WEB CONFERENCE SERIES ON RACIAL EQUITY
In July and August, GIA will present a series of web conferences, “Practices for Advancing Racial Equity in Arts Grantmaking.” The first session will provide an update on GIA’s racial equity work, while the following three will explore practices funders can use to advance racial equity throughout the grant cycle. This series will feature examples from public, private, and intermediary grantmakers.
Posted on April 7, 2016 by Monica

In an article posted in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Phillip Henderson of Surdna Foundation and Rip Rapson of The Kresge Foundation discuss how some of their programs have helped to address economic and racial inequities.

For a nation whose majority population will soon be people of color, [economic] inequities loom large over the future prosperity of cities and their surrounding metropolitan regions — and pose a major challenge for philanthropy to tackle.

Read the full article.

Posted on April 7, 2016 by Monica

In an email sent to colleagues this morning, The McKnight Foundation president Kate Wolford announced that Neal Cuthbert will retire from his position as vice president of program at the end of the year. Cuthbert served on the board of Grantmakers in the Arts from 1999 to 2003. The following letter is republished here with permission from The McKnight Foundation.

Posted on April 7, 2016 by Steve

In an article from the latest issue of GIA Reader, Cara Mertes of the Ford Foundation discusses the role of film and filmmakers in creating social change in Telling it Slant: Leadership, Justice, and the Art of Film.

Posted on April 6, 2016 by Monica

As part of their Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative, the LA County Arts Commission has released a literature review on cultural equity and inclusion in the arts. The literature review investigates how various organizations across the United States address diversity in the following areas:

  • Boards of Directors in Arts and Culture Organizations
  • The Arts and Culture Workforce
  • Audiences and Programming
  • Culturally Specific Arts Organizations
Posted on April 6, 2016 by Monica

Mike Kelley Foundation has announced the recipients of its first formal funding initiative, called the Artist Project Grant. The foundation has awarded a total of $310,000 to nine nonprofits is Los Angeles.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “the grants are meant to support artists who are creating cutting edge projects, particularly work that’s been overlooked or that has seen logistical or funding challenges.”

Posted on April 4, 2016 by Steve

Regina R. Smith has been named managing director of The Kresge Foundation’s Arts & Culture Program following a national search. Smith has been with the The Kresge Foundation since 2008 as a program officer and senior program officer, working to advance the deliberate integration of arts and culture into community development through creative placemaking. She has been interim managing director of the Arts & Culture Program since July 2015.

Posted on April 4, 2016 by Monica

By Sarah Lutman, writing for Twin Cities Business:

Ben Cameron became president of the St. Paul-based Jerome Foundation in January. He previously led Target’s giving in the arts and most recently worked in New York for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, one of the nation’s largest arts funders. ... [Twin Cities Business] spoke to Cameron recently to learn about the Jerome Foundation’s vision for arts funding.
Posted on April 1, 2016 by Monica

Resources from Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers' Putting Racism on the Table learning series are available online. The series is a monthly convening of philanthropic CEOs and trustees to explore key elements of racism. Video from the first convening of the series, a presentation on structural racism by john a. powell, is available along with a discussion guide and other resources for grantmakers.

Posted on April 1, 2016 by Monica

In his post on Creativz.us, Steven J. Tepper offers four pieces of advice for institutions to better support artists in the gig economy:

To support artists and creative workers in the future, we must reinvent and repurpose our arts infrastructure, tap into new revenue streams and train and prepare artists to be enterprising, deploying their creative talents across multiple roles and sectors.
Posted on April 1, 2016 by Monica

From Levitt Pavillions:

Beginning [April 2016], the work of the national nonprofit, Levitt Pavilions, will be carried out by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, furthering its mission to strengthen communities across the country through free, live music. As part of the transition, the Levitt Foundation has unveiled a new logo reflecting its core values to support creative placemaking projects that are catalytic, dynamic and promote joy, inclusivity and connectedness.
Posted on April 1, 2016 by SuJ'n

For the month of April, GIA’s photo banner features artists and projects supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (The Center). The Center is a multidisciplinary grantmaker dedicated to fostering a vibrant cultural community in the greater Philadelphia region. Established in 2005 to house the cultural funding programs of The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Center recently marked its tenth year of grantmaking in support of a broad spectrum of cultural organizations and artists— from major civic institutions, to independent artists and curators, to artist-driven and community-based organizations.

Posted on March 31, 2016 by Steve

The latest issue of the GIA Reader features our annual Arts Funding Snapshot, with foundation data analysis from Steven Lawrence and Reina Mukai of Foundation Center. This and past snapshots are available in our online library.

Posted on March 30, 2016 by Monica

The Getty Foundation has awarded nearly $14 million in grants to support their second edition of Pacific Standard Time, a regional collaborative effort of 46 art exhibitions and events from San Diego to Santa Barbara opening in 2017. Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA will explore art of the Latin American diaspora.

Posted on March 28, 2016 by Steve

In Unmasking the Hidden Attraction of the Arts, Bill O’Brien of the National Endowment for the Arts discusses the growing role of artists and the arts in cross-sector work, including in healthcare and science.

Posted on March 28, 2016 by Monica

By Sandra Abma, writing for CBC News:

[Canada's] biggest arts and cultural institutions, including the CBC, are getting a cash infusion over the next five years. Local arts organizations will also see a financial boost to aid in construction of cultural spaces and repairs to existing facilities. The Canada Council, which provides funding to artists and cultural projects across the country, will see its annual budget of $182 million nearly doubled within five years, although it will see only $40 million extra this coming year.
Posted on March 25, 2016 by Monica

Since the passing of Claudine Brown, others who knew her have shared memories of Brown as an inspirational leader and arts advocate.

From The Nathan Cummings Foundation:

For more than a decade, she supported the achievements of community-based arts practitioners, brokered relationships between artists and activists, and encouraged the growth and transformation of this field.
Posted on March 21, 2016 by Monica

From the Arts Education Partnership:

The Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a national coalition of more than 100 education, arts, business, cultural, government and philanthropic organizations, has selected Jane Best as its new director. … Prior to joining AEP, Best served as the chief strategy officer for McREL International, an educational research and development nonprofit organization, and as chief development officer for My Student Survey.
Posted on March 21, 2016 by Monica

A new report supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and WESTAF and written by Barry Hessenius examines the communications activities of arts organizations. The report, based on a survey in the fall of 2015, looks at the nature of internal and external communications, as well as how these communications are managed. The results of the survey offer baseline information about the modes, volume, effectiveness of communication in arts organizations, as well as their impact on productivity and organizational efficiency.

Posted on March 18, 2016 by Monica

Grantmakers in the Arts mourns the loss of Claudine Brown, who passed away on the night of March 17, 2016. Brown served on the GIA board from 1996 to 2001, including as board chair in 1999-2000, and was instrumental in building GIA into the professional organization it is today. She also created the social justice working group whose efforts led to GIA’s racial equity initiative.

Brown worked most recently as assistant secretary for education and access at the Smithsonian Institution.

Posted on March 18, 2016 by Monica

Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group, a GIA member and funding partner, was appointed by President Obama and has been confirmed by the United States Senate as a member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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