2003 Conference Proceedings

The Edge
W Hotel
Seattle, Washington


October 19–22, 2003


The 2003 conference theme “The Edge” was inspired by Seattle's location on the edge of a continent, by the changing economic climate, and by GIA's continuing dialogue about working across cultures and sectors. An edge implies a boundary or a margin, defines adjacencies, reveals ends and beginnings, and identifies commonalities. A draft of a novel or a study for a painting can be an “edge,” or tipping point, for the artistic enterprise. We aim to “have an edge,” be effective, have an advantage. We are often “on edge,” excited or keyed up, eager and sharp. “Edgy” art and ideas push the limits of a medium or cross thresholds to unexpected content and outcomes. Conference programs explored and embraced the many lines and edges arts grantmakers walk.

Conference Proceedings: Break-out Sessions

  • Session Designer: John Kreidler, Cultural Initiatives Silicon Valley Moderator: Sandra Smith, Columbus Foundation Panelists: Laura Marcus, Fund for Folk Culture; Carolyn Bye, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council; and Dr. Pia Moriarty, anthropologist
  • Session Designers: Judi Jennings, Kentucky Foundation for Women and Janet Sarbaugh, Heinz Endowments Moderator: Janet Sarbaugh, Heinz Endowments Published: Fall 2003
  • Session Designer and Moderator: Joan Shigekawa, Rockefeller Foundation Panelists: Sandra Opdycke, Fordham Institute for Innovation in Social Policy; Maria Rosario Jackson, Urban Institute; and Joaquin Herranz, Jr., MIT
  • Designed by Roberta Uno, The Ford Foundation with Kamilah Forbes, NYC Hip Hop Theater Festival; Rennie Harris, Rennie Harris Puremovement; and George Fronda Quibuyen, aka Geologic, poet/emcee.
  • Organized and presented by Kelly Barsdate, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and Shelley Cohn, Arizona Commission on the Arts with Kristin Tucker, Washington State Arts Commission and Neal Cuthbert, McKnight Foundation
  • Organized by Olga Garay, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with Dudley Cocke, Roadside Theater; Marta Moreno Vega, Caribbean Cultural Center; Stephanie Ellis Smith, Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas; Roy M. Huhndorf, Koahnic Broadcast Corporation; and Donald Byrd, Spectrum Dance Theater
  • Session designers: Claudine Brown, the Nathan Cummings Foundation and Rebecca Lowry, Native Cultures Fund, the Humboldt Area Foundation Presenters: Fath Ruffins, National Museum of American History; Carlos Tortelerro, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum; Gloria Lomahaftewa, Native American relations, The Heard Museum; and Ron Chew, Wing Luke Asian Museum
  • Session Organizers and presenters: Myra Millinger, The Flinn Foundation and Kathleen Cerveny, The Cleveland Foundation with Shelley Cohn, Arizona Commission on the Arts; Thomas Schorgl, Community Partnership for Arts & Culture, Cleveland; and Jim Copenhaver, Phoenix Boys Choir
  • Organized by Shelley Cohn, Arizona Commission on the Arts Presenters: Michael Moore, Wallace Foundation; Jacqueline Moscou, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center; and Lynn Kessler, representative, majority leader, 24th district, Washington State Legislature
  • Session Designers: Sarah Meyer and Edie Adams, Microsoft Corporation Presenters: Suze Woolf, Microsoft Corporation; Marc Smith, Microsoft Corporation; and Elizabeth Sanders, Sonic Rim
  • Presenter: Marty Pottenger, Terra Moto Inc.
  • Session designers and presenters: Joan Shigekawa, Rockefeller Foundation with Ann Doyle, Internet2; Steve Dietz, New Media Curator; JC Herz, technology writer; Michael Wellings, ResearchChannel; and Kathleen McMonigal, ResearchChannel
  • Session Designer: Alyson Pou, Creative Capital Foundation

Conference Proceedings: Plenary Sessions