From Jennifer Smith, writing for The Wall Street Journal:
Grantmakers in the Arts is committed to addressing structural inequities and increasing philanthropic and government support for African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) artists and arts organizations. Racial equity is a lens through which GIA aims to conduct all of its work, as well as a specific area of its programming. Since 2008, GIA has been elevating racial equity as a critical issue affecting the field. To actualize this work within the sector, GIA published its Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy Statement of Purpose in 2015. Through webinars, articles, convenings, and conference sessions, GIA provides training and information to support arts funders in addressing historic and structural inequity.
An historical outline of GIA's recent work in equity is available online, including GIA Reader articles, blog posts, and YouTube videos from past conference keynote sessions.
From the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures:
On Thursday, November 19, 2015, a public forum will take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to release the findings of a study conducted by the Urban Institute and funded by The Heinz Endowments.
From Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation:
Grantmakers in the Arts invites interested and qualified consulting firms or individuals through an RFP process to submit a proposal to conduct an organization-wide audit of GIA’s internal documents and policies and external communication as they pertain to the organization’s goals of racial equity in arts philanthropy.
A post from Vu Le, director of Rainier Valley Corps, on his blog Nonprofit with Balls:
Grantmakers in the Arts hosted a national dialogue for arts funders on June 2, 2015 on increasing funding and access to funding for African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA) organizations. It was held at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. You can now view the presentations from the forum web page, including those by Carlton Turner and Kenny Leon, and also including a pair of panel discussions from the nonprofit field and from the philanthropic field.