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New from the GIA Reader: Exploring Economic Empowerment through Cultural Revitalization

In the latest issue of the GIA Reader, Sonia BasSheva Mañjon writes about her work with Ohio State University to investigate economic empowerment with an arts and culture lens in order to better understand the needs in rural America. Read “From Whitesburg, Kentucky, to Washington Court House, Ohio: An Academic Explores Economic Empowerment through Cultural Revitalization.”

New from the GIA Reader: Lessons in Funder Collaboration

In the latest issue of the GIA Reader, Michele Kumi Baer of The New York Community Trust writes about the formation of and lessons learned from the New York City Cultural Agenda Fund, a collaborative fund focused on cultural policy and advocacy that was created in the wake of New York City’s last mayoral election. Read “Seizing Opportunity amid Uncertainty: Lessons in Funder Collaboration.”

New from the GIA Reader: Confronting Homogeneity in American Orchestras

In the latest issue of the GIA Reader, Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, discusses the League’s work addressing diversity in the orchestra field. “A New Will to Confront Homogeneity in American Orchestras,” presents the results of two of the League’s studies on the racial and gender demographics of the field and efforts to support inclusion of African American and Latino musicians through fellowships.

New from the GIA Reader: Reflections from an Art and Social Justice Funder

In the latest issue of the GIA Reader, Elizabeth Méndez Berry recounts a panel discussion of artists using the power of narrative to create social change. “Telling New Stories: Reflections from an Art and Social Justice Funder” considers how the work of arts and social justice can be expanded and encourages funders to investigate their role in this process.

New from the GIA Reader: GIA’s Annual Arts Funding Snapshot

The latest issue of the GIA Reader features our annual Arts Funding Snapshot, an overview of national arts funding by the numbers. The snapshot includes “Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture, 2014,” based on the most recent completed year of Foundation Center data, and “Government Funding for the Arts, 2016,” prepared by the National Assembly of State Art Agencies (NASAA). Findings of these two reports will be presented in our March webinar.

Most Read in 2016: What Is Civil Society?

The most-read article in the GIA Library last year, “What Is Civil Society?,” outlines the defining characteristics and necessary conditions of civil society: nonprofits, individual rights, the common good, rule of law, philanthropy, free expression, and tolerance. Written by Scholar and former GIA Board member Bruce Sievers in 2009, the article explores how these seven qualities interact within society and the democratic process. The GIA Library contains an extensive collection of articles, research reports, and other resources covering a wide variety of topics relevant to the arts and arts funding.

New from the GIA Reader: Local Arts Agencies: Growing, Serving, Advancing

An article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, “Local Arts Agencies: Growing, Serving, Advancing,” co-authors Randy Cohen, Graciela Kahn, and Michael Killoren discuss the results of the Local Arts Agency Census.

New from the GIA Reader: Regranting as an Art Form

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader, “Regranting as an Art Form: Empowering Artists as Community Change Agents,” Jack Becker of Forecast Public Art describes how being a nonprofit regrantor serves as a bridge between foundations and individual artists, utilizing practices that empower artists and support extraordinary projects.

New from the GIA Reader: Creating Sustainable Places for Artists

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader entitled “Artspace: Creating Sustainable Places for Artists,” Linda Picone explores the work and impact of Artspace, an organization that provides affordable housing for artists across the country.

GIA Podcast: Arni Fishbaugh on Funding in Rural Communities

New on the GIA Podcast, we speak with Arlynn (Arni) Fishbaugh on funding in rural communities and what she has in store in retirement after 24 years at Montana Arts Council.