2001 Conference Proceedings

Culture Influencing Community Change
New Paltz, New York

November 5–7, 2001


Every ten years we take stock of our nation's populous. We learn how our ethnic balance is shifting. We discover which cities are most densely populated and which are dying. To an extent, we are able to see trends that relate to the behavior of the age, gender-base, and race of our cohorts. It is most appropriate that our conference theme this year was Culture Influencing Community Change; for the 2001 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference took place just as analysts had an opportunity to think about the implications of the 2000 Census.

Following three urban conferences in Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Chicago, we were once again planning a conference in a more contemplative setting when we gathered at the Mohonk Mountain Resort,a rustic natural environment in the historic Hudson River Valley. We took on some big ideas, including what communities of the twenty-first century will look like, and what our role as grantmakers might be in the face of changing needs of the makers and consumers of culture. We followed up with an examination of coalition building within the arts funding community. We looked at funder collectives that seek to stabilize arts organizations and challenges that segments of the artistic community face when old structures fail, and we shared a variety of new strategies.

Conference Proceedings: Break-out Sessions

  • Session Designer: Ellen Holtzman, The Henry Luce Foundation
  • Session Designer: Peter Pennekamp, Humboldt Area Foundation
  • Session Designers: Kathi Pavlick, The Chase Manhattan Bank and Suzanne M. Sato, AT&T Foundation
  • Session Designer: Kathleen Cerveny, The Cleveland Foundation Panelists: Peggy Amsterdam, The Cleveland Foundation; Kinshasha Holman, Conwill New York Foundation for the Arts; Thomas Schorgl, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (Cleveland); Regina Smith, Arts and Sciences Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
  • Session Designers: Elizabeth Feldman Brandt, Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation and Claudine K. Brown, Nathan Cummings Foundation Panelists: Elizabeth Feldman Brandt, Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation; Claudine K. Brown, Nathan Cummings Foundation; Mark Stern, University of Pennsylvania
  • Session Designer: Jeanne Butler, Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts Panelists: Aaron Bacheldar, The Enrichment Center; Mary Schmidt, Campbell Tisch School of the Arts; Jan Cohen Cruz, New York University; Butter Fisher, North Carolina School of the Arts; Dale Pollock, North Carolina School of the Arts; John Movius, Tisch School of the Arts; Chris Diaz, Tisch School of the Arts; Brian Moore, North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Session Designers: Adam Bernstein, Arts International; Bethany Wall, Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation Moderator: John Kreidler, Cultural Initiatives Silicon Valley Panelists: Beth Kanter, New York Foundation for the Arts; David White, Dance Theatre Workshop
  • Session Designer: Gary Burger, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Panelists: Thomas E. Backer, Ph.D., Human Interaction Research Institute; Larry C. Coppard, Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan; Janet Sarbaugh, The Heinz Endowments
  • Session Designers: Kevin Duggan, Consultant; Suzanne M. Sato, AT&T Foundation Moderator: Carl Goodman, American Museum of the Moving Image Panelists: Kevin Duggan, Consultant; Karen Helmerson, New York State Council on the Arts; Joan Shigekawa, The Rockefeller Foundation Artists: Toni Dove, Leah Gilliam, Yael Kanarek
  • Session Designer: Irene Borger, The Herb Alpert Foundation Panelists: David Grant, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Alexander Gray, Archipenko Foundation; Dean Stein, The Dyson Foundation; Vanessa Whang, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Session Designer: Suzanne Sato AT&T Foundation Panelists: Bill Keens Wolf, Keens & Company; Steve Wolff AMS Planning and Research; Richard Mittenthal, Conservation Company; Ted Berger, New York Foundation for the Arts
  • Artist Participants: Maya Churi, Carole Maso, Jennifer Monson, Pauline Oliveros, Pauline Oliveros Foundation; Lorna Simpson, Carla T. Smith, The Woodstock Guild; Walter Thompson Rapporteurs: Upasna Bajaj, Jeewon Song

Conference Proceedings: Plenary Sessions

  • Meredith Monk
  • Pepón Osorio
  • Moderator: Alberta Arthurs, Board member, National Video Resources Panelists: Ronne Hartfield, Art Institute of Chicago; Frances Degen Horowitz, Graduate Center of the City University of New York; Anthony Romero, American Civil Liberties Union; Kenneth Prewitt, New School for Social Research
  • Kenneth Prewitt