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TEXAS INSTRUMENTS FOUNDATION AWARDS $1.5 MILLION TO NORTH TEXAS ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

The Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation recently approved grants of $1.5 million to 12 North Texas arts and culture organizations, continuing its commitment to help enrich the quality of life in TI’s headquarters community.

This year’s arts grant recipients include the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico ($15,000), Turtle Creek Chorale ($15,000), Chamberlain Performing Arts ($25,000), Dallas Black Dance Theatre ($100,000), Dallas Children’s Theater ($200,000), Dallas Museum of Art ($200,000), Dallas Opera ($250,000), Dallas Summer Musicals ($25,000), Dallas Symphony Orchestra($700,000), Nasher Sculpture Center ($20,000), Richardson Symphony Orchestra ($20,000) and Shakespeare Dallas ($25,000).

“It’s both an exciting and challenging time for the arts in Dallas,” said Ann Pomykal, executive director of the TI Foundation. “We believe that an entire community benefits when its arts thrive.  So by helping the arts in North Texas reach and sustain a high level of operational and artistic excellence, we can positively impact our community’s economy and quality of life.”

The TI Foundation has long supported arts and culture in Dallas and during recent challenging economic times has provided direct support of operations to many valued nonprofit arts organizations.

“The TI Foundation is leading the charge in business support for arts and culture in North Texas, and we hope this level of commitment serves as a clarion call to others,” Katherine Wagner, chief executive officer of the Business Council for the Arts, said.

From the perspective of a grant recipient, Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny explained, “Texas Instruments has been a stalwart supporter of The Dallas Opera for more than 50 years.  For the second consecutive season, the Texas Instruments Foundation is providing an unprecedented level of financial support.  As we strive to reflect the highest artistic and technical standards for this art form, the Texas Instruments Foundation must be credited for its starring role as a partner in the success of this company.  It’s a role for which all of us at The Dallas Opera are deeply grateful.”

“The commitment of Texas Instruments and the TI Foundation to the arts is extraordinary and outstanding,” added Michael Jenkins, president and managing director of the Dallas Summer Musicals. “Because of the economy, the TI Foundation grants have been invaluable in continuing the quality of the arts in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We’re better today than ever because of the TI Foundation’s commitment.”

“While the TI Foundation board has to make the difficult choices of where to contribute and can’t respond to all funding requests, we believe that these arts partners are community assets that need continuing support to stay viable and excellent.  We encourage others to join us in supporting all of the arts in North Texas,” Pomykal added.

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About Texas Instruments Foundation

The Texas Instruments Foundation, founded in 1964, is a non-profit organization providing philanthropic support for educational and charitable purposes primarily in the communities where Texas Instruments operates. While its primary focus is on providing knowledge, skills and programs to improve science, technology, engineering and math education, the Texas Instruments Foundation also invests in arts and culture and in health and human services programs that meet the greatest community needs.

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments semiconductor innovations help 90,000 customers unlock the possibilities of the world as it could be – smarter, safer, greener, healthier and more fun.  Our commitment to building a better future is ingrained in everything we do – from the responsible manufacturing of our semiconductors, to caring for our employees, to giving back inside our communities.  This is just the beginning of our story.  Learn more at www.ti.com.

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GERALDINE R. DODGE FOUNDATION AWARDS $50,000 TO SUPPORT PERFORMING ARTS IN RAHWAY

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has granted $50,000 to support the opening and artistic needs for Rahway’s new Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts ($40,000), and the work of Arts Guild of New Jersey ($10,000), according to Sondra Fishinger, President of Union County Arts Center Inc., the non-profit corporation that will govern and operate Hamilton Stage as part of its Union County Performing Arts Center campus.

“Through creativity and collaboration, those who have built the Hamilton Stage have challenged old models, fostered new partnerships, and reaffirmed core values to sustain programs and serve your community,” said Christopher J. Daggett, president and CEO of the Dodge Foundation. “The approval of this grant is a testament to the quality and impact of your work, and we are grateful for all that you do to imagine and create a better New Jersey.” Daggett called Hamilton Stage “a beautiful and intimate new theater that will serve as a home for a variety of artists and resident theater and dance companies.”

The new Hamilton Stage is located at 360 Hamilton Street, just around the corner from UC PAC in the Rahway Arts District. Construction of the Hamilton Stage is expected to be complete in early June. The public can have its first look inside this beautiful purpose-built theater during a special Open House Preview on Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 20, noon to 4 p.m. The formal grand opening of Hamilton Stage will occur in September 2012.

“All eyes rightfully will be on Rahway over the coming months,” Dagget said.

As previously announced, the acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will take a primary role as Hamilton Stage’s Artistic Engagement Partner. The company’s first offering, the Nai-Ni Chen Signature Dance Camp (beginning July 17) will anchor Hamilton Stage’s pre-opening youth and community programs. Five more performing arts companies from New Jersey and New York will soon be named as Hamilton Stage Artistic Affiliates. Combined, these companies will offer more than 100 performances during Hamilton Stage’s Inaugural Season, September 2012 to June 2013 — including musical and spoken theater, classic and contemporary dance, children’s theater, and more. A portion of the Dodge funding will be used to help Artistic Affiliates with audience development, stability, and technical needs related to their move to Rahway.

Through this grant, the Dodge Foundation has also endorsed and supported the work of Arts Guild New Jersey, Lawrence Cappiello, executive director. This year the Guild will begin several new projects aimed at expanded outreach, deepening participation by artists (and visitors) and providing new educational outreach opportunities. Most importantly, the Guild will begin a long-planned expansion of its Art Education program utilizing newly prepared space in a second city-owned property at which it aims to triple or quadruple its current art class program for adults and children within the next five years.

Hamilton Stage is located in Union County at 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway. For more information, visit http://www.hamiltonstage.org/ or call the UC PAC/Hamilton Stage Box Office at 732-499-8226.

Arts Guild New Jersey is located at 1670 Irving Street, Rahway. For more information, visit agnj.org, or call 732-381-7511.

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UNC RECEIVES $10 MILLION COMMITMENT FOR ART MUSEUM & HEART DISEASE RESEARCH

Dr. Hugh A. “Chip” McAllister Jr. of Houston has made a $10 million commitment to UNC-Chapel Hill that will include a collection of nearly 50 works of art for the Ackland Art Museum and expand an endowment dedicated to heart disease research at the School of Medicine.

The gift was announced April 12. McAllister is a 1966 School of Medicine alumnus.

“This gift will transform our teaching, research and public service in multiple ways,” said Chancellor Holden Thorp. “It provides a new educational experience for our students and the entire community through some of the best examples available of American art and contemporary sculpture. Equally important, the gift will support the groundbreaking and life-saving cardiovascular research conducted by our faculty in the School of Medicine.”

The portion of the commitment benefiting the Ackland Art Museum — valued at $5.5 million — is the single largest gift of art in the museum’s history. Included in the gift will be signature works by 19th-century painters Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran; examples by members of the Taos School, such as Oscar Berninghaus, E. L. Blumenschein and Joseph Sharp; and contemporary sculpture by Willem de Kooning, Allan Houser, Jesus Moroles and Reuben Nakian. Several examples of American Indian pottery and textiles are also included.

In all, McAllister’s commitment will include more than 150 paintings, sculptures and artifacts. Pieces not going to the Ackland will be sold, with the proceeds — $2.5 million — going to expand an existing endowment supporting the UNC McAllister Heart Institute (MHI) at the School of Medicine and early career cardiovascular medicine researchers. McAllister also is committing $2 million to support the institute.

Recognized nationally and internationally as one of the most prominent cardiac pathologists in the U.S. before his retirement from the Texas Heart Institute in Houston in 2000, McAllister has contributed more than $18 million to the University during the past 15 years, primarily to the MHI. The UNC McAllister Heart Institute was named in his honor in 2009 to recognize his many contributions to cardiovascular medicine and to the University.

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FUTURE OF FUNDRAISING IN ARTS & CULTURE IS DIGITAL

Arts and cultural institutions are going through a critical shift. Arts Council cuts of 30% and a reduction in funding of £350m over the next three years have left more than 100 organisations with their future threatened – the winter of discontent paints a bleak landscape.

But hope is budding as spring takes hold – new figures from Arts and Business highlight a growth of 6.4% in individual giving to £382.2m last year, up from £359m in 2009/10.

The task for institutions now is to grab hold of this growth in individual giving and build its momentum. The key to doing this: digital fundraising utilising mobiles, tablets and new technological platforms.

Following our report on digital philanthropy, we at Panlogic believe the time is right to develop a nationally recognised digital funding platform. The report highlighted the main reasons for shortfalls in funding from individuals to arts institutions, with the following key recommendations:

• The donation process needs to ‘tick the boxes’ from start to finish, including public perception of the institution, personal motivation to donate and the nature and simplicity of the campaign

• Technology needs to be an enabler, not a hindrance

• Organisations need fresh thinking about who they could appeal to and how best they should do this. The whole process needs to be more inclusive

A national, digital funding platform could transform how, when and where we give to our cultural institutions. Such a solution would be available at all of our cultural institutions providing an instantly recognisable and ubiquitous means for everyone to participate in supporting our culture.

A key finding from the research was the importance of providing a means of giving that is immediate, easy to use and accessible. Moreover it needs to be accessible when emotion is heightened by the art form (not just in the Royal Academy foyer but then in front of the Hockney too) and mobile giving provides this opportunity – in effect digitising the Perspex box at a time when ever more people carry ever less cash.

This is supported by another trend: more donations but of smaller amounts (70% of donations come in under £100). This growth in individual giving is music not only to the ears of the sector but also to a government looking at long-tail giving as the answer to funding cuts.

Note Jeremy Hunt’s comment on the appointment of a new chair of Arts Council England.

The successful candidate, he said, would have to increase “the amount of private giving to the arts and encourage the sector to make the most of technological changes.”

But how do small, cash-strapped and resource hungry organisations develop digital funding solutions? And does a range of individual solutions yield the highest returns?

There are demographic shifts that coincide with this thinking. According to the Charities Aid Foundation, online giving has grown by 17% since 2009/10 and text donations will reach £96m in 2014, the channel of choice for giving for the 25-45 age group. Research by the Pew institute in America has found that 9% of American adults have donated through their mobile phone – closer to home, more than 17% of donations to Red Nose Day 2011 came from mobile giving.

But key questions remain: how will a national platform be self-funding? Will people actually give and if so, how much and how often? What would motivate them to donate more?

To help answer these questions the process has moved into a public research stage to gauge the public mood surrounding giving. Those who want to see a robust, resilient and innovative sector survive and develop in these straightened times can add their voice here.

With an Olympics on our doorstep and a Jubilee celebration bringing neighbourhoods together, this is a time to break down preconceived barriers and welcome new friends into our lives. It is time for the arts to join this revolution and open themselves up to all.

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BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK RECEIVES $40 MILLION PLEDGE TO BUILD RECREATION FACILITY

Today, at the board of directors meeting of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, Regina Myer, president of the park, announced that Joshua Rechnitz, founder and Chairman of the New York City Fieldhouse Inc. (Fieldhouse), a not-for-profit corporation, offered to underwrite the design and construction costs of a year-round, multi-use recreation facility near Pier 5. The facility is estimated to cost $40 million and represents one of the largest donations ever made to a New York City park.

Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Brooklyn Bridge Park Chairman Robert K. Steel said “This generous offer represents an exciting and dynamic opportunity for Brooklyn Bridge Park and for all of the New Yorkers who have quickly come to love this community resource.”

“Brooklyn Bridge Park is rapidly taking shape as one of the great new parks of New York City,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “This new field house will complement the romantic landscape and stunning vistas of the city’s harbor and skyline with striking new facility for indoor sports and fitness, including track cycling and court sports, thanks to a remarkable private gift.”

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said “A year-round recreational facility would benefit not only our spectacular Brooklyn Bridge Park, but all of Brooklyn. This is a very generous offer from New York City Fieldhouse Inc. and Joshua Rechnitz, and I look forward to reviewing the proposal and hearing input from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council, Community Boards 2 and 6, the general public and other stakeholders as the process moves forward.”

“This is a very exciting project and presenting our vision to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation is an important milestone,” said New York City Fieldhouse founder and chairman, Joshua Rechnitz. “We want this to truly be a community endeavor that will add amenities for park users and provide a much needed all-weather sports facility.”

Regina Myer said “I am thrilled at the magnitude and generosity of this gift, which could invigorate the park in the winter months and provide much needed active recreation space for youth all over the borough on a year round basis. I look forward to working with community and recreation stakeholders to examine this proposal in full and evaluate how it can enhance Brooklyn Bridge Park’s legacy as an extraordinary civic destination.”

The proposed facility would be located primarily on Furman Street on a site now partially occupied by a cinderblock building used for storage and construction by BBPC and currently programmed for future operations and maintenance needs. The state-of-the-art indoor recreation, cycling, and community facility will be open for public use.

The Fieldhouse is envisioned to include a 115,000 sq. ft. indoor recreation center with a 200-meter inclined track for cycling and a 22,000 sq. ft. infield for high school, collegiate, club-level and professional sporting events, such as basketball, tennis, track cycling, volleyball, and gymnastics. It also includes key amenities for the park such as a public boathouse, public restrooms, and maintenance and operations space for BBPC.

NYC Fieldhouse, Inc. has selected Thomas Phifer and Partners to design the Fieldhouse. This established and highly regarded New York City-based firm has a portfolio of work that includes civic institutions, museums, academic campuses, private residences and corporate offices. Their work is distinguished by its clean lines, rich textures and responsiveness to site conditions. Thomas Phifer, the founding principal, has received the AIA NY’s 2004 Medal of Honor and is a member of the National Academy of Design, among other honors.

The proposal will undergo extensive community consultation by staff and representatives of the not-for-profit starting with a briefing to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council. Additionally, the proposal will be presented to neighborhood, educational, and athletic organizations for their input, as well as upcoming meetings of Brooklyn Community Boards 2 and 6.

Four public meetings in Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens, Sunset Park, Brooklyn Heights/Dumbo, and Red Hook, will be scheduled in order to further gather feedback and better assess community programming needs. Once concluded, the Fieldhouse will refine its proposal and the Board of the BBPC will determine whether to accept the offer and commence requisite land use and environmental reviews that will include public comment periods.

For a pdf of this press release, click here.
For the FIeldhouse Fact Sheet, click here.

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FRESNO REGIONAL FOUNDATION GRANTS $130,000 FOR VALLEY ARTS & CULTURE

This week, the Board of Directors of the Fresno Regional Foundation (FRF) approved $130,000 in grants to support Arts and Culture organizations serving the San Joaquin Valley. Recognizing our diverse population, the Foundation has placed an emphasis in supporting engagement in a broad spectrum of arts experiences, including theatre, spoken word poetry, Mexican folklore dancing, Hmong language and a full-immersion youth orchestra performance at the Saroyan Theatre.

“Our grantees celebrate the rich, diverse experiences and art forms of many cultures,” said Dan DeSantis, CEO of the Fresno Regional Foundation. “A vibrant arts environment is critical not only to communicate the human experience, but to attract and support a thriving economy.”

The nine organizations and the funded activities are below.

  • Valley PBS: $50,000 for “ValleyPBS by You,” an online and on-air hub of community-created arts and culture activities from throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
  • Youth Orchestras of Fresno: $15,000 for its Youth Arts Extravaganza, a full immersion, participatory youth orchestra performance at the Saroyan Theatre.
  • Sunnyside High School Video Academy: $14,999 for the production of a feature film: “The Underclassmen.”
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County: $9,972 for “Be Creative—Be Great!” an eight-week summer arts camp offered at three clubs in Fresno.
  • Focus Forward: $9,494 to expand its existing arts and culture program for incarcerated youth at the Juvenile Justice Campus in Fresno to include spoken-word poetry, photography, and additional arts workshops.
  • Madera Coalition for Community Justice: $9,000 to create a 75-minute movie of intergenerational immigrant stories of Madera residents.
  • StageWorks Fresno: $8,500 for “Story to Stage,” an integrated learning plan to foster reading and theatrical literacy for K-3 students in the Lowell, Tower District and Fresno High neighborhoods.
  • Kings Regional Traditional Folk Arts: $8,000 for ongoing student mariachi and Mexican folklore dance for children and adults in Kings County.
  • Stone Soup Fresno: $5,000 for “The Hmong Culture and Literacy Academy,” a summer enrichment program for youth that promotes access, engagement and learning of traditional Hmong cultural arts.

The Foundation’s grant making work is driven by the needs of Central Valley residents as well as guidance from philanthropists who contribute to the Foundation. FRF provides a fair and transparent competitive grant application process, financial evaluation of community benefit organizations, site visits and reporting on grant effectiveness.

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About the Fresno Regional Foundation

Founded in 1966, FRF’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the San Joaquin Valley through philanthropy. It serves Fresno, Madera, Merced, Mariposa, Tulare and Kings counties.

FRF is the trusted link between donors and organizations investing in permanent, high-impact solutions for the San Joaquin Valley. The Foundation holds assets of nearly $55 million and awarded $3.5 million in grants in 2011.

For more information about the Fresno Regional Foundation, please visit www.fresnoregfoundation.org or call 559-226-5600.

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SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART RECEIVES $375,000 FROM GETTY FOUNDATION

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has been awarded a $375,000 grant from the Getty Foundation for the implementation of its first online collection catalogue, featuring works by Robert Rauschenberg in the museum’s permanent collection. The grant supports further work on the Rauschenberg Research Project, the digital publication SFMOMA is developing for the Getty’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI), an effort dedicated to bringing museum collection catalogues into the digital age. Scheduled for launch in mid-2013, SFMOMA’s catalogue promises to be the largest and most comprehensive repository of Rauschenberg research available online, and will serve as a vital and highly accessible resource for the field.

“We are very grateful to the Getty Foundation for their generous support of SFMOMA’s Rauschenberg Research Project,” says Sarah Roberts, SFMOMA associate curator of collections and research. “Our online Rauschenberg catalogue will serve as a testing ground for the museum’s ambitious digital publishing objectives and will have global reach, both as a resource for future scholarship and as a dynamic, new model for museum collection catalogues in the digital era.”

While printed versions of scholarly collection catalogues have long been a critical part of museum publishing programs and a key resource for researchers, their high production costs and small print runs have hindered accessibility and made revised editions extremely difficult to realize. The OSCI project aims to transform how museums disseminate scholarly information about their collections, exploring the potential for catalogues to be more current, interactive, and widely available in an online environment. Three years ago, the Getty Foundation invited nine institutions, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, to work together to investigate this new frontier in scholarly publishing with the support of planning grants. SFMOMA received $240,000 to participate in the planning stage and now has been awarded $375,000 to bring its online catalogue to completion.

SFMOMA’s publication will present a seamless blend of rigorous scholarship and multimedia resources, encompassing nearly 90 Rauschenberg sculptures, paintings, works on paper, photographs, and “combines” (hybrid works of painting and sculpture). The catalogue will bring together existing materials drawn from the archives of SFMOMA and other institutions, as well as new content from ongoing research initiatives, such as visual documentation done with highly specialized technology (e.g., infrared or custom digital processing) that capture the exceptionally nuanced imagery of the artist’s works.

The publication will include 20 essays dedicated to individual artworks or series; bibliographies, provenance, exhibition histories, and conservation research for all objects; as well as artist interviews, interactive educational features, comparative images, and links to related resources. SFMOMA has commissioned leading experts on Rauschenberg as authors for the catalogue, including:

· Nicholas Cullinan, curator of international modern art at Tate Modern, who has written a book on the artist’s photographs
· Susan Davidson, senior curator of collections and exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum, who sits on the board of the Rauschenberg Foundation and has produced numerous exhibitions and publications on the artist, including the 1997–98 retrospective that she organized with Walter Hopps
· Roni Feinstein, who produced a catalogue raisonné of the artist’s silkscreen paintings for the 1991 Whitney Museum exhibition
· And many others who have researched, written, or organized exhibitions on Rauschenberg

In addition to presenting deeper and richer content, the online catalogue will employ various technological solutions stemming from the OSCI project. New systems for documentation and digital publishing are redefining how information related to the collection is generated, collected, and published. These processes will allow for the publication to be integrated into a variety of digital platforms, and established templates will easily accommodate future research projects around other areas of modern and contemporary art. Ultimately, the Getty Foundation grant will make possible a new model for collection publishing that will disseminate scholarly material in innovative and accessible ways.

Technology at SFMOMA

The development of the online catalogue furthers SFMOMA’s commitment to online culture and technological advancement, and to fostering meaningful dialogue with audiences. Reflecting the Bay Area’s renown for pioneering new technologies and ways of thinking, SFMOMA is widely acknowledged as a leader among museums worldwide for using technology to engage visitors, both onsite and online, through such projects as its award-winning website, innovative podcasts, multimedia gallery tours, and more recent mobile apps. SFMOMA has consistently forged new models of museum education by developing in-house expertise in rich-media tools that enhance public understanding of modern and contemporary art.

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