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.

October 8, 2016 by admin
In 2015, Americans for the Arts partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct the Local Arts Agency Census, the most comprehensive survey of the local arts agency field ever conducted. Its purpose was to illuminate the ever-adapting role these organizations play in ensuring the arts have a vital presence in every community. What Is a Local Arts Agency? Read More...
October 8, 2016 by admin
I was lucky as a young artist, with the ink still drying on my BFA, to learn about working in the public art field through a Minneapolis-based CETA program in 1977. CETA (Comprehensive Employment Training Act) was a federal jobs program that included several arts initiatives around the country. As gallery director of City Art Productions — the name of the one-year program initiated by Melisande Charles at the Minneapolis Arts Commission — I got to organize exhibits of CETA artists at libraries, plazas, government centers, and parks throughout the city. Read More...
October 8, 2016 by admin
The first project for Artspace, a nonprofit organization that develops affordable spaces for artists, was in an area of Saint Paul, Minnesota, that was, if not depressed, at least neglected. Starting in the late 1980s, Artspace redeveloped a six-story warehouse into fifty-two live/work units for artists, plus office, studio, and commercial space for nonprofit arts organizations and other tenants. At the time, the Lowertown area of Saint Paul was home to a number of empty or underused warehouses. The Northern Warehouse Artists’ Cooperative opened in 1990. Read More...
September 22, 2016 by Monica

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the names of the 2016 MacArthur Fellows. Among the awardees are author Claudia Rankine, who presented an inspiring keynote at the 2015 GIA Conference, and theatre artist and educator Anne Basting, who has worked with GIA to support arts and aging. Each of the 23 MacArthur Fellows will receive a stipend of $625,000.

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September 19, 2016 by Monica

National Endowment for the Arts and the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) have launched a new report examining the needs and values of artists. Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists examines artist funding and training, as well as the effect of other forces shaping the work environment for artists including technology, the gig economy, student debt, and the growth of cross-disciplinary work.

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August 3, 2016 by Sustainable Arts Foundation

The Sustainable Arts Foundation has recently committed to increasing racial equity in the arts. Starting this fall, at least half of our awards will go to applicants of color. Visit their website to read more about this decision and the thinking behind it.

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The Sustainable Arts Foundation supports artists and writers with children by offering unrestricted cash awards to parent artists whose work is of the highest caliber. We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 Spring Awards. The demand for these grants continues to be high: we received over 1,300 applications. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding artists and writers.

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July 5, 2016 by admin
We’d be able to produce work that is much more based on the community’s input, because we wouldn’t be nomadic. We’d have a more stable audience because we’d be more stable. — performing artist We want to be a convener of culture and conversation, to open the larger community to interact. — clergy leader Read More...
July 5, 2016 by admin
September 2021. At the convocation address to every entering student at a US university/college/community college arts program, conservatory, and high school of the arts: Read More...
July 5, 2016 by admin
On March 2, 2016, Grantmakers in the Arts held the invitational Thought Leader Forum on Artists in Community Settings at the Regional Arts Commission, Saint Louis, Missouri. The gathering involved nineteen funders, seven presenters from the field, and GIA staff and board observers. Eric Booth of Everyday Arts, Inc., facilitated and presented at the forum. Read More...