The GIA Support for Individual Artists Group Steering Committee met in February to discuss four topics: Committee membership; the 2012 GIA conference and preconference in Miami; future activities surrounding the case statement developed by the committee in 2011 to advocate for the support of individual artists; and participation in other associations’ conferences.
Support for Individual Artists
Grantmakers in the Arts believes that artists are the keystone to a thriving creative community. Since GIA’s incorporation, members of Grantmakers in the Arts have been working together to promote and improve funding for individual artists, producing preconferences, conference sessions, articles, and toolkits for colleagues in the field. Noting a lack of sector-wide data on artist support, GIA began development on a taxonomy that could serve as a national standard for collecting, comparing, and analyzing data on support programs for individual artists. GIA released A Proposed National Standard Taxonomy for Reporting Data on Support for Individual Artists in 2014.
The GIA Support for Individual Artists Group Steering Committee completed its case statement advocating for support of individual artists, now posted on the GIA website. It forms the cornerstone of an article that will appear in the winter issue of the GIA Reader. The Steering Committee will use various strategies for disseminating this statement and advocating for its message.
Grantmakers interested in support for individual artists and in arts and social justice will have a special opportunity to meet together for a preconference day on October 9 in San Francisco, part of the 2011 Grantmakers in the Arts conference. It promises to be a full and vibrant day. Members of the Steering Committee will propose sessions within the main conference track and plenary/keynote speakers that will address support for individual artists.
The GIA Individual Artists Group Steering Committee is developing a case statement advocating for support of artists, based in part upon survey data collected from GIA members who have programs of support, direct and indirect, for individual artists. A draft statement will be the subject of a salon session and discussion during the annual conference in San Francisco this October. The Group will use various strategies for disseminating this statement and advocating for its message.