Online registration is now open for the GIA 2015 Conference that will be held Sunday, October 18 through Wednesday, October 21 at the Milennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Check for full details and to register.
Posted on November 13, 2012 by Steve

The Community Foundation of New Jersey, the Dodge Foundation, and other partners in the philanthropic and corporate community both locally and nationally have established the New Jersey Recovery Fund to help nonprofits and communities rebuild after Superstorm Sandy. The Fund will target grants and loans to support and strengthen the nonprofit sector as well as forward-thinking communities which need resources to implement innovative ideas and solutions.

Posted on November 12, 2012 by Steve

From Randy Kennedy at The New York Times:

The New School has chosen the Chicago artist and activist Theaster Gates as the recipient of its inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, a $15,000 award that will be given to an artist every two years. The prize includes a long-term commitment by the school to aid the winner’s projects through academic study or other means.
Posted on November 9, 2012 by Steve

A pair of webinars are happening next week that look interesting. On Thursday, November 15, Understanding Parents' Role in Arts Education will be presented by Doug Israel, Director of Research and Policy, The Center for Arts Education. Narric Rome and Kristen Engebretsen of AFTA will moderate. The following day, Friday, November 16, 2012 Post-Election Impact on the Arts will feature AFTA Action Fund staff discussing this weeks' election.

Posted on November 7, 2012 by Steve

Robert Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts, writes for Huffington Post:

Every four years America gets another chance to make its voice heard. And every four years the American arts community, in a way, gets a bit of a fiscal makeover. How is that? Well, it has to do with how the nonprofit arts in America are funded and how policy affects those funding sources. And every four years, no matter who wins elections across our country, there are new policymakers in town.
Posted on November 6, 2012 by Steve

“Developing Artist-Driven Spaces in Marginalized Communities: Reflections and Implications for the Field” is a new report from LINC and the Urban Institute, authored by Maria Rosario Jackson. The report seeks to distill important issues in the creation of these spaces beginning with discussion of why artists work in marginalized communities and followed by examination of issues related to resources, leadership, relations to community stakeholders, and sustainability.

Get the report from our library.

Posted on November 5, 2012 by Janet

By Janet Brown from her blog Better Together

On behalf of Grantmakers in the Arts, I want to express how saddened we are by the terrible losses brought on by Hurricane Sandy. GIA has created a special site, Hurricane Sandy Recovery Resources, to list relevant resources as they become available to us. Please contact us at with new information so we can pass it on to our members and the public.

Posted on November 5, 2012 by Abigail

Throughout November and December, our website photo banner will feature artists supported by GIA member Creative Capital. Founded in 1999, Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Working in long-term partnership with artists, Creative Capital’s pioneering approach to support combines funding, counsel, and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster sustainable practices for its grantees.

Posted on November 3, 2012 by Steve

After twenty-four years as the only executive director of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture (Commission), Victoria Hamilton will step down at the end of this month. San Diego was a very different place when Hamilton arrived from Santa Barbara in 1988 to head up the newly formed Commission and her impact and influence have reverberated throughout the community. Today, it is a vibrant cultural destination with a fair and transparent funding process that benefits over 120 arts and culture organizations.

Hamilton has earned national recognition by forging strategic alliances, empowering volunteer leadership boards, and advancing an entrepreneurial approach to innovative arts and culture programs and partnerships.

Posted on November 2, 2012 by Tommer

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) has released a report on the “Strengthening the Bones” convening held in the fall of 2011 that brought together over 100 individuals representing a cross section of arts services organizations, cultural centers, museums, artists and artist collectives, foundation and government funding agencies to learn and build around the community of Native art.

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Steve

With extraordinarily wide-spread destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, grantmakers across the country will be looking to help with the cleanup and rebuilding.

Grantmakers in the Arts will be aggregating resources and information for funders and others interested in supporting hurricane recovery efforts. Our goal is to serve as a conduit for information for our members and constituents.

Posted on October 26, 2012 by Abigail

Foundations are using project related investments (PRIs) and mission related investments (MRIs) to stimulate growth in Detroit, where there is a specific need for investment capital. Writing for the Nonprofit Quarterly, Rick Cohen argues for the ability of foundations to prudently underwrite MRIs and PRIs, using as examples work in this area by The Kresge Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and others.

Posted on October 25, 2012 by Tommer

Chorus America's annual survey of the operations of choruses, the Chorus Operations Survey Report includes more than 40 different analyses, from number of board meetings to board giving, from ticket pricing to chorus dues amounts, from accompanist pay practices to marketing efficiency. The 2012 report features data from the 2010-2011 season.

Posted on October 25, 2012 by Steve

Arts groups in Detroit will share nearly $20 million donated by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, including $9 million to be awarded through a communitywide contest to boost the city's best arts ideas, the foundation announced Tuesday.

Posted on October 23, 2012 by Steve

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, the USC Brain and Creativity Institute and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) have announced a longitudinal research collaboration to investigate the emotional, social and cognitive effects of musical training on childhood brain development.

The five-year research project, Effects of Early Childhood Musical Training on Brain and Cognitive Development, will offer USC researchers an important opportunity to provide new insights and add rigorous data to an emerging discussion about the role of early music engagement in learning and brain function.

Posted on October 23, 2012 by Janet

By Janet Brown from her blog Better Together

Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) met in Miami October 14-17 to share knowledge, debate issues and discover new pathways to supporting artists and arts organizations. As with all convenings, I wanted to be everywhere and hear everything. That’s the frustration of having diverse programming that speaks to a diverse audience. And we are a very diverse group. I wasn’t able to be in every room but here are some personal highlights.

Posted on October 23, 2012 by Steve

Alberto Carvahlo, Superintendent of the Miami-Dade County School District, presented a keynote address last week at the annual GIA conference in Miami on the importance of the arts in schools. Today, his district was named the recipient of the 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education. The $1 million Broad (rhymes with “road”) Prize is an annual award that honors the four large urban school districts that demonstrate the strongest student achievement and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among low-income and minority students.

Posted on October 23, 2012 by Steve

Grantmakers in Aging will host a free webinar, The Boomer Explosion: A Creative Look at Aging and Communities - Conversations with GIA, Monday, November 5 at 2:00 pm EST/11:00 am PST. The webinar is co-sponsored by Grantmakers in the Arts. Participants will take away key information about “boomers” who are redefining the second half of life, as well as opportunities for cultural and aging organizations to meaningfully engage this demographic.

Posted on October 23, 2012 by Steve

Sphinx, the Detroit-based performing arts organization, is launching its inaugural international convening on diversity, SphinxCon, which will take place in Detroit, February 15-17, 2013. The event will bring together leaders from all disciplines of the performing arts to share ideas, challenges, successes and lessons learned in pursuit of increased diversity in all aspects of the sector. SphinxCon aims to illuminate the critical topic of diversity, doing so in an unprecedented manner and scope.

Posted on October 22, 2012 by Tommer

Grantmakers in the Arts and Melanie Beene are pleased to provide this republished digital edition of the seminal report, Autopsy of an Orchestra. Originally published in 1988, before the advent of digital technology, for years this research has been available only in hard copy, and has been largely unseen by a generation of funders and orchestra management professionals. The post-recession economy has left many orchestras and other arts nonprofits struggling to find new models of operation, and the lessons of the past have never been more timely.

Posted on October 22, 2012 by Steve

The Grantmakers In Health (GIH) Board of Directors has selected Faith Mitchell, Ph.D. as the organization's next president and CEO. She will assume the position on December 1, 2012, succeeding Lauren LeRoy, who has led GIH for the past 14 years.

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