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The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) announced on June 29 that the Nonprofit Capacity Assessment for Indiana’s Arts and Culture Organizations report, a first of its kind, has been completed and is now available for review.

The report can be downloaded from the Indiana University website or the  IAC website.

In 2008, the IAC enlisted SPEA researchers to implement a survey to better understand the capacity building and technical assistance needs of Indiana arts and culture organizations.

“In order to address the growing number of capacity building and technical assistance requests the Arts Commission receives, we needed to collect information directly from our constituents,” said Lewis C. Ricci, executive director of the Indiana Arts Commission. “We surveyed approximately 1,800 organizations that have sought funding from the IAC or our regional arts partners since 2003.”

The original sample included both nonprofit and public/governmental organizations that provide arts and cultural activities, but excluded individual artists and for-profit organizations. Approximately 385 organizations completed the survey in full or in part.

SPEA Project Director Kirsten A. Grønbjerg says that financial resources pose the most challenges, followed by networking and advocacy, marketing, programs and planning, information technology, human resources, and operations and governance. Detailed analysis shows that across-the-board challenges are most severe for organizations whose entire mission is dedicated to arts and culture, those that rely extensively on volunteers, and/or those with board vacancies.

Source: Indiana University

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Most people are familiar with the “501(c)(3)” non-profit designation. But what many don’t realize is that Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code is just one of many tax law provisions granting exemption from the federal income tax to non-profit organizations. I recently wrote a blog post for the Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association (IDADA) discussing the difference between a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a 501(c)(6) nonprofit.

Here’s a quick comparison of 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) status:

Click over to IDADA’s *new website* for the full post.

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Pop artist Robert Indiana, best known for his LOVE statue (which was created in 1964 for a Christmas card for New York’s Museum of Modern Art) is being sued by a former business partner, John Gilbert. Gilbert claims Indiana signed an agreement three years ago which allowed him to license sculptures and other pieces bearing the word “prem” (Sanskrit for “love”) in Indiana’s iconic style.

The deal apparently fell apart at some stage, leading to the cancellation of auctions at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s, and according to Gilbert’s breach of contract suit, kept him from “meeting [his] obligations under current contracts and jeopardized prospective contractual agreements with numerous third parties.”

Indiana, now 81 years old, has filed a counter-suit for alleged violations of trademark law, stating that he never signed an agreement.

For the full story, see The Gothamist.

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This blog author was featured recently in an Indiana Lawyer article about an organization I’m involved with, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Foundation is a public benefit, nonprofit organization championing the literary, artistic, and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist and Indiana native Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. The Library Foundation is creating a library that will also serve as a cultural and educational resource center, functioning as a museum, art gallery, and reading room for readers, writers, and students. In addition, the library will support language and visual arts education for the local community.

Click here for full story by Rebecca Berfanger, Indiana Lawyer.

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