1999 Conference Proceedings

Strengthening the Arts Through Policy, Performance and Practice
Hotel Nikko
San Francisco, California


November 14–17, 1999


As we prepared to enter a new millennium, Grantmakers in the Arts devoted its 1999 conference to considering both the theories and practice that shape our work as arts funders. We set the stage by exploring the national philanthropic landscape, and the role of the arts in that environment. We followed with an exciting array of sessions and breakfast roundtables that focused on practical topics of specific interest to GIA members, among them: arts education, cultural policy development, trends in evaluation, investments in audience participation, leadership issues, individual artist and general operating support programs, and work in the for-profit/non-profit intersection. At the conclusion of the conference, we will enlist a team of technology experts to help us envision what's next for arts grantmakers—a “new philanthropy” for the digital age?

Conference Proceedings: Break-out Sessions

  • Moderator: Marian Godfrey, The Pew Charitable Trusts Panelists: James Allen Smith, Creative Capital Foundation; Kevin McCarthy, RAND Corporation; M. Christine Dwyer, RMC Research Corporation; Maria Rosario Jackson, The Urban Institute Published: Fall 1999
  • Moderator: Claire Peeps, The Durfee Foundation Panelists: Luis Alfaro, playwright, Latino Theatre Initiative; Irene Borger, CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts; Sarah Lutman, The Bush Foundation; Mick Moloney, traditional Irish musician; Peter Pennekamp, The Humboldt Area Foundation; Pamela Z, composer/vocalist Published: Fall 1999
  • Moderator: Edward Pauly, Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund Panelists: John Bare, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Elizabeth Boris, The Urban Institute; Michael O'Hare, University of California, Berkeley Published: Fall 1999
  • Moderator: John Killacky, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Panelists: Michael Moore, Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund; Frances Phillips, The Walter and Elise Haas Fund; Janet Sarbaugh, The Heinz Endowments Respondent; Gerald D. Yoshitomi, independent culture worker
  • Moderator: Nancy Glaze, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Panelists: Richard Bains, California State University, Monterey Bay; Kaye Bonner Cummings, Bonner Family Foundation; John McCluggage, San Jose Repertory Theater Company
  • Moderator: Robert Lynch, Americans for the Arts Panelists: Liz Lerman, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange; Meryl Marshall, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • Moderator: Catherine Wichterman, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Panelists: Karen Brooks Hopkins, Brooklyn Academy of Music; J. Richard Hackman, Harvard University; Susan Stevens, The Stevens Group at Larson Allen; Bruce Atwater, Walker Art Center
  • Moderator: Janet Sarbaugh, The Heinz Endowments Panelists: M. Melanie Beene, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Kathleen A Cerveny, The Cleveland Foundation; Danton Miller, The James Irvine Foundation; Greg Rowe, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Moderator: Cora Mirikitani, The James Irvine Foundation Panelists: Rachel Newton Bellow, Project 180; Sally Fifer, Bay Area Video Coalition; Peter Hero, Community Foundation of Silicon Valley; Caroline Williams, Grey Seal Capital, LLC

Conference Proceedings: Plenary Sessions