Outline of GIA’s Work in Equity, 2008–Present

GIA’s work in race and social justice began in 2008 with the creation of the Arts and Social Justice Working Group by Claudine Brown. Initially, GIA focused generally on equity across various identities which have been historically marginalized in philanthropy including race, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status. In 2011, GIA’s focus turned specifically to racial equity with a Thought Leader Forum and subsequent actions by the board of directors. At the end of 2014, the GIA Board of Directors established a racial equity board committee, which published GIA’s Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy Statement of Purpose in March 2015. The statement of purpose and accompanying calls to action continue to be updated regularly.

The following outline of GIA’s work is meant to provide highlights and may not be inclusive of every activity, article, session, or communication.

2017

Board action
The GIA board voted to add a racial equity statement to the organization’s guiding principles.

Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy workshop
Development in partnership with the Center for Social Inclusion of a day-long workshop for funders, which will be available to communities in 2018 and piloted at the 2017 GIA conference.

ALAANA Project
In partnership with Doris Duke Foundation to support creation of a pilot project with local funders and a cohort of ALAANA organizations.

Webinars

Reader Articles

2016

Audit
During the winter, GIA commissioned a research team to conduct a racial equity audit of its programs, policies, and communications. The audit findings and recommendations were delivered to and reviewed by staff and board in the spring and released publicly in September.

Board action
The racial equity board committee began developing a work plan based on audit findings and recommendations. The board subsequently released an update to its Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy Statement of Purpose, including new recommendations to support members in engaging in racial equity work.

Research
During the summer, GIA commissioned a research team to survey GIA member organizations on their current policies and programs addressing racial equity and to identify case studies of successful programs to share with the membership.

Saint Paul Conference

Sessions

Preconferences

Keynotes/Artists

Podcasts

Web Conferences

Reader Articles

2015

Board action
In March, GIA board of directors approves the proposed Racial Equity in Arts Phianthropy Statement of Purpose and GIA promotes and distributes the statement to its members and the public. Racial equity committee vets all sessions proposed for the GIA annual conference for purposes of integrating a racial equity lens into topics. New GIA board members attend the 2-day anti-racism training with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.

Los Angeles Conference

Sessions

Keynotes/Artists

Racial Equity Forum

  • Supporting ALAANA Organizations, June, Atlanta: Grantmakers in the Arts hosted a national dialogue for sixty participants 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. Videos and text available on the forum page.

Web Conference

Reader Articles

Blogs

2014

GIA Board Action GIA board creates the Racial Equity Board Committee, chaired by Maurine Knighton to plan, recommend and oversee racial equity in arts philanthropy programs and integration of a racial equity lens into other program areas.  Proposed conference session on equity/racial equity are vetted by the Racial Equity Board Committee and recommended to the conference committee.  New board members attend 2-day anti-racism training of People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.  Racial Equity Board Committee begins work on a statement of purpose for GIA’s work in racial equity in arts philanthropy.

Houston Conference

Sessions

Keynotes/Artists

Thought Leader Forum

  • Constructing Racial Equity, July, New York: Participants from the 2012 Thought Leader Forum came together to share case studies from within their own organizations and to discuss next steps to the process of sharing learning with the field. Facilitated by Lori Villarosa

Reader Articles

Blogs

2013

GIA Board & Staff Workshop Understanding and Undoing Racism, July, Seattle: A two-day workshop led by The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond

GIA Board Action November: Based on recommendations from the Racial Equity Thought Leader Forum participants, the GIA board adopts the issue of constructing racial equity in arts grantmaking as “core field work”.

Philadelphia Conference

Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy Thought Leader Forum

  • Constructing Racial Equity, December, Chicago: Participants from the 2012 Thought Leader Forum came together to share their work on racial equity within their own organizations and to discuss next steps to the process of sharing learning and best practices with the field. Facilitated by Melinda Weekes, Race Forward.

Reader Articles

Blogs

2012

Miami Conference
Preconference

Sessions

Keynotes/Artists

Thought Leader Forum

  • Understanding and Undoing Racism, June, Pittsburgh: A two-day workshop led by The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond attended by 23 social justice funders, plus GIA staff.
  • Deconstructing Racism, November, New York: Those who attended the Pittsburgh workshop were invited to debrief on their experience, identify ways to improve their own grantmaking and make recommendations to the field. Facilitated by Melinda Weekes, Race Forward.

Reader Articles

Web Conferences

Blogs

2011

San Francisco Conference
Preconference

Sessions

Keynotes/Artists

Reader Articles

Web Conferences

Blogs

2010

Chicago Conference
Preconference

Sessions

Keynotes/Artists

Reader Articles

Blogs

2009

Brooklyn Conference
Preconference

Sessions

Keynotes/Artists

Reader Articles

Blogs

2008

Atlanta Conference

Reader Articles