2016 Web Conference Series: Practices for Advancing Racial Equity in Arts Grantmaking

Four one-hour sessions

Tuesday, July 19
GIA’s Progress Report on Advancing Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy

Thursday, July 21
Before the Announcement: Eligibility, Criteria, and Application

Tuesday, August 2
Before the Deadline: Spreading the Word and Technical Assistance

Thursday, August 4
Before and After the Decisions: Panel Review Process and Post-Cycle Support

Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) has made a commitment to increase philanthropic and government support to African, Latin@, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) artists and arts organizations. Racial equity in arts philanthropy is an enormous topic, and there are many organizational and programmatic areas to investigate in the field, such as organizational culture, cultural competency, nontraditional grantmaking models, and systemic racism.

This four-session web conference series explores practices used to advance racial equity in arts grantmaking, specifically focusing on the various practice components of the grant cycle. Every funder is different, and there is not a one-size-fits-all set of practices that will eliminate biases and inequitable outcomes. There are, however, many funders in our field using or piloting practices designed to mitigate biases and lower applicant barriers. This series will feature examples from public, private, and intermediary grantmakers that we hope will offer inspiration for other grantmakers examining their own assumptions and practices.

This series is designed for organizational leaders, program staff, and board members at any stage of inquiry. It is free to the staff and board members of GIA member organizations. The fee for nonmembers is $35 per session, or $120 for the series pass. Can’t join us live? Register, and we will send you links to the recorded sessions when they are available.

GIA extends deep gratitude to the planning team of this web conference series: Roberto Bedoya, writer and cultural strategist; Irene Gomez, project manager, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture; and Amy Kitchener, executive director, Alliance for California Traditional Arts.

Related material

In a special blog post, Mr. Bedoya shares his thoughts on the web conference series within the context of GIA’s commitment to increase philanthropic and government support for ALAANA artists and arts organizations.

GIA spotlights other ways in which racial equity can be advanced in arts philanthropy through the annual conference, GIA Reader, commissioned research, podcasts, other web conferences, and our website.