Tag: This Week in the Arts

Friday roundup – March 7 through March 11, 2016

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– We released the first video in the “Putting Racism on the Table” series. The video features Professor john a. powell, Professor of Law and Professor of African-American Studies and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, speaking on structural racism. After viewing, we encourage you to share your thoughts on the series in general or on the specific topic via Twitter (using the hashtag #PuttingRacismOnTheTable), or on WRAG’s Facebook page. (Daily, 3/9)

– WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland explored the challenges social profit organizations often face when funders decrease giving in a particular issue area. (Daily, 3/7)

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– The Region Forward Coalition shared details of their first meeting of the year, at which WRAG vice president Gretchen Greiner-Lott presented Our Region, Your Investment, alongside Enterprise Community Loan Fund, as a part of the solution to the Greater Washington region’s affordable housing crisis. (Region Forward, 3/2)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS 
 More and more social profit museums are leaning on commercial art galleries for financial support for exhibitions, and concerns are growing that the arrangement could bring about conflicts of interest and too much influence over what the public sees, going against the missions of many museums to provide art for the sake of art. (NYT, 3/7)

– Opinion: A theatergoer shares his experience attending a popular Broadway show that  features a diverse cast, and how he felt when he noticed the audience was not so diverse. (NPR, 3/8)

THIS WEEK IN POVERTY
– Over a period of seven years, a University of Michigan study examined more than 100,000 American households’ toilet paper-purchasing habits. The researchers found that when it comes to buying household necessities, among other things, those with money tend to pay less – further supporting the point that it is expensive to be poor. (WaPo, 3/8)


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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A seventh-grader settles “Deflategate” once and for all.

– Ciara 

Friday roundup – February 16 through 19, 2016

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– WRAG board member and trustee of the Corina Higginson Trust Wilton Corkern and wife Mary Bruce Batte shared why they’re investing in Our Region, Your Investment. (Daily WRAG, 2/18)

– The Steady Rise of Renting (City Lab, 2/16)

THIS WEEK IN THE REGION
 Opinion: President and CEO of The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation (and WRAG Board member) Nicky Goren discussed the need for leaders in business, government, and the social profit sector to break down silos in order to work toward building a more equitable region. She also shared the three interconnected goals in Meyer’s new strategic plan. (WBJ, 2/12) –Subscription required

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– Washington City Paper interviewed D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities executive director Arturo Espinoza, Jr., three months into his tenure, where he shared his plans to enhance the local arts community after taking the reins of the organization. (WCP, 2/17)


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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Act like an adult, craft emails like a third grader…according to data.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – February 8 through 12, 2016

The Daily WRAG will return on Tuesday, February 16.

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland shared why WRAG is pursuing a culture of evaluation and will use your feedback to continue providing quality programming that enhances philanthropy and improves the region. (Daily, 2/11)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: It’s Not Foundation Money, But Culture and Talent That Can Change The World (Chronicle, 2/10)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
– Officials of D.C. Public Schools announced an overhaul of the district’s teacher training and evaluation system. The changes will take begin this fall. (WaPo, 2/10)

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– A growing number of residents in the area are finding housing to be so expensive that they’re considering a move to the Baltimore area – even with long commuting times into the District for work. (WAMU, 2/9) Audio

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– You can take a sneak peek inside the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Renwick Gallery has reopened to a big audience and even bigger digital success. (Washingtonian, 2/5)


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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A simple guide to Valentine’s Day chocolate-buying.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – January 4 through January 8, 2016

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING
– WRAG and Enterprise Community Loan Fund made a major announcement about a new impact investing initiative to support affordable housing here in our region. Click here to read more about Our Region, Your Investment.

– For many millennial workers homeownership in the Greater Washington region is simply out of reach. (WaPo, 1/4)

THIS WEEK IN THE WRAG COMMUNITY 
– Ed Davies, Executive Director of the DC Trust, has announced that he will be stepping down from his post in order to pursue a new opportunity and continue working on behalf of children, youth, and families.

– The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation has announced two new staff members, along with some other changes to their team. Julian A. Haynes and Amy Nakamoto will join Meyer as program officers on January 19.  Karen FitzGerald has been promoted from senior program officer to program director, and Maegan Scott has been promoted to serve as program officer for Meyer’s new Organizational Effectiveness Program and other capacity-building work.

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
The Rise of Urban Public Boarding Schools (Atlantic, 12/2015)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
The Chronicle of Philanthropy released this year’s list of 40 leaders under 40 who are working to solve entrenched problems with innovative solutions. (Chronicle, 1/5)

– A  first-of-its-kind philanthropy almanac, offering an abundance of data and facts about the field, is now available. (Chronicle, 1/6)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS 
– As millennial philanthropy grows, how can arts and cultural social profit organizations be sure they are attracting this next generation of donors? (Seattle Times, 12/2015)


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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It may be too cold to visit the beach these days, but next time you go, you’ll know exactly what’s across the ocean from you in the horizon.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – November 9 through November 13, 2015

THIS WEEK IN CSR/VETERANS
– Tim McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation and head faculty member for the Institute for CSR, shared how his organization supports the Veterans Empowerment Movement. (American Express, 11/9)

THIS WEEK IN FOOD/EDUCATION
– Schools in the region, particularly in Prince George’s County, are getting their hands dirty by taking the classroom experience outdoors in learning gardens. (WTOP, 11/10)

– Though research has often suggested that most low-income individuals find it difficult to maintain healthy nutritional habits because of food deserts, recent studies say poor eating habits have less to do with proximity and much more to do with income. (Atlantic, 11/9)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS & HUMANITIES
– The Nonprofit Finance Fund released two reports – one for grantmakers and another for arts organizations – summarizing lessons learned about capitalization in the arts sector. (NFF, 10/2015)

– Nonprofit theaters are attracting more donors, but audiences keep shrinking, report says (LA Times, 11/5)

 Harvard Medical School joins an emerging trend among institutions encouraging their students to take part in arts and humanities courses in order to improve their skills in empathy and observation. (Boston Globe, 11/2)


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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Rejoice, cat owners! As it turns out, your cat is unlikely sitting at home plotting your demise – research be darned.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – November 2 through November 6, 2015

THIS WEEK IN PUBLIC HEALTH
– Brian Castrucci of the de Beaumont Foundation shared four surprising things about the governmental public health workforce in his most recent blog post. (HuffPo, 10/29)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– A recent study predicts an influx in philanthropic funding in the U.S. over the next 20 years that will reach $8 trillion thanks in part to baby boomers who are using their retirement years to give back  (NYT, 11/1)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– Arts funders and dance companies look toward increasing the diversity of their next generation of talent as they hope to grow the diversity of their audiences as well. (NYT, 10/30)

– A growing number of art collectors who wish to donate their artwork are turning to smaller nonprofits rather than museums. (WSJ, 11/1)

THIS WEEK IN TRANSPORTATION
– More and more options for adequate transportation in areas previously void of convenient transit are increasing accessibility for residents east of the Anacostia River. Some officials are hoping to further expand options for residents. (WAMU, 11/4)


 

WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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How do you think?

– Ciara

Friday roundup – October 13 through October 16, 2015

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
–  Washington Business Journal offered a look at the highly-anticipated expansion of the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Center – also known as THEARC – scheduled to break ground later this month. (WBJ, 10/6)

– The Cultural Data Project, the online tool used by arts organizations to track financial, programmatic, and operational data, is re-branding as DataArts. Check out their press release to learn more.

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL INNOVATION
– Financial institution Goldman Sachs  dabbled in social impact bonds with an investment in 100 Utah preschoolers. (NYT, 10/7)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
–  CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announced that it will award $3 million to social profit organizations and government organizations in the region to develop new, innovative telemedicine programs that improve access to healthcare. (WBJ, 10/12)

THIS WEEK IN HEALTH
– A recent study found that medical costs in D.C. are relatively affordable in comparison with those of other major U.S. cities, despite wide variations in the true costs of care within the city. (WBJ, 10/12)


WRAG’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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See if you can solve this quick puzzle about how baseball caps divided a tiny town (essentially). Then, find out what the answer may reveal about the world we live in. Deep.

– Ciara

Friday roundup – September 28 through October 2, 2015

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– WRAG president Tamara Copeland presented her third quarter report to the community where she discussed how WRAG is working to address some of the most entrenched issues in our region. (Daily, 9/30)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION/YOUTH
– D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie proposed an unconventional approach to curbing violence in the city – offering job training, mentoring and cash stipends to at-risk youth. (WAMU, 9/29)

–  Why wealthy Loudoun County does not have universal full-day kindergarten (WaPo, 9/29)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS/HUMANITIES
 D.C.’s secret export: theater (WaPo, 9/24)

– This week, the country celebrated the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s signing of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965, which created both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. (WAMU, 9/28)

THIS WEEK IN HOUSING 
In their Matters@Hand thought-leadership series sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, HAND explored some of the most innovative affordable housing policies from around the country. (Helping Hands Blog, 6/1)


Community Calendar
WRAG will be testing out a new feature on the blog each Friday  – the WRAG Community Calendar. Tell us about your upcoming event, and we will share it through the calendar below. To have your event included on the calendar, please send basic information including event title, date/time, location, a brief description of the event, and a link to further details to: myers@washingtongrantmakers.org.


Can you recognize these cities based solely on their aerial views? 

– Ciara

Friday roundup – May 4 through May 8, 2015

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– In her latest column, WRAG’s president Tamara Copeland shared her thoughts on how good, secure jobs can translate to hope for individuals in communities, and can help prevent the unrest that has played out in cities like Baltimore. (Daily, 5/4)

– The summer 2015 class of Frank Karel Public Interest Communications Fellows was announced. This fellowship, fiscally sponsored by WRAG, places first-generation and minority undergraduate students at area nonprofit organizations to expose them to social change communications. (Daily 5/4)

THIS WEEK IN PHILANTHROPY
– Kristin Pauly, Managing Director at Prince Charitable Trusts, shared why they’re excited about “getting on the map” and sharing their grants data with colleagues. (Daily, 5/6)

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recently held their inaugural Chairman’s Breakfast, presented by their Board Chair (and WRAG’s Vice Chair), Lynn Tadlock. Boeing was recognized for being an Outstanding Community Partner in Northern Virginia. (CFNoVa, 5/7)

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– We learned that plans for the Dupont Underground, set to open in July, may need to be pared down a bit due to funding. (WaPo, 5/1)

– We also learned how the upcoming closure of the Artisphere in Arlington County indicates much more about the way cultural institutions are often viewed as “extraneous.” (WCP, 5/7)

THIS WEEK IN NONPROFITS
– D.C. continues to change. That’s why, in an effort to continue to provide quality services and effectively reach those who need them the most, two major nonprofits in the city are making big moves. Martha’s Table will move most of its operations east of the river, while Whitman-Walker Health will soon unveil a new, more modern facility. (WaPo, 5/4 and (WaPo, 5/6)


WRAG EVENTS NEXT WEEK

Healthy Communities Working Group: May Meeting and Conversation with Pamela Creekmur, Prince George’s County Health Officer (WRAG members)
Monday, May 11 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (At the Meyer Foundation)

Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference (WRAG members, non-member funders, nonprofits, government officials, community leaders, and anyone else interested in learning about the needs of the county)
Thursday, May 14  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Middleburg Community Center)

Get on the Map: A How-To Webinar
Thursday, May 14  2:00 PM – 2:45 PM


Ever wonder what songs there are about your favorite city? Check out this map

– Ciara

 

Friday roundup – Dec. 15 through Dec. 19, 2014


THIS WEEK AT WRAG
Happy holidays! The Daily WRAG will go on a brief hiatus starting Monday, December 23, 2014 and returning Monday, January 5, 2015. Take a look at WRAG’s 2014 Year-in-Review!

THIS WEEK IN HOMELESSNESS
Yesterday, the D.C. Court of Appeals upheld the right to private shelter for homeless families. The unanticipated spike in homelessness last winter led many families to be housed in rec centers with little or no privacy despite a law that families must be in private rooms. (WCP, 12/18)

The decision comes as the city faces yet another shelter crunch this winter. The District has already sheltered around 60 families in motels for lack of space in proper shelters this winter, and anticipates a 16 percent increase in the number of homeless families requiring shelter over last winter.

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– There was good news and bad news. The good news: The entity aiming to create an arts exhibition hall and venue in the former trolley space under Dupont Circle signed a lease for the space. (WCP, 12/16) The bad news: Arlington County’s Artisphere arts center may close by mid 2015. (WBJ, 12/17)

THIS WEEK IN AGING/PHILANTHROPY
Opinion: Foundations Can Help Transform How We Care for Aging Americans (Chronicle, 12/17)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION 
– A study found that state education funding declines were three times greater in the poorest school divisions than in the wealthiest school divisions in Virginia. (WaPo, 12/12)


Could you beat Salvador Dali in the most intense staring contest experience imaginable?

– Ciara