NEW JERSEY FREEZES $10 MILLION IN ARTS GRANTS AWARDED EARLIER

Treasury spokesman Tom Vincz confirmed the state has released only a small portion of the $12.2 million in first installments.

The rest “has been put on hold, along with other areas generally considered ‘discretionary,’ in light of the current year shortfall and the interaction we’ve had with the incoming team,” said Vincz.

The freeze on arts funding is part of a series of moves the Corzine administration is taking to close a projected $1 billion shortfall in this year’s $29 billion budget. Last week, the state’s municipalities learned $20.6 million in payments would not be made this month. Funding to tourism, education and after-school programs are also being held back.

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NEA SURVEY: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE ARTS

Thursday, December 10, the National Endowment for the Arts will release the full report of the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, the nation’s largest and most representative study of adults’ arts participation habits.

As part of the release, a roundtable discussion is being convened by Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa, bringing together representatives of national arts service organizations and regional arts organizations with the NEA’s discipline directors to discuss the report. A live webcast of the roundtable will begin at 11:00 a.m. EST.

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PINCHUK FOUNDATION $100K AWARD TO INDIVIDUAL ARTIST

A new $100,000 prize for artists under the age of 35 is being announced on Tuesday by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 by its namesake Ukrainian billionaire and art collector.

The $100,000 award comes with strings: because Mr. Pinchuk wanted to ensure that the winner keeps working, he said, $40,000 of the purse must go into the production of art.

And à la “American Idol,” the public will also have something of a say. “We wanted this to be a totally democratic process,” Mr. Pinchuk said. After the finalists are announced, the public can vote online for the winner of a noncash People’s Choice Prize.

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DISRUPTING PHILANTHROPY

Draft 2.0 of the paper Disrupting Philanthropy by Lucy Bernholz with Edward Skloot and Barry Valera is now available online, and the authors are soliciting feedback and comments. Comments can go to via email to lucy [at] blueprintrd [dot] com, or on twitter at @p2173.

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GIVEWELL-GATE REPORTED ON CREATEQUITY

Ian David Moss dissects the minor kerfluffle around GiveWell and the notorious Charity Navigator rating system for rating charities on their overhead ratio.

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DOUG MCCLENNAN AND ANDREW TAYLOR ALMOST LIVE!

ArtsJournal founder and editor Doug McLennan talks with Andrew Taylor, director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business. Subjects are community, conversation, and connection around the arts, and the emerging need for artists and arts organizations to engage their audiences in more varied and more open ways.

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"AS GOES MAINE, SO GOES THE NATION"….DON'T WE WISH

A year ago the Maine Community Foundation, one of the state’s largest philanthropic enterprises, was preparing for hard times ahead.

With the stock market crashing and a global recession strengthening its grip, Henry Schmeltzer, who was then the executive director, watched the foundation’s endowment tumble and predicted that giving could decline by $1 million.

But that gloomy forecast did not come true.

Not only are the foundation’s grants ahead of last year, but its assets by the end of September were slightly ahead of where they were last year at that time. Some other philanthropic foundations are reporting similar stories as they emerge from one of the toughest economic crises in years.

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ARCHIVE OF THE NEA CULTURAL WORKFORCE FORUM IS ONLINE

The video archive of the NEA’s Cultural Workforce Forum, a day-long presentation of research by primarily East-coast academics, and short on front-line practitioners, is now available in its entirety. – Tommer

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STUDIO PROTECTOR: AN ARTIST'S GUIDE TO EMERGENCIES

Craft Emergency Relief Fund has published Studio Protector: An Artist’s Guide to Emergencies. The fun-to-use, indispensable wall guide and companion web site, www.studioprotector.org, is for artists who want to cover their A’s (their art, assets and archives, that is) in the event of an emergency.

Nationally known paper engineer Carol Barton and a team of artists designed the pop-up style disaster readiness kit for creative types of all stripes craft and studio artists, photographers and media artists. It features two spinning wheel charts that explain how artists can plan ahead for emergencies and reduce the impact of a fire, flood, hurricane or tornado.In addition,five pocket protectors or pullout guides provide detailed information about what to do in the minutes before a disaster strikes, how to clean up after a calamitous event and how to salvage fire and water damaged items.

CERF staff worked with experts in art conservation, arts business management, and emergency relief services to develop easy-to-follow instructions and guidelines about how to prevent losses due to fires, floods, tornadoes and other disasters.

The Studio Protector is available for $16, plus $4 shipping and handling from www.studioprotector.org. Proceeds from the sale of the Studio Protector support the production and distribution of artists emergency resources.

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FOUNDATION CENTER PUBLISHES THE CELEBRITY FOUNDATION DIRECTORY

Through their private foundations, many notable individuals have made significant contributions to help underserved populations and provide support for medical research, green technology, and countless other causes they care about. This new directory, in downloadable PDF format, includes detailed descriptions of more than 1,600 foundations started by VIPs in the fields of business, entertainment, politics, and sports.

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