This lesson will give the students a brief overview of how nonprofit organizations contribute to the common good and social capital of the community by supporting the arts. Students will role-play as members of the Board of a philanthropic organization focused on the Arts. They will create a plan to bring the Arts to the children of the community, enhancing the common good and building social capital.
NOTE: A copy of the movie PULSE: A STOMP Odyssey may be purchased from Amazon.com
Before Viewing – One 30 - 45 minute class period depending on the length of discussion time.
After Viewing – One 50 minute class period.
The learner will:
- learn about five nonprofit organizations that team up with other community groups or donate money for philanthropic use in the Arts.
- make a recommendation to bring fine arts to the community.
Ask the students if they have ever heard of: Young Audiences; (this is the organization along with America Honda that provided the funds for the movie Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey), the Pew Charitable Trust; the MacArthur Foundation; the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, or the Getty Foundation? (These organizations are frequently mentioned on Public Broadcasting television and radio stations). Tell the students that people often feel that it is their civic responsibility to give back to the community. They put some of their money in a trust or foundation that is managed by a board of directors. The five that you mentioned use some or all of their money to support the arts. These are non-profit organizations.
Before developing a funding plan, the group could research one or more of the organizations in the Bibliographical References to get ideas about how each organization fund the Arts.
Lesson Developed By:Clare Friend
Examples of Philanthropy in Supporting the Arts
According to the Audiences Inc (YAI) website (http://www.youngaudiences.org/ ) YAI is a non profit foundation for arts education. It is led by a volunteer board and staff of internationally acclaimed artists. Young Audiences Inc provides services for the network of YAI chapters & affiliated communities. YAI works with communities for comprehensive arts-in-education projects. For the Movie PULSE: a STOMP Odyssey, America Honda teamed with Young Audience Inc to provide funding for the IMAX film.
Pew Charitable Trusts
According to The Pew Charitable Trusts' website (http://pewtrusts.org/) it serves the public interest by providing information, advancing policy solutions and supporting civic life. Based in Philadelphia, with an office in Washington, D.C., the Trusts will invest $204 million in fiscal year 2006 to provide organizations and citizens with fact-based research and practical solutions for challenging issues.
Artistic Initiatives aims to increase the quality and scope of artistic programming through targeted projects that provide financial support and professional development assistance to artists and organizations. These initiatives elevate artistic excellence, giving residents and visitors to our region a wide range of outstanding performances and exhibitions to attend. And they enhance the cultural community's ability to work together effectively, contributing to a vibrant and resilient environment for art:
According to The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's website (http://www.macfound.org/), it is a private, independent grant making institution dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the human condition. Through the support it provides, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media.
One of the nation’s ten largest private philanthropic foundations, MacArthur foundation has awarded more than $3 billion in grants since it began operations in 1978. The annual grant making budget is approximately $180 million.
The General Program supports public interest media, including public radio and the production of independent documentary film. Grants are made to arts and cultural institutions in the Chicago area and for special initiatives, currently including intellectual property rights in a digital environment.
Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
The Rush Philanthropic Arts foundation, according to its website (http://www.rushphilanthropic.org) was co founded by Hip-Hop mogul Russell Rush and his two brothers. The Foundation is a non profit organization that provides direct funding to other organizations providing education and arts programming to the youth of New Youth City. The leadership is a virtual who’s who of artists who participate in a mentoring program for the urban youth of New York City.
The Getty Foundation, according to the foundation's website (http://www.getty.edu/about/), funds a wide and diverse range of projects throughout the world. The focus is to promote the “understanding and conservation of the visual arts.”
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