Blogs

Member Spotlight on Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

For the month of May, GIA’s photo banner features artists and projects supported by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF). Launched in 2009, NACF is a unique, national organization dedicated to strengthening Native arts, perpetuating culture resilience, and bringing together diverse communities to drive social impact. Through philanthropy and partnership, its main areas of focus include individual artist fellowships and community inspiration projects.

Sundance Announces Environmental Film Initiative Supported by Rauschenberg Foundation, Others

Sundance Institute has announced a new initiative for films and emerging media projects exploring stories related to the environment, conservation and climate change. These grants to support new projects are led by founding support from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and include additional support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Kendeda Fund, Discovery Channel, Code Blue Foundation and the Joy Family Foundation.

New from the GIA Reader: Starting a Movement

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader entitled “Starting a Movement: Building the Field of Teaching Artistry,” author Beth Feldman Brandt outlines eight recent projects that arose out of a preconference session at the Conference for Community Arts Education.

Bay Area Justice Funders Network Shares Social Justice Framework

The Bay Area Justice Funders Network (BAJFN) has created a tool for funders called “The Choir Book: A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy.” Using this framework, BAJFN invites funders to join a “choir” of foundations with shared social justice strategy and coordinated impact. The framework includes values, competencies, and practices for grantmakers and illustrates steps that funders can take at each stage of their grant cycle.

Rainin Foundation Launches New Public Art Program

From Kenneth Rainin Foundation:

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has announced that it is launching a new public art program. The Open Spaces Program will support temporary place-based public art projects in Oakland and San Francisco that engage communities, showcase artistic experimentation and energize public spaces. The Foundation invites Letters of Inquiry for new visionary projects that demonstrate collaboration between artists and nonprofit organizations. Up to four grants will be awarded in the fall and funding will range from $50,000-$200,000 per project.

GIA Podcast: Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz on Creating the Momentum Fellowship

New on the GIA Podcast, we speak with Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz from Philanthropy Northwest about their Momentum Fellowship, a regional program designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities for careers in the philanthropic sector.

Canada Council Unveils Strategic Plan Focusing on Indigenous Art and Digital Technology

By Robert Everett-Green, writing for The Globe and Mail:

The Canada Council for the Arts plans to create a separate granting stream for indigenous arts and artists and to use its programs and influence “to engender a new relationship between Canada’s indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.”

Reconciliation through the arts is one of four main priorities in the council’s new five-year plan, which was released on Tuesday. The other three are about helping Canadian artists thrive in a digital environment, raising their profile internationally and giving them more money.

Creative Capital Report Surveys 15 Years of Artist Support

In the summer of 2015, Creative Capital, in conjunction with Ann Markusen (Markusen Economic Research) and Anne Gadwa Nicodemus (Metris Arts Consulting), launched a survey of artists who received awards from 2000 to 2013 to explore the impact of its support on the artists’ creative work and professional success. The results of the survey have been released in “Creative Capital Artists Look Back: 1999-2013.”

Lifetime Arts Releases Evaluation Report on Creative Aging in America's Libraries

Lifetime Arts has released a "Year Two Evaluation Report for Creative Aging in America's Libraries," conducted by Touchstone Center for Collaborative Inquiry. The report presents findings based on 50 completed arts education programs across the 20 participating library systems. It includes outcomes for older adult participants, library systems and for the library communities, as well as interim findings on the usefulness of Lifetime Arts resources and services.

New from the GIA Reader: In Appreciation of Words

In an article in the latest issue of the GIA Reader entitled “In Appreciation of Words,” Irene Borger, Eleanor Savage, and Travis Laughlin examine the body of knowledge embedded in words such as “story” and “activate.”