003 grantee, 2006 Toolbox) received an inaugural Loridans Arts Award, given to accomplished artists who have made exceptional contributions to the arts life of Atlanta.
Jennifer Bauer was named chief operating officer of Horizon Theatre Company, a position created by an Arts Fund grant. (2006 grantee)
ARThouse Showcases the Visual Arts in Atlanta
The Atlanta Gallery Association (AGA), a sponsor of the Arts Fund’s upcoming annual luncheon, What A Difference, will host ARThouse, May 6 -28, featuring works of art from 21 AGA member galleries displayed in the luxury home known as “Castle on Nottingham,” in the Sherwood Forest/Ansley Park area. Funds raised through ARThouse benefit AGA’s ATLart Foundation which supports visual arts programs in the City of Atlanta’s nine public high schools. For more information and to buy tickets, go to www.atlart.com.