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Winter 2018 GIA Reader is Now Online
GIA Reader, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Winter 2018)
The Winter 2018 issue of the GIA Reader is now available online. Commissioned by Grantmakers in the Arts, this issue features a special report by Steven Lawrence analyzing changes in arts and culture funding over the past twenty-five years and the annual “Arts Funding Snapshot” by Reina Mukai and Ryan Stubbs, among other articles. The cover image, Brooklyn Stoop, by Jacob Lawrence, is courtesy of The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation and Artists Rights Society.
This Year’s First GIA Webinar: Arts Funding at Twenty-Five
Steven Lawrence
Released in the Winter 2018 GIA Reader, the report “Arts Funding at Twenty-Five: What Data and Analysis Continue to Tell Funders about the Field,” by Steven Lawrence, examines changing sources of support for arts and culture from the 1980s forward and the factors propelling those trends. A presentation of his findings offered by Lawrence will mark the beginning of GIA’s 2018 webinar series. He will review key findings and highlight more recent funding data that suggest the arts are not keeping pace with other sectors, especially in the aftermath of the Great Recession. This webinar will be facilitated by GIA President and CEO Eddie Torres.

Arts Funding at Twenty-Five, will be held on Tuesday, March 27, at 2 pm EDT / 11 am PDT. Details and registration available here.
Call for Sessions: 2018 GIA Conference
Grantmakers in the Arts seeks session proposals for the 2018 GIA Conference, to be held Sunday, October 21 through Wednesday, October 24 in Oakland, California. The GIA Conference is the largest annual convening of arts funders and the most comprehensive opportunity for our colleagues in the field to learn from each other. We greatly value the experience, ideas, and programs that members share with each other and the field at large. GIA members are invited to propose conference sessions on our website. Proposals are due no later than Tuesday, March 20 at 5:00 pm EDT.
Video: Monday IDEA LAB Artists at the 2017 GIA Conference
GIA 2017 Conference: Monday IDEA LAB
Erik Howard, ill Weaver and Linda Campbell, and Devon Akmon spoke about their work and the relationship they strive to have with community development and community empowerment during the Monday breakfast plenary at last year’s GIA Conference in Detroit. These artists and cultural workers tackle how they build collaborations for social change and how they dialogue with the community to generate cultural opportunities and to embolden a strong sense of belonging. Watch the video.
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What Do Cultural Institutions of Color Need to Thrive?: A Study Provides Some Strategies
What changes are necessary for the arts sector to foster thriving institutions of color? That is the question that a newly released report posed to New York City–based African, LatinX, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) arts and culture organizations…
Nine Grantmakers Make the Case for Why Investing in Local Journalism Matters
Open Signal, a media arts center in Portland, Oregon, embraces the power of community-driven media. From filmmaking workshops to artist residencies, Open Signal grew out of local cable access television and combines equipment and training “with a commitment to uplifting marginalized and less heard voices”…
After Hurricane Maria, Strengthening Puerto Rico Through Philanthropy
Following the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria upon Puerto Rico in September 2017, the life of the island was forever altered. The cycle of crisis and recovery still persist for many, and philanthropy is a growing part of this ongoing conversation, rethinking Puerto Rico’s daily dynamics…

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